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Pirates move Saudi supertanker farther from coast

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somali pirates have taken their greatest prize - a Saudi-flagged supertanker with $100 million of crude oil - farther offshore in what appears to be a rare defensive move following threats by Islamic insurgents.

December 10, 2008 | By MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN Associated Press Writer | World


Protesters swarm Thai airport, takeoffs suspended

BANGKOK, Thailand - Anti-government demonstrators swarmed Bangkok's international airport late Tuesday, halting departing flights, as opponents and supporters of Thailand's government fought in the streets of the city.

December 10, 2008 | By AMBIKA AHUJA Associated Press Writer | World


Congo cholera outbreak spreads amid tense standoff

KIBATI, Congo - A cholera outbreak in a sprawling refugee camp has spread to eastern Congo's provincial capital of Goma, increasing fears of an epidemic amid a tense standoff between troops and rebels.

November 25, 2008 | By ANITA POWELL Associated Press Writer | World


Death toll rises to 94 in Haiti school collapse

PETIONVILLE, Haiti - U.S., French and Haitian firefighters used sonar, cameras and dogs Monday in the search for victims at a collapsed Haitian school, but hopes dimmed for finding any more survivors, and the stench of death grew from beneath the rubble.

November 25, 2008 | By JONATHAN M. KATZ Associated Press Writer | World


6 months on, quake rebuilding challenges China

BEICHUAN, China - Sealed off by guards and a chain-link fence ringed with barbed wire, the moment when an earthquake ripped through this region and destroyed Beichuan remains perfectly preserved.

November 25, 2008 | By TINI TRAN Associated Press Writer | World


Inquiry probes cause of Russian sub deaths

MOSCOW - A manufacturing flaw, a misplaced cable, even a cigarette.

November 25, 2008 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press Writer | World


Iraq spokesman says US security offer not enough

BAGHDAD - Iraq's government spokesman said Monday the U.S. offers of changes to a draft security agreement were ''not enough'' and asked Washington to offer new amendments if it wants the pact to win parliamentary approval.

November 25, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | World


2 Italian Catholic nuns kidnapped in Kenya

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Gunmen firing automatic weapons dragged two Italian Roman Catholic nuns from their home in rural Kenya on Monday and drove them into lawless Somalia in a rare cross-border kidnapping, officials said.

November 25, 2008 | By MOHAMED SHEIKH NOR Associated Press Writer | World


AP Interview: Pakistani leader seeks new US policy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's leader said Monday he expects President-elect Barack Obama to re-evaluate the need for U.S. military strikes on al-Qaida and Taliban targets on Pakistan's side of the Afghan border.

November 25, 2008 | By CHRIS BRUMMITT Associated Press Writer | World


Pope meets with Muslim scholars, urges better ties

VATICAN CITY - Christians and Muslims must overcome their misunderstandings, Pope Benedict XVI told Muslim clergy and scholars Thursday as he pressed for greater freedom of worship for non-Muslims in the Islamic world.

November 21, 2008 | By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press Writer | World


Saudis on hunger strike to demand judiciary reform

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A group of Saudi activists began a rare public hunger strike Thursday to demand judiciary reform and draw attention to the detention without trial of 11 political reformists.

November 21, 2008 | By DONNA ABU-NASR Associated Press Writer | World


China, after talks, strikes hard line on Tibet

BEIJING - A senior Chinese official who met this week with representatives of the Dalai Lama on Thursday ruled out giving Tibet the kind of autonomy that Beijing grants Hong Kong, saying the Tibetan spiritual leader should ''face reality.''

November 21, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


China envoy’s Taiwan trip highlights differences

TAIPEI, Taiwan - He stepped off the plane with a mission: Make history by becoming the most senior Chinese official to visit Taiwan. Sign a landmark trade deal. Draw the wayward island closer to motherland China.

November 21, 2008 | By WILLIAM FOREMAN Associated Press Writer | World


US responds to Iraqi proposals on American troops

BAGHDAD - The U.S. responded Thursday to Iraqi proposals for changes in the draft security pact that would keep American troops here for three more years, saying it now considers the text final and it is up to Iraq's government to push the process to approval.

November 21, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | World


Putin’s return? Russian parliament may allow it

MOSCOW - Russia's constitution will be amended by year's end to extend the presidential term to six years, lawmakers promised Thursday - a move that could pave the way for Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin.

November 21, 2008 | By DAVID NOWAK Associated Press Writer | World


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Online security flaw exposes millions of passwords

SAN FRANCISCO - A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.

April 09, 2014 | By ANICK JESDANUN & MICHAEL LIEDTKE Associated Press | World


Medicare database reveals top-paid doctors

WASHINGTON - Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million.

April 09, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR & SERDAR TUMGOREN Associated Press | World


Pistorius urged to look at photo of dead lover

PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Wednesday urged the athlete to "take responsibility" for fatally shooting his girlfriend, telling him to look at a police photograph of Reeva Steenkamp's bloodied head with gruesome wounds.

April 09, 2014 | By GERALD IMRAY & CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press | World


Iconic Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

LOS ANGELES - Mickey Rooney's approach to life was simple: "Let's put on a show!" He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life.

April 07, 2014 | By ANTHONY McCARTNEY Associated Press | World


Pistorius apologizes for killing girlfriend

PRETORIA, South Africa - Fighting back tears, Oscar Pistorius began testifying at his murder trial on Monday by apologizing to the family of the girlfriend he shot dead.

April 07, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA & GERALD IMRAY Associated Press | World


Defying Taliban threats, Afghans vote in droves

KABUL, Afghanistan - Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and rain Saturday, underscoring their enormous expectations from an election that comes as the country's wobbly government prepares to face down a ferocious insurgency largely on its own.

April 06, 2014 | By KIM GAMEL & RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press | World


Married couples separated by German language test

BERLIN - Michael Guhle met the love of his life on the beach of a little fishing village in Vietnam. Thi An Nguyen was selling freshly cooked mussels and fruit to the German tourist and they immediately clicked. Soon the Berlin nursing home worker was saving up all of his money and vacation days to visit Nguyen.

April 06, 2014 | By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER Associated Press | World


Navy warship reaches sailboat carrying ill toddler

SAN DIEGO - A U.S. Navy warship reached a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast and was preparing Sunday to complete the rescue of a sick 1-year-old girl.

April 06, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Chinese ship reports 'pulse' signal, possibly from plane

PERTH, Australia - Malaysia vowed Saturday that it would not give up trying to find the missing jetliner and said a multinational investigation team would to try to solve the aviation mystery, as a Chinese ship involved in the search reported hearing a "pulse signal" in Indian Ocean waters.

April 05, 2014 | By EILEEN NG & NICK PERRY Associated Press | World


Samsung adding anti-theft solutions to smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO - Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company said Friday.

April 05, 2014 | By TERRY COLLINS Associated Press | World


NYC police: Car flips into Queens creek, killing 4

NEW YORK - A car heading down a darkened dead-end street in a desolate industrial area hit a curb and flipped into a creek, killing four passengers, police said Saturday.

April 05, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Syrup-makers go high-tech with wireless monitoring

MILTON, Vt. - Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem - leaks.

April 01, 2014 | By LISA RATHKE & HOLLY RAMER Associated Press | World


Low-cost Dominican surgeries spark warnings by US

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Beverly Brignoni was a young New Yorker seeking a less expensive way to enhance her appearance and she did what many other people are now doing: travel to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic surgery.

March 31, 2014 | By BEN FOX & EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ Associated Press | World


Seabed of jet hunt zone mostly flat with 1 trench

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Two miles under the sea where satellites and planes are looking for debris from the missing Malaysian jet, the ocean floor is cold, dark, covered in a squishy muck of dead plankton and - in a potential break for the search - mostly flat. The troubling exception is a steep, rocky drop ending in a deep trench.

March 30, 2014 | By JUSTIN PRITCHARD & NICK PERRY Associated Press | World


Schools increasingly check students for obesity

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran's second-grader, it also measures her son's body fat.

March 30, 2014 | By JULIE WATSON Associated Press | World


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