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Afghan journalism student sentenced to 20 years

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan appeals court overturned a death sentence Tuesday for a journalism student accused of blasphemy for asking questions in class about women's rights under Islam. But the judges still sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

November 05, 2008 | By AMIR SHAH Associated Press Writer | World


Ukraine PM: country can’t afford early elections

KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's prime minister said Tuesday the country cannot afford an early election in the face of a battered stock market, one of the world's highest inflation rates and massive bank withdrawals by depositors spooked by the growing political and financial instability.

October 29, 2008 | By MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press Writer | World


Credit crisis casts gloom over China’s exporters

BEIJING - As they prepare for China's biggest export fair this week, managers at Shunde Xiongfeng Electric Industrial Co. are anxious.

October 29, 2008 | By JOE McDONALD Associated Press Writer | World


Baghdad housing prices soar under sectarian shadow

BAGHDAD - An arrow in central Baghdad points down a side-street to a glass door with a sign that reads: ''Ali's Office.''

October 29, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press Writer | World


Syria establishes diplomatic ties with Lebanon

DAMASCUS, Syria - Syria formally recognized Lebanon for the first time Tuesday by establishing diplomatic relations with its neighbor - meeting a U.S. demand to do more for regional stability even as Damascus pursues indirect peace talks with Israel.

October 29, 2008 | By ALBERT AJI Associated Press Writer | World


World stocks higher 2nd day running

LONDON - European stock markets enjoyed their second straight day of solid gains Tuesday following a record rise in Japan, while Wall Street forged higher on the U.S. government's plan to pump $250 billion into banks and shore up the country's financial system.

October 29, 2008 | By PAN PYLAS AP Business Writer | World


Russian spacecraft docks with orbital station

KOROLYOV, Russia - An American computer game designer boarded the international space station Tuesday, floating onto the orbital outpost 35 years after his astronaut father circled the Earth on Skylab.

October 29, 2008 | By STEVE GUTTERMAN Associated Press Writer | World


Official: Afghanistan suffering from Iraqi gains

KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. military successes in Iraq have forced sophisticated and well-trained insurgents to pour into Afghanistan instead, part of the reason violence has spiked in Afghanistan, the Afghan defense minister said Tuesday.

October 29, 2008 | By AMIR SHAH Associated Press Writer | World


Polls open with Canadian PM seeking majority

OTTAWA - Canada's Conservative prime minister appeared poised to retain his job as polls opened in Tuesday's national election but he faced a greater challenge in winning a parliamentary majority to bolster his power.

October 29, 2008 | By ROB GILLIES Associated Press Writer | World


Bombers strike in Mosul, Baghdad, killing 13

BAGHDAD - Suicide car bombers struck twice Sunday in the northern city of Mosul, killing at least six people and wounding dozens of others, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. A car bomb killed seven other people in Baghdad.

October 27, 2008 | By ROBERT H. REID Associated Press Writer | World


Insulated from global woes, Iraqi stocks soar

BAGHDAD - While the rest of the world is facing a financial meltdown, the Iraq Stock Exchange is booming.

October 27, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL | World


Canadian leader gambles for majority government

TORONTO - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is gambling that an opposition pushing an unpopular carbon tax will steer Canadian voters to the right in Tuesday's election and bolster his hold on power.

October 27, 2008 | By ROB GILLIES Associated Press Writer | World


Wales rides a coal renaissance

CWMGRACH, Wales - Deep under a pine-covered mountain, men clamber into red overalls and heavy boots, strap on lamps and attach sensors that check gas levels.

October 27, 2008 | By MEERA SELVA Associated Press Writer | World


Exit poll: conservatives ahead in Lithuania vote

VILNIUS, Lithuania - A conservative opposition party and a populist group led by an impeached ex-president made strong gains in Lithuania's election Sunday, while the centrist government faltered, an exit poll indicated.

October 27, 2008 | By LIUDAS DAPKUS and GARY PEACH Associated Press Writer | World


Pakistan officials: Suspected US strikes kill 12

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Two suspected U.S. missile strikes Friday on villages close to the border with Afghanistan killed at least 12 people, most of them militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

October 18, 2008 | By ISHTIAQ MASHUD Associated Press Writer | World


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Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

VATICAN CITY - Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted many Christians.

April 20, 2014 | By FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press | World


Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

JACKSON, Wyo. - No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.

April 19, 2014 | By MATTHEW BROWN & MEAD GRUVER Associated Press | World


US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

WASHINGTON - The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

April 19, 2014 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | World


4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

PARIS - Four French journalists held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, officials said Saturday, the latest batch of reporters to be freed in what has become the world's deadliest conflict for the media.

April 19, 2014 | By DIAA HADID and ELAINE GANLEY Associated Press | World


Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

KATMANDU, Nepal - The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear.

April 19, 2014 | By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA & TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press | World


Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors

BOSTON - With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year's bombings elevating interest in one of the world's great races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area.

April 19, 2014 | By PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press | World


Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

WASHINGTON - Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.

April 19, 2014 | By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | World


Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

MOKPO, South Korea - The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. Two crew members were also arrested, a prosecutor said.

April 18, 2014 | By FOSTER KLUG and YOUKYUNG LEE Associated Press | World


Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

KATMANDU, Nepal - An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured.

April 18, 2014 | By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA Associated Press | World


Robber who was homesick for prison to be sentenced

CHICAGO - Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it's not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though: He was homesick for prison.

April 17, 2014 | By MICHAEL TARM Associated Press | World


Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

EVANSTON, Ill. - They're called leggings - popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.

April 16, 2014 | By MARTHA IRVINE Associated Press | World


Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing

MOKPO, South Korea - Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers.

April 16, 2014 | By FOSTER KLUG and YOUKYUNG LEE Associated Press | World


Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

CALGARY, Alberta - The son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the law enforcement officials called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history.

April 16, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Police ID supremacist as Kansas shootings suspect

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

April 14, 2014 | By MARIA SUDEKUM Associated Press | World


Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel

BERLIN - The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said Sunday.

April 13, 2014 | By KARL RITTER Associated Press | World


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