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Suspicion rises between Western advisers, Afghans

Mar 7, 2012

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — "Shoulder to shoulder" is the mantra of the NATO-Afghan military partnership. Now, after Afghan soldiers and police turned their guns on their foreign partners during outrage over the Quran burnings, even Western advisers — not just ...

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Health uncertainties torment Japanese in nuke zone

Mar 7, 2012

By YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Yoshiko Ota keeps her windows shut. She never hangs her laundry outdoors. Fearful of birth defects, she warns her daughters: Never have children.

This is life with radiation, nearly one year after a tsunami-hit nuclear power plant began ...

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Syria's Baba Amr is deserted, Red Cross says

Mar 7, 2012

By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY, Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief toured the shattered Syrian district of Baba Amr on Wednesday but found most residents had fled following a bloody military siege, while activists accused the government of trying to cover up evidence of atrocities ...

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Journalist arrested in New Delhi bomb attack

Mar 7, 2012

By NIRMALA GEORGE, Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police arrested an Indian journalist in connection with last month's bombing of an Israeli diplomatic vehicle in New Delhi, authorities said Wednesday, the first apparent breakthrough in an attack that Israel accused Iran of orchestrating.

The ...

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State election routs cripple India's ruling party

Mar 6, 2012

By MUNEEZA NAQVI, Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's ruling party needed a series of state election victories to reinvigorate its scandal-plagued government. The drubbing it received instead has crippled its ability to enact urgent reforms or act decisively, leaving the Congress party a ...

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China calls Tibetan immolators criminals, outcasts

Mar 6, 2012

By ALEXA OLESEN, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials sought Wednesday to discredit Tibetans who have set themselves on fire to protest China's rule over their region, calling them outcasts, criminals and mentally ill people manipulated by the exiled Dalai Lama.

The Tibetan Buddhist ...

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Islamist sect suspected in killing of 6 in Nigeria

Mar 6, 2012

By HARUNA UMAR, Associated Press

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected gunmen from a radical Islamist sect stormed into the home Tuesday of the top customs official in northeast Nigeria, shooting the man dead only weeks after he took over the post, officials said. Another shooting blamed on the sect ...

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Analysis: From Israel, urgings of caution on Iran

Mar 6, 2012

By DAN PERRY and JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces significant pressure at home to coordinate with the United States in any attack against Iran's nuclear program, despite his public insistence on Israel's right to act alone.

With the ...

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Biden tells CentAm US determined to defeat gangs

Mar 6, 2012

By ALBERTO ARCE and FREDDY CUEVAS, Associated Press

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden told Central American leaders that the United States is determined to defeat transnational gangs and continue funding an offensive against drug traffickers, but didn't publicly address the ...

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FBI: Irish misstep led to conference call leak

Mar 6, 2012

By RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — An Irish police officer's email blunder led to the spectacular leak of a sensitive conference call between the FBI and Scotland Yard, U.S. law enforcement said Tuesday.

An indictment unsealed in a New York court alleges that a teenager linked to ...

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Mexico judge orders probe into killings of women

Mar 6, 2012

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge has ordered Mexican authorities to investigate the killings of women in the suburbs of Mexico City, reviving a sensitive issue related to a former governor who is a leading candidate in the presidential race.

Judge Jose Alvarado ...

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US pushes North to allow IAEA nuke monitors in

Mar 6, 2012

By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press

VIENNA (AP) — The United States urged North Korea on Tuesday to prove it is serious in pledging to roll back its nuclear programs by allowing U.N. exerts back into the country quickly to monitor its commitments.

In comments to an International Atomic Energy Agency ...

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Analysis: Putin faces steep challenge in protests

Mar 6, 2012

By LYNN BERRY, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — The urban professionals who have risen up against Vladimir Putin are the very people he needs to move Russia forward.

So far he has shown few signs of understanding who they are and what they want.

How Putin responds to the challenge, and whether he ...

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Gas stations running dry as Brazil truckers strike

Mar 6, 2012

By STAN LEHMAN, Associated Press

SAO PAULO (AP) — Sao Paulo's 2,000 gas stations are rapidly running out of fuel as a strike by truck drivers who haul gas in South America's largest city completed a second day, according to business representatives.

A state court judge ruled late Tuesday,

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Chilean leaders condemn brutal beating of gay man

Mar 6, 2012

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A brutal attack on a gay Chilean man drew strong condemnation from political leaders and entertainer Ricky Martin on Tuesday.

Doctors in Santiago said 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio had been put in an induced coma while being treated for severe head trauma and a broken right leg ...

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Poland retries soldiers in 2007 deaths of Afghans

Mar 6, 2012

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's highest court on Tuesday opened a new trial for seven Polish soldiers previously acquitted in the shelling of an Afghan village that killed eight civilians, the latest turn in a case that marks the first time Poles have been charged with war crimes in a foreign ...

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Fathers of US teacher, killer meet at Iraq funeral

Mar 6, 2012

By YAHYA BARZANJI, Associated Press

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) — The fathers of a slain American teacher and his killer came together in peace Tuesday at a funeral in northern Iraq.

Hundreds of mourners paid their respects to Jeremiah Small, 33, a gym teacher at a Christian school in Sulaimaniyah,

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Afghan president backs strict guidelines for women

Mar 6, 2012

By HEIDI VOGT, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president on Tuesday endorsed a "code of conduct" issued by an influential council of clerics that activists say represents a giant step backward for women's rights in the country.

President Hamid Karzai's Tuesday remarks ...

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Mozambique: Call for anti-government protest

Mar 6, 2012

By EMMANUEL CAMILLO, Associated Press

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — About 300 armed men have gathered in a northern town in Mozambique, some for weeks, and they say they are awaiting orders from the country's main opposition leader to launch anti-government protests, state media reported Tuesday.

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Pakistan welcomes ouster of Taliban deputy

Mar 6, 2012

By RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban's firing of its deputy chief is a sign of disarray within the militant movement brought about by army operations in its heartland along the Afghan border, a top government official said Tuesday.

The Taliban, a local ...

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