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Run from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through faded photos that fill boxes spread across the dining table....

Painstaking recovery mission at treacherous Alps crash site

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) -- The ravine echoes with helicopter rotors, the scrape of metal on stone, the rumble of sliding scree as the remnants of Germanwings Flight 9525 dislodge from the mountainside....

Police on trial: Tears, anger resurge over 2005 French riots

RENNES, France (AP) -- One October afternoon, two teenage boys were kicking around a football in their desolate housing project northeast of Paris. Two hours later, they lay lifeless, electrocuted in a power substation as they hid from police....

Uzbekistan to vote to extend veteran leader's rule

MOSCOW (AP) -- Uzbekistan is going through the motions of a presidential election this weekend, with a crushing win for its longtime leader a foregone conclusion, but the long-term future of the Central Asian nation is still far from certain....

High turnout as Uzbekistan votes for president

MOSCOW (AP) -- Uzbekistan's election commission said more than 70 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballots by midway through Sunday's presidential election, where victory by longtime leader Islam Karimov is a foregone conclusion....

In Thailand, a mercurial junta leader known for sharp tongue

BANGKOK (AP) -- Ear tugs. A flying banana peel. Sarcastic remarks about getting smacked, or punched - or even executed. Such is life for the press corps covering Thailand's notoriously testy military ruler....

AP PHOTOS: Antarctica both alluring and forbidding

DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) -- Their beady little eyes, squarish torsos and adorable waddling make penguins one of the main attractions for tourists who come to Antarctica. But far from the surface waters where they swim with seals and whales, deep in the oceans and across thousands of miles of frozen continent is another side of Antarctica that is both forbidding and mysterious....

Yemen's Aden a key battleground in conflict

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) -- Yemen's city of Aden, a vital Arabian Sea port for centuries, is emerging as a key battleground in the fight between a Saudi-led Arab coalition backing the country's president and Shiite rebels and their allies....

AP Interview: Ukraine PM: Russia could spark new offensive

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia plans to eliminate Ukraine as an independent state and could spark a new offensive in the east to achieve that aim, Ukraine's prime minister told The Associated Press on Friday....

German airline could face 'unlimited' damages for Alps crash

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday....