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Diplomats discuss obligations on aiding refugees
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Officials from the U.S., Mexico and Central American nations began a two-day meeting in Nicaragua on Thursday at which they are expected to discuss the possibility of treating Central American migrants fleeing violence in their homelands as refugees.... 7/10/2014 10:36 PM

Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to meet candidates
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. and its allies are growing increasingly concerned as Afghanistan shows signs of unraveling in its first democratic transfer of power from President Hamid Karzai. With Iraq wracked by insurgency, Afghanistan's dispute over election results poses a new challenge to President Barack Obama's effort to leave behind two secure states while ending America's long wars.... 7/10/2014 10:30 PM

Thai police: suspected insurgents kill 3 officers
BANGKOK (AP) -- Suspected insurgents in Thailand shot dead three police officers in an ambush in the country's south, police said Friday.... 7/10/2014 9:53 PM

Despite woes, Argentines united in World Cup run
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Soccer has once again emerged as the patriotic touchstone that unites Argentines as they teeter on the precipice, this time threatened by a debt crisis, soaring inflation and the scandal-plagued end to a 12-year political dynasty that has polarized the nation.... 7/10/2014 9:19 PM

Van falls into pond, killing 8 children in China
BEIJING (AP) -- Eight kindergarteners and three adults died in central China after the minivan they were in crashed into a pond, state media reported Friday.... 7/10/2014 9:09 PM

A look at China's territorial claims
BEIJING (AP) -- China's efforts to counter the United States' "pivot to Asia" and raise its own influence on the continent are complicated by territorial disputes, mostly at sea but also along its land border. Many of the disputes have been simmering for decades, although some have heated up in recent years. Here is a summary of Beijing's border disputes:... 7/10/2014 9:01 PM

Gaza dead tops 85 as Israel presses its offensive
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The Al Haj family never heard it coming: An Israeli missile smashed into their home in the middle of the night, destroying the structure and killing eight relatives in a matter of seconds. A survivor said all the dead were civilians.... 7/10/2014 8:46 PM

Mexico registers 3 new political parties
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's National Electoral Institute has granted registration to three new political parties, including one led by former leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.... 7/10/2014 8:16 PM

Opposition sides claim Haiti elections jeopardized
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Leading opposition factions are alleging that Haiti's presidentially appointed electoral council is stacking the deck in favor of President Michel Martelly, who has scheduled long-delayed legislative and municipal elections for October.... 7/10/2014 7:54 PM

Germany kicks out top US spy over espionage claims
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany on Thursday demanded Washington's top spy in Berlin leave the country as a new round of allegations of U.S. espionage worsened the friction between the two allies.... 7/10/2014 7:24 PM

Haiti leader vows action on documents for migrants
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Haiti's government will soon begin a campaign to provide documents to thousands of its citizens seeking legal residency in the Dominican Republic, the Haitian prime minister said Thursday, addressing complaints that have sparked angry protests in recent weeks.... 7/10/2014 7:23 PM

FIFA rejects Suarez appeal against ban for biting
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- FIFA has rejected Luis Suarez's appeal against his lengthy ban for biting an opponent in a World Cup match.... 7/10/2014 7:04 PM

Trial: dengue shot offers some protection
LONDON (AP) -- The most advanced vaccine for dengue only offers modest protection but could still help millions of people avoid the devastating effects of the disease known as "breakbone fever," according to a large trial.... 7/10/2014 6:31 PM

UN agency: Seized Iraq nuclear material is no risk
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. nuclear agency said Thursday that nuclear material seized by the Islamic State extremist group when it overran the Iraqi city of Mosul is "low grade" and doesn't pose "a significant safety, security or nuclear proliferation risk."... 7/10/2014 6:26 PM

1,300 migrants avoid harm as Mexico train derails
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A cargo train derailed in southern Mexico without causing any injuries to about 1,300 Central American migrants who had jammed onto the freight cars on their way north toward the United States, authorities said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 6:12 PM

Police hunting for Whelan in ticket scalping case
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A World Cup hospitality company director has been declared a fugitive by Brazilian police investigating a ticket scalping scheme.... 7/10/2014 5:47 PM

Portuguese bank fears rekindle euro market tension
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- The specter of Europe's financial crisis is back to haunt investors.... 7/10/2014 5:28 PM

UN names 3rd point man in Syrian war
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Staffan de Mistura, who has held top U.N. positions in Iraq and Afghanistan, on Thursday inherited the mandate to try to end Syria's three-year-old conflict, a goal that eluded his two predecessors.... 7/10/2014 5:25 PM

Brazil's new stadiums seek post-World Cup events
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Once the World Cup and its traveling circus leaves town, four gleaming stadiums that cost $1.6 billion and hosted massive crowds will echo noisily as their owners struggle to find a use for them or even partially fill them.... 7/10/2014 5:20 PM

Puerto Rico to seek US aid for moderate drought
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's acting governor says he plans to declare a state of emergency to allow the U.S. territory to apply for federal aid to deal with abnormally dry conditions in the island's southern and central regions.... 7/10/2014 5:04 PM