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Ian Paisley to quit as leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party

DUBLIN, Ireland - Ian Paisley, the Protestant evangelist who leads Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration, said Tuesday he is quitting as the leader of his Democratic Unionist Party.

March 19, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Venezuela moves troops to Colombian border as tensions over rebel killing escalate

BOGOTA, Colombia - Hundreds of Venezuelan troops moved Tuesday toward the border with Colombia, where trade was slowing amid heightening tension over Colombia's cross-border strike on a rebel base in Ecuador.

March 19, 2008 | By FRANK BAJAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Foiled suicide bomber wanted to kill Israelis, now wants to talk with them peacefully

TULKAREM, West Bank - Six years ago, Shifa al-Qudsi was plotting to strap on explosives under a maternity dress and blow herself up among Israelis. Now she says she wants to meet them.

March 19, 2008 | By KARIN LAUB Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Rice, Abbas, call for greater efforts to strike Mideast peace pact

RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared Tuesday that ''peace and negotiations are our strategic choice'' but fell short of announcing a resumption of peace talks that his government cut off after an upsurge in fighting between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice exhorted Israel to ''spare innocent life,'' though she said it has a right to defend itself against Hamas rockets.

March 19, 2008 | By ANNE GEARAN AP Diplomatic Writer | Associated Press


Europe’s capacity to act in Africa and in conflicts tested by Darfur mission

PARIS - Even before its troops got lost and came under fire this week in Sudan, Europe's mission to protect some half-million uprooted people on the borders of conflict-torn Darfur had suffered an inauspicious start.

March 19, 2008 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Armenia declares state of emergency after election protests turn violent

YEREVAN, Armenia - Armenia's president imposed a state of emergency Saturday after police used tear gas and fired shots into the air to disperse demonstrators protesting alleged fraud in last month's presidential election.

March 16, 2008 | By AVET DEMOURIAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israeli strikes kill 50 in Gaza as militants send off barrage of rockets

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli troops, tanks and aircraft targeted Gaza militants bombarding southern Israel with rockets and mortars Saturday, killing 50 Palestinians in the deadliest day of fighting in Gaza since Hamas seized control in June.

March 16, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Japan experiments with robots as part of daily life

TOKYO - At a university lab in a Tokyo suburb, engineering students are wiring a rubbery robot face to simulate six basic expressions: anger, fear, sadness, happiness, surprise and disgust.

March 16, 2008 | By HIROKO TABUCHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


No. 2 commander of Colombia’s guerrillas killed in combat, government says

BOGOTA, Colombia - Security forces killed the No. 2 commander of Colombia's main guerrilla group in combat Saturday, dealing what the government called the biggest blow to the leftist force since its formation.

March 16, 2008 | By TOBY MUSE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Prince Harry returns to UK, relieved father and brother, after 10-week Afghan deployment

LONDON - Prince Harry returned home to his relieved father and older brother Saturday after a 10-week Afghan tour of duty that security officials fear could now make him a top target for extremists.

March 16, 2008 | By DAVID STRINGER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Ahmadinejad’s trip to Iraq highlights Iran’s rising influence in the neighboring country

BAGHDAD - President Bush's last trip to Iraq was kept secret until he arrived at a U.S. military base. Eight hours later he left, after Iraq's leaders traveled to meet him there.

March 16, 2008 | By ANNA JOHNSON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Defense chief says Prince Harry being withdrawn from Afghanistan for security reasons

LONDON - Britain's defense chief decided Friday to immediately pull Prince Harry out of Afghanistan after news of his deployment was leaked, citing concerns that media coverage could put him and his comrades at increased risk.

March 15, 2008 | By D’ARCY DORAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Suicide bomb at funeral kills 35, wounds 62 in Pakistan’s Swat Valley

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suicide bomber attacked the funeral for a slain police officer in Pakistan's volatile Swat Valley, killing at least 35 people and wounding 62 others, police said.

March 15, 2008 | By RIAZ KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Chaldean archbishop kidnapped in northern Iraq, provincial police say

BAGHDAD - Gunmen kidnapped a Chaldean Catholic archbishop Friday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, police and the church said, in another attack targeting Iraq's small Christian community.

March 15, 2008 | By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Body of Katoucha Niane, former top model, found in the River Seine

PARIS - The body of Katoucha Niane, one of the first African women to attain international stardom as a model and a vocal opponent of female genital mutilation, was found in the Seine River, police said Friday.

March 15, 2008 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Autonomous car prepares for 3,500-mile US road trip

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan - Call it a preview of the cross-country road trip of the future.

March 16, 2015 | By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer | Associated Press


Prosecutor: 20-year-old charged in shootings of 2 officers

CLAYTON, Mo. - The 20-year-old man charged in the shooting of two St. Louis-area officers had been at the protest outside of the Ferguson Police Department earlier that night, authorities said Sunday.

March 15, 2015 | By JIM SALTER Associated Press | Associated Press


Vanuatu struggles to account for cyclone damage, deaths

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Officials struggled Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications are restored with outlying islands.

March 15, 2015 | By NICK PERRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Police, other groups try to tamp down tensions in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. - With measured remarks and a conciliatory tone, police, political leaders and civil-rights activists on Thursday sought to tamp down tensions after two police officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest.

March 12, 2015 | By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR Associated Press | Associated Press


Calls for police accountability in death of naked man

DECATUR, Ga. - Residents in the Atlanta area are adding their voices to a nationwide chorus of calls for increased police accountability after an unarmed, naked man was fatally shot by an officer responding to a complaint of a suspicious person at an apartment complex.

March 12, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY and KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


France identifies man, boy in IS killing video as citizens

PARIS - A man and a boy featured in a chilling Islamic State propaganda video showing the killing of a Palestinian have been identified as French citizens, and investigators are looking into whether the man is related to an extremist who attacked a Jewish school in southern France in 2012, an official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

March 11, 2015 | By LORI HINNANT and ALON BERNSTEIN Associated Press | Associated Press


AP sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records

WASHINGTON - The Associated Press filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

March 11, 2015 | By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | Associated Press


1 Black Hawk crashed in fog; 11 feared dead

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Searchers struggled Wednesday to find the seven Marines and four soldiers killed when a helicopter crashed, hampered by the same fog that plagued a nighttime training mission.

March 11, 2015 | By MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL Associated Press | Associated Press


Final Allman filmmaker gets probation in Georgia train crash

SAVANNAH - A third filmmaker was sentenced to 10 years of probation Tuesday for her role in a train collision last year that killed a young camera assistant and injured six other crew members, allowing prosecutors to close their final criminal case in the incident that derailed the Gregg Allman movie "Midnight Rider."

March 10, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


French Olympians among 10 dead in Argentina air crash

PARIS - Much of France was in mourning and looking for answers on Tuesday over the crash of two helicopters in a remote part of Argentina that killed 10 people, three of them French sports stars taking part in a glitzy new reality TV show.

March 10, 2015 | By JAMEY KEATEN and PETER PRENGAMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


Immigration officials see danger as local cooperation wanes

NEW YORK - Diminished local cooperation is putting federal immigration officers in dangerous situations as they track down foreign-born criminals, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say.

March 10, 2015 | By CLAUDIA TORRENS Associated Press | Associated Press


Democrats denounce GOP letter on Iran nuke talks

WASHINGTON - Democrats in the White House and Congress accused 47 GOP senators of undermining President Barack Obama in international talks to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying that trying to upend diplomatic negotiations was tantamount to rushing into war with Tehran.

March 10, 2015 | By BRADLEY KLAPPER and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press | Associated Press


Univ. of Oklahoma severs ties with frat after racist chant

NORMAN, Okla. - The president of the University of Oklahoma severed the school's ties with a national fraternity on Monday and ordered that its on-campus house be shuttered after several members took part in a racist chant caught on video.

March 09, 2015 | By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press | Associated Press


About 100 set out to retrace Selma-to-Montgomery march

SELMA, Ala. - A group of about 100 people set out Monday to retrace the historic steps taken 50 years ago, when demonstrators pushing for equal voting rights marched from Selma, Alabama, to the state Capitol in Montgomery.

March 09, 2015 | By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press | Associated Press


Director of Allman film pleads guilty in train crash death

JESUP, Ga. - A year after a freight train plowed into crew members for a movie about singer Gregg Allman, killing a young camera assistant, the film's director was sentenced to two years in jail Monday as part of a plea deal.

March 09, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


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