• China says not begun legal process for disgraced security chief

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China has not started legal proceedings against former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, the highest-profile figure to be caught in a government crackdown on corruption, a senior court official said on Saturday. Jiang Bixin, the deputy head of the Supreme People's Court,…

  • Gaza rocket hits southern Israel causing no damage or injuries: army

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A mortar fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel, the Israeli military said on Saturday, the second such incident since a seven-week war in the Palestinian enclave ended in August. Hours after the projectile struck harmlessly, there was no Israeli counter-strike, an…

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  • Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday. Merkel and Putin held a joint…

  • Fallujah: The commander US Marines followed without question

    The ferocity of the house-to-house fighting in Fallujah forged a new generation of American combatants. Today the city appears to be firmly in the grip of Islamic militants. Staff writer Scott Peterson, on the ground for that epic fight in 2004, tracked down the platoon of US Marines he knew…

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  • Did Mary Landrieu just insult the entire South? Actually, kinda

    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) of Louisiana couched her comment about Democratic electoral troubles in Dixie as an uncomfortable truth: You know what they say about the South, dontcha? Well, it’s true.

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  • How a guerilla artist is transforming Chicago's potholes

    Illinois artist Jim Bachor never avoids a Chicago pothole because he sees them as opportunities to fill with stone and glass mosaics of flowers, humor and occasionally the phone number of a good local car repair shop.

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  • Will a satanic coloring book be distributed to Florida school children?

    On the third page of a new coloring book, children are asked to solve seven word jumbles. One spells “justice,” another “freedom.” Later in the packet, children can connect dots to create an inverted pentagram.

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • 2 Vietnamese arrested in South Africa on poaching

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police say they have arrested two Vietnamese and confiscated a large number of rhinoceros horns as part of an anti-poaching operation.

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  • Boat capsizes in east Indian dam; at least 6 dead

    PATNA, India (AP) — An official says at least six villagers were killed when an overcrowded rowboat capsized while crossing a dam's waters in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.

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  • Australia wildfires kill firefighter, raze 2 homes

    SYDNEY (AP) — A firefighter has been killed and at least two homes have been destroyed by Australian spring wildfires, officials said Saturday.

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  • Iraqi peshmerga fighters prepare for Syria battle

    MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — An official for the main Syrian Kurdish force says Iraqi peshmerga fighters are getting ready for the battle against Islamic State group extremists in the border town of Kobani.

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  • Boko Haram denies truce, kidnapped girls married

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off.

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  • South Africa nabs two Vietnamese men with 41kg of rhino horn

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African authorities have arrested two Vietnamese men in possession of 41 kg of rhino horn, the largest haul nabbed in the country battling to stave off poaching of its dwindling stock of the wild animals. The population of rhinos, indigenous to southern Africa, is…

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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, an official from the state power company said. The blackout was caused by a "technical glitch" and swept across the impoverished and…

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  • Blackout hits Bangladesh as line from India fails

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, but power was restored to many parts of the country within a few hours, an official said.

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  • Ukraine rebels to hold election, despite criticism

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Rebel-held territories in eastern Ukraine are preparing to elect a parliament and leader in a vote that has been roundly condemned by the international community but backed by Russia.

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  • Alexander Levy builds 4-shot lead in Shanghai

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Alexander Levy sent his 40-foot putt across the sixth green and down a steep ridge toward the cup, and when it curled in the left side, he turned toward his caddie with arms raised and a smile that lit up Lake Malaren on an overcast day.

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