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  • Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghans as they take over the fight against the Taliban...

  • Bahamas strikes tough tone on immigration at UN

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The foreign minister of the Bahamas said Tuesday his country is determined to control illegal immigration, saying that allowing it to balloon could be a "recipe for civil strife." Frederick Mitchell struck a tough tone during his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, less...

  • Turkey mulls permit for incursions in Syria, Iraq

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc says parliament will vote on a motion that would allow foreign forces to make incursions into Syria and Iraq from its territory to protect refugees and secure Turkey's border. Parliament will renew mandates Thursday that allow...

  • Wife of Islamic State hostage asks for his release

    LONDON (AP) — The wife of a British aid worker held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group made a televised plea Tuesday asking her husband's captors to free him. Alan Henning, a 47-year-old former taxi driver, was kidnapped in December after crossing from Turkey into Syria in an aid...

  • Imprisoned Dutch killer Van der Sloot now a father

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Imprisoned Dutch killer Joran van der Sloot is now a father. Van der Sloot attorney Maximo Altez says the girl was born Sunday in Lima, Peru — far from the remote prison where van der Sloot is serving a 28-year sentence for killing a Peruvian business student in 2010. He also...

  • Myanmar and Sri Lankan hard-liners ink agreement

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Myanmar Buddhist monk and a Sri Lankan ultranationalist both known for campaigning against Muslims signed an agreement on Tuesday to work together to protect Buddhism, which they say is being challenged worldwide. Ashin Wirathu leads the fundamentalist 969 movement...

  • Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives. Soon her mother's sorrow became so...

  • Panama inaugurates Frank Gehry-designed museum

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — After years of delays Panama has inaugurated a museum designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that officials hope will become a cultural symbol of the country's economic ascent. The Biomuseo at the Pacific Ocean gateway to the Panama Canal celebrates the isthmus'...

  • Islamist-allied militias in Libya reject UN talks

    CAIRO (AP) — Islamist-allied militias in control of the Libyan capital and the country's top religious body on Tuesday rejected U.N.-led talks that have called for a cease-fire in the battered nation. The announcements reflect the difficulties facing the U.N. envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, as...

  • At 69, satirist keeps South Africa laughing

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The cross-dressing South African satirist says he doesn't tell jokes and can't remember punchlines. "Sometimes the truth is funnier," said Pieter-Dirk Uys, who lampooned the leaders of white racist rule decades ago and now pokes fun at South Africa's politics 20 years after...



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