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  • Peru: 26 killed in fire at rehabilitation center

    LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A fire swept through a private rehabilitation center for addicts in Peru's capital on Saturday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 10 as firefighters punched holes through walls to rescue residents trapped inside....

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  • Brazilian bikinis burgeon to fit the fat

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Tall and tan and young and ... chunky?...

  • Cuba Communist Party eyes term limits at gathering

    HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba's Communist Party opened a two-day conference Saturday to hold an internal debate on the future of the party, the possibility of political term limits and perhaps even a change or two at the top....

  • Opposition rally organizers jailed in Kazakhstan

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) -- Some 300 opposition activists staged a rare rally in Kazakhstan's commercial capital Saturday to protest recent elections and the violent suppression of a group of oil workers. Hours later, speakers at the rally handed two-week jail sentences for holding the unsanction...

  • British police arrest 5 in tabloid bribery probe

    LONDON (AP) -- British police searched the offices of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers Saturday after arresting a police officer and four current and former staff of his tabloid The Sun as part of an investigation into police bribery by journalists....

  • Topless protesters detained at Davos forum

    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- Three topless Ukrainian protesters were detained Saturday while trying to break into an invitation-only gathering of international CEOs and political leaders to call attention to the needs of the world's poor. Separately, demonstrators from the Occupy movement marched ...

  • IMF chief presses for more cash to fight crisis

    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- The head of the International Monetary Fund appeared to making headway Saturday in her drive to boost the institution's financial firepower so that it can help Europe prevent its crippling debt crisis from further damaging the global economy....

  • Police: Rebels kill 4 at Indian polling station

    IMPHAL, India (AP) -- A suspected Naga rebel opened fire at a police station packed with voters on a tense election day Saturday in northeast India, killing four people before he was shot dead, police said....

  • Cruise ship fuel removal stalled due to rough seas

    GIGLIO, Italy (AP) -- Rough seas off Italy's Tuscan coast forced a delay in the planned Saturday start of the operation to remove a half-million gallons of fuel from the grounded Costa Concordia, and officials said pumping may now not begin until midweek....

  • Arab League halts observer mission in Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) -- The deputy chief of the Arab League says the pan-Arab body has halted its observer mission in Syria because of the increasing violence there....

  • Syria: Gulf-backed activists stormed Cairo embassy

    CAIRO (AP) -- Syria's ambassador to Egypt has accused a leading opposition group backed by oil-rich Gulf Arab nations of storming the country's embassy in Cairo late Friday. The group denies both that it was involved in the incident and that it receives funds from the Gulf....

  • Deficit focus questioned as answer to euro crisis

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Europe is getting tougher on government debt. After more than two years struggling to rescue financially shaky governments, leaders of the 17 countries that use the euro are ready to agree on a treaty that will force member countries to put deficit limits into their na...

  • Despair, crackdowns breed more violence in Tibet

    BEIJING (AP) -- A young man posts his photo with a leaflet demanding freedom for Tibet and telling Chinese police, come and get me. Protesters rise up to defend him, and demonstrations break out in two other Tibetan areas of western China to support the same cause....

  • Japan, Russia to boost economic, security ties

    TOKYO (AP) -- The foreign ministers of Japan and Russia agreed Saturday to strengthen economic and security cooperation but made no progress on resolving a long-standing territorial dispute over islands off northeastern Japan....

  • Obama tells colleges to stop tuition increases

    President Barack Obama embraced the idea of federal action to restrain the rapidly increasing cost of higher education, giving a boost to a long-simmering policy idea that has gained steam amid growing frustration with rising tuition.

  • St. Louis parade to honor veterans

    Since the Iraq War ended there has been little fanfare for the veterans returning home. No ticker-tape parades. No massive, flag-waving public celebrations.

  • Death toll mounts in Syria as U.N. considers options

    Two days of bloody turmoil in Syria killed at least 74 people, including children, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad shelled residential buildings and fired on crowds in a dramatic escalation of violence, activists said Friday.

  • Twitter's new censorship plan rouses global furor

    Twitter, a tool of choice for dissidents and activists around the world, found itself the target of global outrage Friday after unveiling plans to allow country-specific censorship of tweets that might break local laws.

  • Officials seek faster NATO exit

    France and Afghanistan agree NATO should speed up by a year its timetable for handing all combat operations to Afghan forces in 2013, President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday, raising new questions about the unity of the Western military alliance.

  • GOP insiders bashing Gingrich

    Republican insiders are rising up to cut Newt Gingrich down to size, testament to the GOP establishment's fear that the mercurial candidate could lead the party to disaster this fall.

  • Cruise line offers shipwreck victims $14,460 apiece

    How much is it worth to suffer through a terrifying cruise ship grounding?

  • Base closure advice called ploy

    Legislators on Capitol Hill vowed Friday to resist a recommendation from the Pentagon to close unneeded military bases across the country as a way to save money, saying communities could not afford it and defense budget cuts could be made elsewhere.

  • Security chief during Mexico's 'dirty war' dies

    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Miguel Nazar Haro, who led Mexico's domestic spy agency and was accused of being behind the disappearances of alleged leftist guerrillas in the 1970s, has died at age 87....

  • Former close ally of Bolivian president sentenced

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- A former close ally of Bolivian President Evo Morales was convicted of corruption for taking bribes while running the state-run YPFB oil company and sentenced to 12 years in prison....

  • Cuba: Tough prison terms for mahogany tree thefts

    HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba convicted six people of cutting down African mahogany trees in the National Botanical Gardens and sentenced them to eight and 10 years in prison, the Communist Party newspaper Granma said Friday....

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