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3,000 Malaysians protest against rare earth plant
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Some 3,000 Malaysians staged a protest Sunday against a rare earth refinery being built by Australian miner Lynas over fears of radioactive contamination. It marked the largest rally against the $230 million plant in eastern Malaysia, and could pose a headache to
Mandela, 93, hospitalized with stomach ailment
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Nelson Mandela was hospitalized for a test to determine what is behind an undisclosed stomach ailment, and the country's current leader said the much beloved 93-year-old icon was in no danger. Mandela, a Nobel peace laureate who spent 27 years
NKorea's Kim issues threat before SKorea-US drills
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened to launch a powerful retaliatory strike against South Korea if provoked, state media said Sunday, a day before the start of annual South Korean-U.S. military drills that Pyongyang calls an invasion rehearsal. The report of
Aussie rivals: Voters like Rudd, insiders Gillard
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Kevin Rudd has screen presence and a common touch, but he aggravated Australian officials as prime minister with chaotic leadership and a bad temper. His successor, Julia Gillard, gets higher marks among many insiders, but to much of the public she seems cold or
Violence across Syria on eve of constitution vote
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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria has defied international calls to halt attacks on rebel enclaves and at least 89 people have been killed nationwide on the eve of a constitutional referendum that the opposition sees as a ploy by President Bashar Assad's regime. Assad presented the revised charter
2 US troops shot in Kabul; NATO pulls workers
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A gunman has killed two American military advisers with shots to the back of the head inside a heavily guarded ministry building, and NATO has ordered military workers out of Afghan ministries as protests raged for a fifth day over the burning of copies of the Quran at a
Pakistan begins demolition of bin Laden's compound
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ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Under powerful floodlights and surrounded by rings of soldiers and police, heavy machines have begun to demolish the three-story compound in northwestern Pakistan where Osama bin Laden lived for years and was killed by U.S. commandos last May. Each blow helped
Obama: Every tool eyed to stop slaughter in Syria
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that the U.S. and its allies would consider "every tool available" to stop the slaughter of innocent people in Syria, using his most forceful words to date in response to an increasingly grim crisis that has gripped the world. The
NY mayor defends intelligence-gathering on Muslims
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NEW YORK (AP) — New York's mayor served notice Friday that his police department will do everything in its power to root out terrorists in the U.S., even if it means sending officers outside the city limits or placing law-abiding Muslims under scrutiny. "We just cannot let our guard down
Argentines discover 51st victim in train wreck
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The discovery of a 51st victim Friday two days after Argentina's deadliest train wreck in decades left the man's family devastated and prompted rock-throwing and other violence by protesters holding vigil at the scene. The search for 20-year-old Lucas Menghini
Chavez flies to Cuba for urgent tumor removal
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez bid an emotional farewell laced with references to Jesus Christ and independence hero Simon Bolivar as he departed Venezuela on Friday for Cuba for urgent surgery to remove a tumor he says is probably malignant. Clasping the hand of his youngest
Haiti PM resignation threatens reconstruction
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille abruptly resigned his post Friday, giving the country a new political crisis that is likely to distract the government and further delay efforts to rebuild from the devastating January 2010 earthquake. The prime minister's
65 percent of Yemeni voters pick a new president
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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's election commission says that 65 percent of registered voters in the country cast their ballot for Vice President Abed Rabo Mansour Hadi in this week's single-candidate presidential election aimed at bringing an end to months of political turmoil. The vote, part of
More Quran protests leave 7 dead in Afghanistan
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has called on his troops to resist any urge to avenge the death of two American soldiers killed in riots over the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base, even as renewed protests claimed at least seven lives. The anti-American
Kofi Annan named UN-Arab League envoy to Syria
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan on Thursday was appointed the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy on the Syrian crisis with a mandate to bring an end to the violence and promote a peaceful political solution. Annan's successor, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon,