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Trial delayed until March for 2 Iraqi officials accused of abetting kidnappings and killings

BAGHDAD - The trial of two former Iraqi officials accused of letting Shiite militiamen use ambulances and hospitals to kidnap and kill rivals was delayed Tuesday because prosecution witnesses failed to show up, judicial officials said.

March 05, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Fidel Castro resigns Cuban presidency after nearly half-century in power

HAVANA - Fidel Castro, ailing and 81, announced Tuesday he was resigning as Cuba's president, ending a half-century of autocratic rule which made him a communist icon and a relentless opponent of U.S. policy around the globe.

March 05, 2008 | By ANITA SNOW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Brazilian police say Petrobras theft was corporate espionage

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The theft of information linked to recent and potentially massive offshore petroleum discoveries was probably corporate espionage, Brazilian police said Tuesday.

March 05, 2008 | By PETER MUELLO Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Third bomb attack in 3 days hits southern Afghanistan, killing 1 civilian and wounding 4

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A car bomb exploded near a police compound Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, killing at least one civilian and wounding four, a police official said. It was the third attack in Kandahar province in as many days.

March 05, 2008 | By NOOR KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Fear of vote-rigging, violence, hang over crucial Pakistan elections

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Eight weeks after Benazir Bhutto was slain, Pakistan is holding elections that could shepherd a troubled nation into a new era of civilian rule and gird it against the Islamic extremists suspected of her killing.

March 02, 2008 | By MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Bird flu kills 3-year-old Indonesian boy in country’s second case reported in one day

JAKARTA, Indonesia - A 3-year-old Indonesian boy has died of bird flu, a health official said Saturday, announcing the country's second death from the illness in one day.

March 02, 2008 | By ALI KOTARUMALOS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Suicide car bombing at Pakistan election office in volatile northwest kills 37

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into an independent parliament candidate's election office in northwest Pakistan Saturday, killing 37 people and wounding more than 90 days before a crucial vote, government officials said.

March 02, 2008 | By MUNIR AHMAD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Bush talks to Congress from Africa, urges continuation of his treasured aid programs

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - President Bush is betting Congress will hear him better from the heart of Africa than it does from down the street in Washington.

March 02, 2008 | By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


As power shifts, Russia enters a period of political uncertainty

MOSCOW - As Russia prepares for March 2 presidential elections, it enters an era of political uncertainty it hasn't seen since President Vladimir Putin succeeded Boris Yeltsin eight years ago.

March 02, 2008 | By DOUGLAS BIRCH Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Nazi war criminal returns in Italy to serve life sentence

ROME - Extradited from Canada, an 83-year-old former SS prison guard who witnesses say laughed as he tortured inmates in an Italian detention camp was jailed Saturday near Naples to start serving a life sentence for war crimes.

March 02, 2008 | By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Finnish prime minister sues publisher over book about his love life

HELSINKI, Finland - Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen is suing the publisher of a book his former girlfriend wrote about their relationship, including steamy sauna scenes. He says he and his family have suffered and is seeking damages.

March 01, 2008 | By MATTI HUUHTANEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Official inflation triples to 66,212 percent in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe - The official rate of annual inflation in Zimbabwe tripled in the space of one month to 66,212 percent in December, by far the highest in the world but less than half the rate calculated by independent analysts.

March 01, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Kenya’s political rivals agree to independent review of disputed election

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's political rivals announced on Friday a 10-point plan to resolve their political crisis after weeks of negotiations but they remained deadlocked over power sharing.

March 01, 2008 | By TOM MALITI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


9 Israeli families set up wildcat settlement on West Bank hill, further angering Palestinians

MASKIOT, West Bank - Nine Israeli families staked out homesteads in a valley deep in the West Bank on Friday and promised to bring more settlers to the area that the Palestinians want for a future state.

March 01, 2008 | By LAURIE COPANS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Muslims march against reprinting of Danish newspaper cartoons depicting Muhammad

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Muslims protested Friday in the Gaza Strip, Pakistan and Denmark against the reprinting of a Danish newspaper cartoon depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

March 01, 2008 | By KARIN LAUB Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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51 years after wreck, 7-inch car part found in arm

CREVE COEUR, Mo. - Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press


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