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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


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


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


EU says Serb membership hinges on handing over war criminals, respecting Kosovo independence

BRUSSELS, Belgium - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that Serbia could only join the European Union if it lived up to international demands to hand over war crime suspects and respected the independence of Kosovo.

December 29, 2007 | By CONSTANT BRAND Associated Press Writer | World


Al-Qaida’s No. 2 blasts Annapolis peace conference as betrayal of Palestinians in new message

CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida's deputy leader denounced last month's Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md., as a ''betrayal'' of Palestinians in a new audio message posted Friday on an Islamic militant Web site,

December 29, 2007 | By MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press Writer | World


Police detain wife, children of Argentine Dirty War defendant who died in jail

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Police have detained the wife and two children of a former coast guard officer who died in custody while facing a dictatorship-era human rights trial, hours after an autopsy found cyanide in the man's blood, a judge said Friday.

December 29, 2007 | By BILL CORMIER Associated Press Writer | World


Bali climate talks head toward compromise between US, EU on final day

BALI, Indonesia - U.S., European and other envoys talked far into the night Friday as they forged a compromise at the U.N. climate conference, breaking a deadlock over how ambitious the goal should be in negotiating future cutbacks in global-warming gases.

December 29, 2007 | Bali climate talks head toward compromise between US, EU on final day AP Special Correspondent | 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


North and South Korean end military talks without agreement on joint fishing zone

SEOUL, South Korea - North and South Korea ended three days of talks Friday without an agreement on creating a shared fishing zone to defuse tensions along their disputed sea border.

December 29, 2007 | By JAE-SOON CHANG Associated Press Writer | World


Archbishop of Canterbury won’t change decision not to invite gay bishop to Anglican summit

LONDON (AP) - The archbishop of Canterbury said Friday he will not reverse his decision to exclude a gay U.S. bishop from joining other bishops at a global Anglican gathering next year.

December 29, 2007 | By ROBERT BARR Associated Press Writer | World


Senior Fatah official kidnapped by Hamas in Gaza, 3 killed in explosion

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Hamas gunmen on Friday burst into the home of a top Fatah official in Gaza and arrested him, relatives said. He was the most senior Fatah politician to be detained since Hamas forces overtook the territory in June.

December 29, 2007 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK 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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