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C. African Republic mobs launch sectarian attacks

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Dozens of young men stood waiting for storm clouds to pass, as wind stirred up swirls of red dust on the largely deserted street in Central African Republic's capital. Through the drizzle, they spotted a man in a flowing white robe traditionally worn by Muslims, hand-in-hand with his adolescent son.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013

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Big storm dumps snow on East Coast, travel dicey

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A plodding storm that dumped heavy snow on the unsuspecting Mid-Atlantic region made roads slippery in the Northeast for Monday's commute while travel disruptions continued to ripple across the country days after the same system first began wreaking havoc in the skies.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013

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Congress ready to extend ban on plastic firearms

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate vote to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms capable of evading metal detectors and X-ray machines is shaping up as a bittersweet moment for gun control supporters, days before the anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013

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South African police prepare for Mandela ceremony

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Workers busily constructed a stage Monday at the Soweto soccer stadium where world leaders will eulogize Nelson Mandela before tens of thousands of mourners, as police promised tight security.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013

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New American Airlines CEO vows to make merger work

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines and US Airways seem an unlikely couple, even to the man who will lead the combined company after their merger on Monday.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013

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Internet and telephones cut in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state television says the country's local and international telephone lines as well as the Internet are down because of technical problems.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013

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Thai PM dissolves Parliament, calls elections

BANGKOK (AP) — Desperate to defuse Thailand's deepening political crisis, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the lower house of Parliament on Monday and called for early elections. But the moves did nothing to stem a growing tide of more than 150,000 protesters vowing to overthrow her in one of the nation's largest demonstrations in years.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013

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North Korea deports US tourist and Korean War vet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday freed an 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War after a weekslong detention, ending the saga of Merrill Newman's attempt to visit the North as a tourist six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas still loathed by Pyongyang.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 December 2013

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