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Broken French power couple in political showdown

PARIS (AP) -- Love and power drew Segolene Royal and Francois Hollande together. And love and power pulled them apart....

Arab Spring activists observing Poland's election

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A group of Arab Spring activists observing Polish parliamentary elections are championing the spirit of civil society, and say such ballots back home will be milestones in turning hard-won freedoms into lasting democracy....

Schwarzenegger inaugurates his museum in Austria

THAL, Austria (AP) -- For a day at least, Arnold Schwarzenegger could forget about his messy divorce and bask in the adulation of a sympathetic crowd....

Panetta defends NATO's Libya mission

NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy (AP) -- Top military commanders in the Libyan mission told Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Friday that they are nearing a turning point in the NATO operation that could signal its end, a senior defense official said....

Albania's last communist leader Ramiz Alia dies

TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albania's last communist president Ramiz Alia - credited with opening one of the world's most isolationist political systems to democracy - has died. He was 85....

Quartet to meet in effort to revive Mideast talks

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Mideast negotiators will seek ways to restart the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process during a meeting planned for this weekend, the European Union said Friday....

Nobel's Karman 'the mother of Yemen's revolution'

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- She is known among Yemenis as "the iron woman" and the "mother of the revolution." A conservative woman fighting for change in a conservative Muslim and tribal society, Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman has been the face of the mass uprising against the authoritarian regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh....

Chavez: Houses on Caribbean islands will be seized

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Thursday that his government will expropriate homes on the Caribbean resort islands of Los Roques, saying the structures were built on plots bought in shadowy business deals....

UN study: Homicides soar in Central America

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Honduras and El Salvador have the highest homicide rates in the world as killings reach a crisis point in Central America, a United Nations report said Thursday....

Researchers find Aztec temple platform in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Archaeologists found a round Aztec ceremonial platform studded with stone carvings of serpent heads at Mexico City's Templo Mayor ruin, raising hopes in the search for an emperor's tomb, authorities said Thursday....

Italian gets 3 years in US jogger hit-and-run case

ROME (AP) -- A court has sentenced an Italian man to more than three years in prison for the hit-and-run death of an American woman, killed last year as she jogged along a Tuscan highway....

British prosecutor blocks warrant for Israeli

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's chief prosecutor on Thursday blocked an attempt to serve visiting Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni with an arrest warrant....

Israel's ultra-Orthodox rethink Yom Kippur ritual

JERUSALEM (AP) -- For generations, ultra-Orthodox Jews have marked Yom Kippur by swinging live chickens over their heads while saying a blessing, then slaughtering the birds as a symbolic way to rid their souls of sins....

Nobel peace panel in focus as 2014 awards begin

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) -- With the 2014 Nobel Prize announcements around the corner, Norway is considering shaking up the five-member committee that selects the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize....

Eccentric family causes headaches for Peru leader

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- President Ollanta Humala has kept his public appearances to a minimum in his just over two months in office and strived to avoid controversy. Other members of his highly eccentric family, however, do not share the president's low-key style....

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