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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 | World


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 | World


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 | World


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 | World


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 | World


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 | World


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 | World


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 | World


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 | World


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 | World


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 | World


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 | World


Officials say Kremlin critic’s bid for presidential race is invalid; formal ruling due

MOSCOW - The only liberal Kremlin critic in Russia's presidential race stands to be kept off the ballot because tens of thousands of signatures on his nominating petitions were forgeries, election officials said Thursday.

February 08, 2008 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press Writer | World


Spain says police moved against Islamic suicide cell even though it lacked bombs

MADRID, Spain - Police acting on a tipoff that a radical Islamic group was plotting suicide attacks in Barcelona moved against the cell last week even though it had not amassed enough explosives to make bombs, Spain's police chief said Thursday.

February 08, 2008 | By DANIEL WOOLLS Associated Press Writer | World


Brazil to send extra police, environmental agents to reduce Amazon deforestation

BRASILIA, Brazil - Brazil will combat rising deforestation in the Amazon by sending extra federal police and environmental agents to areas where illegal clearing of the rain forest jumped dramatically last year, officials said Thursday.

February 08, 2008 | By MARCO SIBAJA Associated Press Writer | World


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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


9/11 museum shows SEAL's shirt from bin Laden raid

NEW YORK - The shirt a Navy SEAL wore in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and a special coin given to a CIA officer who played a key role in finding him are being displayed at the Sept. 11 museum, adding potent symbols of the terrorist attacks' aftermath days before their anniversary.

September 07, 2014 | By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press | World


Arab League chief: Confront Islamic State group

CAIRO - The head of the Arab League urged its members Sunday to confront Islamic State extremists "militarily and politically," issuing an apparent call to arms as President Barack Obama prepares to go to lawmakers and the American public with his own plan to stop the militants.

September 07, 2014 | SARAH EL DEEB and SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press | World


Al-Qaida leader says it has expanded into India

NEW DELHI - Promising to "storm your barricades with cars packed with gunpowder," al-Qaida announced Thursday it had created an Indian branch that the terror network vowed would bring Islamic rule to the entire subcontinent.

September 04, 2014 | By TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press | World


For sale: Century-old cards of Ty Cobb, Cy Young

BIDDEFORD, Maine - A baseball fan took up smoking a century ago and with it acquired another habit: holding onto little cards that bore the faces of baseball's earliest greats.

September 01, 2014 | By DAVID SHARP Associated Press | World


Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

WASHINGTON - As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided on the question.

September 01, 2014 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press | World


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