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Israeli company writes off stake in Egyptian gas

May 16, 2012

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli company has written off its entire 12.5 percent investment in the company that sold Egyptian natural gas to Israel before Egypt terminated the exports.

Ampal-American Israel Corp. said this week that the scrapping of the deal and uncertainties in Egypt led to its ...

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Rajoy warns Spain faces lock-out from markets

May 16, 2012

By CIARAN GILES, Associated Press

MADRID (AP) — Spain's prime minister warned Wednesday that the country faced the danger of being locked out of international markets as investors continued to fret about the future of the euro and Greece's place in the 17-country eurozone.

"Right now there is a ...

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Olympic photo chief creates the image of the games

May 16, 2012

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Asking Bob Martin to choose between his photos is like asking a parent to decide which child they love the most.

Does he like the rowers straining in the dawn mist, framed by the looming turrets of Windsor Castle? Or the thoroughbred leaping over an ...

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Yemeni army kills 29 al-Qaida fighters

May 16, 2012

By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Government troops and warplanes pounded al-Qaida positions in southern Yemen on Wednesday, killing at least 29 militants as part of a ramped up campaign against the group, military officials said.

Al-Qaida-linked fighters have taken over a ...

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Group: Congo general recruiting children again

May 16, 2012

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI, Associated Press

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Congolese general already sought on an international arrest warrant for his alleged use of child soldiers during an earlier conflict has forcibly recruited another 149 boys and teenagers since April, according to a Human Rights Watch ...

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Palestinian PM reshuffles Cabinet in West Bank

May 16, 2012

By DALIA NAMMARI, Associated Press

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad replaced almost half of his West Bank-based Cabinet on Wednesday, a clear sign that efforts to end the Palestinian political split are stuck.

A unity deal reached in February was to have ended ...

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Bangladesh announces probe into Grameen Bank units

May 16, 2012

By FARID HOSSAIN, Associated Press

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh has ordered a four-member commission to investigate 54 businesses linked to the pioneering microlender Grameen Bank founded by Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus.

The probe came weeks after Finance Minister A.M.A. Muhith said the ...

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Greece: Business blasts 'undertaker' politicians

May 16, 2012

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The head of a major Greek business organization has lashed out at the country's politicians for failing to form a coalition government and triggering new elections, accusing them of acting like "undertakers"

A national retail association leader Vassilis Korkidis said ...

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China TV blames Dalai Lama for Tibet immolations

May 16, 2012

By GILLIAN WONG and ISOLDA MORILLO, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — China has released a documentary accusing the Dalai Lama of orchestrating a wave of self-immolations by Tibetans, in its most elaborate attempt so far to shape international opinion about the protests against Chinese rule.

The ...

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South African police seize 10 rhino horns

May 16, 2012

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African police spokesman says officers tipped off by an anonymous informer forced their way into a Johannesburg apartment where they found 10 rhinoceros horns and an elephant tusk and arrested a Vietnamese man.

Spokesman Vish Naidoo said Wednesday the man will appear in ...

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Arafat's moneyman targeted in corruption probe

May 16, 2012

By KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The late Yasser Arafat's powerful moneyman is the target of the highest-profile Palestinian corruption probe to date, facing allegations he syphoned off millions of dollars in public funds, the chief investigator ...

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Progress for Chinese activist's bid to study in US

May 16, 2012

By DIDI TANG, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — A blind Chinese activist who sparked a diplomatic crisis by fleeing into the U.S. Embassy last month filled out a Chinese passport application and posed for a photo Wednesday, moving forward in his bid to study in the United States.

Paperwork for Chen ...

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Race, age questions fuel Miss World Fiji fiasco

May 16, 2012

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press

First came complaints that the winner of the Miss World Fiji pageant looked too Western to represent her country. Then her age came under scrutiny. And now, with the 16-year-old's crown lost, one of the judges says the contest was rigged from the start.

The pageant ...

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Iran's tough nuclear stance masks struggles at top

May 16, 2012

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY, Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The negotiating stance from Iranian officials never varies: The Islamic Republic will not give up its capabilities to make nuclear fuel. But embedded in the messages are meanings that reach beyond Tehran's talks with world ...

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Syrian opposition faces fractures, infighting

May 16, 2012

BEIRUT (AP) — A key activist group is threatening to withdraw from Syria's main umbrella grouping, saying the council has drifted away from the spirit of the Syrian revolution.

A pullout by the Local Coordination Committees from the Syrian National Council would be a blow for the group. The SNC ...

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'Black box' found of Russia jet in Indonesia crash

May 16, 2012

By ALI KOTARUMALOS, Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Investigators on Wednesday were analyzing the cockpit voice recorder from a Russian passenger jet that slammed into the side of an Indonesian volcano. They hope the final words of the two pilots will help explain what caused last ...

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Mexican novelist, essayist Carlos Fuentes dies

May 15, 2012

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Author Carlos Fuentes, who played a dominant role in Latin America's novel-writing boom by delving into the failed ideals of the Mexican revolution, died Tuesday in a Mexico City hospital. He was 83.

Fuentes died at the Angeles del ...

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Australia pledges $300 million to Afghan forces

May 15, 2012

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will contribute $100 million annually for three years beginning in 2015 toward the $4 billion a year cost of running the Afghan National Security Forces after they take responsibility for their country's security.

Prime ...

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Reaction to death of Mexican author Carlos Fuentes

May 15, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

Some reaction to the death of Mexican author Carlos Fuentes:

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"With his parting disappears a writer whose work and whose presence has left a profound mark. His short-stories, novels and essays were primarily inspired by Mexico's problems and history ...

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Official: 1 dead from attack on Kenya's coast

May 15, 2012

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Attackers fired shots and detonated four grenades outside a nightclub in Kenya's coastal town of Mombasa after they were denied entry, killing a security guard and wounding five people, including one of the assailants, police officials said ...

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