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Nicaragua confirms first chikungunya virus cases
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- The Nicaraguan government has confirmed the country's first two cases of people infected with a mosquito-borne virus that has spread quickly through the Caribbean region this year.... 7/9/2014 10:07 PM

Mexico judge investigated for links to drug gang
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's judiciary says it is investigating possible links to drug traffickers for a federal judge who ordered the release of a son of since captured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.... 7/9/2014 9:56 PM

Column: Messi missing signature World Cup moment
SAO PAULO (AP) -- The World Cup can only hope that Lionel Messi is leaving his best for last.... 7/9/2014 9:54 PM

Argentina soccer fans celebrate cup final berth
SAO PAULO (AP) -- It was Argentina's joy, and another sting for Brazil.... 7/9/2014 9:22 PM

Diplomats: Staffan de Mistura is new Syria envoy
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura has been chosen by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international point man on Syria, diplomats said Wednesday.... 7/9/2014 9:04 PM

Argentina reaches World Cup final after penalties
SAO PAULO (AP) -- The World Cup's second semifinal was supposed to put the silky skills of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben in the spotlight. Instead, a goalkeeper and two rock-solid defenses stole the show.... 7/9/2014 8:35 PM

UN chief calls Mideast leaders, urges restraint
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for restraint and an end to the new wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence in a blitz of phone calls Wednesday to their leaders and key players in the region, warning that the situation raises the risk of another full-blown war.... 7/9/2014 8:07 PM

More 'headline-grabbing' corporate deals expected
LONDON (AP) -- More "headline-grabbing" acquisitions are likely over the coming year as businesses take advantage of a period of improving economic growth and cheap financing.... 7/9/2014 7:02 PM

'Calm' Kardashian joins Emma Watson at Valentino
PARIS (AP) -- She says her life is a lot calmer since she married fashionista-rapper Kanye West. And she prefers to stay at home with her baby.... 7/9/2014 6:48 PM

Israel steps up offensive as diplomacy kicks off
JERUSALEM (AP) -- With rockets raining deep inside Israel, the military pummeled Palestinian targets Wednesday across the Gaza Strip and threatened a broad ground offensive, while the first diplomatic efforts to end two days of heavy fighting got underway.... 7/9/2014 6:36 PM

Canadian real estate tycoon David Azrieli has died
MONTREAL (AP) -- David Azrieli, a billionaire real estate developer and philanthropist, died Wednesday at his summer home in rural Quebec. He was 92.... 7/9/2014 6:05 PM

US, Cuba hold migration talks in Washington
HAVANA (AP) -- U.S. and Cuban officials discussed efforts to combat illegal migration, human smuggling and migratory document fraud in Washington on Wednesday, a rare moment of dialogue between countries that cut ties more than five decades ago.... 7/9/2014 6:02 PM

Bosnians pay respect to 175 Srebrenica victims
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Hundreds of people turned out in Sarajevo's main street on Wednesday to pay respect to 175 victims of the Srebrenica massacre - Europe's worst since World War II - as a truck carried their coffins to a final resting place.... 7/9/2014 5:30 PM

EU to sanction 11 more people over Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Ambassadors of the European Union's countries have agreed to add 11 new names to the list of people sanctioned for participating in the pro-Russian insurgency in Ukraine's east, an EU source said Wednesday.... 7/9/2014 5:20 PM

Iran wants to greatly expand uranium enrichment
VIENNA (AP) -- Iran said Wednesday it wants to greatly expand its uranium enrichment program despite Western fears that it could be used to make atomic arms.... 7/9/2014 5:05 PM

Germans probe 2nd spy case reportedly involving US
BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the United States, a week after the arrest of a German intelligence employee cast a new shadow over relations between the two countries.... 7/9/2014 4:59 PM

American author gored at Spain's Pamplona festival
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) -- An American who co-authored the book "Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona" became one of their victims Wednesday when he was one of two men gored at the festival.... 7/9/2014 4:09 PM

Iraqi leader accuses Kurds of hosting militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The ethnic and sectarian tensions that threaten to tear Iraq apart flared Wednesday as the prime minister accused the Kurdish self-rule region of harboring the Sunni militants who have overrun much of the country, and 50 bodies were discovered dumped in a village south of Baghdad.... 7/9/2014 4:09 PM

North Korea again fires missiles into sea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles Wednesday morning into the sea off its east coast, a South Korean defense official said, in a continuation of a recent series of missile and rocket test launches.... 7/9/2014 4:06 PM

Mexico Mayan site gets double heritage status
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The southern Mexico Mayan ruins of Calakmul have become the country's first site to receive the "mixed" World Heritage designation from the United Nations.... 7/9/2014 3:59 PM