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Rabin killer's brother released from Israel prison

May 4, 2012

By TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — The unrepentant brother of the man who killed Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was released from prison Friday after serving 16½ years for complicity in a murder that stunned Israel and according to some destroyed an opportunity for ...

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Nepal Cabinet resigns; PM to follow by month's end

May 4, 2012

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai will resign by the end of the month as part of an agreement Nepal's major political parties reached overnight to create a new coalition government, an aide said Friday.

Bhattarai's Cabinet resigned Thursday night to make way for the new ...

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Drug war slayings suppressing news in Mexico

May 3, 2012

By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Four of reporters and photographers covering the perilous crime beat have been slain in less than a week in violence-torn Veracruz state, where two Mexican drug cartels are warring over control of smuggling routes and targeting sources of ...

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Ahmadinejad rivals ahead in parliamentary runoff

May 3, 2012

By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Early returns in Iran's parliamentary runoff elections Friday showed conservative rivals of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leading in many constituencies in the vote that was billed as an endorsement of the country's controversial nuclear ...

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Stocks down as focus turns to payroll figures

May 3, 2012

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Markets were on edge Friday after U.S. jobs figures pointed to a sluggish recovery in the world's largest economy and amid unease over how weekend elections in France and Greece will affect the way Europe deals with its debt problems.

Stocks were ...

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Family concerns key to Chinese activist's choices

May 3, 2012

By ALEXA OLESEN, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — Chen Guangcheng's sudden change of heart to leave China after insisting for days he wanted to stay has caught his American supporters off guard. But his reason was simple: His family's safety came first.

Reliant on relatives to be his eyes on the ...

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US, China forge tentative deal on Chinese activist

May 3, 2012

By GILLIAN WONG and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. and China forged the outlines of a deal Friday to end a diplomatic standoff over legal activist Chen Guangcheng that would let him travel to the U.S. with his family for a university fellowship.

After days of ...

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Lawyer: Libyan ex-PM claims Sarkozy funding

May 3, 2012

By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA, Associated Press

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A former Libyan prime minister claims Moammar Gadhafi's regime financed French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign, according to his lawyer. Sarkozy vehemently denies the allegations.

The accusations of a staggering €50 ...

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French candidate goes from wishy-washy to wow

May 3, 2012

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — The last time France voted for president, Francois Hollande was a portly, smiley man likened to custard pudding who played second fiddle to Segolene Royal, his Socialist party's candidate and the mother of his four kids.

Now he's the party's ...

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13 dead, scores wounded in blasts in Dagestan

May 3, 2012

By ARSEN MOLLAYEV, Associated Press

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — Bombs hidden in two vehicles exploded outside a police station in the Russian republic of Dagestan, killing at least 13 people and wounding scores. Authorities said Friday it was probably a suicide attack by Islamic insurgents.

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Journalists being killed at 'astonishing pace'

May 3, 2012

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — On World Press Freedom Day, Reporters Without Borders condemned the "astonishing pace" at which journalists are being attacked and murdered — 67 killed in 2011 and 22 more deaths since the beginning of the year.

U.N. Secretary-General ...

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Outgoing Nokia board chief concedes mistakes

May 3, 2012

HELSINKI (AP) — Outgoing Nokia Corp. board chairman Jorma Ollila has conceded the company made mistakes during his tenure at the helm of the cellphone maker that held the No. 1 spot for 14 years.

Ollila says Nokia cannot be satisfied with the its recent performance as it struggles in a transition ...

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Russian military ups the ante on missile defense

May 3, 2012

By MANSUR MIROVALEV, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial plan to build a missile shield.

President Dmitry ...

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UK's Cameron suffers electoral woe over economy

May 3, 2012

By DAVID STRINGER, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party took an electoral bruising Friday, suffering widespread losses in local elections as voters punished the leader for biting austerity measures and a stalled economy.

By early afternoon, with more ...

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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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