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Russian art loan to London exhibition in doubt amid fears paintings could be seized

MOSCOW - Russian authorities have canceled a major exhibition of French and Russian paintings set to open in London in January, fearing authorities could seize the art to settle private legal claims, a Russian museum official said Wednesday.

January 03, 2008 | By MIKE ECKEL Associated Press Writer | World


Hamas leader appeals for truce with Israel as people suffer through bleak holiday

GAZA CITY, Gaza City - On Islam's most important holiday, the leader of Gaza's Hamas government appealed Wednesday for a cease-fire with Israel and said his people - battered by Israeli military strikes and international sanctions - are greeting this year's feast with ''tears in our eyes.''

January 03, 2008 | By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press Writer | World


Former Hyundai executive elected South Korean president in landslide victory

SEOUL, South Korea - A former Hyundai CEO known as ''The Bulldozer'' for his determination to get things done rolled over all opposition and financial fraud allegations to win South Korea's presidency Wednesday, ending a decade of liberal rule.

January 03, 2008 | By BURT HERMAN Associated Press Writer | World


In a first, al-Qaida invites journalists to send questions to No. 2 al-Zawahri

CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida has invited journalists to send questions to its No. 2 figure Ayman al-Zawahri, the first time the terror network has offered an ''interview'' with one of its top leaders since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.

January 03, 2008 | By MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press Writer | World


Natalee Holloway’s family blames investigators’ mistakes for dead end

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The family of missing American teenager Natalee Holloway on Wednesday blamed mistakes by Aruban investigators for bringing the case to a dead end after more than two years of searching.

January 03, 2008 | By MICHAEL MELIA Associated Press Writer | World


Train carrying holiday travelers derails in Pakistan, killing 58 people

MEHRABPUR, Pakistan - Plunged into darkness and chaos, Shahid Khan used the light from his cell phone to escape the wreckage of an express train that had been taking holiday travelers home.

January 03, 2008 | By ASHRAF KHAN Associated Press Writer | World


South Africa’s new ANC leader confronts crisis of expectation from poor and leftist backers

POLOKWANE, South Africa - The newly elected leader of South Africa's ruling party rose to power on the backs of trade unionists, communists and the poor. The challenge now is to satisfy his supporters without sacrificing the nation's economy.

January 03, 2008 | By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer | World


US pushes Japan to suspend humpback whale hunt, says agreement may be reached

TOKYO - The United States is pushing Japan to suspend its hunt of humpback whales, and the American ambassador to Tokyo said Wednesday an agreement to stop it may have already been reached.

January 03, 2008 | By JOSEPH COLEMAN Associated Press Writer | World


Kurdish militia says it will defend civilians in northern Iraq from Turkish troops, PKK

BAGHDAD - Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq said Wednesday that their forces would defend civilians if they were caught up in any fighting between Turkish troops and Kurdish rebels from the outlawed PKK in the area.

January 03, 2008 | By ELENA BECATOROS Associated Press Writer | World


Aruba prosecutors close investigation into Natalee Holloway disappearance

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Authorities have closed the investigation into the disappearance of Natalee Holloway and do not have evidence to charge anyone, the prosecutors' office said Tuesday.

January 02, 2008 | By MARGARET WEVER Associated Press Writer | World


SKorea’s presidential front-runner maintains innocence in fraud scandal

SEOUL, South Korea - The former Hyundai CEO, now the front-runner in South Korea's presidential election, denied involvement Tuesday in a stock manipulation case, accusing his opponents of spreading lies that would not derail his bid for office.

January 02, 2008 | By HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press Writer | World


ANC elects Zuma as leader, putting him in line to be South Africa’s president

POLOKWANE, South Africa - Jacob Zuma, a populist whose career survived rape and corruption charges, was elected leader of the governing African National Congress on Tuesday, putting him into position to become South Africa's next president.

January 02, 2008 | By CELEAN JACOBSON Associated Press Writer | World


UN secretary-general condemns terrorism in visit to bombed-out offices in Algiers

ALGIERS, Algeria - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday toured the ruins of a building torn apart by a suicide bombing that killed 17 U.N. staffers last week, vowing that the world body would not be intimidated.

January 02, 2008 | By AOMAR OUALI Associated Press Writer | World


US diplomat says Serb premier could order capture of top war crimes fugitives

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - A U.S. diplomat said two top war crimes suspects - Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic - could be apprehended with a single phone call from Serbia's prime minister.

January 02, 2008 | By AIDA CERKEZ-ROBINSON Associated Press Writer | World


Israel steps up attacks on militants, dealing blow to Islamic Jihad with deaths

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel will keep striking the leaders of groups that launch rockets from the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert pledged Tuesday after an hours-long aerial assault killed 12 militants including the commander of the extremist group Islamic Jihad.

January 02, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | World


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9/11 museum shows SEAL's shirt from bin Laden raid

NEW YORK - The shirt a Navy SEAL wore in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and a special coin given to a CIA officer who played a key role in finding him are being displayed at the Sept. 11 museum, adding potent symbols of the terrorist attacks' aftermath days before their anniversary.

September 07, 2014 | By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press | World


Arab League chief: Confront Islamic State group

CAIRO - The head of the Arab League urged its members Sunday to confront Islamic State extremists "militarily and politically," issuing an apparent call to arms as President Barack Obama prepares to go to lawmakers and the American public with his own plan to stop the militants.

September 07, 2014 | SARAH EL DEEB and SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press | World


Al-Qaida leader says it has expanded into India

NEW DELHI - Promising to "storm your barricades with cars packed with gunpowder," al-Qaida announced Thursday it had created an Indian branch that the terror network vowed would bring Islamic rule to the entire subcontinent.

September 04, 2014 | By TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press | World


For sale: Century-old cards of Ty Cobb, Cy Young

BIDDEFORD, Maine - A baseball fan took up smoking a century ago and with it acquired another habit: holding onto little cards that bore the faces of baseball's earliest greats.

September 01, 2014 | By DAVID SHARP Associated Press | World


Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

WASHINGTON - As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided on the question.

September 01, 2014 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press | World


US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

WASHINGTON - Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

August 31, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press | World


Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite town

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar western province, officials said.

August 31, 2014 | By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press | World


UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

GENEVA - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are known now, the World Health Organization said Thursday as the United States announced plans to test an experimental Ebola vaccine.

August 28, 2014 | By JOHN HEILPRIN and KRISTA LARSON Associated Press | World


Russian columns enter Ukraine; leader urges calm

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine - Two columns of tanks and military vehicles rolled into southeastern Ukraine from Russia on Thursday after Grad missiles were fired at a border post and Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said.

August 28, 2014 | By DALTON BENNETT and RAF CASERT Associated Press | World


Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with US

WASHINGTON - Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, the United States publicly acknowledged Tuesday, another sharp jolt to American-led attempts over the past three years to stabilize Libya after dictator Moammar Gadhafi's overthrow.

August 26, 2014 | By BRADLEY KLAPPER and MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press | World


Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting - an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more than 2,200 killed, but puts off the most difficult issues.

August 26, 2014 | By KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press | World


UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

WASHINGTON - Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous - and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.

August 26, 2014 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | World


Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Gen. Martin Dempsey said Sunday that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria.

August 25, 2014 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | World


Farmers' Almanac predicts another nasty winter

LEWISTON, Maine - The folks at the Farmers' Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it.

August 24, 2014 | By DAVID SHARP Associated Press | World


American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

WASHINGTON - As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria.

August 24, 2014 | By JIM KUHNHENN and RYAN LUCAS Associated Press | World


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