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American Jim Yong Kim is chosen to lead World Bank
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Jim Yong Kim, an American who is president of Dartmouth College, has been chosen to be the next president of the World Bank. His selection Monday extends the U.S. hold on the top job at the 187-nation development agency. Kim, a surprise nominee of President Barack Obama, was
Islamist group in north Mali tries to win recruits
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BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — An Islamist group that is competing with Tuareg nationalists for control of northern Mali is stepping up efforts to provide law and order as it tries to gain recruits and the support of local residents. They've even set up a telephone number that residents can call in case
US: Military embarrassed by Colombia scandal
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said the nation's military leaders are embarrassed by allegations of misconduct against at least 10 U.S. military members at a Colombia hotel on the eve of President Barack Obama's visit over the weekend. "We let the boss down," Army Gen. Martin
Argentine leader moves to nationalize oil company
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — In a bold move to gain control of Argentina's energy reserves, President Cristina Fernandez pushed forward a bill to renationalize the country's largest oil company on Monday despite fierce criticism from abroad and the risk of a major rift with Spain. In a
Storm front weakening in US after 5 die
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WOODWARD, Oklahoma (AP) — More than 100 tornadoes were reported across the Midwest and Plains states, leaving at least five dead in Oklahoma and hundreds of thousands of families without electricity. Residents searched Sunday through damaged homes for anything they could salvage. Emergency
Egypt's Islamists set back in presidential race
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CAIRO (AP) — The elimination of three of the main contenders from Egypt's presidential race has eroded the chances of an Islamist candidate to seize the country's top job. The Muslim Brotherhood, the most powerful political group to emerge from last year's uprising, finds itself increasingly
Filipino activists deface entrance of US Embassy
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Left-wing protesters in the Philippines have splattered paint on the seal of the U.S. Embassy to demand a pullout of American troops taking part in annual war games. About 70 student activists took police and embassy guards by surprise early Monday when they threw
Obama: US has offered no 'freebies' to Iran
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CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — Exposing a rift with Israel, President Barack Obama on Sunday insisted that the United States has not "given anything away" in new talks with Iran as he defended his continued push for a diplomatic resolution to the dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Obama said
Explosions, gunfire shake Afghan capital
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants launched a series of coordinated attacks across Kabul on Sunday, targeting at least three neighborhoods in the capital that are home to Afghan government buildings, Western embassies and NATO bases. There were no immediate reports of people killed in
Son of slain Afghan peace council head takes over
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The son of a former Afghan peace council chairman assassinated last fall by a suicide bomber has been chosen as his successor in a renewed push to revitalize efforts to negotiate an end to the decade-long war. The Saturday election of Salahuddin Rabbani came on the
3 dozen kidnapped workers freed by rebels in Peru
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LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thirty-six kidnapped construction workers walked out of Peru's jungle to freedom Saturday after being released by Shining Path rebels who abducted them five days earlier from a town near the country's main natural gas fields. President Ollanta Humala told the Peruvian radio
US, Canada alone at summit in Cuba stance
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CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama got the expected lectures Saturday from Western Hemisphere leaders over his insistence on vetoing Cuban participation in future summits and his refusal to abandon a drug war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives and undermined
New NKorean leader makes first public speech
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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivered his first public televised speech Sunday, just two days after a failed rocket launch, portraying himself as a strong military chief unafraid of foreign powers during festivities meant to glorify his grandfather, North Korea
Events around the world mark Titanic centenary
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LONDON (AP) — From a Belfast cathedral to a ship in the cold North Atlantic, thousands were gathering Saturday to remember the Titanic, 100 years after the sinking of the luxury liner. The ship, on its maiden voyage from England to New York, struck an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912,
US forecasters warn of 'life-threatening' storms
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tornado sirens sounded across Oklahoma City hours before dawn Saturday as the U.S. midsection braced for what forecasters cautioned could be a day of "life-threatening" storms, with the most dangerous weather expected to develop in the afternoon. While officials warned a
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