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More than 50 Taliban killed after fleeing Musa Qala; 2 NATO soldiers killed in blast

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - More than 50 Taliban fighters who fled a key southern Afghan town were killed in a two-day battle as the militants tried to attack a nearby government center, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

December 27, 2007 | By NOOR KHAN Associated Press Writer | World


Canadian serial killer gets maximum sentence; life with no parole for at least 25 years

NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia (AP) - Convicted serial killer Robert ''Willie'' Pickton won't be eligible for parole for a minimum of 25 years, the maximum penalty allowed by law, a judge ruled Tuesday after hearing gripping testimony from victims' relatives.

December 27, 2007 | By DAN BURRITT Associated Press Writer | World


Bosnian Serb general convicted, sentenced to 33 years for deadly siege of Sarajevo

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A Bosnian Serb general who ordered the relentless shelling, sniping and indiscriminate terror that rained down on Sarajevo during the final phase of a 44-month siege, was convicted of war crimes Wednesday and given a 33-year prison sentence.

December 27, 2007 | By MIKE CORDER Associated Press Writer | World


Chilean judge sentences Catholic priest to recite psalms for traffic violation

SANTIAGO, Chile - A judge in southern Chile has sentenced a Catholic priest to recite seven psalms daily during three months as punishment for illegal parking.

December 27, 2007 | The Associated Press | World


Israeli-Palestinian peace talks get off to rocky start after 7-year freeze

JERUSALEM - A Palestinian rocket barrage, an Israeli army incursion in Gaza and a fresh land dispute in Jerusalem marred the first Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in seven years Wednesday.

December 27, 2007 | By STEVEN GUTKIN Associated Press Writer | World


2 Emirati men sentenced to 15 years each for attack on Swiss-French boy

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Two Emirati men were sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison in the highly charged kidnapping and sexual assault of a French-Swiss teenage boy.

December 27, 2007 | By BARBARA SURK Associated Press Writer | World


Under new pressure at climate talks, US fends off ‘too ambitious’ emissions guidelines

BALI, Indonesia - As the U.N. climate conference entered its last days, the United States encountered - and rejected - fresh demands Wednesday that it accept ambitious guidelines for negotiating future cuts in emissions of global-warming gases.

December 27, 2007 | By CHARLES J. HANLEY AP Special Correspondent | World


Deadly Algeria bombings could be harbinger of rise of terrorism in North Africa

MADRID, Spain - Algeria has seen more than its fair share of Islamist attacks, but Tuesday's carnage was different. Never before has such a prominent Western site - U.N. offices - been struck with such deadly ferocity in the North African nation.

December 27, 2007 | By PAUL HAVEN Associated Press Writer | World


Triple car bombings strike oil-rich southern Iraqi city, killing at least 41 and injuring 150

BAGHDAD - Three car bombs exploded in quick succession in the market district of a southern Iraqi city Wednesday, killing at least 41 people and injuring 150 in an oil-rich Shiite region that has largely escaped sectarian bloodshed, authorities said. It was the country's deadliest bombing in four months.

December 27, 2007 | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press Writer | World


Pakistani regulator warns TV networks over live broadcasts as election campaign gathers speed

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The government's intolerance of public dissent isn't easing ahead of next month's parliamentary elections, with TV executives warned they could go to jail and pay fines if they give the president's critics a live forum.

December 27, 2007 | By PAUL ALEXANDER Associated Press Writer | World


2 truck bombs kill at least 26 in Algerian capital; UN buildings heavily damaged

ALGIERS, Algeria - Truck bombs exploded minutes apart Tuesday in central Algiers, heavily damaging U.N. offices and partly ripping the facade off a government building. At least 26 people were killed, including U.N. workers, and scores were wounded, officials said.

December 26, 2007 | By HASSANE MEFTAHI Associated Press Writer | World


Israeli military thrust into Gaza Strip upsets Palestinians on eve of renewed peace talks

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip - Israeli tanks and bulldozers pushed into the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing five Islamic militants and trapping hundreds of people in their homes, while another extremist died from an airstrike elsewhere in the territory.

December 26, 2007 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK and AMY TEIBEL Associated Press Writers | World


Wife of UK man accused of faking death in insurance scam appeals to ’duped’ sons

HARTLEPOOL, England - A woman accused of taking part in an insurance scam by falsely claiming her husband had died asked her sons to forgive her on Tuesday and to visit her in jail.

December 26, 2007 | By ROB HARRIS Associated Press Writer | World


Despite warming ties, North Korean propaganda still lambastes Americans

SEOUL, South Korea - President Bush wrote a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. The North even thanked the U.S. Navy last month for helping it end a high-seas standoff with Somali pirates.

December 26, 2007 | By BURT HERMAN Associated Press Writer | World


Authorities: Mexico’s alleged cannibal killer commits suicide in jail

MEXICO CITY - A murder suspect dubbed ''the cannibal'' was found dead in his prison cell of an apparent suicide Tuesday, two months after police found cooked and seasoned bits of his girlfriend's corpse on a fork and plate in his apartment.

December 26, 2007 | By MARK STEVENSON Associated Press Writer | World


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Taco Bell's ads star real-life Ronald McDonalds

NEW YORK - Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu - Ronald McDonald.

March 28, 2014 | By CANDACE CHOI Associated Press | World


Pistorius trial delayed over legal aide illness

PRETORIA, South Africa - The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has been delayed until April 7 because one of the legal experts who will assist the judge in reaching a verdict is sick, abruptly ending expectations Friday that the double-amputee athlete was about to testify on his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

March 28, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and GERALD IMRAY Associated Press | World


Congress backs bill to help cash-strapped Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Congress is close to sending President Barack Obama a bill to give $1 billion in loan guarantees to cash-strapped Ukraine and provide the administration broad authority to levy more sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea.

March 28, 2014 | By DEB RIECHMANN and DONNA CASSATA Associated Press | World


GOP hopefuls betting on mega donor in Vegas

LAS VEGAS - A slate of potential Republican presidential candidates is descending upon Las Vegas to court one of the GOP's most powerful patrons.

March 27, 2014 | By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | World


Security firms watch social media for feisty fans

As Minnesota Vikings fans were getting ready for the final game at the Metrodome last December, officials at Whelan Security noticed social media chatter suggesting some of the faithful might rush the field and try to steal a piece of history.

March 27, 2014 | By LUKE MEREDITH Associated Press | World


Obama tells Pope Francis he is a 'great admirer'

VATICAN CITY - President Barack Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their nearly hourlong first meeting comes as Obama's administration remains deeply split with the church over abortion and contraception.

March 27, 2014 | By JIM KUHNHENN and NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press | World


More domestic violence shelters are taking in pets

NEW YORK - When her abusive husband left for work last fall, she grabbed her kids, her dog and her bags, only to run up against a heart-wrenching obstacle: None of the city's more than 50 domestic violence shelters would accept the pet.

March 26, 2014 | By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press | World


3 Secret Service agents benched before Obama trip

WASHINGTON - The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday.

March 26, 2014 | By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | World


Dodgers top spender, ending Yanks' 15-year streak

NEW YORK - Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers have knocked Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees off baseball's payroll perch, part of an offseason spending spree that has the average salary approaching $4 million for the first time.

March 26, 2014 | By RONALD BLUM Associated Press | World


Novel analysis helped narrow Malaysian jet search

HONG KONG - Investigators are closer to solving an international aviation mystery thanks to a British communications satellite and classroom physics.

March 25, 2014 | By JUSTIN PRITCHARD and KELVIN CHAN Associated Press | World


Navy: Sailor, civilian suspect killed at Va. base

NORFOLK, Va. - A sailor was fatally shot aboard a guided-missile destroyer docked at the world's largest naval base late Monday, and security forces killed the lone suspect, according to the Navy.

March 25, 2014 | By BROCK VERGAKIS Associated Press | World


Malaysia says search to shift to smaller area

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia said Tuesday that it has narrowed the search for a downed jetliner to an area the size of Alaska in the southern Indian Ocean, while Australia said improved weather would allow the hunt for possible debris from the plane to resume.

March 25, 2014 | By EILEEN NG and SCOTT McDONALD Associated Press | World


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