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AP Exclusive: 2 French militants held in Pakistan

PARIS (AP) -- A top French security official says two French citizens have been arrested in Pakistan, where authorities have linked them to a top suspected al-Qaida militant over the 2002 nightclub bombing in Bali....

NKorea honors 'eternal president' on his birthday

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Visitors paying respects to the body of North Korea's founder Friday went through security checks and scans in a winding corridor. Their shoes were dusted and disinfected before they stepped through a fierce wind tunnel to sweep away any remaining specs....

Co-authors back Goldstone report, blast critics

LONDON (AP) -- The co-authors of a scathing U.N. report on Israel's conduct during its 2008-2009 offensive in Gaza said Thursday they stand by their work, hitting back at critics who've pushed to have its findings withdrawn after the report's lead author, Richard Goldstone, aired doubts about one of its central conclusions....

Cannes kicks off with Kidman, 'Grace of Monaco'

CANNES, France (AP) -- The Grace Kelly melodrama "Grace of Monaco" kicked off the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday with classic French Riviera glamour, behind-the-scenes controversy and emphatic boos from critics....

Russia bans endangered polar bear hunt this year

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has banned the hunting of polar bears this year, thanks to a group with close ties to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a longtime defender of large endangered animals....

Prince William, Britain's Sea King of the skies

ANGLESEY, Wales (AP) -- Dense fog curled around the snowcapped Welsh mountains and fierce winds rattled the cockpit of the military rescue helicopter. At the controls, plotting a path to a stranded heart attack victim, was a newly engaged air force co-pilot....

Study: 2 million babies stillborn every year

LONDON (AP) -- More than 2 million babies are stillborn every year worldwide and about half could be saved if their mothers had better medical care, according to research estimates published Thursday in the medical journal Lancet....

Survivors look for memories in salvaged photos

NATORI, Japan (AP) -- The pictures are a random, soiled sampling of years and decades past: a young girl laughing at a festival; a somber couple in black and white; an awkward group posing at Universal Studios....

Korean royal books looted by France return home

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The first batch of Korean royal books looted by the French military 145 years ago returned home Thursday....

Italian finds India is a nice place to make cheese

PANCHKULA, India (AP) -- It was an average sort of beast - gray, thick shouldered, with fat curling horns - spotted from the window of a moving car. But to Giuseppe Mozzillo, who grew up outside Naples in Italy's buffalo mozzarella heartland, the animals dotting the Indian countryside looked enticingly familiar....

Police arrest, tear gas Uganda's opposition leader

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Police cracked open the window of Uganda's top opposition leader and fired tear gas into his vehicle on Thursday during a fifth protest march over rising costs....

Mexico battles proliferation of drug language

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- There are a half dozen words for drug cartel informants, and double that for drug war dead. "Narco" has become a general prefix. The trend has people worrying that Mexico is developing a kind of offhand jargon that anesthetizes people by making escalating violence seem routine....

Kerry: NATO needs plan for Syrian chemical weapons

BRUSSELS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged NATO on Tuesday to prepare for the possible use of chemical weapons by Syria on the same day that a senior Israeli military intelligence official said Syrian President Bashar Assad had used such weapons last month in his battle against insurgents....

BRICS members warn of financial volatility

SANYA, China (AP) -- The world's largest emerging economies are urging tougher measures to guard against financial instability and say they back studies into expanding the use of Special Drawing Rights in the international monetary system....

US Navy's laser test could put heat on pirates

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A ship-based laser tested by the U.S. Navy's research arm could put the heat on Somali pirates....

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