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In Europe’s east, a long frontier opens wide as EU sheds border checks

ZITTAU, Germany - European leaders celebrated Friday as the borders of nine countries along a Cold War frontier melted away, allowing a huge expansion to the EU's passport-free travel zone.

January 05, 2008 | By HOLGER MEHLIG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iraqi Shiite leader says armed ’awakening’ groups should not replace government forces

BAGHDAD - The leader of the largest Shiite political party in Iraq told about 5,000 faithful who gathered Friday for Eid al-Adha prayers that U.S.-backed anti-al-Qaida armed groups - mostly comprised of Sunnis - should be on the side of government forces and not try to replace them.

January 05, 2008 | By HAMID AHMED Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


China inaugurates homegrown regional passenger jet; maiden flight set for March

SHANGHAI, China - China's first fully homegrown commercial aircraft rolled off the production line Friday, marking a potential milestone for the country's aviation program.

January 05, 2008 | By ELAINE KURTENBACH AP Business Writer | Associated Press


Hezbollah criticizes Bush comments, says Lebanon won’t obey his ’orders’

BEIRUT, Lebanon - The militant Hezbollah group denounced President Bush on Friday for urging Lebanon's anti-Syrian lawmakers to push through their own choice for president if necessary to resolve a long political deadlock.

January 05, 2008 | By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Belgium arrests 14 Muslim extremists for allegedly plotting to free al-Qaida sympathizer

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Belgian police Friday arrested 14 Muslim extremists suspected of planning the jailbreak of an al-Qaida prisoner convicted of plotting a terrorist attack on U.S. air base personnel, officials said.

January 05, 2008 | By RAF CASERT Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Police: Suicide attack kills at least 50 at compound of Pakistan’s former interior minister

SHERPAO, Pakistan - A suicide attacker detonated a bomb packed with ball bearings and nails amid hundreds of worshippers Friday at the residential compound of a former top security official for President Pervez Musharraf, killing at least 50 people, authorities said.

January 05, 2008 | By RIAZ KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Mbeki not stepping down as South African president, despite defeat in party vote

PRETORIA, South Africa - President Thabo Mbeki, humiliated by losing the contest to lead the country's ruling party, on Friday ruled out the possibility of early elections and said it would be business as usual for his government.

January 05, 2008 | By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israel examining Hamas truce proposal delivered by Egypt

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel is examining a Hamas truce proposal delivered by Egypt, defense officials said Thursday after at least six Palestinians were killed in a day of Israeli air and ground strikes aimed at stopping rocket salvos from Gaza.

January 04, 2008 | By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Zimbabwe strains under hyperinflation; lines form outside banks for new 750,000 dollar note

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's central bank unveiled new currency notes Thursday with denominations as high as 750,000 dollars as the government tries to ease chronic shortages of cash in a hyperinflationary economy.

January 04, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Performing the hajj is the Muslim faithful’s ultimate dream

MINA, Saudi Arabia - The 60-year-old Egyptian farmer spent years scraping together $11,000 to bring his wife and son here to perform Islam's hajj pilgrimage.

January 04, 2008 | By SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Strong quake rattles northern New Zealand, collapsing older buildings; minor injuries reported

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A strong earthquake struck New Zealand on Thursday night, collapsing at least three older buildings in one coastal city on North Island, sparking small fires and forcing authorities to declare a state of emergency there.

January 04, 2008 | By RAY LILLEY Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Queen Elizabeth II reaches milestone as oldest British monarch

LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II became Britain's oldest-ever monarch Thursday, reaching a new milestone in a job she has held for more than a half century - one that comes with luxurious accommodation, long hours and little chance of retirement.

January 04, 2008 | By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Holloway suspect referred to her death in Internet chat, Aruba prosecutor says

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - One of three top suspects in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway wrote during an Internet chat session that the teenager was dead, Aruba's chief prosecutor said Thursday.

January 04, 2008 | By MARGARET WEVER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Suicide bombing northeast of Iraqi capital kills 14, including 1 US soldier

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a city council meeting in a town northeast of Baghdad on Thursday, killing 14 civilians during a four-day Islamic holiday, a morgue official said. The U.S. military said one soldier was killed and 10 were wounded.

January 04, 2008 | By BRADLEY BROOKS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


After the bombing, Bhutto faces challenge to attract crowds on the campaign trail

MIRPURKHAS, Pakistan - Bringing her election campaign to her home province, Benazir Bhutto vowed that neither bullets nor bombs could keep her away from the Pakistani people.

January 04, 2008 | By MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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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


US adds 321,000 jobs, the most in nearly 3 years

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years and the latest sign that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.

December 05, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER Associated Press | Associated Press


Dawn of Orion: NASA launch opens new era in space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's new Orion spacecraft zoomed toward a high point of 3,600 miles on an orbital test flight Friday, ushering in a new era of exploration that could one day put people on Mars.

December 05, 2014 | By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer | Associated Press


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