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Merkel thinks Germany will win World Cup
BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel is optimist about Germany's chances of winning the World Cup final against Argentina, but is cautioning football fans that anything can happen.... 7/12/2014 10:47 AM

Kerry meeting again with Afghan candidates
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was engaged Saturday in a difficult round of shuttle diplomacy between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates, hoping to secure a path out of the country's postelection crisis.... 7/12/2014 10:34 AM

Work to tow away Costa Concordia to start soon
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) -- Italian authorities say work to float the shipwrecked Costa Concordia so it can be towed away for scrapping can start Monday, weather-permitting.... 7/12/2014 10:20 AM

Iraq sending 4,000 volunteers to help in Ramadi
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq is airlifting some 4,000 volunteers to an embattled city west of Baghdad to help bolster government forces locked in a running battle with Sunni militants there, authorities said Saturday.... 7/12/2014 10:20 AM

Merkel doubtful US will stop spying on Germany
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is doubtful the U.S. will stop spying on Germany.... 7/12/2014 10:16 AM

Israel widens air attack, Gaza death toll tops 125
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel widened its air assault against the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers on Saturday, hitting a mosque it said was hiding rockets, as Palestinians said their death toll from the five-day offensive rose to over 125.... 7/12/2014 9:41 AM

4 civilians killed in artillery fire in Ukraine
MARYINKA, Ukraine (AP) -- Artillery fire killed at least four people in an overnight attack on a residential area in eastern Ukraine, spurring more people to flee the besieged city of Donetsk and its suburbs on Saturday to take their chances elsewhere.... 7/12/2014 9:30 AM

Comatose boy, Roma evictions up pressure on France
GRIGNY, France (AP) -- It looked like any shantytown the world over - tarps to keep out the weather, scattered bits of trash that no truck would ever collect, plastic buckets to lug water. Then one of the inhabitants of this Roma camp on the northwest edge of Paris, a teenage boy named Darius, was beaten into a coma, apparently by residents of a neighboring housing project.... 7/12/2014 9:14 AM

China's popular TV journalist taken by prosecutors
BEIJING (AP) -- A top business journalist at China's state broadcaster was taken away by prosecutors, abruptly absent from his nightly newscast he was anchoring, China's financial news magazine Caixin reported Saturday.... 7/12/2014 8:28 AM

Militants attack near Pakistan border, killing 3
KHAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Militants killed a Pakistan army captain and two soldiers in an attack early Saturday in a tribal region near its border with Afghanistan, authorities said, as an airstrike killed 13 suspected extremist fighters.... 7/12/2014 8:27 AM

Ex-Church of England head backs assisted dying
LONDON (AP) -- A former head of the Church of England says he no longer opposes assisted dying and says the church risks "promoting anguish and pain" by objecting to moves to make it legal.... 7/12/2014 8:09 AM

Analysis: Lavrov's absence clouds Iran nuke talks
VIENNA (AP) -- Decisions by the foreign ministers of Russia and China to skip talks on Iran's nuclear program this weekend are further denting expectations that the stalled negotiations will produce a deal by July 20.... 7/12/2014 7:39 AM

Gas explosion injures 8 in Istanbul
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A gas explosion in a five-story building in Istanbul injured eight people on Saturday, officials said.... 7/12/2014 7:17 AM

Israeli bombing turns Gaza into ghost town
GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) -- It's the holy month of Ramadan, when people throughout the Muslim world meet with friends and family, buy presents for loved ones and break a day-long fast each evening amid colorful street scenes.... 7/12/2014 6:54 AM

Singapore backs call to destroy gay-themed books
SINGAPORE (AP) -- A children's book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries, and the conservative city-state's information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside two other titles.... 7/12/2014 6:27 AM

3 injured in 6th bull-run at Spain's San Fermin
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) -- Three Spanish men were injured Saturday as several thousand people tested their bravery by dashing alongside six fighting bulls through the slippery streets of Pamplona in the sixth running of the bulls at Spain's San Fermin festival.... 7/12/2014 4:50 AM

10 killed in roadside bombings in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Roadside bombs in Afghanistan killed at least 10 people Saturday, authorities said.... 7/12/2014 4:01 AM

Cambodian police investigate death of American man
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Police in Cambodia said Saturday that they were investigating the death of an American teacher whose body was found wrapped in a curtain at a garbage dump in the capital.... 7/12/2014 12:17 AM

Rousseff: Brazil's World Cup proved doubters wrong
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil has proved its doubters wrong by putting on a highly successful World Cup, President Dilma Rousseff said on the eve of the tournament's final match between Germany and Argentina this weekend.... 7/12/2014 12:03 AM

Palestinians draft UN resolution urging cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Palestinians and their international supporters are discussing a U.N. draft resolution that would condemn all violence against civilians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and call for "an immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire."... 7/11/2014 11:30 PM