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Kurdish militia says it will defend civilians in northern Iraq from Turkish troops, PKK

BAGHDAD - Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq said Wednesday that their forces would defend civilians if they were caught up in any fighting between Turkish troops and Kurdish rebels from the outlawed PKK in the area.

January 03, 2008 | By ELENA BECATOROS Associated Press Writer | World


South Africa’s new ANC leader confronts crisis of expectation from poor and leftist backers

POLOKWANE, South Africa - The newly elected leader of South Africa's ruling party rose to power on the backs of trade unionists, communists and the poor. The challenge now is to satisfy his supporters without sacrificing the nation's economy.

January 03, 2008 | By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer | World


Aruba prosecutors close investigation into Natalee Holloway disappearance

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Authorities have closed the investigation into the disappearance of Natalee Holloway and do not have evidence to charge anyone, the prosecutors' office said Tuesday.

January 02, 2008 | By MARGARET WEVER Associated Press Writer | World


Israel steps up attacks on militants, dealing blow to Islamic Jihad with deaths

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel will keep striking the leaders of groups that launch rockets from the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert pledged Tuesday after an hours-long aerial assault killed 12 militants including the commander of the extremist group Islamic Jihad.

January 02, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | World


Kurdish officials say Turkish troops that had entered Iraq have withdrawn

KIRKUK, Iraq - Turkey sent hundreds of troops about 1 1/2 miles into northern Iraq early Tuesday in an operation against Kurdish rebels but then withdrew them later in the day, Kurdish officials said.

January 02, 2008 | By YAHYA BARZANJI Associated Press Writer | World


UN General Assembly approves resolution calling for death penalty moratorium

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday called for a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to abolishing executions, approving a resolution opposed by the U.S., China and Iran.

January 02, 2008 | By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press Writer | World


SKorea’s presidential front-runner maintains innocence in fraud scandal

SEOUL, South Korea - The former Hyundai CEO, now the front-runner in South Korea's presidential election, denied involvement Tuesday in a stock manipulation case, accusing his opponents of spreading lies that would not derail his bid for office.

January 02, 2008 | By HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press Writer | World


ANC elects Zuma as leader, putting him in line to be South Africa’s president

POLOKWANE, South Africa - Jacob Zuma, a populist whose career survived rape and corruption charges, was elected leader of the governing African National Congress on Tuesday, putting him into position to become South Africa's next president.

January 02, 2008 | By CELEAN JACOBSON Associated Press Writer | World


UN secretary-general condemns terrorism in visit to bombed-out offices in Algiers

ALGIERS, Algeria - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday toured the ruins of a building torn apart by a suicide bombing that killed 17 U.N. staffers last week, vowing that the world body would not be intimidated.

January 02, 2008 | By AOMAR OUALI Associated Press Writer | World


US diplomat says Serb premier could order capture of top war crimes fugitives

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - A U.S. diplomat said two top war crimes suspects - Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic - could be apprehended with a single phone call from Serbia's prime minister.

January 02, 2008 | By AIDA CERKEZ-ROBINSON Associated Press Writer | World


Muslims mark spiritual high point of hajj, though some politics sneaks in

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia - Millions of Muslims marked the zenith of the annual hajj Tuesday, praying for God's forgiveness on a rocky desert hill here where in Muslim tradition Adam and Eve were reunited after leaving Eden.

January 02, 2008 | By SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI Associated Press Writer | World


Rice, in Iraq, cites ‘‘common interest’’ in stopping Kurdish rebels who attack Turkey

KIRKUK, Iraq - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday the United States, Iraq and Turkey have a ''common interest'' in stopping Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, and told Iraqi leaders they still have urgent work ahead to unite the country.

January 02, 2008 | By ANNE GEARAN AP Diplomatic Writer | World


Police raid on Maori village shocks New Zealand, opens old wounds

RUATOKI, New Zealand - Armed police stormed into this quiet village at dawn, threw up roadblocks, shot out truck tires and forced families out of their homes at gunpoint.

January 01, 2008 | By RAY LILLEY Associated Press Writer | World


To duck official radar, gangs ditch tattoos, go for college look

CHIMALTENANGO, Guatemala - Tattoos, baggy pants and tank tops are out. Smart blazers and university recruits are in.

January 01, 2008 | By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA Associated Press Writer | World


Madagascar improves health care, has lowest HIV rate in Africa

EDITOR'S NOTE - A yearlong exploration by The Associated Press suggests that despite immense challenges, progress is gaining a foothold in pockets of Africa, in spheres ranging from democracy to education. And after minimal results from five decades of Western advice and aid, the progress is led by Africans themselves. This is Part V of the series.

January 01, 2008 | By TERRY LEONARD Associated Press Writer | World


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Government made $100B in improper payments

WASHINGTON - By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them - tax credits to families that didn't qualify, unemployment benefits to people who had jobs and medical payments for treatments that might not have been necessary.

July 09, 2014 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press | World


4 dead, 70K without power after upstate NY storms

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. - Severe thunderstorms packing strong winds rolled through central New York, killing four people, destroying or damaging numerous houses and knocking out power to more than 70,000 utility customers, officials said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | Associated Press | World


US employers add 288k jobs in June

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding a robust 288,000 jobs and helping drive the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008.

July 03, 2014 | By JOSH BOAK Associated Press | World


Storm's path puts it off NC beaches for July 4th

SAVANNAH - A hurricane watch covering nearly 200 miles along North Carolina's coast was issued early Wednesday, threatening Fourth of July plans as Tropical Storm Arthur moved northward from Florida.

July 02, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | World


In dry California, water fetching record prices

SAN FRANCISCO - Throughout California's desperately dry Central Valley, those with water to spare are cashing in.

July 02, 2014 | By GARANCE BURKE Associated Press | World


Despite the grousing, voters rarely fire lawmakers

WASHINGTON - Congress is wildly unpopular.

June 29, 2014 | By CONNIE CASS Associated Press | World


Police: 9 shot on Bourbon Street in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS - Two men exchanged gunfire early Sunday on the city's always-crowded Bourbon Street in the celebrated French Quarter and nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who were critically wounded, police said.

June 29, 2014 | By STACEY PLAISANCE Associated Press | World


Child dies when Italian ice shop door falls on her

PHILADELPHIA - Authorities were investigating how a metal security grate detached and fell from the facade of an Italian ice shop Saturday afternoon, killing a 3-year-old girl.

June 29, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Mars 'flying saucer' splashes down after NASA test

LOS ANGELES - NASA has tested new technology designed to bring spacecraft - and one day even astronauts - safely down to Mars, with the agency declaring the experiment a qualified success even though a giant parachute got tangled on the way down.

June 29, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press | World


Year after firefighter deaths, town moves forward

PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Reminders of the Granite Mountain Hotshots are spread throughout Station 7.

June 27, 2014 | By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press | World


Ex-cop suspect in deaths of 2 women in suitcases

MINNEAPOLIS - The disappearance of a Minnesota mother of seven was just a missing person case when it landed on the desk of Detective Sgt. Lee Hollatz. Seven months later, her body and that of another woman were found stuffed in suitcases along a rural Wisconsin highway, and the former police officer whom Hollatz had long considered his top person of interest is now suspected in their deaths.

June 27, 2014 | By STEVE KARNOWSKI and DINESH RAMDE Associated Press | World


Schools chief apologizes for "hurtful" blog posts

PHOENIX - Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal broke down in tears Wednesday at the end of a news conference where he apologized for posting an anonymous blog comment that denigrated welfare recipients and other postings that were seen by some as racist.

June 26, 2014 | By BOB CHRISTIE Associated Press | World


Oil boom fuels drop in age in Great Plains states

WASHINGTON - The United States is still growing older, but the trend is reversing in the Great Plains, thanks to a liberal application of oil.

June 26, 2014 | By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press | World


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