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British pop artist Richard Hamilton dies at 89

LONDON (AP) -- British Pop Art pioneer Richard Hamilton, who depicted Tony Blair as a cowboy and designed a Beatles album cover, has died. He was 89....

Early Banksy retrieved at Berlin gallery

BERLIN (AP) -- A Berlin gallery says restorers have scraped away more than a dozen layers of paint from an interior wall to reveal an early work by British street artist Banksy....

Clinton: US hopes for quick release of hikers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States is hopeful for the quick release of two remaining detained American hikers in Iran, after Iran's president pledged to pardon them....

Clinton: Kabul attackers will be dealt with

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. will do everything it can to combat those who committed a "cowardly attack" on the U.S. Embassy and other buildings in Kabul....

Sweden convicts Italian official of child abuse

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- An Italian politician who had a public altercation with his 12-year-old son while on vacationing in Sweden was found guilty of child abuse Tuesday in a case that has highlighted differing views on corporal punishment....

Scientists: Bacteria spreading in warming oceans

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Warning: The warming of the world's oceans can cause serious illness and may cost millions of euros (dollars) in health care charges....

Turkey PM tells Arabs: Israel has isolated itself

CAIRO (AP) -- Turkey's prime minister told Arab foreign ministers Tuesday that Israel has isolated itself and must "pay the price" after refusing to apologize for its raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last year, as he launched a high-profile visit that underscored his nation's rising standing in the Arab world....

Argentines point fingers in deadly bus-train crash

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentines traded blame Wednesday for a bus and train collision that killed 11 people and injured more than 200 at a railroad crossing the day before....

Experts: 366 million people now have diabetes

LONDON (AP) -- An estimated 366 million people worldwide now suffer from diabetes and the global epidemic is getting worse, health officials said Tuesday....

Number of centenarians in Japan tops 47,000

TOKYO (AP) -- Quickly graying Japan said it has a record 47,756 people aged 100 or older - most of them women....

UK campaign seeks to save Roald Dahl writing hut

LONDON (AP) -- The family of Roald Dahl is trying to raise the funds to preserve a hut in which the late writer wrote tales of big friendly giants, fantastic foxes and magical chocolate factories...

Algeria ends state monopoly of broadcast media

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algeria has passed sweeping media reforms, ending a state monopoly on the broadcast sector and the imprisonment of journalists for libel....

Abuse victims seek int'l court case against pope

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Clergy sex abuse victims upset that no high-ranking Roman Catholic leaders have been prosecuted for sheltering guilty priests have turned to the International Criminal Court, seeking an investigation of the pope and top Vatican cardinals for possible crimes against humanity. The Vatican called the move a "ludicrous publicity stunt."...

Rights group criticizes Dutch transgender rules

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Human Rights Watch is criticizing the Dutch government for infringing the rights of transgender people by refusing to register their new gender on official documents until they have had sex change surgery and been sterilized....

Nintendo seeks to rev up 3DS with holiday games

TOKYO (AP) -- Nintendo is readying an array of video games for the holidays in an aggressive attempt at catch-up for lost time from the sales delay of the 3DS portable machine last year....

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