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Schools in Zimbabwe face bleak start to new year as water woes and supply shortages worsen

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Rowdy crowds formed at clothing stores Monday in Zimbabwe as anxious parents searched for uniforms for a new school year overshadowed by rocketing fees, shortages of basic supplies and lack of electricity.

January 29, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | World


Developing world’s role in nuclear renaissance raises safety concerns

VIENNA, Austria - Global warming and rocketing oil prices are making nuclear power fashionable, drawing a once demonized industry out of the shadows of the Chernobyl disaster as a potential shining knight of clean energy.

January 28, 2008 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press Writer | World


Former Indonesian dictator Suharto shows signs of improvement after organ failure

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Doctors struggling to prolong the life of former dictator Suharto said he was showing slight signs of improvement Saturday, a day after he suffered organ failure and was placed on a ventilator. Asked if he was in pain, the 86-year-old nodded 'yes' before drifting back to sleep.

January 27, 2008 | By NINIEK KARMINI Associated Press Writer | World


Bush says no decision yet on deepening drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq

MANAMA, Bahrain - President Bush said Saturday he is open to the possibility of slowing or stopping plans to bring home more U.S. troops from Iraq, defying domestic demands to speed the withdrawals. Updated on war developments, Bush said the U.S. presence in Iraq will outlast his presidency.

January 27, 2008 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | World


From sanctuary to war zone: Rangers, gorillas threatened in Congo’s turbulent heart

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, Congo - Not far from a hillside where several mountain gorillas shot dead last summer lie buried, park ranger Innocent Mburanumwe peers across a primordial canopy of treetops into what may be the most dangerous game reserve on earth.

January 27, 2008 | By TODD PITMAN Associated Press Writer | World


Fuel tanker catches fire in Nigeria; many feared dead, police say

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria - A speeding fuel tanker crashed and spilled its cargo Saturday in Nigeria's main southern city, and as many as three dozen people were feared dead in the resulting fire, police and witnesses said.

January 27, 2008 | By UFFORD WILSON Associated Press Writer | World


China’s notoriously dangerous coal mines claimed 3,786 lives in 2007, state media report

BEIJING - Accidents in China's notoriously dangerous coal mines killed nearly 3,800 people last year, state media reported Saturday - a toll that is a marked improvement from previous years, but still leaves China's mines the world's deadliest.

January 27, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


Human rights workers say politicians paying militias in worst of Kenyan violence

NAIROBI, Kenya - The price for burning down a home: 500 shillings, or about $8. Double that to have someone hacked to death.

January 27, 2008 | By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer | World


Taiwan opposition wins elections by landslide, in blow to government’s hardline China policies

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party won a landslide victory in legislative elections Saturday, dealing a humiliating blow to the government's hardline China policies two months before a presidential poll.

January 27, 2008 | By PETER ENAV Associated Press Writer | World


Developing world’s role in nuclear renaissance raises safety concerns

VIENNA, Austria - Global warming and rocketing oil prices are making nuclear power fashionable, drawing a once demonized industry out of the shadows of the Chernobyl disaster as a potential shining knight of clean energy.

January 27, 2008 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press Writer | World


Opposition scores big win in Taiwan legislative elections

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party won a landslide victory in legislative elections Saturday, giving a big boost to its policy of closer engagement with China two months before a presidential poll it now seems poised to win.

January 27, 2008 | By PETER ENAV Associated Press Writer | World


Iraqi lawmakers agree to bill reinstating ex-supporters of Saddam’s Baath party

BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament voted Saturday to allow some former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party to reclaim government jobs and said others could receive pensions but could not return to work. President Bush said the legislation was ''an important step toward reconciliation.''

January 27, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | World


Dreaming of a white Baghdad: first flurries in memory delight war-weary city

BAGHDAD - The flakes melted quickly. But the smiles, wonder and excited story-swapping went on throughout the day: It snowed in Baghdad.

January 26, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER CHESTER Associated Press Writer | World


Bush visits Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial; says US should have bombed Auschwitz

JERUSALEM - President Bush had tears in his eyes during an hour-long tour of Israel's Holocaust memorial Friday and told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the U.S. should have bombed Auschwitz to halt the killing, the memorial's chairman said.

January 26, 2008 | By ARON HELLER Associated Press Writer | World


Former Indonesian dictator Suharto suffers organ failure; family rushes to bedside

JAKARTA, Indonesia - The former Indonesian dictator Suharto suffered organ failure Friday and was placed on a ventilator, losing consciousness as his family rushed to his bedside, some praying and reciting verses from the Quran.

January 26, 2008 | By ZAKKI HAKIM Associated Press Writer | World


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Police: Ferguson officer shot; 2 suspects wanted

FERGUSON, Mo. - A Ferguson police officer was shot in the arm Saturday night after encountering two men at a community center who ran from him and then opened fire during a foot chase, authorities said.

September 28, 2014 | By JIM SALTER Associated Press | World


Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are just the start

WASHINGTON - The one-two-three punch of American and Arab airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq was just the beginning, President Barack Obama and other leaders declared Tuesday. They promised a sustained campaign showcasing a rare U.S.-Arab partnership aimed at Muslim extremists.

September 23, 2014 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press | World


9/11 museum shows SEAL's shirt from bin Laden raid

NEW YORK - The shirt a Navy SEAL wore in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and a special coin given to a CIA officer who played a key role in finding him are being displayed at the Sept. 11 museum, adding potent symbols of the terrorist attacks' aftermath days before their anniversary.

September 07, 2014 | By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press | World


Arab League chief: Confront Islamic State group

CAIRO - The head of the Arab League urged its members Sunday to confront Islamic State extremists "militarily and politically," issuing an apparent call to arms as President Barack Obama prepares to go to lawmakers and the American public with his own plan to stop the militants.

September 07, 2014 | SARAH EL DEEB and SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press | World


Al-Qaida leader says it has expanded into India

NEW DELHI - Promising to "storm your barricades with cars packed with gunpowder," al-Qaida announced Thursday it had created an Indian branch that the terror network vowed would bring Islamic rule to the entire subcontinent.

September 04, 2014 | By TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press | World


For sale: Century-old cards of Ty Cobb, Cy Young

BIDDEFORD, Maine - A baseball fan took up smoking a century ago and with it acquired another habit: holding onto little cards that bore the faces of baseball's earliest greats.

September 01, 2014 | By DAVID SHARP Associated Press | World


Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

WASHINGTON - As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided on the question.

September 01, 2014 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press | World


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