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Gates and Bono complain that world’s well-off are lagging badly in helping developing nations

DAVOS, Switzerland - Halfway to a 2015 deadline to implement sweeping U.N. goals to reduce poverty, fight AIDS and put more children in school, the world needs to do much more, billionaire Bill Gates and others said Friday.

February 09, 2008 | By PAUL HAVEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Zimbabwe sets March 29 for presidential, parliament elections; opposition angered

HARARE, Zimbabwe - President Robert Mugabe has set national elections for March 29, according to a proclamation issued Friday that angered the opposition, which had called for the vote to be put back until constitutional disputes were settled.

February 09, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Former chairman of China’s No. 2 oil company faces corruption charges

BEIJING - The former chairman of China's No. 2 oil company, Sinopec Corp., has been expelled from the Communist Party and referred to prosecutors on charges of corruption and bribe taking, state media reported Friday.

February 09, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Lawyer admits being go-between with Venezuelan intelligence in cash suitcase coverup scheme

MIAMI - A Venezuelan man pleaded guilty Friday in a scheme to cover up the source of $800,000 in a suitcase seized in Argentina, where it was allegedly sent by Venezuelans as a donation to Cristina Fernandez's presidential campaign.

February 09, 2008 | By ANTHONY McCARTNEY Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Suspect says Saudi collector wanted Picasso, Portinari paintings that were stolen in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Brazil - A suspect in last month's brazen theft of two paintings by Pablo Picasso and Candido Portinari told detectives the paintings were to be delivered to a Saudi collector, authorities said Friday.

February 09, 2008 | By ALAN CLENDENNING Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


South Africa mines shut as power shortages threaten nation’s economic engine

CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Leading South African gold, diamond and platinum mines stopped production Friday in the face of power outages that threaten to choke economic growth.

February 09, 2008 | By CLARE NULLIS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Europe’s right-wing leaders seek new party to counter Islam, other perceived threats

VIENNA, Austria - Right-wing leaders from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria and France announced plans Friday to form a pan-European party with a mission to ''rescue the Western world'' from Islam and other perceived threats.

February 09, 2008 | By WILLIAM J. KOLE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


French bank trader was dealing in tens of billions of dollars

PARIS - The rogue futures trader who allegedly cost French bank Societe Generale $7.14 billion had been betting on an even larger scale - with tens of billions in fraudulent deals, the bank said Friday.

February 09, 2008 | By EMMA VANDORE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Rival Kenyan leaders meet for first time since disputed election

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's president and its main opposition leader met Thursday for the first time since the disputed Dec. 27 presidential vote, but they emerged still clearly divided over the central question of who really won the election.

February 08, 2008 | By KATY POWNALL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Egypt begins to control influx of Gazans; Israel says it wants ties cut with territory

RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Egyptian border guards took measures to control huge crowds of Palestinians streaming from Gaza to Egypt across a breached border for a second day Thursday, but they did not try to halt the flow.

February 08, 2008 | By SARAH EL DEEB and OMAR SINAN Associated Press Writers | Associated Press


Societe Generale uncovers massive fraud by futures trader

PARIS - French bank Societe Generale said Thursday it has uncovered a 4.9 billion euro ($7.14 billion) fraud - one of history's biggest - by a single futures trader whose scheme of fictitious transactions was discovered as stock markets began to stumble in recent days.

February 08, 2008 | By EMMA VANDORE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Suicide bomber kills provincial police chief at blast site in Mosul

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber killed an Iraqi police chief and two other officers Thursday as they surveyed the site of the wreckage of a blast a day earlier that devastated a predominantly Sunni neighborhood in the volatile northern city of Mosul.

February 08, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pakistani, Afghan, Iraqi leaders discuss scourge of suicide bombing at world forum

DAVOS, Switzerland - Fears of world recession briefly took a back seat Thursday at the World Economic Forum, where leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq focused on how to establish security in their volatile regions.

February 08, 2008 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Yad Vashem memorial launches Arabic Web site to combat Holocaust denial

JERUSALEM - Israel's Holocaust memorial launched an Arabic version of its Web site Thursday, including vivid photos of Nazi atrocities and video of survivors' testimony, to combat Holocaust denial in the Arab and Muslim world.

February 08, 2008 | By ARON HELLER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Britain unveils sweeping new terrorism law proposals, including longer detention

LONDON - The British government revealed sweeping plans Thursday to toughen terrorism laws, including a proposal to hold suspects for up to 42 days without charge.

February 08, 2008 | By D’ARCY DORAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Ringling Bros. Circus to give up elephant acts in 3 years

POLK CITY, Fla. - The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.

March 05, 2015 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Associated Press


Plane skids off LaGuardia runway, crashes into fence; 6 hurt

NEW YORK - A plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing Thursday, crashing through a chain-link fence and coming to rest with its nose perilously close to the edge of an icy bay.

March 05, 2015 | By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press | Associated Press


Prosecutor to seek charge against police chief who shot wife

ATLANTA - A prosecutor said Thursday that he would seek a misdemeanor charge - but no felony - against a suburban Atlanta police chief who reported accidentally shooting his sleeping wife on New Year's Day.

March 05, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

WASHINGTON - Sharply divided along familiar lines, the Supreme Court took up a politically charged new challenge to President Barack Obama's health overhaul Wednesday in a dispute over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans.

March 04, 2015 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


'It WAS him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

BOSTON - The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it.

March 04, 2015 | By DENISE LAVOIE AP Legal Affairs Writer | Associated Press


Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

WASHINGTON - Bitterly admitting defeat, House Republicans on Tuesday abandoned their attempts to use the Homeland Security Department's spending bill to force concessions from President Barack Obama on immigration, and sent him legislation to fund the agency through the end of the budget year with no strings attached.

March 03, 2015 | By ERICA WERNER and DAVID ESPO Associated Press | Associated Press


Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks; Obama disagrees

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that an emerging agreement between Iran and the United States would all but guarantee that Tehran gets nuclear weapons and would be a very bad deal, drawing an extraordinarily blunt rebuttal from President Barack Obama.

March 03, 2015 | By ARON HELLER and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press | Associated Press


Civil rights landmark bridge is named for reputed KKK leader

SELMA, Ala. - When the nation's first black president steps onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor the marchers beaten there 50 years ago, he'll be standing on a structure that's at once synonymous with the civil rights struggle and a tribute to a reputed Ku Klux Klan leader.

March 03, 2015 | By JAY REEVES and ALLEN G. BREED Associated Press | Associated Press


Documents: Georgia officials indecisive about execution

ATLANTA - Georgia prison officials were indecisive about whether to proceed with a cloudy lethal injection drug, at one point saying they weren't sure whether they checked "this week's or last week's" batch, according to court documents.

March 03, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Concerns over drug prompt delay of Georgia woman's execution

JACKSON, Ga. - Citing concerns about the drug to be used in a lethal injection, corrections officials in Georgia postponed the execution of the state's only female death row inmate for the second time in a week.

March 03, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Mother of Georgia man killed by police denies he was armed

SAVANNAH - The mother of a handcuffed man killed by police said Monday she doesn't believe investigators' findings that her son was armed with a gun, and she suspects a cover-up to protect the officer who shot him five times.

March 02, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


New medical marijuana bill in Senate stricter than House's

ATLANTA - A senator said Monday that he has filed a new bill to legalize medicinal marijuana in Georgia that would avoid legal problems that could arise under the House version, which passed overwhelmingly last week.

March 02, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Netanyahu assails Iran deal, touts US-Israel ties

WASHINGTON - Seeking to lower tensions, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, even as the Israeli leader claimed President Barack Obama did not - and could not - fully understand his nation's vital security concerns.

March 02, 2015 | By JULIE PACE and ARON HELLER Associated Press | Associated Press


Execution of Georgia woman postponed; problem with drug

JACKSON, Ga. - Georgia postponed its first execution of a woman in 70 years late Monday, as officials cited problems with the lone drug that would be used for the lethal injection.

March 02, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Public paycheck? Likely climbing if you're connected to Deal

ATLANTA - Many of Gov. Nathan Deal's top aides and senior executive branch officials got raises for 2015 that will far exceed what most teachers and state workers can expect in coming year.

March 01, 2015 | From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Associated Press


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