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Investigative reporter banned from Russia spends third day in Moscow airport

MOSCOW - A Moldovan investigative reporter who has been banned from Russia since December spent a third day stuck inside a Moscow airport terminal Friday after flying in with her new Russian husband.

March 15, 2008 | By PETER LEONARD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Japan drops charges against US Marine who was accused of raping 14-year-old girl

TOKYO - A U.S. Marine who was accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in southern Japan has been released after prosecutors dropped the charges at the teenager's request, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.

March 15, 2008 | By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Two South African students involved in video apologize; black journalist assaulted

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - Two white students behind a video in which five black university workers appear to be duped into eating food tainted with urine apologized and said they had been ''crucified as racists.''

March 15, 2008 | By CELEAN JACOBSON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Kenya’s opposition leader confident power-sharing deal will succeed

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's opposition leader said Friday he expects a new power-sharing agreement to succeed, two months after a disputed presidential election set off violence that tarnished the country's reputation for stability.

March 15, 2008 | By MALKHADIR M. MUHUMED Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


UK officials: Prince Harry serving on front line in Afghanistan

LONDON - Prince Harry has been serving on the front line in Afghanistan with the British Army, calling in airstrikes on Taliban positions and going out on foot patrols, the Ministry of Defense announced Thursday.

March 14, 2008 | By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israel steps up pressure on Hamas, killing 18 Palestinians

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli aircraft struck a series of targets throughout the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing 18 Palestinians - including five youths - in a fresh surge in fighting that threatened to provoke even harsher Israeli action.

March 14, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Julius Baer defends shutdown of whistle-blower site in dispute over leaked documents

GENEVA - The Swiss bank that won a court order shutting down a whistle-blower Web site said Thursday that it just wanted stolen and forged documents removed.

March 14, 2008 | By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Swedish, Norwegian police arrest 6 in anti-terror raids

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Swedish and Norwegian authorities cracked down on terror financing on Thursday, arresting six people and seizing computer equipment from Internet cafes in coordinated raids in Stockholm and Oslo.

March 14, 2008 | By MALIN RISING Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Singapore says sorry for escape of suspected terror group leader as manhunt scours island

SINGAPORE - The Singapore government apologized Thursday for the security lapse that allowed a suspected Islamic terrorist leader to escape from jail, triggering a manhunt across this usually well-policed island nation.

March 14, 2008 | By GILLIAN WONG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Kenya’s rival politicians signed a power-sharing agreement after weeks of bitter negotiations

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's president and the opposition leader signed a power-sharing deal Thursday to bring the country back from the depths of violence and ethnic hatred that followed the disputed presidential election two months ago.

March 14, 2008 | By TOM MALITI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Denmark to oppose debt relief for Sudan over Prophet Muhammad cartoon dispute

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Denmark said Thursday it will oppose any debt relief deal for Sudan in response to the Sudanese president's comments urging the Muslim world to boycott Danish goods over the publication of a Prophet Muhammad cartoon.

March 14, 2008 | By JAN M. OLSEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Al-Maliki calls on Iraqis to boost political process in speech marking religious holiday

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appealed to millions of Shiite Muslims Thursday to reconcile their differences and boost the country's fragile political process in a speech marking a major religious holiday.

March 14, 2008 | By SAMEER N.YACOUB Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iraq: Shiite pilgrims targeted on holy day as 1 dies in roadside bombing

BAGHDAD - Shiite pilgrims headed to a major religious gathering were again targeted by extremists Wednesday when a roadside bomb detonated near a bus in Baghdad, killing one traveler, police said.

March 13, 2008 | By JOHN AFFLECK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Police search home on British island at center of child abuse investigation

St. MARTIN, Jersey - Police on Wednesday broke into a bricked-up room in the cellar of a children's home that is the focus of a child abuse investigation on this British island.

March 13, 2008 | By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Beijing moves heaven and earth to supply water for Olympics, highlighting city’s water woes

BEIJING - When 16,000 athletes and officials show up this summer, they will be able to turn the taps and get drinkable water - something few Beijing residents ever have enjoyed.

March 13, 2008 | By HENRY SANDERSON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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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


Baby found alive in car 14 hours after crash in Utah river

SPANISH FORK, Utah - A baby survived a car crash in a frigid Utah river after being strapped in a car seat upside-down for about 14 hours before being found by a fisherman, officers said.

March 08, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Teen killer, Pamela Smart's student and lover, up for parole

CONCORD, N.H. - When 16-year-old Billy Flynn gunned down the husband of his high school instructor and lover, Pamela Smart, in 1990, the trial became an instant tabloid sensation. Its lurid details aired gavel-to-gavel on television years before the O.J. Simpson spectacle and spawned movies and books.

March 08, 2015 | By LYNNE TOUHY Associated Press | Associated Press


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