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Analysis: Against IS, airstrikes may not suffice

BAGHDAD (AP) -- It's the modern era's military strategy of choice: overwhelming air power delivering precision-guided punishment backed by intelligence on the ground, with minimal exposure for soldiers of the striking side....

US, Swiss target top soccer officials in corruption probe

ZURICH (AP) -- The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami....

Outfits on wheels: In Zimbabwe, cars are used clothing shops

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- The wares in Zimbabwe's capital are laid out for shoppers to browse through: the shoes lined up on the trunk, the shirts and dresses hanging from open doors of the spotlessly clean car....

Ethiopia: Partial results show ruling coalition in huge win

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopia's ruling coalition won a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections, according to partial results released Wednesday. Western countries said the vote was peaceful but criticized what they described as restrictions on civil liberties....

APNewsBreak: Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community's Mideast envoy, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians....

Kazakhstan 'gay propaganda' measure deemed unconstitutional

MOSCOW (AP) -- A proposed law in Kazakhstan that would criminalize dissemination to minors of information supporting homosexual relationships has been struck down as unconstitutional....

TV showdown in Ukraine highlights press freedom anxieties

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Crunch time is coming in a Ukrainian showdown that may yield clues into an increasingly asked question: How free is the press in Ukraine as it fights to stay out of Russia's orbit?...

UN: Fewer hungry people in the world despite wars, poverty

ROME (AP) -- The number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million from over a billion a quarter-century ago despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty, the three U.N. food agencies said Wednesday....

Fleeing poverty, Bangladeshis caught in Asian boat crisis

UKHIYA, Bangladesh (AP) -- The traffickers spun stories that were unimaginable to their listeners, many who hailed from tiny Bangladeshi villages where almost no one earns more than a few dollars a day....

Vatican: Irish gay marriage vote a "defeat for humanity"

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalize gay marriage a "defeat for humanity."...

Pakistan vintage car collectors preserve a part of history

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) -- For an elite but passionate group of vintage car collectors in Pakistan, restoring antique rides is like travelling back in time - and money seems to be no obstacle when the prize is a Lincoln convertible that belonged to an Afghan king or a Rolls-Royce once used by India's last viceroy....

AP Interview: Afghanistan's first lady breaks taboos

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's first lady has broken numerous conventions in a society that traditionally sequesters women behind closed doors - speaking out on issues such as violence against women, the rule of law and the power of religion. But perhaps Rula Ghani's biggest taboo breaker is simply being the country's first presidential spouse in decades to be seen and heard in public....

AP Interview: Afghanistan's first lady breaks taboos

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's first lady has broken numerous conventions in a society that traditionally sequesters women behind closed doors - speaking out on issues such as violence against women, the rule of law and the power of religion. But perhaps Rula Ghani's biggest taboo breaker is simply being the country's first presidential spouse in decades to be seen and heard in public....

Cheap motorbikes bring opportunity and chaos to Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Joseph-Marc Carel knows the danger of ferrying passengers on his small motorbike, sometimes two at a time, as tides of the buzzing vehicles cut through the chaotic Haitian capital. He has a prosthetic leg to prove it....

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