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Kerry in Vienna; extension of nuclear talks likely
VIENNA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials gathering in Vienna face a deadline only days away for a comprehensive pact preventing Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.... 7/13/2014 1:07 AM

Israel troops briefly raid Gaza as offensive rages
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and deployed ground troops inside Gaza for the first time early Sunday to raid a rocket launching site in the Palestinian territory. More than 156 Palestinians have been killed.... 7/13/2014 1:04 AM

Anybody home? Pacific island of Niue hit by exodus
ALOFI, Niue (AP) -- It was a school once, but there are no children here anymore. The lonely building on this remote Pacific island now contains only a punching bag that someone has strung from the classroom rafters, and a note scrawled on the chalkboard in Niuean: "Keep this place clean," it says, "so it stays beautiful."... 7/13/2014 1:03 AM

Brazil protests fizzled, but roots of anger remain
IRAJA, Brazil (AP) -- The protesters who many feared would wreck Brazil's World Cup party failed to show up. While the national team fell short of claiming the coveted championship, the country at least can say the tournament that wraps up with Sunday's title game has gone off with only scattered demonstrations.... 7/13/2014 12:54 AM

North Korea launches missiles in latest test-fire
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea on Sunday, South Korea said, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger over the North's failure to win talks on receiving outside aid, and over U.S.-South Korean military drills.... 7/13/2014 12:52 AM

Soccer diplomacy? Putin, Poroshenko at WCup final
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- It just might be a case of soccer diplomacy.... 7/13/2014 12:25 AM

Aruba's leader, legislators launch hunger strike
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- Aruba's prime minister and several legislators have launched a hunger strike to protest what they say is meddling by the Dutch government in local financial affairs.... 7/12/2014 11:37 PM

Afghan rivals clinch deal, easing political crisis
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's two rival candidates reached a breakthrough agreement Saturday to a complete audit of their contested presidential election and, whoever the victor, a national unity government.... 7/12/2014 11:30 PM

Dejected Brazilians watch another World Cup loss
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilians already downhearted at missing out on reaching the World Cup final watched in dismay Saturday as their national team lost to the Netherlands 3-0 in the third-place match.... 7/12/2014 8:35 PM

Netherlands beats host Brazil 3-0 to finish 3rd
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- When it was all over, it was the Netherlands receiving a standing ovation from the Brazilian crowd. Brazil walked off the field to boos, after another demoralizing loss to end its home World Cup.... 7/12/2014 7:47 PM

UN warns Iraq of 'chaos' if no political progress
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.N. urged Iraq's leaders Saturday to overcome their deep divisions and move quickly to form a new government that can unite the country and confront a surging militant threat, warning that failure to do so "risks plunging the country into chaos."... 7/12/2014 7:38 PM

Shakira: I thank World Cup for changing my life
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Preparing to perform at her third World Cup, pop star Shakira says she thanks football for changing her life.... 7/12/2014 6:15 PM

Mutko: 2018 World Cup unaffected by Ukraine
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The conflict in Ukraine will not affect the 2018 World Cup, Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said Saturday.... 7/12/2014 6:14 PM

Migrant boy buried in Guatemala hometown
SAN JOSE LAS FLORES, Guatemala (AP) -- A 15-year-old Guatemalan boy whose death became a symbol of the perils facing children attempting to illegally cross into the United States was buried in his hometown Saturday, amid prayers and tears from his family.... 7/12/2014 6:09 PM

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 5:05 PM

Pele remembers despair of last Maracana final
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- It's the day of the last World Cup finale in Brazil. Pele is nine years old. Back then, he's just Edson Arantes do Nascimento.... 7/12/2014 5:04 PM

Israel responds to rocket fire from north
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says it has opened fire into Lebanon in response to rocket fire.... 7/12/2014 4:22 PM

Ukraine President to watch W. Cup final in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's Foreign Ministry says Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko has confirmed he will watch Sunday's final World Cup match in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium along with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders.... 7/12/2014 4:03 PM

Wildfire threatens town near Athens
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Authorities say a raging wildfire southeast of Greece's capital has burned down at least one house and threatened several others.... 7/12/2014 3:09 PM

UN calls for Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council called Saturday for a cease-fire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict centered on the Gaza Strip.... 7/12/2014 1:52 PM