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Benazir Bhutto’s life a sweeping epic of blood and controversy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Benazir Bhutto was many things - zealous guardian of her dead father's legacy, aristocratic populist, accused rogue, even one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people. And in the end, she was a victim of roiling passions in the nation she sought to lead for a third time.

January 11, 2008 | By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and JERRY SCHWARTZ Associated Press Writer | World


Distraught relatives watch as bodies pulled from Indonesia landslides; 87 feared dead

LEDOKSARI, Indonesia - Crying relatives watched in horror Thursday as rescuers pulled muddy corpses from Indonesian villages devastated by landslides and floods. At least 87 people were dead or missing, and tens of thousands have been forced from their homes.

January 11, 2008 | By BLONTANK POER Associated Press Writer | World


Pakistani opposition leader Bhutto killed in suicide attack on campaign rally

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday by an attacker who shot her after a campaign rally and then blew himself up. Her death stoked new chaos across the nuclear-armed nation, an important U.S. ally in the war on terrorism.

January 11, 2008 | By SADAQAT JAN and ZARAR KHAN Associated Press Writers | World


Inflation fuels anger in Iran toward hard-line president Ahmadinejad, even among conservatives

TEHRAN, Iran - A sharp rise in inflation has provoked fierce criticism of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - not only from his reformist opponents, but also from senior conservatives who helped bring him to power but now say he is mismanaging the economy.

January 11, 2008 | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press Writer | World


Chavez hopes to mediate broader Colombian settlement after hostage handover

CARACAS, Venezuela - As President Hugo Chavez prepared Thursday to send Venezuelan helicopters into Colombia to pick up three rebel-held hostages, he also hoped to mediate a broader settlement between leftist rebels and the U.S. backed Colombian government.

January 11, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER Associated Press Writer | World


Chavez awaiting Colombian ’green light’ for hostage handover; Uribe considering next move

CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that if Colombia says OK, he will send Venezuelan planes or helicopters across their border to pick up three hostages being released by leftist rebels after six years in captivity.

January 10, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER Associated Press Writer | World


Japanese PM looks to boost ties through China visit

TOKYO - When Japan's prime minister heads to China for a summit Thursday, he'll face conditions his predecessors haven't enjoyed for years: warming relations, a boost in economic ties and almost no rhetoric over their historical grievances.

January 10, 2008 | By HIROKO TABUCHI Associated Press Writer | World


Palestinian President Abbas to demand settlement freeze at summit with Israeli premier

JERUSALEM - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will demand Israel commit at a peace summit Thursday to a freeze on all settlement construction, and he has appealed to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for support, an aide said.

January 10, 2008 | By ARON HELLER Associated Press Writer | World


Hairdressers in Iraq are forced to work in secret salons, fearing extremists’ death threats

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Umm Doha cuts hair and waxes eyebrows in secret from her living room because making women look pretty can get a person killed in her Sunni-dominated Baghdad neighborhood.

January 10, 2008 | By DIAA HADID Associated Press Writer | World


S&P: US home prices fall by a record in October for 23rd straight month of deceleration

NEW YORK - U.S. home prices fell in October for the 10th consecutive month, posting their largest drop since early 1991, according to a key index released Wednesday.

January 10, 2008 | BY STEPHEN BERNARD AP Business Writer | World


Karzai, Musharraf hold talks on fighting militants, other issues

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged during an unusually friendly meeting Wednesday to share intelligence and tighten border controls to quash rising militant attacks.

January 10, 2008 | By RAVI NESSMAN Associated Press Writer | World


American girl rescued from Panama plane crash that killed 3

DAVID, Panama - A 12-year-old U.S. girl who was the sole survivor of a weekend plane crash was airlifted Wednesday to a Panamanian hospital after rescue workers trekked for several hours through remote mountains to deliver her to safety and reunite her with anxious relatives.

January 10, 2008 | By ARNULFO FRANCO Associated Press Writer | World


A day of prayer, reconciliation and hope

ROME - As the faithful marked Christmas Day, political and religious leaders called for peace and reconciliation amid flickers of hope in places long plagued by conflict.

January 09, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


Toyota plans to sell 9.85 million vehicles in '08, threating GM's position as No. 1 automaker

NAGOYA, Japan - Toyota plans to sell 9.85 million vehicles worldwide in 2008, the company said Tuesday, setting an ambitious target despite worries about a slowing U.S. car market, as it tries to become the world's top automaker.

January 09, 2008 | By YURI KAGEYAMA Associated Press Writer | World


Poll shows Israelis and Palestinians pessimistic about peace

JERUSALEM - Israelis and Palestinians responding to a survey believe a recent U.S.-sponsored peace conference was a failure and think their leaders won't manage to sign a peace deal in the next year, according to results released Tuesday.

January 09, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


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Oscar Pistorius starts serving 5-year prison term

PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

October 21, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and GERALD IMRAY Associated Press | World


Millions in Social Security benefits for expelled Nazis

OSIJEK, Croatia - Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.

October 20, 2014 | By DAVID RISING, RANDY HERSCHAFT and RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press | World


US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

October 19, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press | World


Constitution takes trip before 3-year restoration

BOSTON - Old Ironsides took one last trip around Boston Harbor on Friday ahead of a major, multi-year restoration project, firing its cannons while the Dropkick Murphys punk band and a Boston Pops quintet entertained hundreds of special guests and dignitaries on board.

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


Market turmoil: A gift for mortgage refinancers?

A sudden plunge in mortgage rates this week raised an urgent question for millions of Americans:

October 19, 2014 | By JOSH BOAK and ALEX VEIGA Associated Press | World


Ebola: What went wrong?

Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small when they needed to think big. Many people, governments and agencies share the blame for failing to contain Ebola when it emerged in West Africa.

October 18, 2014 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer | World


WHO faulted for Ebola failures as Obama taps czar

LONDON - The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report revealed Friday, as President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America's frenzied response to the epidemic.

October 17, 2014 | By MARIA CHENG and ADAM GELLER Associated Press | World


Nurses in safety gear got Ebola, why wouldn't you?

WASHINGTON - How come nurses wearing protective gear can catch Ebola from a patient, but health officials keep saying you almost certainly won't get it from someone sitting next to you on a plane?

October 16, 2014 | By CONNIE CASS Associated Press | World


State health officials: 2nd Ebola case in Texas

DALLAS - A "breach of protocol" at the hospital where Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was treated before his death led to the infection of a health care worker with the deadly virus, and other caregivers could potentially be exposed, federal health officials said Sunday.

October 12, 2014 | The Associated Press | World


Teen dead, more than 20 hurt in hayride crash

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine - A Halloween-themed hayride loaded with passengers crashed down a hill in the Maine woods and slammed into a tree, fatally injuring a teenage girl and leaving more than 20 other people hurt, police said Sunday.

October 12, 2014 | By PATRICK WHITTLE Associated Press | World


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


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