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Blatter: French, German presidents tried influence WCup vote
BERLIN (AP) -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter says in a newspaper interview that French and German presidents applied political pressure before the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively.... 7/5/2015 12:23 AM

Mexican military: troops instructed to respect human rights
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's Defense Department says its troops were instructed to have "unrestricted" respect for human rights a year ago when soldiers allegedly killed at least 12 suspected drug gang members after they had surrendered.... 7/4/2015 11:13 PM

IS video shows troops' deaths in Syria archaeological site
BEIRUT (AP) -- A video posted online Saturday purporteThe Islamic State group posted a video online on Saturday purportedly shows Islamic State fighters killing some 25 Syrian government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria.... 7/4/2015 9:56 PM

Alternative for Germany party replaces euroskeptic leader
BERLIN (AP) -- The upstart Alternative for Germany party has replaced its euroskeptic leader with a conservative from the east who wants to place greater emphasis on immigration.... 7/4/2015 8:19 PM

Greeks mull consequences of crucial bailout referendum
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- With the crucial austerity referendum a day away, Greeks contemplated Saturday how their vote will shape their future and the impact a "yes" or "no" will have on the country's youth.... 7/4/2015 8:02 PM

McCain: US must reassess Afghanistan troop withdrawal
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country's capital.... 7/4/2015 7:33 PM

Tunisia imposes state of emergency after deadly beach attack
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's president declared a state of emergency on Saturday in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners in three months, saying the country is "not safe" and risks collapse from further extremist attacks.... 7/4/2015 7:18 PM

Bombings kill 19 people in and around Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of attacks, mainly car bombs, in Iraq killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens on Saturday, authorities said.... 7/4/2015 7:10 PM

Panama too drops out of Trump's Miss Universe pageant
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Panama is joining several other Latin American nations in dropping out of the Miss Universe pageant in protest over Donald Trump's comments about immigrants.... 7/4/2015 6:52 PM

A family divided: Emotions run high ahead of Greek vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Dimitris is voting "yes" because he fears Greece would be in danger if it leaves the European Union. His daughter Alexandra is voting "no" because she is tired of richer European nations bossing Greece around.... 7/4/2015 6:48 PM

Draft accords of sanctions relief at Iran nuke talks in hand
VIENNA (AP) -- World powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious issues at their negotiations, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.... 7/4/2015 6:47 PM

Egypt foiled extremist 'state' in Sinai, president says
CAIRO (AP) -- President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, wearing battle dress for the first time in over a year, said Saturday that Egypt had foiled an attempt by the Islamic State group to seize territory and set up an extremist state with its recent assault on the military in the troubled northeastern part of the Sinai Peninsula.... 7/4/2015 6:34 PM

Neo-Nazis rally in London, outnumbered by rivals
LONDON (AP) -- A small group of neo-Nazis have staged an anti-Semitic rally in London, but were hugely outnumbered by counter-demonstrators.... 7/4/2015 5:25 PM

Flawed bailouts, political missteps brought Greece to brink
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- After two bailouts totaling 240 billion euros ($266 billion) and six years of depression, spending cuts and lost jobs, Greece teeters on the edge of collapse.... 7/4/2015 5:20 PM

Spanish police arrest man suspected of recruiting jihadis
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish police say they have arrested a Moroccan national in the northeastern city of Badalona on suspicion of having spent months praising jihadi terrorism and disseminating propaganda for the Islamic State group.... 7/4/2015 5:13 PM

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's president, declaring emergency, says country is `not safe' from extremists.... 7/4/2015 5:07 PM

Russia's Putin sends July 4 greetings to Obama
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated President Barack Obama on Independence Day and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States can work together to find solutions to international problems.... 7/4/2015 4:43 PM

Syrian troops and Hezbollah besiege border mountain resort
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes by Syria's air forces, activists and official media outlets reported.... 7/4/2015 4:37 PM

Report: Serbs ask Russia to veto UN resolution on Srebrenica
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbia on Saturday asked Russia to veto a British U.N. Security Council resolution that would call the massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys during the Bosnian war in Srebrenica genocide.... 7/4/2015 3:55 PM

Hundreds march in Istanbul in support of Uighurs
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Hundreds of people have marched in Istanbul to protest against China's treatment of its minority Muslim Uighur community.... 7/4/2015 3:50 PM

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