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A year after uprising, militias hold sway in Libya
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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — One militia controls the airport. Others carve up neighborhoods of the Libyan capital into fiefdoms. They clash in the streets, terrifying residents. They hold detainees in makeshift prisons where torture is said to be rampant. As Libya on Friday marks the one-year
US justice rejects death penalty law he wrote
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As a young state senator 30 years ago, Paul Pfeifer helped write Ohio's death penalty law. Today, as the senior member of the state Supreme Court, he's trying to eliminate it. It's not uncommon for sitting judges to change their mind on the death penalty — U.S. Supreme
In defiant move, Iran proclaims nuclear advances
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran claimed Wednesday that it has achieved two major advances in its program to master production of nuclear fuel, a defiant move in response to increasingly tough Western sanctions over its controversial nuclear program. In a further show of resistance to international
Dutch lawmaker tells critics to mind own business
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch maverick right wing lawmaker Geert Wilders has a blunt message for critics of his party's website which solicits complaints about some migrant workers: "Mind your own business." Wilders, best known for his outspoken criticism of Islam, ignited a storm of
War crimes charges for ex-Maryland man at Gitmo
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Pentagon prosecutors have filed war crimes charges against a Pakistani detainee at Guantanamo who graduated from a U.S. high school, accusing him joining al-Qaida and taking part in a series of post-Sept. 11 terror plots. Majid Khan, 31, faces up to life in prison
Iowa town welcomes back China's next president
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The last time China's soon-to-be leader visited Iowa, he slept in a bedroom with green shag carpeting and Star Trek character cutouts on the walls. He ate eggs with a spoon because his host forgot the chopsticks. But apparently Xi Jinping (shee jeen ping) remembered the
China central banker expresses confidence in euro
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BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank governor expressed confidence in the euro at an appearance Wednesday with visiting European Union leaders and said Beijing will keeping buying the debt of European governments. China also will encourage its companies to invest in Europe, Zhou Xiaochuan said
Obama, China's Xi start relationship
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The man destined to be China's next leader won an extraordinary welcome across Washington on Tuesday, a finely scripted opening to one of the world's most important relationships. Trading kind words of cooperation, President Barack Obama and Xi Jinping also spoke directly about
Hundreds rally against Alabama immigration law
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MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — Hundreds of people packed the Alabama Statehouse courtyard on Tuesday to rally against the state's tough immigration law, with organizers saying they chose to send a message on Valentine's Day that lawmakers need to love and respect immigrants. People bused in from
Venezuela court blocks destruction of voter lists
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered opposition electoral officials not to destroy lists of voters following primary elections, a decision that was promptly condemned by opposition leaders who vowed to keep voters' identities secret. The court order was sought
Thai police: Iranians were targeting individuals
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BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police say that two Iranian suspects arrested in Bangkok were likely planning to attack individuals but did not have the capacity to target large crowds or buildings. National Security Council chief Wichean Potephosree says authorities are investigating the possible targets
UN Security Council visits Haiti to review mandate
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The U.N. Security Council began a four-day mission in Haiti on Monday to review the terms of its mandate and evaluate earthquake reconstruction efforts in the Caribbean country. The 15-member delegation led by U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice plans to meet with senior
Activists: Syrian rebels repel attack on key town
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BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels have repelled a push by government tanks into a central town held by forces fighting President Bashar Assad's regime in an 11-month conflict that looks increasingly like a civil war. The military pressed its offensive Monday on Rastan, a day after the regime
Bahrain police fire tear gas at protesters
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MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Security forces in Bahrain have fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters trying to occupy a landmark square in the nation's capital ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Gulf kingdom's Shiite-led uprising. On Monday, thousands of opposition supporters marched
Guatemala says it's weighing drug legalization
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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — U.S. inability to cut illegal drug consumption leaves Guatemala with no option but to consider legalizing the use and transport of drugs, President Otto Perez Molina said Monday, a remarkable turnaround for an ex-general elected on a platform of crushing organized crime with
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