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Mauritania searching for 3 accused in killing of 4 French tourists

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania - Mauritanian prosecutors on Tuesday called the brutal slaying of four French tourists a terrorist act and said security forces were hunting three men suspected of links to a regional al-Qaida terror network.

January 09, 2008 | By AHMED MOHAMED Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


U.S. commander says Sunnis who fight al-Qaida in Iraq must be legitimized

YOUSSIFIYAH, Iraq - A top U.S. commander warned Tuesday that Sunnis who fight al-Qaida in Iraq must be rewarded and recognized as legitimate members of Iraqi society - or else the hard-fought security gains of the past six months could be lost.

January 09, 2008 | By PATRICK QUINN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


40 Iranian Jews arrive in Israel, organizer warns of dangers to Jews still in Iran

TEL AVIV, Israel - Greeted by joyous relatives and a crowd of reporters, about 40 Iranian Jews landed in Israel on Tuesday, leaving behind their lives in the Islamic Republic for new homes in the Jewish state.

January 09, 2008 | By RORY KRESS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


MIT spinoff's little green laptop computers a hit in remote Peruvian village

ARAHUAY, Peru - Doubts about whether poor, rural children really can benefit from quirky little computers evaporate as quickly as the morning dew in this hilltop Andean village, where 50 primary school children got machines from the One Laptop Per Child project six months ago.

January 09, 2008 | By FRANK BAJAK AP Technology Writer | Associated Press


Iran to solicit bids for the construction of 19 nuclear power plants, lawmaker says

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran plans to build 19 more nuclear power plants and will soon solicit international bids for their construction, a lawmaker said.

January 08, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Pope calls on faithful to find time for God as he ushers in Christmas with Midnight Mass

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI urged the faithful to set aside time in their lives for God and the needy, as he ushered in Christmas early Tuesday by celebrating Midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.

January 08, 2008 | By ARIEL DAVID Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


12-story building collapses in Egypt's Alexandria, at least 3 killed

CAIRO, Egypt - A 12-story building collapsed Monday in Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing at least three people, according to rescuers and the state-run news agency MENA.

January 08, 2008 | By MAAMOUN YOUSSEF Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pianist, jazz great Oscar Peterson dies at 82

TORONTO (AP) _ Oscar Peterson, whose speedy fingers, propulsive swing and melodic inventiveness made him one of the world's best known and influential jazz pianists, has died. He was 82.

January 08, 2008 | By ROB GILLIES Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israeli military prosecutors uphold use of cluster bombs during last year's war in Lebanon

JERUSALEM - The Israeli army on Monday said it will not press charges against officers who ordered the use of cluster bombs during last year's war in Lebanon, brushing off international criticism that the weapons unnecessarily put Lebanese civilians at risk.

January 08, 2008 | By JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iraqi officials say that Iran wants to hold ambassadorial-level talks with U.S. over Iraq

BAGHDAD -Iran wants to renew high-level talks with U.S. officials on security in Iraq, insisting that discussions take place between ambassadors and not lower-level functionaries, Iraqi officials said Monday.

January 08, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and BRADLEY BROOKS Associated Press Writers | Associated Press


Pakistan election campaign intensifies as opposition leaders criticize Musharraf

SUKKUR, Pakistan - Pakistan's opposition leaders fanned out across the country Monday, lashing out at President Pervez Musharraf and telling thousands of people at raucous political rallies to vote for change.

January 08, 2008 | By ASHRAF KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Candidates court vote of Kenya's Muslim minority in nation's closest election ever

KIBERA, Kenya - In the Kenyan slum of Kibera these days, the ancient cadences of the Muslim call to prayer compete with election propaganda blaring from loudspeakers.

January 08, 2008 | By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Leader of Iraq's Catholics urges emigrants to return in Christmas message

BAGHDAD - The spiritual leader of Iraq's Catholics made a Christmas appeal Monday for all those who have fled Iraq to return and help rebuild their shattered homeland, acknowledging that fear still persists even as the country enjoys one of its most peaceful holiday seasons in years.

January 08, 2008 | By ELENA BECATOROS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pakistan opposition leader Bhutto says ruling party failing to fight Islamic militants

LARKANA, Pakistan - Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto accused the government Sunday of failing to crush Islamic militants, days after a suicide bombing killed 56 people during prayers in a mosque.

January 07, 2008 | By ASHRAF KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Britain's Queen Elizabeth, an icon of tradition, launches video site on YouTube

LONDON - Just call her Queen e-Lizabeth.

January 07, 2008 | By THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Transportation funding top legislative issue in Ga.

ATLANTA - Georgia's transportation needs and how to pay for them emerged this week as the issues that will dominate the 2015 legislation session. Lawmakers convene Jan. 12 at the state Capitol.

December 13, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


11-year-old Arkansas girl hails cab ... to Florida

BRYANT, Ark. - An 11-year-old Arkansas girl paid a cabbie $1,300 to take her to meet a boy in Florida, but authorities caught up with the runaway in Georgia, and found her safe, after her parents reported her missing.

December 12, 2014 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep government running

WASHINGTON - It's now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following.

December 12, 2014 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press | Associated Press


California whacked by 'Pineapple Express' storm

SAN FRANCISCO - A powerful storm churned down the West Coast Thursday, bringing strong gales and much-needed rain and snow that caused widespread blackouts in Northern California and whiteouts in the Sierra Nevada.

December 11, 2014 | By MARTHA MENDOZA and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press | Associated Press


Democrats, Obama part on $1.1T spending bill

WASHINGTON - Swapping crisis for compromise, the House narrowly approved $1.1 trillion in government-wide spending Thursday night after President Barack Obama and Republicans joined forces to override Democratic complaints that the bill would also ease bank regulations imposed after the economy's near-collapse in 2008.

December 11, 2014 | By DAVID ESPO and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press | Associated Press


Congress puts potatoes on menu for low-income moms

WASHINGTON - It's another political victory for the popular potato.

December 11, 2014 | By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press | Associated Press


UN officials demand prosecutions for US torture

GENEVA - All senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized or carried out torture like waterboarding as part of former President George W. Bush's national security policy must be prosecuted, top U.N. officials said Wednesday.

December 10, 2014 | By JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press | Associated Press


Malala, Satyarthi receive Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway - Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India received the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday for risking their lives to help protect children from slavery, extremism and forced labor at great risk to their own lives.

December 10, 2014 | By MARK LEWIS Associated Press | Associated Press


Man executed for killing Ga. deputy after robbery

JACKSON, Ga. - A man convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy moments after robbing a convenience store in central Georgia was executed Tuesday.

December 09, 2014 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Few campus sex assaults reported to police

WASHINGTON - Only a fraction of campus sexual assault victims go to police. Senators on Tuesday grappled with the thorny issue of why some just let their college handle it - or don't report it at all.

December 09, 2014 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING AP Education Writer | Associated Press


Senate probe catalogs brutality against detainees

WASHINGTON - The United States brutalized scores of terror suspects with interrogation tactics that turned secret CIA prisons into chambers of suffering and did nothing to make America safer after the 9/11 attacks, Senate investigators concluded Tuesday.

December 09, 2014 | By BRADLEY KLAPPER and KEN DILANIAN Associated Press | Associated Press


Obama health adviser apologizes for 'glib' remarks

WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans on Tuesday grilled a health adviser who has demeaned the president's health law, but Democrats highlighted his extensive apologizes and retractions as they tried to limit the political damage.

December 09, 2014 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press | Associated Press


Afghanistan mired in war as US combat command ends

KABUL, Afghanistan - American and NATO troops closed their operational command in Afghanistan on Monday, lowering flags in a ceremony to mark the formal end of their combat mission in a country still mired in war 13 years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban regime for harboring those responsible for 9/11.

December 08, 2014 | By LYNNE O'DONNELL Associated Press | Associated Press


No prison for Ga. woman who helped baby killer

BRUNSWICK - A Georgia woman was spared from prison Monday and sentenced to probation for helping dispose of a gun that police say her brother used to kill a 13-month-old boy during an attempted street robbery last year.

December 08, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


American, South African hostages killed in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen - An American photojournalist and a South African teacher held by al-Qaida militants in Yemen were killed Saturday during a U.S.-led rescue operation that President Barack Obama said he ordered because of "imminent danger" to the U.S. hostage.

December 06, 2014 | By AHMED AL-HAJ and JULIE PACE Associated Press | Associated Press


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