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Yemen UN envoy asks ex-president to stop meddling

Apr 30, 2012

By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The U.N. envoy to Yemen met Monday with the country's ex-president to press him to stop meddling in the country's affairs, diplomats said, a sign of continuing political instability that has emboldened al-Qaida.

The meeting between U.N. envoy ...

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Israel ex-opposition leader Livni quits parliament

Apr 30, 2012

By AMY TEIBEL, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni announced her resignation from parliament on Tuesday, weeks after she was ousted as opposition leader, in a move that could shake up Israeli politics ahead of widely expected national elections.

Livni, a one-time ...

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Uganda suggests Joseph Kony getting Sudan support

Apr 30, 2012

By DAVID RISING and RODNEY MUHUMUZA, Associated Press

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan officials are renewing a claim made with some frequency over the years: That rebel leader Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army are receiving backing from the government of Sudan.

Ugandan forces commander ...

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Israel says inclusion on UN list 'absurd'

Apr 30, 2012

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Foreign Ministry has criticized a U.N. statement that places the country on a list of nations it says are moving to further restrict advocacy and rights groups.

Spokesman Yigal Palmor on Monday called Israel's inclusion on the list "absurd."

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UK lawmakers: Rupert Murdoch unfit to lead company

Apr 30, 2012

By DAVID STRINGER, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch is unfit to lead his global media empire, an influential group of British lawmakers said Tuesday.

In a scathing report, the lawmakers said his company misled Parliament about the scale of phone hacking at one of its ...

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India ferry capsizes; 103 dead, 100 missing

Apr 30, 2012

By ANUPAM NATH, Associated Press

BURABURI, India (AP) — Army divers and rescue workers pulled 103 bodies out of a river after a packed ferry capsized in heavy winds and rain in remote northeast India, an official said Tuesday.

At least 100 people were still missing Tuesday after the ferry ...

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Malaysia sets 1st minimum wage for private sector

Apr 30, 2012

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia marked Labour Day with Prime Minister Najib Razak announcing plans for the first minimum wage for private-sector employees in a move that would benefit more than 3 million low-income workers.

The opposition Socialist Party held ...

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Trial of Iraq's fugitive Sunni VP to open Thursday

Apr 30, 2012

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council said Monday the terror trial of the country's fugitive Sunni vice president will begin Thursday.

Council spokesman Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar said the trial will focus on three charges out of 150 cases in which Vice ...

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Pakistanis dead; got 'blood money' in CIA killing

Apr 30, 2012

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The widow and mother-in-law of a Pakistani man killed by a CIA contractor last year were murdered Monday, allegedly by the widow's father who may have feared she would remarry and take the "blood money" she received with her, police said.

The families of the two men killed by ...

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Bahrain orders retrial for hunger striker, others

Apr 30, 2012

By REEM KHALIFA, Associated Press

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A Bahrain court Monday ordered retrials for a prominent hunger striker and 20 others convicted by a military-led tribunal in crackdowns against a 14-month-old uprising in the Gulf kingdom.

The decision, which shifts the cases to Bahrain's ...

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Palestinian prisoners in Israel on hunger strike

Apr 30, 2012

By DIAA HADID, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian rights group said Monday that half of about 5,000 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel are on a hunger strike, demanding an end to imprisonment without trial as well as better conditions.

Ehteram Ghazawneh of the Palestinian group ...

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Traces of visitors found at site of UK spy's death

Apr 30, 2012

By DAVID STRINGER, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Traces of at least two unknown people were discovered at the London apartment of a British spy whose naked body was found locked inside a sports bag, a forensic expert told a hearing Monday.

Ros Hammond said DNA from two as yet unidentified people ...

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Ireland: Euro's stability at risk in referendum

Apr 30, 2012

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press

DUBLIN (AP) — The Irish government launched its campaign Monday to secure public support for the European Union's fiscal treaty, and warned that rejection could ravage Ireland's financial future and destabilize the euro currency.

Pro-treaty campaigners began ...

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EU chief Barroso to snub Euro 2012 in Ukraine

Apr 30, 2012

By RAF CASERT, Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — The chief of the European Union's head office says he will not go to Ukraine during the European soccer championships in June unless there is a swift improvement in the human rights situation there.

EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and ...

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AP Interview: NATO confident about missile shield

Apr 30, 2012

By SLOBODAN LEKIC, Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's top official on Monday defended the alliance's plan for a shield against ballistic missiles in Europe, insisting the system is on track despite two U.S. reports that describe it as over budget and plagued by technical problems.

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Junta spokesman: Countercoup attempt in Mali

Apr 30, 2012

By MARTIN VOGL, Associated Press

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Soldiers loyal to the former government tried to stage a countercoup in Mali on Monday, a spokesman for Mali's military junta said.

"They are trying to take control of the airport right now, but we will fend them off," said junta spokesman ...

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Some London Residents to Get Missiles on Rooftops for Olympics

Apr 30, 2012

By PAISLEY DODDS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Some London residents are getting troops and surface-to-air missiles on their rooftops for the Summer Olympics.

British security officials identified potential sites for the missiles on Monday and announced plans for security tests during the week.

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Rights groups urge UAE to end activist detentions

Apr 30, 2012

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two international rights groups are urging the United Arab Emirates to end crackdowns on perceived political opponents and release those in custody.

Monday's appeal by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch follows the detentions of two people in the past ...

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7 films added to Cannes festival lineup

Apr 30, 2012

PARIS (AP) — A documentary about the world's waste and a musical about an Australian aboriginal singing group are among seven films added to the lineup of the Cannes Film Festival.

"Trashed," by British director Candida Brady, will have a special screening at the May 16-27 festival, while ...

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UN chief hails flexibility of Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Apr 30, 2012

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for supporting her country's path to democracy by making a political compromise.

Ban said Tuesday after meeting Suu Kyi that he admired her for agreeing to drop a demand that the wording ...

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