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Guatemala to get first leftist president in more than 50 years

GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala on Monday swears in Alvaro Colom, its first leftist president in more than 50 years.

January 29, 2008 | By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA Associated Press Writer | World


Guatemala hopes new presidential duo — peacemaker and heart surgeon — can do some healing

GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's new president, Alvaro Colom received training as a Mayan priest. His vice president is a heart surgeon.

January 29, 2008 | By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA Associated Press Writer | World


Sicilian businessmen openly defying the Mafia in rebellion shaking Cosa Nostra to its core

PALERMO, Sicily - When it came down to business, Cosa Nostra could always count on fear.

January 29, 2008 | By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press Writer | World


Explosion, gunfire at luxury hotel in Afghan capital kill 6, including an American

KABUL, Afghanistan - Militants stormed Kabul's most popular luxury hotel Monday, killing at least six people as they hunted down Westerners who cowered in a gym - a coordinated assault that could signal a new era of brazen Taliban attacks.

January 29, 2008 | By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writer | World


Schools in Zimbabwe face bleak start to new year as water woes and supply shortages worsen

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Rowdy crowds formed at clothing stores Monday in Zimbabwe as anxious parents searched for uniforms for a new school year overshadowed by rocketing fees, shortages of basic supplies and lack of electricity.

January 29, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | World


Developing world’s role in nuclear renaissance raises safety concerns

VIENNA, Austria - Global warming and rocketing oil prices are making nuclear power fashionable, drawing a once demonized industry out of the shadows of the Chernobyl disaster as a potential shining knight of clean energy.

January 28, 2008 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press Writer | World


Former Indonesian dictator Suharto shows signs of improvement after organ failure

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Doctors struggling to prolong the life of former dictator Suharto said he was showing slight signs of improvement Saturday, a day after he suffered organ failure and was placed on a ventilator. Asked if he was in pain, the 86-year-old nodded 'yes' before drifting back to sleep.

January 27, 2008 | By NINIEK KARMINI Associated Press Writer | World


Bush says no decision yet on deepening drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq

MANAMA, Bahrain - President Bush said Saturday he is open to the possibility of slowing or stopping plans to bring home more U.S. troops from Iraq, defying domestic demands to speed the withdrawals. Updated on war developments, Bush said the U.S. presence in Iraq will outlast his presidency.

January 27, 2008 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | World


From sanctuary to war zone: Rangers, gorillas threatened in Congo’s turbulent heart

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, Congo - Not far from a hillside where several mountain gorillas shot dead last summer lie buried, park ranger Innocent Mburanumwe peers across a primordial canopy of treetops into what may be the most dangerous game reserve on earth.

January 27, 2008 | By TODD PITMAN Associated Press Writer | World


Fuel tanker catches fire in Nigeria; many feared dead, police say

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria - A speeding fuel tanker crashed and spilled its cargo Saturday in Nigeria's main southern city, and as many as three dozen people were feared dead in the resulting fire, police and witnesses said.

January 27, 2008 | By UFFORD WILSON Associated Press Writer | World


China’s notoriously dangerous coal mines claimed 3,786 lives in 2007, state media report

BEIJING - Accidents in China's notoriously dangerous coal mines killed nearly 3,800 people last year, state media reported Saturday - a toll that is a marked improvement from previous years, but still leaves China's mines the world's deadliest.

January 27, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


Human rights workers say politicians paying militias in worst of Kenyan violence

NAIROBI, Kenya - The price for burning down a home: 500 shillings, or about $8. Double that to have someone hacked to death.

January 27, 2008 | By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer | World


Taiwan opposition wins elections by landslide, in blow to government’s hardline China policies

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party won a landslide victory in legislative elections Saturday, dealing a humiliating blow to the government's hardline China policies two months before a presidential poll.

January 27, 2008 | By PETER ENAV Associated Press Writer | World


Developing world’s role in nuclear renaissance raises safety concerns

VIENNA, Austria - Global warming and rocketing oil prices are making nuclear power fashionable, drawing a once demonized industry out of the shadows of the Chernobyl disaster as a potential shining knight of clean energy.

January 27, 2008 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press Writer | World


Opposition scores big win in Taiwan legislative elections

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party won a landslide victory in legislative elections Saturday, giving a big boost to its policy of closer engagement with China two months before a presidential poll it now seems poised to win.

January 27, 2008 | By PETER ENAV Associated Press Writer | World


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Oops! 14,000 draft notices sent to men born in 1800s

No, the United States military isn't trying to build a force of centenarians.

July 10, 2014 | By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press | World


Germany asks top US spy to leave the country

BERLIN - Germany took the dramatic step Thursday of asking the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country, following two suspected cases of American spying and the yearlong spat over eavesdropping by the National Security Agency.

July 10, 2014 | By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press | World


4 children, parents killed in Houston-area shooting

SPRING, Texas - A gunman charged Thursday in the killing of four children and their parents was dressed as a delivery man when he arrived at the suburban Houston home where the family was shot to death, officials said.

July 10, 2014 | By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press | World


Government made $100B in improper payments

WASHINGTON - By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them - tax credits to families that didn't qualify, unemployment benefits to people who had jobs and medical payments for treatments that might not have been necessary.

July 09, 2014 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press | World


4 dead, 70K without power after upstate NY storms

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. - Severe thunderstorms packing strong winds rolled through central New York, killing four people, destroying or damaging numerous houses and knocking out power to more than 70,000 utility customers, officials said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | Associated Press | World


US employers add 288k jobs in June

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding a robust 288,000 jobs and helping drive the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008.

July 03, 2014 | By JOSH BOAK Associated Press | World


Storm's path puts it off NC beaches for July 4th

SAVANNAH - A hurricane watch covering nearly 200 miles along North Carolina's coast was issued early Wednesday, threatening Fourth of July plans as Tropical Storm Arthur moved northward from Florida.

July 02, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | World


In dry California, water fetching record prices

SAN FRANCISCO - Throughout California's desperately dry Central Valley, those with water to spare are cashing in.

July 02, 2014 | By GARANCE BURKE Associated Press | World


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