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AP Interview: Argentine money cop means business

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- In this society where tax evasion is the rule, corruption is common and white-collar crimes suck as much as $20 billion out of the country each year, a supercop of sorts has just been given new power to examine the books of the rich and powerful - from politicians and judges to union and business leaders, even foreign diplomats....

Cash-starved Egyptians turn on each other

CAIRO (AP) -- For more than a week, Zaki Abdel-Aziz had been out of work and nearly out of money, joining millions of Egyptians living more on hope than cash as the capital plunged into chaos and the economy ground to a virtual halt....

Cash-starved Egyptians turn on each other

CAIRO (AP) -- For more than a week, Zaki Abdel-Aziz had been out of work and nearly out of money, joining millions of Egyptians living more on hope than cash as the capital plunged into chaos and the economy ground to a virtual halt....

Algeria's 1992 state of emergency to be lifted

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algeria's state news agency is quoting the country's president as saying the state of emergency that has been in effect since 1992 will be lifted in the "very near future."...

Ex-nanny admits spiking sex shop magnate's soup

LONDON (AP) -- A former nanny employed by the boss of a chain of British sex shops pleaded guilty Thursday to spiking her employer's soup with windshield washer fluid in an attempt to get the household's chef in trouble....

Severe drought threatens millions in Somalia

GAROWE, Somalia (AP) -- A severe drought has plunged millions of Somalis into crisis after rains failed for several consecutive seasons in this Horn of Africa nation, and the U.N. and aid groups are warning of the possibility of a looming catastrophe....

Kazakhstan to introduce mayoral elections in 2013

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) -- Kazakhstan's president announced a raft of reforms for this energy-rich, authoritarian state Friday, ranging from having more direct local and regional elections to imposing the use of the Latin alphabet for the Kazakh language....

Jordan king calls for reform as opposition simmers

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's King Abdullah II promised lawmakers Sunday to speed up reforms slowed by unrest across the Middle East, though the kingdom's weakened opposition accused him of finding excuses to hold onto the monarchy's absolute power....

UNAIDS to Vatican: Pope's HIV-condom view helpful

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The head of the U.N. AIDS agency told a Vatican conference Saturday that the pope had opened the door to greater dialogue with his groundbreaking comments on condoms and HIV prevention - even as Vatican officials stressed abstinence and marital fidelity as the best prevention....

WikiLeaks cable: US diplomat doubts Jordan reforms

OSLO, Norway (AP) -- A secret U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks indicates that in 2009 the U.S. ambassador to Jordan had little faith in King Abdullah II's promises to initiate reforms in his country....

Vodafone: Egypt forced us to send text messages

LONDON (AP) -- Egyptian authorities forced Vodafone to broadcast government-scripted text messages during the protests that have rocked the country, the U.K.-based mobile company said Thursday....

US response to Egypt draws criticism in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) -- President Barack Obama's response to the crisis in Egypt is drawing fierce criticism in Israel, where many view the U.S. leader as a political naif whose pressure on a stalwart ally to hand over power is liable to backfire....

Somali ax man gets 9 years for cartoonist attack

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A Somali man convicted of terrorism for breaking into the home of a Danish cartoonist who had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison....

EU halts some arms exports to Egypt, aid untouched

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union on Wednesday decided to suspend exports of weapons and goods that could be used for internal repression but did not halt aid programs for fear of hurting ordinary Egyptians already hit hard....

Auschwitz decays, prompting preservation effort

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) -- The red brick barracks that housed starving inmates are sinking into ruin. Time has warped victims' leather shoes into strange shapes. Human hair sheared to make cloth is slowly turning to dust....

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