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Swiss open criminal proceedings in 2018, '22 World Cup votes
ZURICH (AP) -- Swiss federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, throwing FIFA deeper into crisis only hours after seven soccer officials were arrested and 14 indicted Wednesday in a separate U.S. corruption probe.... 5/27/2015 10:45 AM

Multiple IS suicide attacks in Iraq's Anbar kill 17 troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State extremists unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the militants from the sprawling Sunni heartland, an Iraqi military spokesman said Wednesday.... 5/27/2015 10:44 AM

Fleeing poverty, Bangladeshis caught in Asian boat crisis
UKHIYA, Bangladesh (AP) -- The traffickers spun stories that were unimaginable to their listeners, many who hailed from tiny Bangladeshi villages where almost no one earns more than a few dollars a day.... 5/27/2015 10:42 AM

Japan nuclear plant obtains final permit needed to restart
TOKYO (AP) -- A nuclear plant in southern Japan on Wednesday obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.... 5/27/2015 10:39 AM

7 civilians, fighters killed in new Ukraine unrest
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian government and rebel officials say seven people have been killed over the last day of fighting between armed forces and separatists.... 5/27/2015 10:37 AM

Thailand revokes passports of ousted premier Thaksin
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai authorities said Wednesday they revoked two passports belonging to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra following an interview he gave in South Korea they said could affect national security.... 5/27/2015 10:36 AM

THE LATEST: FIFA: 'No surprise' at soccer officials' arrests
ZURICH (AP) -- 12:35 a.m. (1035 GMT, 6:35 a.m. EDT)... 5/27/2015 10:36 AM

Quadruplets born to 65-year-old mom still in critical phase
BERLIN (AP) -- Doctors caring for quadruplets born prematurely to a 65-year-old Berlin woman say the babies are still in intensive care, but have been gaining a little weight and are being given their mother's milk through feeding tubes.... 5/27/2015 10:28 AM

Buddhists in Myanmar deny boat people are Rohingya
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Several hundred protesters in Myanmar's main city denied Wednesday that boat people arriving on Southeast Asian shores are Rohingya Muslims, a religious minority the government and many others in the predominantly Buddhist nation say does not exist.... 5/27/2015 10:18 AM

China coal production falls in first 4 months of year
BEIJING (AP) -- Coal production in China, the world's biggest coal-consuming nation, fell by 6 percent in the first four months of this year as the economy slows and the government makes a concerted push to reduce carbon emissions.... 5/27/2015 10:13 AM

Asia stocks ruffled by Greece crunch, Fed views; Europe up
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets were ruffled Wednesday by Greece's impending cash crunch and expectations the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year for the first time in almost a decade. But Europe and U.S. futures traded higher.... 5/27/2015 10:07 AM

Video exposes divisions among Iran officials on nuke talks
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranians have been captivated by a video circulating on social media this week that shows a hard-line lawmaker trading barbs with the country's foreign minister over the ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers.... 5/27/2015 10:03 AM

Reform training sought for Singapore teen over blog, video
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Prosecutors in Singapore say they are seeking reform training for a teenager who is refusing probation and who again made public the video and blog posts a court deemed offensive earlier this month.... 5/27/2015 10:02 AM

French court convicts Salafi for disrupting mosque prayers
PARIS (AP) -- A mosque has won an unusual court battle against a Salafist member of the congregation regarded as disruptive and, in an apparent first for Muslims, used France's 1905 law guaranteeing secularism to argue its case.... 5/27/2015 10:00 AM

Child sex abuse: France is working with C. African Republic
PARIS (AP) -- The French president's office says judicial authorities in France and Central African Republic are cooperating to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers.... 5/27/2015 9:58 AM

Danish prime minister calls June 18 parliamentary election
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish Social Democratic Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday announced that parliamentary elections will be held on June 18.... 5/27/2015 9:56 AM

UN: Fewer hungry people in the world despite wars, poverty
ROME (AP) -- The number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million from over a billion a quarter-century ago despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty, the three U.N. food agencies said Wednesday.... 5/27/2015 9:45 AM

4 Taliban militants die in attack in Afghan capital
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban attackers, though no civilians or security personnel were injured or killed, an Afghan official said.... 5/27/2015 9:44 AM

Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemeni capital
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Dozens of Saudi-led airstrikes rocked Yemen's capital, hitting a sprawling police commando camp in Sanaa sending black smoke billowing into the air and causing panic among residents in the early hours of the morning.... 5/27/2015 9:42 AM

China fines chemical company $12M for polluting, jails staff
BEIJING (AP) -- A court in eastern China fined a manufacturer of weed killer 75 million yuan ($12 million) and imprisoned employees of the company and its contractors for discharging wastewater that severely polluted streams.... 5/27/2015 9:35 AM

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