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Libya rebel commander plays down Islamist past

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Abdel-Hakim Belhaj is an emerging hero of the Libyan uprising, the man who led the Tripoli Brigade that swept into the capital and captured the fortified compound that was Moammar Gadhafi's seat of power. He's also the former leader of an Islamic militant group who says he was tortured by CIA agents at a secret prison....

'Red warning lights' flashing for global economy

LONDON (AP) -- The global economy's problems seem to be multiplying....

EU bans imports of Syrian oil over crackdown

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union on Friday imposed an embargo on oil imports from Syria as security forces in the country surrounded mosques in rebellious cities to prevent worshippers from pouring into the streets for anti-government rallies....

Medvedev urges regional solution to Afghan issues

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AP) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that the fate of Afghanistan and surrounding nations should be decided by regional powers, an apparent call for reduced U.S. engagement....

Taiwan prosecutors probe HIV organ transplants

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Physicians at a hospital in Taiwan that mistakenly transplanted four patients with HIV-infected organs may face criminal prosecution, an official said Friday....

Germans use cartoon stork to fight far-right

BERLIN (AP) -- He sports a toothbrush mustache and parts his black hair to the side. But don't let this cartoon stork's resemblance to Adolf Hitler fool you - he's out to defeat the far right....

Poor Filipinos have 9/11 victim to thank for homes

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A street sign in Manila shows an American businesswoman and Sept. 11 victim smiling down on a community whose transformation would have warmed her heart: children frolicking on tidy brick alleys near brightly colored houses....

US military hospital at forefront of saving lives

LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) -- Volunteer staff from the U.S. military's Landstuhl Regional Medical center huddle outside the emergency room doors, waiting under heat lamps on a crisp morning for what has become a daily routine in a decade of war - the arrival on a blue bus of the latest casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan....

Libya rebels focus on tribal city as Gadhafi haven

MISRATA, Libya (AP) -- A flash of sunlight reflecting off a distant windshield heralded the approach of a vehicle across the endless Libyan desert. So the rebel truck slammed into reverse, taking cover behind a sandy hill and swiveling its heavy machinegun to take aim at whatever was coming....

ANC pressing case against SAfrica youth leader

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The African National Congress said it was going ahead Friday with charges against its firebrand youth leader, whose case is pitting radicals against moderates in South Africa's ruling party....

ANC debates case against SAfrica youth leader

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The African National Congress decides whether to quash or push disciplinary charges against its firebrand youth leader whose case is pitting radicals against moderates in South Africa's ruling party....

Israelis seek EU passports amid existential angst

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- Despite their country's turbulent history, Israelis enjoy a fairly secure existence: they have military might, a world-class high tech industry powering a strong economy, and America as a solid ally....

New Zealand eager to play as Rugby World Cup host

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Ox and his mates are hitting the road to watch their beloved All Blacks play in the Rugby World Cup, making a trip they've been working on for months....

Slaying of journalist reveals Dominican underworld

LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Dominican journalist Jose Agustin Silvestre promised to reveal a bombshell in the next edition of his magazine: a story of drugs and corruption involving local businessmen. He never got the chance. Before he could publish his expose, Silvestre was kidnapped and shot to death. His body, with three bullet wounds, was found along a busy road outside La Romana, a fast-growing town next to one of the country's best-known Caribbean resorts....

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