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US border effort sputters as migrants cross again
MEXICALI, Mexico (AP) -- A U.S. effort to discourage immigrants' repeated attempts to enter the country illegally by dropping them back in Mexico hundreds of miles away from where they were caught has been sharply scaled back after producing relatively modest gains.... 7/11/2014 4:36 PM

Putin kicks off Latin America tour with Cuba stop
HAVANA (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin began a six-day Latin American tour aimed at boosting trade and ties in the region with a stop Friday in Cuba, a key Soviet ally during the Cold War that has backed Moscow in its dispute with the West over Ukraine.... 7/11/2014 4:20 PM

Canadian man found guilty on 2 terror charges
TORONTO (AP) -- A Canadian man has been convicted of two terrorism-related charges in an alleged plot against targets in Canada and abroad.... 7/11/2014 4:20 PM

Quake hits Japan, tsunami advisory issued
TOKYO (AP) -- A 6.8-magnitude earthquake has hit Japan's northern coast near the nuclear power plant crippled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.... 7/11/2014 4:10 PM

US struggles to resolve Afghan election crisis
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United States struggled Friday to find a path out of a presidential election crisis in Afghanistan that has jeopardized chances for a democratic transfer of power, a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy to leave behind a stable state after the withdrawal of most U.S. troops at year's end.... 7/11/2014 4:08 PM

Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.... 7/11/2014 3:42 PM

Israel leader: World pressure won't stop offensive
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister vowed Friday to press forward with a broad military offensive in the Gaza Strip, insisting international pressure will not halt what he said was a determined effort to halt rocket fire by Palestinian militants as the death toll from the 4-day-old conflict rose above 100.... 7/11/2014 3:35 PM

AP NewsAlert
TOKYO (AP) -- Strong earthquake shakes northern Japan, tsunami advisory issued.... 7/11/2014 3:34 PM

Thousands protest Gaza strikes in London, Paris
LONDON (AP) -- Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators turned out on the streets of London and Paris on Friday to call for an end to Israeli military strikes on Gaza.... 7/11/2014 3:25 PM

Ukraine death toll climbs, but information scant
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The only thing clear about the death toll in eastern Ukraine, where government troops are battling separatist rebels, is that it's mounting.... 7/11/2014 3:19 PM

Biggest security detail in Brazil history at final
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- More than 25,000 soldiers and police, the biggest security detail in Brazil's history, will be deployed around Rio de Janeiro to control Sunday's World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium.... 7/11/2014 2:50 PM

O-le Canada! Hockey homeland is mad for World Cup
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada has not sent a team to the World Cup in a generation. But that hasn't stopped Canadians from going a little Cup crazy.... 7/11/2014 2:24 PM

Eastern Ukrainians flee as army suffers losses
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's president vowed vengeance in blood after 19 troops were killed in an insurgent rocket attack Friday, and residents of the rebel-held city of Donetsk began fleeing in large numbers for fear of a government siege.... 7/11/2014 2:08 PM

Back in final, Germany bolstered by national pride
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany has come a long way since the national team last appeared in a World Cup final 12 years ago - and so has the team's image at home.... 7/11/2014 1:19 PM

French court convicts 9 in Afghan terror network
PARIS (AP) -- A Paris court on Friday convicted nine people of belonging to a terrorist network that trained in Afghanistan and reportedly planned attacks in France.... 7/11/2014 1:14 PM

Same-sex dancers decry proposed UK ballroom 'ban'
LONDON (AP) -- It takes two to tango - but does a same-sex couple qualify?... 7/11/2014 1:11 PM

2 killed in Egypt clashes during Islamist protests
CAIRO (AP) -- Clashes erupted Friday in the Egyptian capital Cairo between protesting supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and local residents opposed to his Muslim Brotherhood, killing two people, an Egyptian health official said.... 7/11/2014 1:01 PM

World Cup final: Magical Messi or united Germany?
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The most entertaining World Cup in a generation comes down to a final match that pits the planet's best player against the tournament's best team.... 7/11/2014 12:55 PM

Syrian rebels attack defense minister's village
BEIRUT (AP) -- Rebels attacked the Syrian defense minister's village on Friday, capturing parts of it after killing at least 18 soldiers and pro-government gunmen, activists said.... 7/11/2014 12:02 PM

Markets steady after Portuguese bank scare
LONDON (AP) -- Global stocks steadied somewhat Friday after slumping on worries about the soundness of a bank in Portugal, while trading in Asia was muted over the specter of more financial turmoil in Europe.... 7/11/2014 12:01 PM