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Greece: high participation in bond swap

Mar 7, 2012

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Friday secured a high enough participation in its critical bond swap offer to drastically reduce its debt, staving off an imminent default and paving the way for the release of funds from international rescue loans.

The Finance Ministry said 85.8 percent of private ...

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Former director of Haiti's Central Bank slain

Mar 7, 2012

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A prominent Haitian banker whose son recently pleaded guilty in a U.S. federal bribery case has been killed in the capital of Port-au-Prince, police said Wednesday.

Venel Joseph was fatally shot late Tuesday while at the wheel of his car, according to police spokesman ...

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Iraq: UN chief to attend Arab summit in Baghdad

Mar 7, 2012

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top diplomat says United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon will attend the annual Arab League summit meeting scheduled for later this month in Baghdad.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Wednesday that Ban accepted an invitation "just a few days ago."

U.N. deputy spokesman ...

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UNESCO weighs ousting Syria from rights committee

Mar 7, 2012

PARIS (AP) — UNESCO officials are to debate on Thursday whether to remove Syria from a human rights committee as the Syrian government proceeds with its deadly crackdown on protesters.

A commission of the U.N. cultural body's executive board was expected to take up the subject Wednesday, but ...

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'Holland's Next Top Model' wins agency lawsuit

Mar 7, 2012

By TOBY STERLING, Associated Press

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A former winner of the television show "Holland's Next Top Model" has won a lawsuit against Elite models after she was dropped for having hips the agency claimed were too large.

The Amsterdam District Court has ruled that Ananda Marchildon, now ...

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Lawyer: Jackson theft accused will prove innocence

Mar 7, 2012

LONDON (AP) — A lawyer for two Michael Jackson fans accused of stealing unreleased music by the late King of Pop from Sony's computers says the men are confident they can prove their innocence in court.

Karen Todner says James Marks and Jamie McCormick "are eager to point out to Michael Jackson's ...

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Putin: Asylum for Assad in Russia not discussed

Mar 7, 2012

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian leader Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow isn't discussing granting political asylum to Syrian President Bashar Assad, shooting down rumors that such an offer is on the table as a way to end the Syrian regime's deadly crackdown ...

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Hackers hit Spanish security co. in revenge attack

Mar 7, 2012

LONDON (AP) — Hackers claiming allegiance to the amorphous Anonymous movement say they've defaced several sites belonging to online defense firm Panda Security.

Anonymous supporters have been rattled by a trans-Atlantic investigation that has exposed one of the group's best-known hackers, Sabu, as ...

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3 days after Rep. of Congo blast, no rescue effort

Mar 7, 2012

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI, Associated Press

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — Families desperately crowded outside morgues on Wednesday while others tried to get past the police tape blocking access to the wasteland that now stretches over one-square-mile of this African capital.

It's a tableau ...

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London watchdog group grills Olympic organizers

Mar 7, 2012

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — The London Assembly pounced on Olympics chief Sebastian Coe on Wednesday, demanding answers to whether the public had a fair shot at tickets to the men's 100-meter final and other popular events.

The heated exchanges also hit at many of the big ...

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6 execs charged in Olympus loss coverup scandal

Mar 7, 2012

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese prosecutors formally charged Olympus Corp.'s former chairman and five other people Wednesday in a high-profile scandal involving a cover-up of massive investment losses at the company.

Tokyo prosecutors said in a statement that they ...

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Hamas unclear about role in Israel-Iran fighting

Mar 7, 2012

By IBRAHIM BARZAK and KARIN LAUB, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's ruling Hamas on Wednesday sent conflicting signals on whether it would stay on the sidelines if war breaks out between Israel and Iran.

A Hamas spokesman said the group didn't have enough firepower the enter a ...

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Double bombing kills 14 in northern Iraq

Mar 7, 2012

By MAZIN YAHYA, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two bombs that exploded in swift succession killed 14 people Wednesday near a crowded restaurant in a mid-sized city in Iraq's north, officials said.

Officials said the blasts may indicate that the town of Tal Afar, a hotbed of insurgency during the ...

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14 films in lineup for Sundance London offshoot

Mar 7, 2012

LONDON (AP) — Organizers on Wednesday announced a lineup of 14 movies for Sundance London, a four-day British offshoot of the Utah-based indie film festival.

The April 26-29 event will include Julie Delpy's relationship comedy "2 Days in New York"; Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos' hip-hop ...

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Iran's leader sets up Internet control group

Mar 7, 2012

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader ordered Wednesday the creation of an Internet oversight agency that includes top military, security and political figures in the country's boldest attempt yet to control the web.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the ...

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UK press regulator axed after hacking scandal

Mar 7, 2012

LONDON (AP) — Britain's press regulator, much criticized amid a scandal over tabloid phone hacking, has confirmed it is to be abolished and replaced with a new body.

The Press Complaints Commission said Thursday that it had appointed a "director of transition" to conduct the shutdown as quickly as ...

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US envoys: Progress in North Korea food aid talks

Mar 7, 2012

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. envoys said there was progress in talks Wednesday on arrangements for the first U.S. government food aid shipment to impoverished North Korea in three years, part of an agreement aimed at ending Pyongyang's nuclear programs.

Special envoy Robert King said negotiations with ...

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Terror indictment: Breivik shot 56 victims in head

Mar 7, 2012

By BJOERN H. AMLAND and KARL RITTER, Associated Press

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Exactly 100 people were shot, some of them up to eight times, before the gunman surrendered to police. Of the 69 people killed, 56 were shot in the head. One drowned and another fell off a cliff in desperate attempts to flee ...

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Triumphant Putin pours scorn on opposition

Mar 7, 2012

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — A jubilant Vladimir Putin on Wednesday shrugged off opposition claims that his presidential election victory was unfair and marred by fraud, saying any violations were not significant enough to affect the vote's outcome.

Putin slapped at his ...

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Japan cleans up radiation zone, unsure of success

Mar 7, 2012

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Workers in rubber boots chip at the frozen ground, scraping until they've removed the top 2 inches (5 centimeters) of radioactive soil from the yard of a single home. Total amount of waste gathered: roughly 60 tons.

One down, tens of ...

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