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United States reports disquiet over preparations for Zimbabwe elections

HARARE, Zimbabwe - U.S. officials said Tuesday that Washington was concerned over ''ominous signs'' Zimbabwe was unprepared to hold free and fair elections next month.

March 12, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iraq denounces Turkish incursion and demands immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government demanded for the first time that Turkey immediately withdraw from northern Iraq, warning Tuesday it feared an ongoing incursion could lead to clashes with the official forces of the semiautonomous Kurdish region.

March 12, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


EU court: Only Parmesan from Italy’s Parma region is the real stuff

LUXEMBOURG - The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that only the tasty, crumbly cheese that has been made for some 800 years near the Italian city of Parma can legally be called Parmesan.

March 12, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


As Olympics near, US sees China playing more positive role in global affairs

BEIJING - China is reaching out for a greater role in global affairs and opening up at home, too - at least a little - as the once-reclusive Communist giant gets ready for this summer's Olympic Games.

March 12, 2008 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Kenyan graffiti artist tries for peace with a paintbrush

NAIROBI, Kenya - Peace graffiti has taken over Nairobi's battered Kibera slum.

March 12, 2008 | By HEIDI VOGT Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Al-Qaida suspect arrested over October assassination attempt on Bhutto that killed 150

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan has arrested a suspected al-Qaida militant who slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto named before her death as one of those involved in an attempt on her life in October, a senior government official said Tuesday.

March 12, 2008 | By SADAQAT JAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Islamic insurgency in southern Thailand intensifies as ’hearts and minds’ approach fails

RAE POH, Thailand - The tea shop is abandoned. Rubber plantations stand untended. Soldiers constantly patrol the one-lane road leading into this Muslim village.

March 09, 2008 | By AMBIKA AHUJA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Fate of ousted chief justice hangs over Musharraf, Pakistan election winners

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Days after opposition parties triumphed in elections, lawyers chanting for President Pervez Musharraf's resignation were tugging at the barricades around the home of the judge whose ouster and house arrest helped trigger Pakistan's political crisis.

March 09, 2008 | By STEPHEN GRAHAM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


New attacks hit US-protected Green Zone in Iraqi capital

BAGHDAD - Rockets or mortars hit the U.S.-protected Green Zone early Saturday, just a day after powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his Mahdi Army militia to extend its cease-fire by another six months.

March 09, 2008 | By JOHN AFFLECK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


UN watchdog says Iran calls evidence linking it to attempts to make nuclear weapons baseless

VIENNA, Austria - Iran has rejected documents that link it to missile and explosives experiments and other work connected to a possible nuclear weapons program, calling the information false and irrelevant, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday.

March 08, 2008 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Death toll rises to 14 in Brazil ferryboat wreck; crews search for more victims

SAO PAULO, Brazil - A ferryboat wreck on the Amazon River killed at least 14 people, Brazilian officials said Friday, as crews searched for several more people reported missing and feared dead.

March 08, 2008 | By STAN LEHMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Gates and Australians play down friction over Canberra’s decision to pull troops out of Iraq

CANBERRA, Australia - Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Australian defense minister are playing down the potential for friction between the two allies over the new Australian government's pledge to withdraw combat troops from Iraq.

March 08, 2008 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


After six years in captivity, fame handicaps French-Colombian hostage Betancourt

BOGOTA, Colombia - Through public spectacle and private diplomacy, the French government and the family of Ingrid Betancourt have succeeded in drawing the world's attention to her lengthy captivity in the Colombian jungle. But many in Colombia say such fame may work against her hopes of freedom.

March 08, 2008 | By TOBY MUSE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Serb protesters attack UN police in restive northern Kosovo

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Kosovo - Serbs protesting Kosovo's independence for a fifth straight day Friday attacked U.N. police guarding a key bridge in northern Kosovo with stones, glass bottles and firecrackers.

March 08, 2008 | By DUSAN STOJANOVIC Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Fidel Castro says he’s relieved to be stepping down as Cuba’s president

HAVANA - Fidel Castro said Friday that he's relieved to be stepping down as Cuba's president, complaining that the process of selecting Cuba's next government ''had left me exhausted.''

March 08, 2008 | By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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US recovery gaining strength

WASHINGTON - A resurgent job market in January signaled that the U.S. economy is finally regaining the kind of strength typical of a healthy recovery - with hiring accelerating, wages rising and people who had given up their job hunts starting to look again.

February 06, 2015 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer | Associated Press


Hackers see rewarding targets in health care companies

Health care is a treasure trove for criminals looking to steal reams of personal information, as the hacking of a database maintained by the second-largest U.S. health insurer proves.

February 05, 2015 | By TOM MURPHY and BRANDON BAILEY AP Business Writers | Associated Press


Boko Haram, hit by 3-nation offensive, rampage in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters took revenge Thursday on villagers in Cameroon, shooting and burning scores to death and razing mosques and churches after warning Nigeria's neighbors not to join the battle against the Islamic insurgent group.

February 05, 2015 | By EDWIN KINDZEKA MOKI and MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press | Associated Press


Jordan launches new airstrikes after vowing harsh war on Islamic State

AMMAN, Jordan - Dozens of Jordanian fighter jets bombed Islamic State training centers and weapons storage sites Thursday, intensifying attacks after the militants burned to death a captured Jordanian pilot.

February 05, 2015 | By KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press | Associated Press


The way to your Valentine's heart may go through Mom

WASHINGTON - Guys, if you want to get the girl, try bringing flowers - to her mother.

February 03, 2015 | By CONNIE CASS and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Christie: Parents deserve measure of choice on vaccinations

CAMBRIDGE, England - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday parents should have some choice on whether to vaccinate their children, a position he's taken before but one that drew a new level of attention amid a U.S. measles outbreak and his recent moves toward running for president.

February 02, 2015 | By JILL COLVIN Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. man suspected of killing 5 arrested in Mississippi

LAGRANGE, Ga. - A Georgia man charged in the deaths of his wife, three of her family members and a friend was arrested at a bus station in Tupelo, Mississippi, authorities said Monday.

February 02, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Obama wants $42M to deepen Savannah harbor

SAVANNAH - More than two years after the federal government approved deepening the waterway used by cargo ships to reach the Port of Savannah, President Barack Obama on Monday began pushing for $42 million to start helping Georgia pay for the $706 million project.

February 02, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


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