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Analysts: Giving Sunni fighters a political role is key to Iraqi stabilization

BAGHDAD -The rise of armed Sunni groups - who now battle al-Qaida in Iraq instead of fighting U.S. troops - is widely seen as a major reason for a drop in violence across the country.

January 07, 2008 | By BRADLEY BROOKS Associated Press Writer | World


Israeli Prime Minister Olmert rejects truce with Hamas, pledges war on Gaza rocket squads

JERUSALEM - Israel's prime minister pledged Sunday to continue attacking Gaza militants, ruling out truce negotiations with Hamas amid widespread skepticism about the Islamic group's ability to halt rocket attacks.

January 07, 2008 | By MARK LAVIE Associated Press Writer | World


Israeli scientists use particle beam to inscribe Bible on space smaller than a sugar grain

JERUSALEM - Israeli scientists have inscribed the entire Hebrew text of the Jewish Bible onto a space less than half the size of a grain of sugar.

January 07, 2008 | By IAN DEITCH Associated Press Writer | World


Child soldiers being recruited at record pace in Congo, charity says

KINSHASA, Congo - Boys and girls are being recruited in record numbers to act as soldiers, spies and sex slaves in Congo and children have been spotted marching in formation in the war-wracked east of the country over the past week, international charity Save the Children said Monday.

January 07, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


French, Australian leaders visit Afghanistan, Karzai

KABUL, Afghanistan - Making the first-ever trip to Afghanistan by a French president, Nicolas Sarkozy met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday to discuss the political and military situation in the war-torn country.

January 06, 2008 | By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press Writer | World


WHO: limited human-to-human bird flu transmission possible in Pakistan, no current threat

HANOI, Vietnam - Limited human-to-human bird flu transmission may have occurred in Pakistan, but no new infections have been reported for two weeks and there appears to be no threat of further spread, a top World Health Organization official said.

January 06, 2008 | By MARGIE MASON AP Medical Writer | World


Somalia aid passes through dangers to reach families

MERKA, Somalia - The handful of grain Abiye Omar clutches in her skinny hand has traveled a long way from the fertile fields of midwestern America to this desolate Somali seaside town.

January 06, 2008 | By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer | World


Baghdad residents take advantage of holiday, security to visit parks; bombs kill 5 elsewhere

BAGHDAD - Residents of Baghdad packed the capital's parks and amusement rides on Saturday, taking advantage of a lull in violence and the Islamic feast of Eid al-Adha to venture out of their homes in droves.

January 06, 2008 | By PATRICK QUINN Associated Press Writer | World


Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkish warplanes bombed separatist Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq on Saturday, a statement posted on the military's Web site said.

January 06, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


Pakistani police seek clues to suicide bomber’s identity after blast that killed at least 50

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Police examined clothing, shoes and the severed legs of a man Saturday to try to identify a suicide bomber who killed at least 50 people during a holiday prayer service at a crowded mosque in northwestern Pakistan.

January 06, 2008 | By RIAZ KHAN Associated Press Writer | World


Wife of former FBI agent fails to find husband in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran - The wife of a missing former FBI agent said Saturday she has been unable to find out what happened to her husband despite visiting the Iranian island where he was last seen.

January 06, 2008 | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press Writer | World


Months after mummy claim, DNA science still lags

CAIRO, Egypt - Months after Egypt boldly announced that archaeologists had identified a mummy as the most powerful queen of her time, scientists in a museum basement are still analyzing DNA from the bald, 3,500-year-old corpse to try to back up the claim aired on TV.

January 06, 2008 | By ANNA JOHNSON Associated Press Writer | World


One man dreams of an empire, built on wreckage of India’s chaotic public universities

EDITOR'S NOTE - It's one of the fundamental challenges for colleges in the 21st century: How to make higher education serve a growing population without compromising quality. In India, where the economy is growing quickly but the public university system is on the verge of chaos, one man thinks he's found the answer. This story is another in an occasional series.

January 06, 2008 | By TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press Writer | World


Japan to drop humpback whale hunt in seas off Antarctica

TOKYO - Japan is dropping its plan to kill humpback whales in the seas off Antarctica, the country's top government spokesman said Friday.

January 05, 2008 | By CARL FREIRE Associated Press Writer | World


In Europe’s east, a long frontier opens wide as EU sheds border checks

ZITTAU, Germany - European leaders celebrated Friday as the borders of nine countries along a Cold War frontier melted away, allowing a huge expansion to the EU's passport-free travel zone.

January 05, 2008 | By HOLGER MEHLIG Associated Press Writer | World


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US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.

July 27, 2014 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press | World


Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids

PHILADELPHIA - Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit to raise money for their church, killing three kids and critically injuring their mother and the carjacking victim. Another woman was hurt but is in stable condition.

July 26, 2014 | Associated Press | World


US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

WASHINGTON - The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

July 26, 2014 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press | World


Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor

DARBY, Pa. - Authorities are attempting to determine why a man identified as a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex in a Philadelphia suburb and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him.

July 25, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Toppled crosses in China spur defiance

WUXI VILLAGE, China - The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month.

July 25, 2014 | By DIDI TANG Associated Press | World


Rebels release train with bodies from downed Malaysian jet

HRABOVE, Ukraine - Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

July 21, 2014 | By NICOLAS GARRIGA and NICOLAE DUMITRACHE Associated Press | World


Dutch anger swells at treatment of Ukraine bodies

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - It is no longer only grief and mourning sweeping across the Netherlands in the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. It is now anger.

July 21, 2014 | By MIKE CORDER Associated Press | World


Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies

NEW YORK - Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.

July 20, 2014 | By FRAZIER MOORE Associated Press | World


Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting.

July 20, 2014 | By KARIN LAUB and TIA GOLDENBERG Associated Press | World


Rory McIlroy builds 6-shot lead at British Open

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy knows how quickly a big lead can slip away, so he wasn't satisfied by simply restoring it Saturday in the British Open.

July 19, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON Associated Press | World


Officials: Unlicensed mortician had remains of 50

BOSTON - An unlicensed funeral director accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly couple could face more charges after authorities found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 others in two self-storage units he rented, authorities said Friday.

July 19, 2014 | By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press | World


Agency toughens protections for pregnant workers

WASHINGTON - For the first time in 30 years, the federal government is issuing new guidelines designed to protect pregnant workers from on-the-job discrimination.

July 15, 2014 | By TOM RAUM Associated Press | World


Babe Ruth's Boston contract fetches $1M at auction

BALTIMORE - Babe Ruth's 1918 contract with the Boston Red Sox has sold for more than $1 million, along with other baseball memorabilia up for auction in Baltimore.

July 13, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Twins brew up self-serve beer for All Star Game

MINNEAPOLIS - It's BYOB at the home of the Minnesota Twins for this week's All Star Game.

July 11, 2014 | By KYLE POTTER Associated Press | World


Officers say no 'stand-down order' for Benghazi

WASHINGTON - Military officers testified that there was no "stand-down order" that held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed at a diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. Their testimony undercut the contention of Republican lawmakers.

July 11, 2014 | By BRADLEY KLAPPER and DONNA CASSATA Associated Press | World


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