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22 killed in Sadr City clashes as gunmen release students seized near Mosul

BAGHDAD - Iraqi troops backed by U.S. forces battled Shiite fighters in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood in clashes that killed 22 people and wounded dozens despite a cease-fire between the government and the militia, officials said Sunday.

April 21, 2008 | By SLOBODAN LEKIC Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


With trips to warfront, Basij keep revolutionary fervor alive among Iran’s youth

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Zahra Saremi took a different sort of vacation this year to celebrate Iranian New Year - touring the bloody battlefields of Iran's long war with Iraq at a week-long camp dedicated to martyrdom and patriotism.

April 21, 2008 | By LEE KEATH Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iraq’s growing legions of widows suffer loneliness, ostracism and poverty

BAGHDAD - The car exploded near a popular ice cream parlor, sending flames and shrapnel through the busy square and killing 17 people.

April 21, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL and BUSHRA JUHI Associated Press Writers | Associated Press


Suicide attack at start of Sri Lanka marathon kills government minister, 13 others

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - A suicide bomber killed 14 people at an opening ceremony for a marathon Sunday, including a government minister who was nearing the starting line with a flag and a former Olympian. More than 90 others were wounded in the attack.

April 21, 2008 | By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Ukraine’s Iron Lady: Glamour, hairstyle and a fierce political will

KIEV, Ukraine - On a typical day she may chair a cabinet meeting, visit coal miners or fly to Brussels for a summit. But before she steps out of her home, she sculpts her rich blond hair into a peasant-style braid. Only then does she become the prime minister every Ukrainian can instantly identify.

April 21, 2008 | By MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Zimbabwe’s ruling party declares presidential runoff, charges opposition bribed officials

HARARE, Zimbabwe - A presidential runoff between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai appeared certain Friday after the ruling party said it had agreed to a second round.

April 19, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Wreck pictures to bear witness to Australian warship’s final moments

CANBERRA, Australia - A remote-controlled submarine scouring the shipwrecked remains of an Australian warship has revealed new clues to a World War II battle that cost more than 700 lives. But the mystery persists: What caused Australia's worst maritime tragedy?

April 19, 2008 | By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


British queen’s husband, Prince Philip, admitted to hospital with chest infection

LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, has been admitted to a hospital with a chest infection, Buckingham Palace said Friday.

April 19, 2008 | By D’ARCY DORAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pirates seize control of a French ship off Somalia

PARIS - Pirates seized control of a French vessel carrying 30 crew members Friday off the coast of Somalia, the French government and the ship's owner said.

April 19, 2008 | By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Gates says US will add combat troops to Afghanistan next year, regardless of Iraq situation

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The United States intends to send many more combat forces to Afghanistan next year, regardless of whether troop levels in Iraq are cut further this year, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.

April 19, 2008 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Associated Press


Ukrainian leaders push for membership in NATO, but citizens are divided over joining alliance

KIEV, Ukraine - At dinner, Leonid and Yelena Adrov don't just talk about their daughter's grades or summer vacation plans. The couple has another issue to discuss - Ukraine's bid for membership in NATO.

April 17, 2008 | By MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Zimbabwe opposition declares presidential victory; results show ruling party loses parliament

HARARE, Zimbabwe - President Robert Mugabe's party lost control of parliament, the latest official results showed Wednesday, hours after the opposition claimed it also had won the presidency.

April 17, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Unrest among China’s Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists creates challenges for Beijing

BEIJING - Unrest was reported Wednesday among Muslims in far western China, a headache for Beijing as it tries to squelch Tibetan protests and another sign that neither investment nor repression has ended anti-government feeling in the hinterlands.

April 17, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Analysis: Allies’ reluctance to send more troops to Afghanistan reflects different view of war

BUCHAREST, Romania - At the heart of President Bush's problem in getting NATO allies to send more combat troops to Afghanistan is a basic disconnect over the war: The Europeans don't see it as one.

April 17, 2008 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Associated Press


Scandal-hit Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern announces he will resign May 6

DUBLIN, Ireland - Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, who helped broker peace in Northern Ireland but couldn't survive a scandal over his collection of cash from businessmen, announced Wednesday he will resign.

April 17, 2008 | By SHAWN POGATCHNIK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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As patients face death, doctors push for straight talk on desired end-of-life care

WASHINGTON - Dr. Angelo Volandes remembers performing rib-cracking CPR on a frail elderly man dying of lung cancer, a vivid example of an end-of-life dilemma: Because his patient never said if he wanted aggressive care as his body shut down, the hospital had to try. He died days later.

March 23, 2015 | | Associated Press


Cruz is first one in for GOP

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Christian conservative voters to imagine a United States without the IRS, Obamacare or abortion rights - and to imagine they can make that happen by supporting him.

March 23, 2015 | By PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot

WASHINGTON - Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They're likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to believe in God. And for the first time, most want to legalize marijuana.

March 21, 2015 | By EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Convicted in girl's running death, grandma faces death

GADSDEN, Ala. - Jurors who convicted an Alabama woman in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter soon must decide whether to recommend she should die for the crime or spend the rest of her life in prison.

March 21, 2015 | By JAY REEVES Associated Press | Associated Press


US veterans return to Iwo Jima for 70th anniversary

IOTO, Japan - Dozens of aging U.S. veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II.

March 21, 2015 | By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press | Associated Press


States to test ways to send food stamp recipients to work

WASHINGTON - New federal grants will help 10 states test programs to help food stamp recipients find jobs, from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance.

March 20, 2015 | By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: Public unaware health law in jeopardy

WASHINGTON - With a decision due by summer in a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law, a new poll finds many Americans have heard nothing about the case.

March 19, 2015 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: Little change in desire for action on inequality

DENVER - Interest in income inequality is all the rage in public debate nowadays, with political figures from Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the left to Republican presidential prospect Jeb Bush on the right decrying the widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else.

March 19, 2015 | By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press


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