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ECB raises inflation projection as economy recovers
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The European Central Bank raised on Wednesday its forecast for inflation this year to 0.3 percent from zero previously, another sign that the risk of crippling deflation - a long-term drop in prices - may be fading.... 6/3/2015 12:48 PM

South African sports minister says $10 million not a bribe
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's sports minister "categorically" denied on Wednesday that the $10 million paid to former FIFA official Jack Warner in 2008 was a bribe for his help in securing the World Cup.... 6/3/2015 12:45 PM

US, India move forward on joint military research projects
NEW DELHI (AP) -- After several years of bureaucratic delays, the U.S. and India are moving ahead with two joint research projects for the military that officials hope will set the stage for greater defense cooperation in the years ahead.... 6/3/2015 12:45 PM

Cyprus official: Ammonium nitrate cache under surveillance
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- A home in Cyprus where police seized five tons of a chemical compound that can be turned into an explosive had been kept under surveillance for some time before officers moved in, a government official said Wednesday.... 6/3/2015 12:37 PM

Sepp Blatter back at work at FIFA headquarters
ZURICH (AP) -- A day after announcing his decision to resign, Sepp Blatter was back at work at FIFA headquarters on Wednesday as the worst corruption crisis in the governing body's 111-year history continued to unfold.... 6/3/2015 12:31 PM

In Tokyo, Philippine leader criticizes China over sea moves
TOKYO (AP) -- On his sixth visit to Japan in five years, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday criticized China's assertiveness in regional seas, a concern shared by both countries as they deepen their ties.... 6/3/2015 12:29 PM

Afghan anti-corruption body assails nepotism in government
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An independent Afghan anti-corruption body warned Wednesday that nepotism plays a critical role in getting a job as a diplomat in the country's Foreign Affairs Ministry.... 6/3/2015 12:22 PM

Mothers call on children who've joined IS to come home
BERLIN (AP) -- A group of mothers whose children have joined the extremist Islamic State group are reaching out online to persuade their sons and daughters to return.... 6/3/2015 12:20 PM

Rohingya expert: Dozens of corpses wash to shore in Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Dozens of corpses have washed to shore in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine in the last month, an advocacy group and villagers said Wednesday. Some were believed to be Rohingya Muslims trying to escape trafficking ships, while others were Bangladeshi.... 6/3/2015 12:18 PM

Greek leader heads to Brussels to defend deal proposal
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister was heading to high-level meetings in Brussels on Wednesday to try to persuade the country's creditors to accept a proposal that might unlock much-delayed bailout loans and save the country from financial disaster.... 6/3/2015 12:18 PM

Gunmen open fire, kill 2 Egyptian policemen at the Pyramids
CAIRO (AP) -- Gunmen on a speeding motorcycle opened fire outside the plateau of the famed Giza Pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo on Wednesday, killing two members of the country's tourist police, Egypt's state news agency reported.... 6/3/2015 12:17 PM

Deaths, surge in fighting in Ukraine threaten cease-fire
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- More civilian deaths and a new and unusually intense round of fighting Wednesday in eastern Ukraine are rekindling fears that a shaky cease-fire deal reached in February may be teetering toward collapse.... 6/3/2015 12:14 PM

Greek bailout hopes help to shore up markets
LONDON (AP) -- Mounting hopes of a breakthrough in Greece's protracted bailout discussions with international creditors helped shore up global stock markets Wednesday.... 6/3/2015 12:11 PM

China escalates effort to recover missing from capsized ship
JIANLI, China (AP) -- Chinese authorities deployed scores more divers and a large crane as they escalated efforts Wednesday to recover more than 410 people believed to be trapped inside an overturned river cruise ship.... 6/3/2015 12:07 PM

Islamic State fighters attack northeastern Syrian city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Militants from the Islamic State group launched a major attack on the predominantly Kurdish city of Hassakeh in a northeastern Syrian province of the same name, activists and Syrian state media said Wednesday.... 6/3/2015 12:07 PM

Pollsters analyze mistakes after missed predictions
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- These are tough times for political pollsters.... 6/3/2015 11:57 AM

Turkey: 4 detained for leaking exam questions
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency say police have detained four people suspected of cheating by leaking questions to military school entrance exams.... 6/3/2015 11:53 AM

Ex-UK tabloid editor Andy Coulson cleared of perjury
LONDON (AP) -- Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was cleared of perjury Wednesday after a judge said the alleged lies he told under oath were not relevant to the trial in question.... 6/3/2015 11:42 AM

Maggi noodles ordered off India's shelves due to lead level
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian shopkeepers withdrew a popular brand of Nestle instant noodles from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained unsafe levels of lead.... 6/3/2015 11:37 AM

Indonesia raises alert status of volcano to highest level
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia has raised the alert status of Sinabung volcano in the western part of the country to the highest level following a sharp increase in activity, an official said Wednesday.... 6/3/2015 11:29 AM

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