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Yemenis call for purges of ex-leader's loyalists

May 3, 2012

By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets Thursday to demand dismissal of members of the country's former regime from top military posts, a key to fighting al-Qaida, as 20 militants and Yemeni troops were killed in clashes in the south.

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Draft overhaul threatens to convulse Israel

May 3, 2012

By AMY TEIBEL, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — A court order to stop Israel's longtime practice of exempting ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from military service has become a central issue in upcoming elections and could reshape the face of the society. If they are forced to serve, their rabbis fear,

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What China's dissidents are saying about Chen

May 3, 2012

By GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — On Thursday, legal activist Chen Guangcheng told the United States that he wants to leave China, deepening a diplomatic dispute. His case has drawn comments from other prominent Chinese activists and dissidents — both to Chen directly and in other ...

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Israel gets 4th nuke-capable German submarine

May 3, 2012

By TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday received its fourth German-made submarine capable of launching nuclear warheads, expanding a fleet that experts say could be used in an attack on Iran.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the submarine would increase ...

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Prosecution wants 80 years for Charles Taylor

May 3, 2012

By TOBY STERLING, Associated Press

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Former Liberian president Charles Taylor deserves an 80-year sentence for the war crimes he was convicted of last week, including aiding and abetting murder and rape, prosecutors said in a written filing Thursday.

Judges at the Special Court for ...

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What's at stake in France's election

May 3, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

French voters choose their president Sunday in a race that will have implications for Europe's debt crisis, the Afghanistan war and global diplomacy.

Socialist Francois Hollande, largely unknown outside French borders, is the poll favorite. Conservative ...

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With Egypt's political chaos, disorder in streets

May 3, 2012

By NASSER NASSER, Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — The streets and sidewalks of Cairo have always been rather chaotic. But they've only gotten worse in the political turmoil as Egypt stumbles toward a new system following the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.

Street vendors selling clothes, food or ...

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Merkel, others, urge treatment for Tymoshenko

May 3, 2012

By ANNA MELNICHUK and DAVID RISING, Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Ukrainian leaders on Thursday to give jailed ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko "proper treatment" for her ailments, as more top officials announced they would boycott the Euro 2012 soccer ...

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Italy's ex-premier Andreotti hospitalized

May 3, 2012

ROME (AP) — Rome hospital officials say Giulio Andreotti, Italy's former seven-time premier, is in serious but stable condition after suffering heart problems.

The Policlinico Gemelli hospital says the 93-year-old Andreotti was hospitalized Thursday with a cardiac crisis that followed a ...

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Media watchdog wary of Arab Spring freedoms

May 3, 2012

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Reporters Without Borders says Arab Spring countries have fallen short on the promise of greater media freedom after the fall of dictators and autocrats in north Africa.

The media watchdog's warning came as Tunisia hosted UNESCO chief Irina Bokova for a ceremony for World ...

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Pro-EU vs. nationalist camps in Serbia vote

May 3, 2012

By JOVANA GEC, Associated Press

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's bid to join the European Union will be strongly tested in elections this weekend that pit ruling pro-Western democrats against nationalists who are promising jobs, economic revival and closer ties with Russia.

Held in the shadows of ...

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Countries agree on $1.9B Afghan refugee strategy

May 3, 2012

By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — A $1.9 billion plan to help rebuild the lives of almost 9 million former and current Afghan refugees gained international backing Thursday, as officials prepare for the impending U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Officials from Afghanistan,

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Early Israel election date to be announced Sunday

May 3, 2012

JERUSALEM (AP) — An official with Israel's governing Likud Party says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will announce Sunday that national elections will be moved up.

The official said Thursday that Sept. 4 was shaping up as the likely date, speaking on condition of anonymity pending an official ...

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Gunmen kill 34 at northeast Nigeria cattle market

May 3, 2012

By ADAMU ADAMU and HARUNA UMAR, Associated Press

POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — Robbers angered by a crowd burning one of their colleagues alive attacked a cattle market in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 34 people in the latest violence fanning across the bloodied region, witnesses and an official ...

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Somber World Press Day in Somalia after 5th death

May 3, 2012

By ABDI GULED and JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Dozens of Somali journalists met Thursday in somber silence to celebrate World Press Freedom Day, a meeting that came only hours after the killing of the fifth Somali journalist this year.

Two armed men shadowed Somali ...

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ECB chief sees slow recovery, offers no new help

May 3, 2012

By DAVID McHUGH and JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — European Central Bank President Mario Draghi offered little prospect that the bank would deliver more support for the struggling economies of the 17-country eurozone, instead urging governments to agree a growth strategy ...

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Riot-hit London neighborhood turns to film

May 3, 2012

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Isaac Densu lives in Broadwater Farm, a large, concrete public housing project in Tottenham, the gritty district where last year's British riots began. Unemployment is high and young people face many temptations to get into trouble.

But Densu thinks ...

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British crime agency website knocked out by attack

May 3, 2012

By RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Serious and Organized Crime Agency says its website has been taken down following a denial-of-service attack.

A spokesman says the site was taken down late Wednesday to "to limit the disruption on other clients of our hosting provider."

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Moderate quake jolts western Iran, injures 8

May 3, 2012

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A moderate earthquake jolted a small town in western Iran near the Iraqi border on Thursday, injuring eight people and damaging buildings, Iranian media reported.

The magnitude 5.5 quake hit the sparsely populated area near the town of Mourmouri, about 300 miles (480 ...

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Afghanistan: Pakistani driving truck bomb arrested

May 3, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's intelligence agency prevented a large terrorist attack, arresting a Pakistani citizen driving a truck packed with explosives, according to a statement Thursday.

The agency said in the statement that the man was arrested on a main road in Kabul's east. It ...

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