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Japan reconstruction minister resigns over remarks
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TOKYO (AP) — A week into his new job, Japan's disaster reconstruction minister resigned Tuesday after making remarks widely criticized as offensive during a visit to the tsunami-devastated northeastern coast, where he refused to shake a governor's hand, scolded the official and threatened to
Pakistani Muslims condemn US gay rights meeting
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — A group of conservative Islamic political and religious officials has condemned a meeting by the U.S. Embassy supporting gay rights in Pakistan as "cultural terrorism" against the country. The group, which included the head of Pakistan's largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami,
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NEW DELHI (AP) — A vast treasure trove of billions of dollars in gold coins, jewels and precious stones unearthed at a Hindu temple in India was expected to grow further in value Monday as officials opened the last two secret vaults sealed for nearly 150 years. The discovery has instantly
Thailand's military accepts election result
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BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military eased concerns of renewed turmoil Monday by accepting the sweeping electoral win of toppled ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra's party, while his sister vowed to reconcile the deeply divided nation as its first female prime minister. The election marked an
Party of ousted PM's sister wins Thai elections
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BANGKOK (AP) — The sister of exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra led Thailand's main opposition party to a landslide victory in elections Sunday, heralding an extraordinary political turnaround five tumultuous years after her fugitive billionaire brother was toppled in an army
Volcano in central Indonesia erupts; no evacuatio
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in central Indonesia has erupted in clouds of smoke and searing gas that shot up nearly 20,000 feet (six kilometers) into the air. State volcanologist Surono, who uses only one name, says no one was injured when Mount Soputan, located on Sulawesi island,
Thailand elections peaceful; parties divided
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BANGKOK (AP) — Fractious Thailand held pivotal elections Sunday that will determine whether this Southeast Asian kingdom can find a way out of the political crisis that has plagued it since a military coup five years ago. While the vote itself is expected to be peaceful, many fear violence
Obama chooses new counterterror chief
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice for his next counterterrorism chief is Matthew Olsen, a former prosecutor with extensive experience in intelligence matters for the federal government, the White House announced Friday. Olsen, if confirmed by the Senate, would direct the
17 infants die in 48 hours at 1 Indian hospital
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NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 17 infants have died in the last 48 hours at a government-run hospital in eastern India and the state is investigating, media reported Thursday. Television news channels showed images of weeping and wailing parents outside the B.C. Roy Hospital for Children in
Prince William, Kate charm Canada on royal visit
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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Prince William and Kate joined in Canada Day celebrations, often stealing the show as they were feted by Canadian leaders and cheered by tens of thousands who lined the streets of the Canadian capital to get a glimpse of them. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Ex-IMF chief freed without bail; charges stand
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NEW YORK (AP) — Smiling faintly as he walked out of court, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest Friday after prosecutors acknowledged serious questions about the credibility of the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault. The charges against him stand —
Book of Nelson Mandela quotations released
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new Nelson Mandela book, slim, bound in black and set in eye-straining type, looks a bit like a bible or a prayer book. That's fitting, because the editors of "Nelson Mandela By Himself" brought something close to religious zeal to the task of choosing and checking more
Fresh clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square
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Clashes are continuing between Egyptian security forces and more than 5,000 protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, leaving more than 200 injured, according to witnesses and medical officials. Tahrir Square, the epicenter of protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's former president, remained
Venezuelan, Like Castro, Has Brother at the Ready
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As President Hugo Chávez quietly recovers in Cuba after undergoing emergency surgery there more than two weeks ago, no government figure has occupied the political void created by his absence more assertively than his older brother, Adán Chávez, a physicist whose radical thinking has often been