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Kurdish officials say Turkish troops that had entered Iraq have withdrawn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


Putin and Lukashenko downplay talk of merging their two nations, Russia and Belarus

MINSK, Belarus - The leaders of Russia and Belarus pledged closer cooperation on military, economic and foreign policy but gave no indication Friday that the ex-Soviet neighbors were moving closer to a long-discussed full merger.

December 29, 2007 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press Writer | World


South Africa’s tougher laws on rape to go into effect in one of world’s hardest hit countries

CAPE TOWN, South Africa - After a protracted delay, tough new laws against sexual abuse will finally go into effect Sunday in South Africa, which is often called the ''rape capital'' of the world.

December 29, 2007 | By CLARE NULLIS Associated Press Writer | World


Followers of militant Shiite cleric protest triple bombing in southern Iraq

BAGHDAD - Thousands of followers of a radical cleric took to Baghdad's streets after Friday prayers to protest a triple car bombing in one of their southern strongholds and make a show of strength directed at a rival Shiite power broker.

December 29, 2007 | By BRADLEY BROOKS Associated Press Writer | World


Vatican defends its right to spread its message, says it does not limit other people’s freedom

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican, which has been accused of aggressively seeking souls in Russia and some other countries, said Friday it has every right to spread its message and accept converts but that non-Catholics must never be forced to embrace the faith.

December 29, 2007 | By VICTOR L. SIMPSON Associated Press Writer | World


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Cambodia tribunal convicts Khmer Rouge leaders

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - They were leaders of Cambodia's infamous Khmer Rouge, the fanatical communist movement behind a 1970s reign of terror that transformed this entire Southeast Asian nation into a ruthless slave state - a place where cities were emptied of their inhabitants, religion and schools were banned, and anyone deemed a threat was executed.

August 07, 2014 | By TODD PITMAN and SOPHENG CHEANG Associated Press | World


5-year-old mayor loses re-election in Minnesota

DORSET, Minn.-” A 5-year-old boy's run as mayor is over in a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota.

August 05, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Survivors dug out from China quake that killed 398

KUNMING, China - Rescuers found scores of survivors on Monday as they dug through homes shattered by an earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and injured more than 1,800. Rainstorms were expected to continue to hinder rescue efforts over the coming days.

August 04, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press | World


Cease-fire slows Gaza war as Israeli bus attacked

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - An Israeli-declared temporary cease-fire and troop withdrawals slowed violence in the Gaza war Monday, though an attack on an Israeli bus that killed one person in Jerusalem underscored the tensions still simmering in the region.

August 04, 2014 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK and PETER ENAV Associated Press | World


US auto sales sizzle in July, helped by discounts

DETROIT - Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July.

August 03, 2014 | By DEE-ANN DURBIN Associated Press | World


Atlanta hospital deemed 1 of safest for Ebola care

ATLANTA - The Ebola virus has killed more than 700 people in Africa and could have catastrophic consequences if allowed to spread, world health officials say. So why would anyone allow infected Americans to come to Atlanta?

August 03, 2014 | By RAY HENRY and MIKE STOBBE Associated Press | World


US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.

July 27, 2014 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press | World


Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids

PHILADELPHIA - Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit to raise money for their church, killing three kids and critically injuring their mother and the carjacking victim. Another woman was hurt but is in stable condition.

July 26, 2014 | Associated Press | World


US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

WASHINGTON - The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

July 26, 2014 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press | World


Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor

DARBY, Pa. - Authorities are attempting to determine why a man identified as a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex in a Philadelphia suburb and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him.

July 25, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Toppled crosses in China spur defiance

WUXI VILLAGE, China - The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month.

July 25, 2014 | By DIDI TANG Associated Press | World


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