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Messi's World Cup ends on a bitter note
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Lionel Messi's final act in the 2014 World Cup was lifting a free kick high over the bar, wasting Argentina's last chance to equalize in the final against Germany.... 7/13/2014 8:49 PM

Goetze scores late to give Germany the World Cup
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.... 7/13/2014 8:45 PM

Germany wins terrifically entertaining World Cup
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Germany won the World Cup. Host Brazil won a world of new friends.... 7/13/2014 8:26 PM

Argentines hold heads high after World Cup loss
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Sad-but-proud Argentine soccer fans applauded their national team for giving it all against a powerful German squad, losing 1-0 in extra time Sunday in the country's first World Cup finals appearance in 24 years.... 7/13/2014 8:21 PM

After Brazil, Blatter focuses on FIFA election
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- When Brazil's football fans finally got their best chance to see Sepp Blatter at the World Cup, they had a message for him.... 7/13/2014 8:00 PM

Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay in interview
SYDNEY (AP) -- Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe for the first time publicly confirmed that he is gay during a television interview on Sunday, ending years of speculation about his sexuality.... 7/13/2014 7:47 PM

Germany's World Cup party gets underway at home
BERLIN (AP) -- A quarter of a million German football fans reacted with unbridled joy, mixed with shock, on Sunday when Mario Goetze struck late in extra-time for Germany to win the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Argentina.... 7/13/2014 7:31 PM

8 killed in mortar attack in Egypt's Sinai
El-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Militants in Egypt's northern Sinai fired mortar rounds late Sunday at a military post in the provincial capital of el-Arish, killing a soldier as well as seven civilians, including two children, in a nearby residential complex, security and hospital officials said.... 7/13/2014 7:15 PM

Dejected Argentine fans, elated Germans in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Thousands of Argentine football fans gathered on the golden sands of Copacabana beach gasped and then fell into silence when Germany scored a stunning extra-time goal to claim the World Cup title on Sunday.... 7/13/2014 7:08 PM

Thousands of Palestinians flee northern Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Thousands of Palestinian residents of the northern Gaza Strip fled their homes on Sunday and sought safety in U.N. shelters, heeding warnings from the Israeli military about impending plans to bomb the area in the sixth day of an offensive against Hamas that has killed more than 160 people.... 7/13/2014 6:45 PM

USGS: 6.1-magnitude quake shakes northern Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.1 earthquake has struck off Chile's northern coast. There were no immediate reports of damage and authorities discounted the possibility of a tsunami.... 7/13/2014 6:42 PM

Kramer head injury revives concussion concern
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer's head injury in the World Cup final on Sunday has revived concern about the way football deals with concussions.... 7/13/2014 4:49 PM

Protesters scuffle with police at Paris synagogues
PARIS (AP) -- Pro-Palestinian protesters tried to force their way into a Paris synagogue Sunday with bats and chairs, then fought with security officers who blocked their way, according to police and a witness.... 7/13/2014 4:38 PM

Israeli strike kills 18, stirs debate over targets
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The target was the Gaza police chief. He survived the Israeli airstrike on a cousin's home with critical injuries, but 18 family members were killed, including five children and teens.... 7/13/2014 4:38 PM

Early results show newcomers win Slovenia vote
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- A party led by a political newcomer better known as the son of Slovenia's famous Olympic medalist won the most votes Sunday in the second early election in three years, according to preliminary returns. The outcome meant potentially more uncertainty for a small eurozone nation struggling to pull out of an economic downturn.... 7/13/2014 3:44 PM

Search for missing US man leads to body in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- U.S. authorities are working with Mexican officials to determine whether a body found near a Pacific Coast beach town is that of a New York man who vanished while riding his motorcycle to Brazil for the World Cup.... 7/13/2014 3:33 PM

No Iran breakthrough with Kerry in Vienna
VIENNA (AP) -- Joint efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and three other Western foreign ministers failed Sunday to advance faltering nuclear talks with Iran, with the target date for a deal only a week away.... 7/13/2014 2:58 PM

Iranian court sentences Facebook activists to jail
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -An Iranian court handed jail sentences of eight to 21 years to eight Facebook page administrators, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.... 7/13/2014 2:20 PM

Afghans express relief at election deal
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Amid relief that a dangerous rift in the country's troubled democracy has been averted, Afghan officials praised a deal between presidential contenders brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and said Sunday they hope to finish a full ballot audit within weeks.... 7/13/2014 2:04 PM

Kurds clash with extremists in northern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Heavy fighting broke out Sunday between an extremist group and Kurdish gunmen in northern Syria, activists said, adding that jihadis have captured a dozen fighters.... 7/13/2014 1:42 PM