Abandoned asbestos mines still a hazard in India

In this Sept. 11, 2014 photo, Jema Sundi sits outside her home in barren hills where asbestos waste was dumped is visible in the background in Roro, India. An asbestos mine, abandoned nearly three decades ago still affects the people around it and 18 along with Jema were diagnosed with asbestosis in 2012. Tens of thousands more, some former mine workers, remain untested and at risk. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)RORO VILLAGE, India (AP) — Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind.



AP PHOTOS: Sheetos, the street-mime of Cairo

In this Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 photo, a 21-year-old Egyptian mime who goes by the name 'Sheetos' performs on a subway in Cairo, Egypt. “I know I look like the strangest thing in their eyes. But I do this to publicize this art. I believe in this art,” said Sheetos. “I try to help people smile during their difficult lives. My wish is to draw smiles on faces.” (AP Photo/Hai Malek)CAIRO (AP) — Bright colors, strange clothes and a striking white mask steal the attention of everyday people going about their business in downtown Cairo. This is the stage for Mohammed Saeed (aka Sheetos) who is waging a lonely campaign to introduce the art of mime to modern Egypt.



Ariz. sheriff aims to halt Obama immigration order

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2013 file photo, Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks in Phoenix. A gadfly attorney and a county sheriff from Arizona want to halt President Barack Obama’s immigration program in the first courtroom battle over the initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. On Monday, lawyer Larry Klayman will try to persuade a judge nominated by Barack Obama that the immigration system, contrary to what the president says, isn’t really broken. Klayman says the president has violated the Constitution by doing an end run around Congress and that drastic changes in immigration programs should be stopped. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — An Arizona sheriff is trying to halt President Barack Obama's plans to spare nearly 5 million immigrants from deportation.



AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

A plainclothes security officer escorts students evacuated from a school as Taliban fighters attack another school nearby, killing148 people, mostly children, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the attacks: "Mothers and fathers send their kids to school to learn and to be safe and to dream and to find opportunity. And particularly at this military school in Pakistan, they sent their kids there with the hope and dreams of serving their country. Instead, today they are gone, wiped away by Taliban assassins who serve a dark and almost medieval vision, and the opposite of everything that those mothers and fathers wanted for their children." (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)In the Middle East and the wider region this past week, Taliban gunmen attacked a school in Peshawer, Pakistan, killing 148 people —most of them children — in what was one of the country's deadliest attacks in years. In the days that followed, families buried the victims of the massacre, residents held vigils and the nation mourned its loss.



Young immigrants to line up for driver's licenses

PHOENIX (AP) — Many young immigrants who are protected from deportation under new Obama administration policies are expected to begin pursuing Arizona driver's licenses.


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