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Genital mutilations reported being used as ’weapon of war’ in Kenya’s postelection violence

NAIROBI, Kenya - For two terrifying hours, the woman crouched inside her shop, watching as a gang attacked five men in the street, pulled down their trousers and sliced their genitals with rusty machetes.

January 30, 2008 | By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY and JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press Writer | World


British Airways unveils its new terminal at Heathrow

LONDON - British Airways showed off its new terminal at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday, a light-flooded, gleaming white modern facility with some of the latest technology, a first-class lounge with a cinema and a five-story-high wall of windows offering a view of Windsor Castle.

January 30, 2008 | By THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writer | World


Suspected Muslim rebels bomb Thai market, wounding 39 after deadly ambush of soldiers

YALA, Thailand - Suspected Islamic militants bombed a busy market in southern Thailand on Tuesday, wounding more than three dozen civilians a day after a rebel ambush killed eight soldiers.

January 30, 2008 | By SUMETH PANPETCH Associated Press Writer | World


Taliban warns of restaurant attacks in Kabul; Afghans arrest 4 in hotel bombing

KABUL, Afghanistan - A Taliban spokesman warned Tuesday that militants would increase attacks against restaurants in Kabul frequented by Westerners, a day after eight people died in a brazen assault on a luxury hotel in the Afghan capital.

January 30, 2008 | By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writer | World


Pakistani government urges opposition to avoid large election rallies, saying attacks feared

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's government urged opposition leaders Tuesday to refrain from holding rallies ahead of next month's elections, citing an escalating terrorist threat.

January 30, 2008 | By SLOBODAN LEKIC Associated Press Writer | World


Kenyan parliament, meeting for first time since violence, elects opposition figure as speaker

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's parliament narrowly elected the opposition party's choice as speaker on Tuesday, setting up a new showdown between a president and the rivals who accuse him of rigging his re-election - allegations that have led to weeks of deadly violence.

January 30, 2008 | By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer | World


Rice, visiting Baghdad, praises steps toward national reconciliation in Iraq

BAGHDAD - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday that Iraq's national reconciliation has moved along ''quite remarkably,'' citing a new law that lets thousands of former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party reclaim government jobs or pensions.

January 30, 2008 | By HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press Writer | World


Japanese whalers detain activists who boarded their vessel

TOKYO - Japanese whalers detained two activists accused of throwing acid at and illegally boarding their vessel in Antarctica on Tuesday. An official denied claims the men were assaulted and tied to the mast.

January 30, 2008 | By HIROKO TABUCHI Associated Press Writer | World


In the Rust Belt, drugs moved in as steel moved out; the dealers are the ones in flashy SUVs

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. - Amid the bleak, run-down brick buildings, drug dealers drive around in shiny SUVs, Cadillacs and convertibles, the sun glinting off their chrome-plated spinning hubs.

January 30, 2008 | By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI Associated Press Writer | World


Saudi oil minister: Kingdom will raise production only if market justifies it

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia will raise oil production only when the market justifies it, the kingdom's oil minister said Tuesday, in response to President Bush's request that OPEC nations increase output to reduce world oil prices.

January 30, 2008 | By DONNA ABU-NASR Associated Press Writer | World


19 Gazans, Ecuadorean kibbutz volunteer killed in Israeli-Palestinian clashes

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli troops killed a son of Gaza's most powerful leader along with 18 other Palestinians on Tuesday in the bloodiest day of fighting in the coastal area since Hamas militants seized control last summer.

January 30, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | World


Rice says Arab nations should reach out to Israel to nudge Mideast peace accord

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday that the United States wants Arab nations to do more to reach out to Israelis, as a way to do their part to nudge a Mideast peace accord into being.

January 30, 2008 | By TERENCE HUNT and ANNE GEARAN Associated Press Writer | World


Bush visits ally Saudi Arabia for talks with king amid announcement of major arms deal

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - President Bush delivered a sophisticated weapons sale for Saudi Arabia on Monday, trying to bolster defenses against threats from U.S. adversary Iran and muster support in this oil-rich kingdom for a long-stalled Mideast peace agreement.

January 29, 2008 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | World


Emmanuel’s odyssey: From birth in jungle, childhood of anguish, now back with mother

EL RETORNO, Colombia - On April 16, 2004, an urbane lawyer being held hostage in a guerrilla camp deep in the Colombian jungle gave birth to a boy. The child was delivered by Caesarean section performed with a kitchen knife.

January 29, 2008 | By TOBY MUSE Associated Press Writer | World


Doctors ’amazed’ ex-Indonesian dictator Suharto still alive despite organ failure, pneumonia

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Former dictator Suharto developed pneumonia in one lung, doctors reported Monday, calling it a dangerous new threat for a patient with multiple organ failure. They said they were amazed the 86-year-old was still hanging on.

January 29, 2008 | By NINIEK KARMINI Associated Press Writer | World


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Police fear gunman may be targeting homeless

ATLANTA - After two men were shot and killed as they slept outside in Atlanta, police say they fear a gunman might be targeting homeless people.

November 27, 2014 | Associated Press | World


FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system - 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI.

November 27, 2014 | By MATT STROUD Associated Press | World


Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood

Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" - a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.

November 27, 2014 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE Associated Press | World


OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

VIENNA - Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result.

November 27, 2014 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press | World


Church members each get $500 to do good for world

CHICAGO - On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone.

November 23, 2014 | By SHARON COHEN Associated Press | World


Ferguson tense ahead of grand jury decision

FERGUSON, Mo. - Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

November 23, 2014 | By JOHN O'CONNOR and JIM SALTER Associated Press | World


Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

WARSAW, Poland - Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing.

November 22, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Dogfighting thrives in years since Vick case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In the squalid Jacksonville dogfighting kennel, a champion named Bulletproof Sam sat in a makeshift wooden cage, his teeth exposed from a missing snout.

November 22, 2014 | By JASON DEAREN Associated Press | World


For 1 night on stage, embattled Cosby his old self

MELBOURNE, Fla. - The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby, for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed.

November 22, 2014 | By MATT SEDENSKY Associated Press | World


Gambling nuke commander linked to fake poker chips

WASHINGTON - The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press.

November 22, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press | World


Amusement parks challenged by home entertainment

ORLANDO, Fla. - Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days.

November 21, 2014 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | World


Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

WASHINGTON - Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

November 20, 2014 | By JULIE PACE Associated Press | World


Florida woman latest to accuse Cosby of forced sex

BOCA RATON, Fla. - A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually.

November 20, 2014 | By MATT SEDENSKY Associated Press | World


Prosecutors dismiss 1975 murder charges against 3

CLEVELAND - A man convicted with his brother and his childhood friend of killing a businessman in 1975 said Thursday he's sorry his mother isn't alive to see that the three former death row inmates will soon walk free together because the only witness against them has recanted the damning testimony he gave as a 13-year-old.

November 20, 2014 | By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press | World


Florida State shooter went from liked to troubled

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State graduate Myron May seemed to change from a well-liked young attorney to would-be killer in a matter of months, stopped only by a fusillade of police bullets outside the library at his alma mater after he opened fire on students who dove between the stacks to escape.

November 20, 2014 | By GARY FINEOUT and BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press | World


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