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Suspected Islamic insurgents behead Thai soldier, kill 7 more troops in rebellious south

NARATHIWAT, Thailand - Suspected Muslim insurgents ambushed an army patrol in Thailand's restive south Monday, killing all eight soldiers and then beheading one of them in a bloody clash as the rebellion enters its fifth year.

January 29, 2008 | By SUMETH PANPETCH Associated Press Writer | World


Protest against maglev train in Shanghai forces government acknowledgement

SHANGHAI, China - Protests by Shanghai residents angry over the proposed extension of a high-tech train line forced the government Monday to acknowledge widespread public concern, in the latest standoff between China's communist authorities and middle-class urban Chinese.

January 29, 2008 | By ELAINE KURTENBACH Associated Press Writer | World


Guatemala to get first leftist president in more than 50 years

GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala on Monday swears in Alvaro Colom, its first leftist president in more than 50 years.

January 29, 2008 | By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA Associated Press Writer | World


Guatemala hopes new presidential duo — peacemaker and heart surgeon — can do some healing

GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's new president, Alvaro Colom received training as a Mayan priest. His vice president is a heart surgeon.

January 29, 2008 | By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA Associated Press Writer | World


Sicilian businessmen openly defying the Mafia in rebellion shaking Cosa Nostra to its core

PALERMO, Sicily - When it came down to business, Cosa Nostra could always count on fear.

January 29, 2008 | By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press Writer | World


Explosion, gunfire at luxury hotel in Afghan capital kill 6, including an American

KABUL, Afghanistan - Militants stormed Kabul's most popular luxury hotel Monday, killing at least six people as they hunted down Westerners who cowered in a gym - a coordinated assault that could signal a new era of brazen Taliban attacks.

January 29, 2008 | By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writer | World


Schools in Zimbabwe face bleak start to new year as water woes and supply shortages worsen

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Rowdy crowds formed at clothing stores Monday in Zimbabwe as anxious parents searched for uniforms for a new school year overshadowed by rocketing fees, shortages of basic supplies and lack of electricity.

January 29, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | World


Developing world’s role in nuclear renaissance raises safety concerns

VIENNA, Austria - Global warming and rocketing oil prices are making nuclear power fashionable, drawing a once demonized industry out of the shadows of the Chernobyl disaster as a potential shining knight of clean energy.

January 28, 2008 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press Writer | World


Former Indonesian dictator Suharto shows signs of improvement after organ failure

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Doctors struggling to prolong the life of former dictator Suharto said he was showing slight signs of improvement Saturday, a day after he suffered organ failure and was placed on a ventilator. Asked if he was in pain, the 86-year-old nodded 'yes' before drifting back to sleep.

January 27, 2008 | By NINIEK KARMINI Associated Press Writer | World


Bush says no decision yet on deepening drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq

MANAMA, Bahrain - President Bush said Saturday he is open to the possibility of slowing or stopping plans to bring home more U.S. troops from Iraq, defying domestic demands to speed the withdrawals. Updated on war developments, Bush said the U.S. presence in Iraq will outlast his presidency.

January 27, 2008 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | World


From sanctuary to war zone: Rangers, gorillas threatened in Congo’s turbulent heart

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, Congo - Not far from a hillside where several mountain gorillas shot dead last summer lie buried, park ranger Innocent Mburanumwe peers across a primordial canopy of treetops into what may be the most dangerous game reserve on earth.

January 27, 2008 | By TODD PITMAN Associated Press Writer | World


Fuel tanker catches fire in Nigeria; many feared dead, police say

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria - A speeding fuel tanker crashed and spilled its cargo Saturday in Nigeria's main southern city, and as many as three dozen people were feared dead in the resulting fire, police and witnesses said.

January 27, 2008 | By UFFORD WILSON Associated Press Writer | World


China’s notoriously dangerous coal mines claimed 3,786 lives in 2007, state media report

BEIJING - Accidents in China's notoriously dangerous coal mines killed nearly 3,800 people last year, state media reported Saturday - a toll that is a marked improvement from previous years, but still leaves China's mines the world's deadliest.

January 27, 2008 | The Associated Press | World


Human rights workers say politicians paying militias in worst of Kenyan violence

NAIROBI, Kenya - The price for burning down a home: 500 shillings, or about $8. Double that to have someone hacked to death.

January 27, 2008 | By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer | World


Taiwan opposition wins elections by landslide, in blow to government’s hardline China policies

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party won a landslide victory in legislative elections Saturday, dealing a humiliating blow to the government's hardline China policies two months before a presidential poll.

January 27, 2008 | By PETER ENAV Associated Press Writer | World


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Canada's PM says shooting rampage was terrorism

OTTAWA, Ontario - Two deadly attacks in three days against members of the military stunned Canadians and raised fears their country was being targeted for reprisals for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against an extremist Islamic group in Iraq and Syria.

October 22, 2014 | By BENJAMIN SHINGLER and ROB GILLIES Associated Press | World


At Berlin Wall, Kerry warns against Cold War redux

BERLIN - Surrounded by relics of the Cold War, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his German counterpart warned Wednesday against a return to the bitter divide between East and West over the current crisis in Ukraine.

October 22, 2014 | By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer | World


Bedouin Israeli doctor mysteriously turns jihadi

HURA, Israel - He was a quiet whiz kid at the top of his class in Israel, who overcame tough odds in this minority Arab village to become a star medical student and hospital intern.

October 22, 2014 | By ARON HELLER Associated Press | World


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


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