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Online campaign rescues abducted Chinese kids

SHANGHAI (AP) -- An online campaign to gather photos of Chinese kids begging on the streets is pressuring authorities to crack down on gangs that kidnap children for exploitation and is helping reunite them with families....

Minister: Israel must move ahead toward peace

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday the country must move forward with the Mideast peace process and try to promote stability with all its neighbors despite the turbulence in the region....

Mexico's legal soul search after Frenchwoman freed

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexicans are engaged in national soul searching over their country's flawed justice system as newly freed Florence Cassez, earlier convicted of and sentenced for being part of a kidnapping ring, makes the celebrity circuit in her native France....

Vatican Radio marks 80 years, looks to new media

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Vatican Radio, which broadcasts the pope's message in 45 languages worldwide, is looking to a future in new media, said a top official on Thursday, as the station launched an exhibition commemorating 80 years of broadcasting....

Haiti waits for Aristide with hope, dread

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The rumor spread through Lucien Tham's crowded encampment: Ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide had returned! So he joined scores of other Haitians rushing to the airport with his family, spending precious savings on a collective taxi to ride across town after sundown....

AP Interview: Tunisian opposition fears chaos

PARIS (AP) -- A prominent Tunisian once jailed for challenging the ousted president fears that the "people's revolution" which ended the country's 23-year dictatorship will fall into chaos as residents press for instant rights....

Vandals chop 500-year-old `parent' of gru-ve wine

VIENNA (AP) -- Hidden among dense underbrush on an Austrian hillside, a great-great "grandparent" of one of the world's most popular white wines survived wars, turmoil and insect pests for 500 years....

Defection reveals foreigners' role in Somali war

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- After Mohamed Ibrahim Suley joined Somalia's al-Qaida-linked insurgency, foreign fighters taught him how to plant bombs and plan assassinations. He fought alongside an Indian, an Eritrean and an American....

Swedish minister to Assange: turn yourself in

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should turn himself in for questioning in a Swedish rape investigation and has no reason to worry about not getting a fair trial, Sweden's justice minister said Thursday....

Moscow environmentalist detained with her children

MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian environmental activist was detained Thursday with her children, colleagues said, claiming she is the latest victim in a campaign to silence opponents of a new Moscow-St. Petersburg highway that is tearing up the old-growth Khimki forest....

UK lawmakers debate prisoners' right to vote

LONDON (AP) -- British lawmakers debated Thursday whether to grant prisoners the right to vote in national elections, after Europe's human rights court told the U.K. it can no longer deny inmates a vote....

Israeli woman gives birth in Palestinian hospital

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- An Israeli woman has given birth in a Palestinian hospital - an extremely rare occurrence that won her flowers from the Palestinian president....

6 killed, 6 wounded as plane crashes in Ireland

DUBLIN (AP) -- A small commuter aircraft carrying 12 people crashed and flipped on its back Thursday while trying to land in heavy fog at Cork Airport in southwest Ireland, killing six people, police said....

Turkey considers chemical castration for rapists

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's ruling party has proposed legalizing chemical castration as punishment for repeat rapists or pedophiles in a wide-ranging overhaul of sex abuse laws, according to a draft seen Thursday by The Associated Press....

Assange portrayed as 'emperor' in insider book

BERLIN (AP) -- A tell-all book by a former WikiLeaks insider casts founder Julian Assange as an "emperor" who has become just the kind of public figure he is trying to expose....

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