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APNewsBreak: Tentative agreement on Iran sanctions relief
VIENNA (AP) -- World powers and Iran have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic, among the most contentious issues in a long-term nuclear agreement that negotiators hope to clinch over the next several days, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.... 7/4/2015 1:20 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 1:11 PM

Benedict XVI is honored for keen devotion to church music
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who retired in 2013, has been honored for cultivating sensitivity to sacred music in the traditions of the Catholic Church.... 7/4/2015 12:44 PM

Egypt marks 2nd anniversary of Islamist ouster with mourning
CAIRO (AP) -- Two years to the day after the army overthrew Egypt's Islamist president, the sounds coming from the mosque at Cairo's Tahrir Square were sadly telling. At the focal point of Egypt's upheavals, where authorities had hoped to stage celebrations, there was instead a prayer for the week's dead, including soldiers cut down by militants in Sinai and the country's chief prosecutor, assassinated by car bomb in the capital.... 7/4/2015 12:35 PM

Egypt's president visits troops in embattled north Sinai
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi donned battle dress for the first time in over a year to inspect troops in the troubled northern part of the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, after Islamic State-linked militants struck a deadly blow against the military this week in a coordinated assault.... 7/4/2015 12:32 PM

Spain's weather stations warn of extended heat wave
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's meteorological agency is warning people to brace for high temperatures across much of the country over coming days.... 7/4/2015 12:25 PM

Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a middle-aged woman suffering from incurable stomach cancer.... 7/4/2015 12:12 PM

Murder complaints filed over capsized Philippine ferry
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Police in a central Philippine city said Saturday that they have filed murder complaints against the owner and the crew of a ferry that capsized shortly after pulling out of port, leaving more than 50 people dead.... 7/4/2015 12:07 PM

Analysts: Greek government's post-referendum future unsure
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Whether Greeks decide in Sunday's referendum to accept their lenders' bailout deal or reject it, the government's hold on power may be shakier than its brash prime minister has calculated, analysts say.... 7/4/2015 11:46 AM

Brave dog Leo honored with monument in Serbian town
PANCEVO, Serbia (AP) -- Normally, Leo would run away at the sight of a bigger dog. The small dachshund liked most to cuddle with his owners or ride in the back seat of the family car. But, one day Leo showed that true bravery knows no limits.... 7/4/2015 11:37 AM

Syrian troops and Hezbollah attack border mountain resort
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian troops backed by members of Lebanon's Hezbollah group began a major offensive Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes to retake a rebel-held mountain resort while opposition fighters retaliated by shelling the capital Damascus.... 7/4/2015 11:19 AM

Would Greek exit help or hurt Europe's currency union?
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- With aid negotiations off and ATMs running out of money, it's not speculation any more. Greece could leave the euro. And soon.... 7/4/2015 9:20 AM

Aussie coach has advice for defending Japan
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Perhaps, Australia coach Alen Stajcic was on to something when he said, "We're not the Netherlands," in responding to question regarding how the Matildas might defend against Japan in the quarterfinals.... 7/4/2015 7:39 AM

Taiwan stands up to China with World War II military parade
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan marched out thousands of troops and displayed its most modern military hardware Saturday to spotlight an old but often forgotten claim that its forces, not the Chinese Communists, led the campaign that routed imperial Japan from China 70 years ago.... 7/4/2015 7:32 AM

Fatal fire on Japan's airtight bullet train exposes lapses
TOKYO (AP) -- A fatal fire on Japan's bullet train, started by a man who self-immolated this week, has revealed blind spots in a system renowned for its speed, punctuality and safety record.... 7/4/2015 5:36 AM

Papal visit puts Andes presidents' eco-record under scrutiny
AGUARAGUE NATIONAL PARK, Bolivia (AP) -- In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to the indigenous Guarani who live nearby.... 7/4/2015 4:03 AM

Campaigns halt as Greeks face tough referendum choice
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Campaigns halt in Greece on Saturday on the eve of a closely watched bailout referendum - with voters in a dead heat over whether to defy creditors and push for better repayment terms or essentially seek new political leadership to find a compromise.... 7/4/2015 4:03 AM

Police: Beltran Leyva cartel boss arrested in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- One of the leaders of the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel was arrested Friday in a trendy neighborhood in Mexico City, authorities said.... 7/4/2015 4:01 AM

China says 6.5 quake in far west kills 3, collapses homes
BEIJING (AP) -- A magnitude 6.5 earthquake that shook China's far-western region of Xinjiang killed three people, injured 71 and collapsed thousands of houses, officials said Saturday.... 7/4/2015 3:55 AM

Yes or no? What Greece's landmark vote might bring
LONDON (AP) -- On his 10-year trip home, the Greek hero Odysseus at one point had to steer his ship and crew down a narrow stretch of water menaced on opposite sides by two sea monsters, Scylla and Charybdis.... 7/4/2015 2:29 AM



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