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  • Hard terrain slows rescue of Spanish boy trapped in borehole

    Hard terrain slows rescue of Spanish boy trapped in borehole

    MADRID (AP) - Rescuers in southern Spain said Sunday that the frantic effort to reach a 2-year-old boy who fell into a narrow, deep borehole seven days ago has again been slowed by difficult terrain. Authorities said that a drill used to create a vertical shaft parallel to the waterhole has hit patches of increasingly hard rock.

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  • Plane makes emergency landing in Black Sea port in Romania

    Plane makes emergency landing in Black Sea port in Romania

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Romanian authorities say an airplane flying from Cyprus to the Romanian capital has made an emergency landing in the Black Sea port of Constanta because of a problem with the wing flaps. Nobody has been reported injured. Authorities said the Romanian airline Blue Air flight from Larnaca to Bucharest, carrying 109 passengers and crew, landed safely in Constanta on Sunday afternoon.

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  • Former CIA officer portrayed in 'Argo' film dead at 78
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    Former CIA officer portrayed in 'Argo' film dead at 78

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A former CIA technical operations officer who helped rescue six U.S. diplomats from Iran in 1980 and was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the film "Argo," has died. He was 78. A family statement and his literary agent confirmed that Antonio "Tony" Mendez died Saturday at an assisted-living center in Frederick, Maryland. He had suffered from Parkinson's disease, according to the statement.

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  • Congo on brink of 1st peaceful transfer with Tshisekeid win

    Congo on brink of 1st peaceful transfer with Tshisekeid win

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - Congo is on the brink of its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960 after the Constitutional Court on Sunday confirmed the presidential election victory of Felix Tshisekedi, although questions remain about the result. Tshisekedi, son of the late, charismatic opposition leader Etienne, is to be inaugurated on Tuesday.

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  • Bitter cold sets in as winter storm wreaks havoc on travel
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    Bitter cold sets in as winter storm wreaks havoc on travel

    BOSTON (AP) - A major winter storm brought some of the coldest temperatures of the season and covered a large swath of the country in snow as it wreaked havoc on air travel and caused slick road conditions throughout New England Sunday. The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings or advisories for part or all of at least 15 states stretching from southeast Missouri to the northern tip of Maine ahead of the weekend storm.

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  • Iraqi prime minister visits Basra, months after unrest

    Iraqi prime minister visits Basra, months after unrest

    BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's new prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, has visited Basra, a city that last summer saw riots over acute water pollution and crippling power outages. Demonstrators at the time set fire to nearly every government building in the unrest, as anger over failing services reached a boiling point. Abdul-Madi, who was confirmed in his post in October, has made it a priority to restore services to Iraq's second largest city and the country's main hub for oil.

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  • Greek protesters angry over Macedonia deal clash with police
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    Greek protesters angry over Macedonia deal clash with police

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Protesters clashed with police outside Greece's parliament during a rally that drew tens of thousands of people Sunday against the Greek-Macedonia name deal. At least 25 police officers were injured and seven people arrested, police said.

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  • The Latest: AU 'postpones' urgent trip to Congo over vote

    The Latest: AU 'postpones' urgent trip to Congo over vote

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - The Latest on Congo's election results (all times local): 7:10 p.m. The African Union says it has "postponed" its urgent mission to Congo planned for Monday after the country's Constitutional Court did not heed its unprecedented request to delay the final results of the disputed presidential election. The AU Commission statement notably does not name or congratulate the declared winner, Felix Tshisekedi. It merely "takes note" of the court's decision.

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  • Zimbabwe president to return home after deadly turmoil
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    Zimbabwe president to return home after deadly turmoil

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Zimbabwe's president announced on Sunday he will return home and skip the World Economic Forum after a week of turmoil in which activists have said at least a dozen people have been killed in a government crackdown.

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  • Americans take stock of shutdown's everyday effects
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    Americans take stock of shutdown's everyday effects

    You and your loved ones aren't federal employees or contractors, and you don't live in a setting or have a job closely tied to government programs. So what does the government shutdown have to do with you? More than you might think. Washington's doings, or not-doings, can be woven into everyday American life from a bowl of breakfast cereal to a bottle of beer after work.

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