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Platini confirms he will run for FIFA president
GENEVA (AP) -- Michel Platini has launched his campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, aiming to give the scandal-hit governing body "the dignity and the position it deserves."... 7/29/2015 4:19 PM

Q&A: Kurds fight Islamic State and endure Turkish attacks
BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. and Turkish plans to create an "Islamic State-free zone" in Syria along the Turkish border could escalate the conflict between Turkey and Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq.... 7/29/2015 4:05 PM

Rome's hot summer: corruption, breakdowns run city to ground
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year for Rome. But the Eternal City will need a miracle to find anything to feel jubilant about.... 7/29/2015 4:04 PM

Turkish gov't not ready to restart peace talks with Kurds
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq overnight and the government said strikes would continue until the rebels lay down their arms, despite calls Wednesday by the pro-Kurdish opposition for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of peace efforts.... 7/29/2015 4:02 PM

Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's main intelligence agency said Wednesday that the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years.... 7/29/2015 3:49 PM

UK man found guilty of attempt to buy deadly ricin online
LONDON (AP) -- A British software programmer has been convicted of trying to obtain a chemical weapon after he attempted to buy enough ricin over the Internet to kill hundreds of people.... 7/29/2015 3:45 PM

UN says too soon for new Syrian peace conference
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. point man on Syria says it's too soon for another peace conference in Geneva and is inviting Syrians to hold intensive talks on key issues including a political transition and fighting terrorism.... 7/29/2015 3:34 PM

Nigeria president visits Cameroon to discuss militant threat
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) -- The president of Nigeria made his first official state visit to neighboring Cameroon on Wednesday, as the two former enemies struggle to contain the mutual threat posed by Islamic militants carrying out suicide bombings across the region.... 7/29/2015 3:25 PM

Reports: Israeli drone attack kills 3 in southern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- An Israeli drone attack in southern Syria on Wednesday killed at least three pro-government gunmen, an activist group and a Lebanese TV station reported.... 7/29/2015 3:14 PM

Portuguese government suggests employees start pedaling
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- The Portuguese government is recommending its staff try cycling in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save money on gas.... 7/29/2015 3:05 PM

Poland's richest businessman, Jan Kulczyk, dies at 65
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Jan Kulczyk, Poland's richest man and the founder and president of investment empire Kulczyk Holding, who made his fortune during Poland's economic transformations, has died from complications following surgery, the company said Wednesday. He was 65.... 7/29/2015 2:54 PM

Suicide attacks kill at least 12 Iraqi troops near Ramadi
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Back-to-back suicide attacks targeting Iraqi security forces near the Islamic State-held city of Ramadi on Wednesday killed at least 12 troops, officials said, as the government pressed on with efforts to reclaim territory under the extremists' control.... 7/29/2015 2:48 PM

British Airways flight diverted to Canada after bomb threat
TORONTO (AP) -- A Canadian police official says that a British Airways flight from Las Vegas to London has been diverted to Montreal after a bomb threat.... 7/29/2015 2:42 PM

Kristen Stewart, Idris Elba in Venice Film Festival lineup
LONDON (AP) -- This year's Venice Film Festival will include Kristen Stewart in a sci-fi romance, Idris Elba at war and a thriller starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, as well as potentially awards-worthy performances from Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and Jake Gyllenhaal.... 7/29/2015 2:32 PM

Zimbabweans linked to illegal lion hunt appear in court
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a protected lion named Cecil were in court on Wednesday as anger at the kill by an American dentist escalated.... 7/29/2015 2:31 PM

Iran, France talk of 'new era' in ties after nuclear deal
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- France sought Wednesday to relaunch diplomatic ties with Iran in the hope of boosting business in the country, following a key nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers reached earlier this month.... 7/29/2015 2:29 PM

Anger grows over two-speed Poland, fueling political shift
PIONKI, Poland (AP) -- Everybody in Poland seems to be against them now: temporary contracts that offer few benefits to their workers, popularly known as "junk contracts."... 7/29/2015 2:28 PM

Amnesty accuses Israel of possible war crimes
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A leading international watchdog said Wednesday that the Israeli military may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during last summer's Gaza war when it carried out four days of intense bombardment in retaliation for an attack by Hamas militants in which an Israeli soldier was captured.... 7/29/2015 2:27 PM

Run-in with reporter triggered Mexico coach Herrera's ouster
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- In the end it wasn't the middling on-field performance by Mexico's national soccer team that cost Miguel Herrera his job as head coach of "El Tri."... 7/29/2015 2:17 PM

Greece's Tsipras: party rebels could force early election
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister sought to contain a deepening rift in his radical left Syriza party Wednesday, warning rebels that he would have to call early elections if they keep opposing key reforms demanded for a new international bailout.... 7/29/2015 2:17 PM



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