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Body of brutally beaten woman to be flown to Iraq

By Elliot Spagat / AP EL CAJON: A Muslim leader says that the body of an Iraqi-American woman who was found brutally beaten next to a note saying “go back to your country, you terrorist” will be flown to her home country for her funeral. Shaima Alawadi, 32, was taken off life support on Saturday, three …

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NY exhibit focuses on early career of Keith Haring

The bohemian atmosphere of downtown New York in the 1970s and 1980s had a huge impact on the art of Keith Haring, from his impromptu subway chalk drawings to his maze-like abstract paintings. In a new exhibition that focuses on the late artist’s early career, Haring’s creative energy is instantly felt through his seemingly pulsating …

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Small amounts of Egyptian fuel reaching Gaza

GAZA CITY: Officials say small amounts of Israeli fuel are coming into the Gaza Strip, easing an energy crisis provoked by a cutoff of Egyptian fuel. Brig. Gen. Nazmi Muhana, who is head of the Palestinian Authority border agency in the West Bank, and Israeli military spokesman Maj. Guy Inbar said fuel started flowing through …

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Times Middle East correspondent Anthony Shadid dies in Syria

NEW YORK: New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner whose dispatches captured untold stories from Baghdad under "shock and awe" bombing to Libya wracked by civil war, died Thursday of an asthma attack in Syria while reporting on the uprising against its president. Shadid, 43, who survived a gunshot wound in …

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Houston legacy to continue in final film, song

For Bishop T.D. Jakes, watching Whitney Houston sing a classic gospel hymn two months ago made him sure the long-struggling singer was poised for a comeback. Instead, her soulful rendition of "His Eye is on the Sparrow" will be the last chance for audiences to see Houston perform new music. Her performance was filmed for …

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UN consultant shot dead in Egyptian capital

CAIRO: The United Nations says one of its freelance consultants was fatally shot in the head while driving through an upscale Cairo neighborhood. An Egyptian security official says the woman was not targeted, but died in a random daytime shooting Sunday while driving her Jeep on one of Cairo’s busiest streets in the Mohandiseen neighborhood. …

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Jackson: Film saved life of West Memphis 3 suspect

Peter Jackson believes Damien Echols would be dead now if not for a 1996 documentary that cast doubt on the man’s guilt in three child murders. And Amy Berg, Jackson’s colleague on the Sundance Film Festival premiere "West of Memphis," believes former Death Row inmate Echols and two other men might still be in prison …

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Met’s ‘Enchanted Island’ a clever concoction

Call it a pastiche. Or a Baroque fantasy in two acts. Or the best opera Handel and Vivaldi never wrote. By any name, "The Enchanted Island," which had its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera on New Year’s Eve with an all-star cast, is irresistibly entertaining. It’s a light-hearted romp with enough fizz to send …

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Gaza PM in Egypt, 1st visit since Hamas takeover

CAIRO: Gaza’s Hamas premier was in Egypt Monday on his first trip outside the blockaded territory since the Islamists overran it in 2007, saying his meeting with his Islamic ideological mentors threatens Israel. Ismail Haniyeh discussed Mideast politics with the leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has emerged as the biggest winner in the first …

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Egypt’s seculars desperate to balance Islamists

CAIRO: Overwhelmed by Islamists in parliamentary elections, the secular and liberal youths who were the driving force behind Egypt’s uprising are scrambling to ensure their voices are not lost as a new constitution and government take shape. Two Islamist blocs — newly emboldened after decades of repression under Mubarak’s secular regime — won close to …

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Egypt-bound jet makes emergency landing in Hamburg; no injured

BERLIN: German charter airline Condor says one of its Boeing 757s has made an emergency landing after an engine was damaged by a flock of birds shortly after takeoff from Hamburg airport. Spokesman Johannes Winter says the plane, which was on its way to the beach resort of Hurghada in Egypt, returned to Hamburg and …

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Bradley’s challenge to revive Africa’s ‘monster’

CAIRO: Bob Bradley isn’t interested in talking about the man who replaced him as the United States’ coach, not now that he has the daunting challenge of reviving the hopes of the “monster” of African football. Having been let go by the USSF in July after five years in charge — and replaced by Jurgen …

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Obama: No shortcut to peace in Middle East

UNITED NATIONS: President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that there could be no shortcut to peace between Israel and the Palestinians, as he sought to head off a looming diplomatic crisis for the Middle East and US policy there. "Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN — if it were that easy, …

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Jordan, Egypt to sign natural gas deal

AMMAN, Jordan: Jordan’s energy czar says his country will sign an agreement with Egypt next month to resume natural gas supplies. Energy Minister Khaled Toukan says several attacks this year on Egypt’s pipeline delivering the fuel may prompt Jordan to look for alternatives, but Jordan will now try to use Egyptian gas to meet its …

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U2 doc, Pitt, Clooney films head to Toronto fest

One of the world’s top film showcases is starting on a musical note as a documentary portrait of the rock band U2 opens the Toronto International Film Festival. Organizers say the Canadian festival will launch Sept. 8 with "From the Sky Down," a chronicle of the Irish band led by singer Bono. The film was …

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Cairo crowd urging change camped out for sixth day

CAIRO: Protesters in Cairo lifted their siege of the city’s largest government building on Wednesday, allowing business to resume there but stayed camped out at Tahrir Square for a sixth day to press the country’s new military rulers for faster change. Five months after 18 days of mass demonstrations drove President Hosni Mubarak from power …

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US, Chinese stars usher in Shanghai film festival

Susan Sarandon cracked jokes with Chinese actor Zhang Guoli. Matt Dillon tried out his Mandarin and Rupert Murdoch touted the new movie his Chinese-born wife is producing. Hollywood’s elite joined China’s biggest stars at the Shanghai Grand Theater to usher in the 14th edition of the country’s leading international film festival on Saturday — in …

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Taylor Swift wins video of year at CMT Awards

Ludacris made a surprise appearance, as did Sheryl Crow’s underwear. Lady Antebellum laid down a funky beat with Charles Kelley doing a Don Henley impression. And a sassy Wynonna Judd put Kid Rock in his place. Actress Kristin Chenoweth’s first CMT Music Awards left quite an impression Wednesday night. "This show is entertaining," Chenoweth said. …

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Presidential hopeful questioned by Egypt military

CAIRO: A candidate for president of Egypt was hauled in for questioning Saturday because of her outspoken criticism of the nation’s military rulers and said she is facing allegations of slandering a top official and the military. The military took control of Egypt’s government after president Hosni Mubarak stepped down after an 18-day popular uprising. …

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Egypt, Tunisia stumble through Swiss legal hoops

BERN, Switzerland: The Swiss were among the first to freeze the assets of ousted presidents Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, and now the countries are finding it’s not so easy to get that money back. Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli told The Associated Press on Sunday the Swiss …

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Congo artists exhibit work in South Africa

A sculptural bust made of discarded bullet cartridges has a protruding belly with a hole in it. Another bust encased in a large glass case has holes in its heart, belly and thigh. "The hole represents life," Freddy Tsimba, 43, said of the busts he made using tens of thousands of bullet cartridges he has …

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Rebels retreat from Libya oil port under attack

AJDABIYA: Moammar Qaddafi’s ground forces recaptured a strategic oil town Wednesday as they made new inroads in beating back a rebel advance toward the capital Tripoli. Western powers kept up the pressure to force Qaddafi out with new air strikes to weaken his military, hints that they may arm the opposition and intense negotiations behind …

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Italy facing immigration emergency

ROME: Italy is facing a humanitarian and sanitation crisis on the tiny island of Lampedusa following the arrival of some 15,000 Tunisian boat people amid fears more migrants will flee there following coalition airstrikes on Libya. Lampedusa is currently housing some 4,800 Tunisians, almost doubling the island’s population of 5,000 and putting a severe strain …

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Bahrain hospital on frontline in protest crackdown

AL KHARJIYA, Bahrain: It was just after midnight when armed men in military uniforms came to the hospital bed of Ali Mansour Abdel-Karim Nasser, who was injured by pellets fired during a clash with riot police. He said what came next was worse: he was bound, beaten and mocked in the hallway of Bahrain’s main …

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Imagining a new Mediterranean world

NEW YORK: Mediterranean countries are experiencing turbulence unseen since the era of decolonization and independence. Popular revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have swept away entrenched autocracies. Libya’s Muammar El-Qaddafi is holding on by the skin of his teeth, and political leaders in Algeria and Morocco are scrambling to maintain authority. Can a Mediterranean space nurtured …

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Clinton tours Tahrir Square in push for reform

CAIRO: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday toured Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the popular uprising that toppled Egypt’s longtime autocratic leader last month. "It’s just a great reminder of the power of the human spirit and universal desire for freedom and human rights and democracy," Clinton said. "It’s just thrilling …

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Oscar win highlights plight of Africans in Israel

Students at the Bialik-Rogozin school in a rundown Tel Aviv neighborhood have survived genocide, war and famine. But they were all smiles on Monday after learning that a documentary about their plight had won an Academy Award. "Strangers No More" puts a human face on Israel’s absorption of African migrants — an issue that has …

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Oscars hash it out between tradition, freshness

Old against young, establishment against upstart, familiar faces against fresh ones. Hollywood has laid out a battle of the ages at Sunday’s Academy Awards. Among the 10 best-picture nominees, the show comes down to just two: "The King’s Speech," a costume drama that oozes Oscar tradition with its British accents, aristocratic pageantry and triumph over …

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US sees Egypt’s gov’t as stable despite protests

WASHINGTON: The United States expressed confidence in Egypt’s government on Tuesday and urged calm amid the largest public protests in years. It was an awkward endorsement of an authoritarian regime that is a crucial Arab ally for Washington. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the government of President Hosni Mubarak is stable and trying …

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Rights group says democracies ignore abuses

BRUSSELS: Democracies around the world are turning a blind eye to abuses by repressive regimes, opting for improved relations rather than condemning rights violations and curtailing aid, Human Rights Watch says. The international watchdog decried in its annual review published Monday the increasing use of dialogue and cooperation to urge reforms — but without any …

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