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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


China agrees to share military records with US on servicemen missing since Korean War

SHANGHAI, China - A window has opened for families of the 8,100 American servicemen missing since the Korean War, with China agreeing on Friday to allow access to sensitive military records - but only to Chinese researchers at first.

March 15, 2008 | By CARA ANNA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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


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Women in combat

WASHINGTON - Two women have now passed the Army's grueling Ranger test, and even tougher and more dangerous jobs could lie ahead. The military services ...

August 18, 2015 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | Associated Press


New study links preterm birth with microbes in mom's body

WASHINGTON - Scientists might have found a new way to tell who's at risk of having a premature baby, by checking the bacterial community that ...

August 17, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


States raising taxes, fees and debt to pay for road repairs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - While Congress remains stalled on a long-term plan for funding highways, state lawmakers and governors aren't waiting around.

August 17, 2015 | By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press | Associated Press


Longtime civil rights activist Bond dead at 75

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday night, according to the Southern Poverty ...

August 16, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Oceanic junk

NEW DELHI - For years along the Cornish coast of Britain, Atlantic Ocean currents have carried thousands of Lego pieces onto the beaches. In Kenya, cheap ...

August 14, 2015 | By TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press | Associated Press


Kerry calls for democracy as US flag is raised in Cuba

HAVANA - Jubilant crowds waved American flags and chanted "Long live the United States!" as the Stars and Stripes rose over the newly reopened U.S ...

August 14, 2015 | BRADLEY KLAPPER and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press | Associated Press


National challenge of leaking mines dwarfs Colorado spill

SILVERTON, Colorado - It will take many years and many millions of dollars simply to manage and not even remove the toxic wastewater from an abandoned ...

August 13, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Despite order, office refuses to issue gay marriage license

MOREHEAD, Ky. - A gay couple marched into the county clerk's office Thursday, carrying a federal judge's order that said the clerk can't ...

August 13, 2015 | By CLAIRE GALOFARO and ADAM BEAM Associated Press | Associated Press


Recording of MLK's 1st 'I Have a Dream' speech discovered

RALEIGH, N.C. - Before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to hundreds of thousands of people gathered ...

August 11, 2015 | By MARTHA WAGGONER Associated Press | Associated Press


A century after lynching, town still wrestles over history

MARIETTA, Ga. - Down past the Big Chicken, the 56-foot-high, steel-beaked beacon of extra crispy that may be this town's most prized landmark, the wedge ...

August 11, 2015 | By ADAM GELLER AP National Writer | Associated Press


Top EPA official takes responsibility for mine spill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Townspeople affected by the millions of gallons of waste spilled from an abandoned gold mine and now flowing through their communities demanded ...

August 11, 2015 | By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press | Associated Press


Republicans push for national constitutional convention

AUSTIN, Texas - With Republicans controlling more than half the state legislatures across the country, some want to use that power to push for a federal ...

August 10, 2015 | By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press | Associated Press


Residents demand health answers as mine spill fouls rivers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Farmers, towns and tribes slammed water-intake gates shut as a sludge-laden plume from a Colorado mine spill rolled down principal rivers in ...

August 10, 2015 | By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press | Associated Press


Air controller study shows chronic fatigue

WASHINGTON - Air traffic controllers' work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system ...

August 10, 2015 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press | Associated Press


Police: Man who killed 8 had a dispute with woman victim

HOUSTON - A family of six children and two parents were fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a violent ...

August 09, 2015 | By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press | Associated Press


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