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FIFA's commercial partners urged to make their voices heard
LONDON (AP) -- FIFA's sponsorship paymasters are facing mounting calls to put pressure on soccer's global governing body to clean up its act - and fast - following Wednesday's arrest of seven officials.... 5/28/2015 2:18 AM

THE LATEST: Lawyer for Leoz says his client is in a hospital
ZURICH (AP) -- The Latest on FIFA developments:... 5/28/2015 1:56 AM

Poor construction, safety checks blamed for fatal China fire
BEIJING (AP) -- A preliminary investigation into a nursing home fire that killed 38 people in central China has blamed poor building construction and lax safety checks, Chinese authorities reported.... 5/28/2015 1:36 AM

Mexico drops charges against 4 men, finds they were tortured
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A judge has freed four men imprisoned for almost seven years on charges they threw hand grenades into a crowd at a Mexican independence day celebration in 2008, killing eight people.... 5/28/2015 1:36 AM

Ex-FIFA vice president Warner arrested, granted bail
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) -- Police said former FIFA vice president Jack Warner would spend Wednesday night in jail after surrendering to face an arrest warrant issued at the request of U.S. authorities, who filed corruption charges against him and 13 others tied to international soccer.... 5/28/2015 1:21 AM

Anti-mining protesters square off with troops in south Peru
AREQUIPA, Peru (AP) -- Dozens of farmers and activists burned tires and briefly occupied a bridge in Peru's southern highlands Wednesday, defying troops sent to quell weeks of deadly protests against a Mexican-owned copper mining project.... 5/28/2015 1:04 AM

Burundi urges citizens to donate money to pay for elections
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Burundi's government is asking Burundians to donate money to pay for elections as some foreign donors warn of aid cuts if President Pierre Nkurunziza runs for a third term, a presidential spokesman said Wednesday.... 5/28/2015 12:46 AM

Colombian rebel peace negotiator among dead in military raid
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Leftist rebels in Colombia claimed on Wednesday that one of their most-veteran fighters, a former envoy to peace talks with the government, was killed during a military raid last week.... 5/28/2015 12:22 AM

US senator in Cuba says normal relations 'weeks away'
HAVANA (AP) -- The historic process of restoring long-severed diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Cuba that began Dec. 17 will likely come to a successful end in a matter of weeks, a U.S. senator said during a visit to the island Wednesday.... 5/28/2015 12:07 AM

Many UN council members want Burundi elections postponed
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations Security Council president says "the predominant opinion" of members is that Burundi's elections should not take place as scheduled in late June.... 5/28/2015 12:05 AM

Greece says deal close, Schaeuble quashes optimism
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's cash-strapped government insisted Wednesday it was "very close" to reaching a vital deal with bailout lenders, but the optimism in Athens was swiftly shot down by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.... 5/27/2015 11:39 PM

US, Swiss target top soccer officials in corruption probe
ZURICH (AP) -- The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami.... 5/27/2015 11:32 PM

Crocodiles born in Sweden to be released in Cuban swamp
HAVANA (AP) -- Ten young female crocodiles born in Sweden are to be released in their parents' former swampy home in Cuba after being returned to the Caribbean island.... 5/27/2015 11:14 PM

New official James Bond novel to be called 'Trigger Mortis'
LONDON (AP) -- James Bond will be reunited with Pussy Galore in a new novel to be published this year.... 5/27/2015 11:08 PM

UK leader travels to 4 EU states to press case for reform
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister David Cameron is setting off Thursday on a whirlwind visit to four European capitals, pressing his case that Britain needs to renegotiate its relationship with the 27 other members of the bloc.... 5/27/2015 11:07 PM

Islamic State suicide attacks in Iraq's Anbar kill 17 troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- As Iraqi forces gathered for a major new offensive to try to take back the sprawling Sunni heartland of Anbar province, Islamic State militants struck first, unleashing a wave of suicide bombings that killed at least 17 soldiers.... 5/27/2015 9:55 PM

Analysis: Against IS, airstrikes may not suffice
BAGHDAD (AP) -- It is the modern era's military strategy of choice: overwhelming air power delivering precision-guided punishment backed by intelligence on the ground, with minimal exposure for soldiers of the striking side.... 5/27/2015 9:16 PM

Blatter: FIFA to root out corruption, regain soccer's trust
ZURICH (AP) -- While accepting the trust of world soccer has to be regained, FIFA President Sepp Blatter responded to the arrest of top officials on Wednesday by insisting it showed his efforts to eradicate corruption were working.... 5/27/2015 8:00 PM

Vatican's media operations in for overhaul
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's media operations are in for a major overhaul to make them more efficient.... 5/27/2015 7:57 PM

APNewsBreak: Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community's Mideast envoy, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.... 5/27/2015 7:12 PM



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