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Ukraine govt denies president will be at Cup final
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko won't be attending the World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday, a government statement said, denying assertions by Brazilian officials that he would be there.... 7/13/2014 4:11 AM

Yemen's president fires 2 senior army commanders
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's president has fired two senior army commanders after last week's capture of a city by Shiite Hawthi rebels, state television reported.... 7/13/2014 4:09 AM

Iraq's Sunnis say they have their speaker nominee
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi parliament's Sunni blocs have agreed on a candidate for the post of parliament speaker, paving the way for the legislature to take the first formal step toward forming a new government.... 7/13/2014 4:08 AM

Explosions, fighting heard around Libyan airport
CAIRO (AP) -- Explosions and gunfire have been heard around the international airport in Libya's capital as airlines have cancelled some international flights.... 7/13/2014 3:42 AM

Romania puts former prison commander on trial
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- For the first time since communism collapsed in Romania 25 years ago, a former prison commander goes on trial Monday charged with being responsible for the torture and murdering prisoners considered a threat to the country's old order.... 7/13/2014 3:37 AM

Israel calls for north Gaza evacuation after raid
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel briefly deployed ground troops inside the Gaza Strip for the first time early Sunday as its military warned northern residents to evacuate their homes, part of a widening campaign against militant rocket fire that's seen more than 160 Palestinians killed.... 7/13/2014 3:12 AM

4 minor injuries at Spain's running of the bulls
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) -- In the seventh bull run at this year's San Fermin festival in Spain, four people have sustained cuts and bruises along Pamplona's narrow streets.... 7/13/2014 2:58 AM

Anybody home? Pacific island of Niue hit by exodus
ALOFI, Niue (AP) -- It was a school once, but there are no children here anymore. The lonely building on this remote Pacific island now contains only a punching bag that someone has strung from the classroom rafters, and a note scrawled on the chalkboard in Niuean: "Keep this place clean," it says, "so it stays beautiful."... 7/13/2014 2:55 AM

Kerry in Vienna; extension of nuclear talks likely
VIENNA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials gathering in Vienna face a deadline only days away for a comprehensive pact preventing Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.... 7/13/2014 2:46 AM

3 NATO troops wounded in Afghan suicide attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Authorities say three NATO troops have been wounded in a suicide car bombing targeting their convoy in eastern Afghanistan.... 7/13/2014 1:21 AM

Brazil protests fizzled, but roots of anger remain
IRAJA, Brazil (AP) -- The protesters who many feared would wreck Brazil's World Cup party failed to show up. While the national team fell short of claiming the coveted championship, the country at least can say the tournament that wraps up with Sunday's title game has gone off with only scattered demonstrations.... 7/13/2014 12:54 AM

North Korea launches missiles in latest test-fire
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea on Sunday, South Korea said, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger over the North's failure to win talks on receiving outside aid, and over U.S.-South Korean military drills.... 7/13/2014 12:52 AM

Aruba's leader, legislators launch hunger strike
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- Aruba's prime minister and several legislators have launched a hunger strike to protest what they say is meddling by the Dutch government in local financial affairs.... 7/12/2014 11:37 PM

Afghan rivals clinch deal, easing political crisis
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's two rival candidates reached a breakthrough agreement Saturday to a complete audit of their contested presidential election and, whoever the victor, a national unity government.... 7/12/2014 11:30 PM

Dejected Brazilians watch another World Cup loss
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilians already downhearted at missing out on reaching the World Cup final watched in dismay Saturday as their national team lost to the Netherlands 3-0 in the third-place match.... 7/12/2014 8:35 PM

Netherlands beats host Brazil 3-0 to finish 3rd
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- When it was all over, it was the Netherlands receiving a standing ovation from the Brazilian crowd. Brazil walked off the field to boos, after another demoralizing loss to end its home World Cup.... 7/12/2014 7:47 PM

Shakira: I thank World Cup for changing my life
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Preparing to perform at her third World Cup, pop star Shakira says she thanks football for changing her life.... 7/12/2014 6:15 PM

Mutko: 2018 World Cup unaffected by Ukraine
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The conflict in Ukraine will not affect the 2018 World Cup, Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said Saturday.... 7/12/2014 6:14 PM

Migrant boy buried in Guatemala hometown
SAN JOSE LAS FLORES, Guatemala (AP) -- A 15-year-old Guatemalan boy whose death became a symbol of the perils facing children attempting to illegally cross into the United States was buried in his hometown Saturday, amid prayers and tears from his family.... 7/12/2014 6:09 PM

Comatose boy, Roma evictions up pressure on France
GRIGNY, France (AP) -- It looked like any shantytown the world over - tarps to keep out the weather, scattered bits of trash that no truck would ever collect, plastic buckets to lug water. Then one of the inhabitants of this Roma camp on the northwest edge of Paris, a teenage boy named Darius, was beaten into a coma, apparently by residents of a neighboring housing project.... 7/12/2014 5:05 PM