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Japan man saved from rooftop that floated to sea

TOKYO (AP) -- Hiromitsu Shinkawa was pushed out to sea while he clung to the roof of his home after a tsunami swept away his wife. For two days, he drifted off Japan's northeastern coast, trying to get the attention of helicopters and ships that passed by - to no avail....

Survivors of 2004 tsunami shaken by Japan disaster

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Tears streamed down Maisara Mucharam's face as she watched aerial shots of the tsunami pummeling Japan's coast and remembered the day, six years ago, when her youngest daughter was ripped out of her arms by the heavy salty sea....

Libya: 5 foreign oil companies back working

PARIS (AP) -- At least five foreign oil and gas companies are back in Libya to work on resuscitating production, a Libyan official said Friday, as the country's interim leadership sought guidance from U.N. and other experts on stabilizing the nation following strongman Moammar Gadhafi's ouster....

AP Interview: Muti says culture good for economy

ROME (AP) -- Riccardo Muti, the master conductor, is sounding an ominous note, and it isn't rising from the orchestra pit....

Lebanese troops fight street battles in Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) -- The Lebanese army brought tanks and commando forces into the northern city of Tripoli Sunday, where fighting with Muslim militants has intensified and spread to nearby areas....

Al-Qaida commander calls for Islamic rule in Libya

CAIRO (AP) -- A top Libyan al-Qaida commander has urged his countrymen to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi's regime and establish Islamic rule, expanding the terror network's attempts to capitalize on the wave of unrest sweeping the region....

Third explosion rocks Japanese nuclear plant

SOMA, Japan (AP) -- Japan's nuclear crisis deepened dramatically Tuesday. As safety officials sought desperately to avert catastrophe, the government said radioactive material leaking from reactors was enough to "impact human health" and the risk of more leaks was "very high."...

2 Chinese dissidents freed after 10 years in jail

BEIJING (AP) -- Two Chinese dissidents who were sentenced to 10 years in prison for getting together to talk about political reform and posting their views online have been released after completing their jail terms, their fathers said Sunday....

Libyan rebels building civil society from scratch

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- The burnt-out waterfront building was once the local branch of Libya's hated high court. In the past three weeks, it has been transformed into a bustling hub of civic society, home to a daily newspaper, a recording studio and a press center....

Al-Jazeera says cameraman killed in eastern Libya

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Al-Jazeera says a cameraman for the pan-Arab satellite station has been killed near the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi....

Gates: Arab nations must enact democratic reforms

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Saturday he believes leaders in Persian Gulf ally Bahrain are serious about addressing grievances that have spawned a growing protest movement, but swift action is needed to deny rival Iran the chance to exploit the current instability....

German parliament approves nuclear shutdown

BERLIN (AP) -- German lawmakers overwhelmingly approved on Thursday plans to shut the country's nuclear plants by 2022, putting Europe's biggest economy on the road to an ambitious build-up of renewable energy....

AP Interview: Libyan rebels plead for no-fly zone

BAYDA, Libya (AP) -- A rebel leader pleaded Saturday with the international community to approve a no-fly zone over Libya as Moammar Gadhafi's forces gained strength in the east, securing a key port city and oil refinery....

In birthplace of Arab uprising, discontent lingers

SIDI BOUZID, Tunisia (AP) -- From this sleepy town in Tunisia, revolution swept across the Arab world. But while one man's act of defiance and despair has transformed the Middle East, it has changed little in his hometown....

In birthplace of Arab uprising, discontent lingers

SIDI BOUZID, Tunisia (AP) -- From this sleepy town in Tunisia, revolution swept across the Arab world. But while one man's act of defiance and despair has transformed the Middle East, it has changed little in his hometown....

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