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Pistorius representatives name substance found

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius’ representatives have named the substance found in his bedroom after the shooting death of his girlfriend as Testis compositum, and say it is an herbal remedy used “in aid of muscle recovery.”

China rejects status as world’s biggest trader

BEIJING (AP) — China has a new status its government doesn’t want — world’s biggest trader.

Little audience for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan stars in “Zero Dark Thirty,” from early scenes at a detention site to the dramatic closing minutes as Navy SEALs assault the hideout of Osama bin Laden. But the Academy Award-nominated film about the hunt for the al-Qaida leader has sparked a controversy here about its portrayal of the country, and it will likely not be shown on the local big screen anytime soon.

Greece’s weakened workforce starts to crack

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Looking out across a room full of reporters gathered to welcome French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday, Greece’s President Karolos Papoulias gave a stark warning about the state of the country after three harsh years of government spending cuts, joblessness and tax hikes.

Neighbors prep militaries after NKorean nuke test

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s neighbors bolstered their military preparations and mobilized scientists Wednesday to determine whether Pyongyang’s third nuclear test, conducted in defiance of U.N. warnings, was as successful as the North claimed.

Rights group: Israel violated laws of war in Gaza

JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S.-based rights group said Israel violated laws of war in a series of airstrikes it conducted during an eight-day military operation last November against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

Pope celebrates last public Mass as pontiff

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Starting his public farewell to his flock, a weary Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his final public Mass as pontiff, presiding over Ash Wednesday services hours after a bittersweet audience that produced the extraordinary scene of the pope explaining his decision to step down directly to the faithful.

Bus crash kills 16 football fans in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A bus carrying fans of a Chilean soccer team has plunged into a ravine, killing 16 people. Fire department officials say most of those who died in Saturday’s crash are 13 to 18 years old. One is an infant a few months old. Twenty-one people are reported injured. Officials say the […]

Pakistan: Toll from suspected US strike now 9

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say the death toll from a suspected U.S. drone strike in a restive tribal region has risen to 9, all of whom were militants. Two intelligence officials said Saturday that three members of the Pakistani Taliban movement wounded in the Friday strike on a militant compound died […]

British Museum puts art from the Ice Age on show

LONDON (AP) — The art world loves hype. Works are touted as the biggest, the rarest, the most expensive.

Egypt’s top cleric voices Sunnis’ worries of Iran

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s most prominent Muslim cleric, the sheik of al-Azhar, has warned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against interfering in Arab Gulf countries or trying to spread Shiite influence.

Diplomats: Iran prepared to up nuclear program

VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency has told member nations that Iran is poised for a major technological upgrade of its uranium enrichment program, in a document seen Thursday by The Associated Press. The move would vastly speed up Tehran’s ability to make material that can be used for both reactor fuel and nuclear warheads

Israel jets increase activity in Lebanese airspace

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese military said Wednesday that Israeli warplanes have sharply increased their activity over Lebanon in the past week, including at least 12 sorties in less than 24 hours in the country’s south.

French foreign minister: Troops to leave Mali

SEVARE, Mali (AP) — France’s foreign minister said Wednesday that French forces would depart Mali “quickly” following their success in taking control of the airport in Kidal, a key position in the last remaining urban stronghold of Islamist extremists in northern Mali.

South Korea launches rocket weeks after NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea launched a satellite into space from its own soil for the first time Wednesday amid increased tensions after archrival North Korea accomplished a similar feat and was condemned by the United Nations.

Focus turns to Brazilian club safety after fire

SANTA MARIA, Brazil (AP) — The repercussions of a tragic nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people in southern Brazil widened Tuesday as mayors around the country cracked down on such venues in their own cities and investigators searched two other nightspots owned by a partner in the club that caught ablaze.

UN seeks major aid boost for Syrian ‘catastrophe’

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — International aid officials are framing their latest gathering on Syria’s humanitarian crises in terms not seen in the region since the height of the Iraq war: Refugee numbers possibly swelling toward 1 million, more than double that number in need of help inside the country and political policymaking among Bashar Assad’s foes torn between the battlefield strategies and the civilian costs.

Mexico’s new president mostly mum on drug violence

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two months after President Enrique Pena Nieto took office promising to reduce violent crime, the killings linked to Mexico’s drug cartels continue unabated.

Crocodile crossing: Thousands on loose in S.Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Afraid of crocodiles? Then you may want to stay away from the South Africa-Botswana border.

Mali army pushes farthest east toward city of Gao

MOPTI, Mali (AP) — Mali’s military and French forces have pushed toward the Islamic extremist stronghold in the city of Gao, in their farthest push east since launching an operation two weeks ago to retake land controlled by the rebels, residents and a security official said Friday.

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