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White Elephants: Looking for games, events, fans
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 4:58 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 4:49 PM

13 killed in 2 shootouts in southern Mexico town
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Two days of gunbattles in a southern Mexico mountain town killed 13 people, officials said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 4:42 PM

Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to meet candidates
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a hastily arranged visit to Afghanistan on Friday to help resolve an election crisis sowing chaos in a country that the U.S. has spent hundreds of billions of dollars and lost more than 2,000 lives trying to stabilize.... 7/10/2014 4:42 PM

Iraq's Kurds will boycott Cabinet meetings
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's already testy relationship with Iraq's Kurdish minority further frayed Thursday, as the Kurds declared their politicians will boycott Cabinet meetings and authorities in Baghdad suspended all cargo flights to the largely autonomous northern Kurdish region.... 7/10/2014 4:39 PM

Beyonc?? and J-Lo's designers cap Paris couture
PARIS (AP) -- They're fashion newcomers - but already have star clients like Beyonc??, Angelina Jolie, Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lopez.... 7/10/2014 4:14 PM

Police hunting for Whelan in ticket scalping case
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian police on Thursday said they consider as a fugitive the director of a World Cup hospitality company implicated in a ticket scalping scheme.... 7/10/2014 4:14 PM

Opposition sides claim Haiti elections jeopardized
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haiti's leading opposition factions allege the country's presidentially appointed electoral council is stacking the deck in favor of President Michel Martelly.... 7/10/2014 4:12 PM

Rifts appear among Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Deep strains emerged Thursday in the ranks of Ukraine's pro-Moscow insurgents as dozens turned in their weapons in disgust at Russian inaction and bickering broke out between rebel factions.... 7/10/2014 3:46 PM

Israel's 'Iron Dome' changes the face of battle
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's "Iron Dome" defense system has emerged as a game-changer in the current round of violence with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, shooting down dozens of incoming rockets and being credited with preventing numerous civilian casualties.... 7/10/2014 3:25 PM

UN chief urges Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it is more urgent than ever to avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war that could engulf the entire region and called on both sides to agree to a cease-fire.... 7/10/2014 3:12 PM

Foreign ministers to join troubled Iran nuke talks
VIENNA (AP) -- Big-power foreign ministers are joining Iran nuclear talks on a diplomatic rescue mission. But even their muscle is seen as unlikely to bridge differences on Tehran's atomic activities in time to meet the July 20 target date for a deal.... 7/10/2014 3:12 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 2:44 PM

Israel escalates Gaza offensive, casualties mount
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault targeting hundreds of Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip Thursday as Palestinians reported the strikes also hit a home and a beachside cafe, raising the total number of people killed in this week's offensive to at least 85. Israel's missile defense system also once again intercepted rockets fired by Gaza militants at the country's two largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.... 7/10/2014 2:43 PM

France pleads for new EU economic strategy
PARIS (AP) -- France's economy minister is blaming European authorities for the lack of growth in France and Europe, and says it's time for a new economic policy that shuns austerity.... 7/10/2014 1:56 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 1:33 PM

Islamic militants on offensive against Kurds
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic militants using weapons they recently seized in neighboring Iraq intensified an offensive against Kurdish areas in northern Syria as they fight to expand the territory under their control, activists said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 1:28 PM

Greek heart surgeon arrested on bribery charges
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek authorities have arrested a heart surgeon in a major Athens hospital on charges of bribery and blackmail for allegedly demanding money in order to perform urgent surgery, police said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 12:34 PM

Ex-OIC chief launches election campaign in Turkey
ISTANBUL (AP) -- The former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation kicked off his campaign to become president of Turkey Thursday, highlighting his credentials as a champion of the Palestinian cause and promising to be a uniting force.... 7/10/2014 12:21 PM

Impunity in C. African Republic must end: Amnesty
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Fighters on both sides of the conflict in Central African Republic are living freely despite committing war crimes and some who have been jailed already have escaped from prison, Amnesty International said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 12:19 PM