By The Associated Press

Oilers get zapped

TAMPA, Fla. — Dwayne Roloson played like a youngster, again. The 42-year-old Roloson made 34 saves, Teddy Purcell scored in the sixth round of a shootout and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Thursday night.

  • Mar 23, 2012

Super Tuesday a split decision

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney has taken three states while his closest rival, Rick Santorum, has snagged two on so-called Super Tuesday, the biggest single day in the Republican presidential race and one the front-runner was hoping would catapult him beyond the reach of his opponents.

Time for diplomacy, not war: Obama

WASHINGTON — Alarmed by rising talk of war, the United States, Europe and other world powers announced Tuesday that bargaining will begin again with Iran over its fiercely disputed nuclear efforts. Tehran, for its part, invited inspectors to see a site suspected of secret atomic weapons work.

Computer hacker turns FBI informant, leading to new arrests

NEW YORK — The shadowy underworld of Internet hackers was rocked Tuesday by news that one of the world’s most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals has been an FBI informant for months and helped authorities build a case against five people they say were comrades.

Somalia’s al-Shabab joins al-Qaida

NAIROBI, Kenya — The Somali militant group al-Shabab has formally joined al-Qaida, according to a video translation released Thursday of a message from al-Qaida’s leader.

  • Feb 9, 2012

Greek deal on cuts appears to not yet fulfil bailout conditions: German finance minister

ATHENS — Not long after Greece made the politically unpopular decision to slash government spending to ease its debt crisis, Germany’s finance minister questioned whether the deal goes far enough to earn approval of a crucial C130 billion bailout.

U.S. Marines posed with flag bearing Nazi symbol in Afghanistan

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Marine Corps confirmed Thursday that a sniper team in Afghanistan posed for a photograph in front of a flag with a logo resembling that of the notorious Nazi SS.

  • Feb 9, 2012

Spanish judge convicted of exceeding authority in corruption probe

MADRID, Spain — The Spanish superstar judge who won global fame for aggressively taking on international human rights cases was convicted Thursday of overstepping his jurisdiction in a domestic corruption probe and barred from the bench for 11 years, completing a spectacular fall from grace for one of Spain’s most prominent people.

  • Feb 9, 2012
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Businessman, police battle over whale shark

KARACHI, Pakistan — Qasim Khan waged the unlikeliest of battles with Pakistani authorities Thursday over the right to charge hundreds of curious visitors the equivalent of 22 cents each to see a roughly 40-foot whale shark he bought from a fisherman.

  • Feb 9, 2012
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Supporters of the Maldives former president riot, seize police stations

MALE, Maldives — Supporters of the Maldives former president rioted through the streets of the capital and seized some remote police stations Wednesday to demand his reinstatement, as the country’s new leader appealed for an end to the political turmoil roiling this Indian Ocean island nation

  • Feb 8, 2012

Mystery surrounds fate of crusading Chinese police chief amid rumours of political scandal

BEIJING — The former top cop of a major Chinese city has dropped from sight amid unconfirmed reports he is seeking U.S. asylum following a quarrel with one of China’s most powerful local politicians.

  • Feb 8, 2012

Police, anti-government demonstrators clash in Senegal

DAKAR, Senegal — Clashes erupted between Senegalese security forces and anti-government demonstrators in the regional capital of Thies, where the country’s aging president was planning to hold a campai

  • Feb 8, 2012

Balkan nations suspend shipping on freezing Danube River

SOFIA, Bulgaria — At least four Balkan nations suspended shipping on the Danube River because of severe frost and the vast amount of ice blocking the heavily travelled waterway.

EU threatens new sanctions on Syria

BEIRUT — The European Union will impose harsher sanctions on Syria, a senior EU official said Wednesday, as Russia tried to broker talks between the vice-president and the opposition to calm violence. Activists reported at least 50 killed in the regime’s siege of the restive city of Homs.

  • Feb 8, 2012

Greek parties mull harsh new cuts in crucial debt talks

ATHENS — After three days of delays, Greek coalition leaders were locked in crucial debt talks Wednesday with the prime minister to review a draft deal on steep cutbacks demanded by creditors in return for a C130 billion ($170 billion) bailout.

Santorum hopes to capitalize on primary hat trick

WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum was flying high on Wednesday, buoyed by his trio of triumphs in the Midwest over front-runner Mitt Romney and insisting he’s the sought-after social conservative who can halt the former Massachusetts governor’s march to the Republican presidential nomination.

  • Feb 8, 2012

Greek debt talks drag on but banks signal progress on bond-swap deal to forgive some debt

ATHENS — Greece’s private creditors signalled progress late Tuesday on a debt-relief deal but crucial talks between Greek coalition leaders about forcing more austerity upon a hostile public were again postponed.

  • Feb 8, 2012

Last known veteran of First World War dies at 110

LONDON — Florence Green never saw the front line. Her war was spent serving food, not dodging bullets. But Green, who has died aged 110, was the last known surviving veteran of World War I. She was serving with the Women’s Royal Air Force as a waitress at an air base in eastern England when the guns fell silent on Nov. 11, 1918.

  • Feb 7, 2012
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Greece, Bulgaria battle flooding as Europe struggles with extreme weather

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Swollen rivers in Bulgaria and Greece burst their banks Tuesday, leaving dozens of homes underwater, as Bulgarian officials declared a day of mourning for eight people confirmed killed after a dam collapse nearly washed away their village.

  • Feb 7, 2012
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Bloodshed intensifies in Syria; Russian foreign minister pushes reforms

BEIRUT — Days after blocking a U.S.-backed peace plan at the U.N., senior Russian officials pushed for reforms Tuesday during an emergency meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, promoting a settlement to end the uprising without removing him from power.

  • Feb 7, 2012