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7 Pakistani troops, 37 militants killed in fighting near Afghan border

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Islamic militants in Pakistan attacked a fort near the Afghan border Tuesday, one of two clashes with government forces that left seven troops and 37 fighters dead, the army said. In Europe, President Pervez Musharraf said border attacks were ''pinpricks'' that his government must manage.

February 06, 2008 | By CHRIS BRUMMITT Associated Press Writer | World


Panel says Canada should stay in Afghanistan if it gets more support from other countries

TORONTO - An independent panel recommended Tuesday that Canada extend its military mission in Afghanistan only if another NATO country puts 1,000 soldiers in the dangerous southern province of Kandahar.

February 06, 2008 | By ROB GILLIES Associated Press Writer | World


Putin’s anointed heir opens presidential campaign with call for crackdown on graft in Russia

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin's likely successor opened his election campaign Tuesday with a promise of stability and continued economic growth for Russia and called for a redoubled effort to root out corruption.

February 06, 2008 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press Writer | World


China’s top safety inspector calls for public whistle-blowing to reduce accidents

BEIJING - China's senior safety inspector urged the public and the media Tuesday to expose workplace accidents in a bid to end corruption and official misdeeds aggravating the country's high rate of work deaths.

February 06, 2008 | By CHARLES HUTZLER Associated Press Writer | World


Sierra Leone, Angola and Afghanistan have world’s highest child mortality, UNICEF report says

GENEVA - A newborn in Sierra Leone has the lowest chance in the world of surviving until age 5, and the prospects are almost as bad for children in Angola and Afghanistan, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday.

February 06, 2008 | By ELIANE ENGELER Associated Press Writer | World


Mexico captures 11 alleged hit men from powerful Sinaloa drug cartel

MEXICO CITY - Eleven alleged hit men for the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel were captured Tuesday at two Mexico City mansions stocked with grenades, automatic weapons and body armor - a day after Mexican authorities reported nabbing one of the cartel's leaders.

February 06, 2008 | By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO Associated Press Writer | World


Protesters fail to prevent Japanese whaler refueling in Antarctic Ocean

CANBERRA, Australia - Environmentalists again clashed with Japanese whalers Tuesday in the Antarctic Ocean, with Greenpeace activists failing in a risky attempt to prevent the fleet's factory ship from refueling.

February 06, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


Asian markets fall; Europe mainly higher after US rate cut

LONDON - Jitters about the U.S. economy sent global stock indexes lower again Tuesday before the Federal Reserve's surprise cut in interest rates. The move came too late for Asian markets, which had closed for the day, but helped Britain and France rebound higher.

February 06, 2008 | By TOBY ANDERSON AP Business Writer | World


Investigation into teenage suicide bombing in Iraq's Anbar province suggests family plot

BAGHDAD - His father was a senior member of al-Qaida in Iraq. His mother promised him they would meet again in paradise.

February 05, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | World


US says attacks from Iranian armor-piercing bombs down in Iraq; suicide bomb kills 6

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military worried Sunday about "mixed messages" from Iran, listing a dramatic drop in Iranian-made weapons reaching Iraq but no reduction in the training and financing of Shiite militants.

February 05, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | World


Lieutenant to Mexico's top alleged drug trafficker captured

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's army on Monday captured a top lieutenant of the powerful Sinaloa cartel who allegedly commanded squads of hit men and organized drug shipments north, officials said.

February 05, 2008 | By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO Associated Press Writer | World


Cuba's new parliament could reveal Castro's political future

HAVANA - The new parliament chosen by Cuban voters could ultimately send ailing 81-year-old Fidel Castro into permanent retirement.

February 05, 2008 | By ANITA SNOW Associated Press Writer | World


Suicide bomber kills 18 at Iraqi funeral, but misses security official who is apparent target

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber apparently targeting a senior security official blew himself up inside a funeral tent Monday, killing 18 people in the latest of a series of deadly attacks chipping away at the notion of a calmer Iraq.

February 05, 2008 | By HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press Writer | World


Israel goes electric: Government vows to introduce green cars by 2011

JERUSALEM - Israel's government on Monday endorsed the ambitious plan of a private entrepreneur to install the world's first electric car network here by 2011, with half a million recharging stations to crisscross the tiny nation.

February 05, 2008 | By ARON HELLER Associated Press Writer | World


British defense chief says stolen laptop with personal data could have been targeted

LONDON - British Defense Secretary Des Browne told lawmakers Monday he could not discount the possibility that a stolen laptop containing sensitive details on 600,000 prospective military recruits had been specifically targeted for theft.

February 05, 2008 | By DAVID STRINGER Associated Press Writer | World


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Massachusetts town weighs nation's 1st tobacco ban

WESTMINSTER, Mass. - The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent's Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way.

November 09, 2014 | By AMY CRAWFORD Associated Press | World


Taking credit for killing bin Laden sparks debate

WASHINGTON - Some special operations service members and veterans are unhappy that one of their own has taken credit publicly for killing Osama bin Laden. Others say they have gotten used to the idea that their brethren might break the code of silence and seek to profit from their deeds.

November 07, 2014 | By KEN DILANIAN Associated Press | World


US employers add 214K jobs; rate falls to 5.8 pct.

WASHINGTON - Three days after voters registered their sourness about the U.S. economy, the government said Friday that employers added a solid 214,000 jobs in October, extending the healthiest pace of hiring in eight years.

November 07, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER Associated Press | World


Civil War officer to receive Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON - A Union Army officer who stood his ground during the Battle of Gettysburg and paid with his life is receiving the nation's highest military honor from President Barack Obama.

November 06, 2014 | By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press | World


Gleam is gone as gold prices sink to 4-year low

NEW YORK - Nothing is going gold's way.

November 06, 2014 | By MATTHEW CRAFT Associated Press | World


Price no object, campaigns fill any last ad space

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - No, dear voter, it wasn't a dream. If you were watching television this weekend in Arkansas, you really did see that many political ads.

November 03, 2014 | By ANDREW DeMILLO and PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press | World


UN climate report offers stark warnings, hope

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Climate change is happening, it's almost entirely man's fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the U.N.'s panel on climate science said Sunday.

November 02, 2014 | By KARL RITTER Associated Press | World


Virgin disaster a reminder of fatal '07 explosion

MOJAVE, Calif. - The loss of an experimental spaceship that broke up over the Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another, has renewed criticism of the way the craft's designer and Virgin Galactic handled a deadly explosion seven years ago.

November 02, 2014 | By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press | World


Wallenda completes Chicago skyscraper wire walks

CHICAGO - Daredevil Nik Wallenda wowed Chicago and the world Sunday with two hair-raising skyscraper crossings on the high wire without a safety net or a harness.

November 02, 2014 | By CARLA K. JOHNSON Associated Press | World


New home test shakes up colon cancer screening

Starting Monday, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that's noninvasive and doesn't require the icky preparation most other methods do.

October 26, 2014 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer | World


US disease expert argues against Ebola quarantine

NEW YORK - The gulf between politicians and scientists over Ebola widened on Sunday as the nation's top infectious-disease expert warned that the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa is unnecessary and could discourage volunteers from traveling to the danger zone.

October 26, 2014 | By FRANK ELTMAN Associated Press | World


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