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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

Netherlands beats host Brazil 3-0 to finish 3rd
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday.... 7/12/2014 6:11 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

Ukraine president to be at World Cup final in Rio
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko plans to be at the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium along with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders, Brazil's Foreign Ministry said Saturday.... 7/12/2014 5:50 PM

Security Council urges Gaza truce; no sign of lull
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel on Saturday widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and announced it would hit northern Gaza "with great force" to prevent rocket attacks from there on Israel. More than 156 Palestinians have been killed in five days of bombardment.... 7/12/2014 5:45 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 5:32 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

Pele remembers despair of last Maracana final
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- It's the day of the last World Cup finale in Brazil. Pele is nine years old. Back then, he's just Edson Arantes do Nascimento.... 7/12/2014 5:04 PM

UN warns Iraq of 'chaos' if no political progress
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.N. urged Iraq's leaders Saturday to overcome their deep divisions and move quickly to form a new government that can unite the country and confront a surging militant threat, warning that failure to do so "risks plunging the country into chaos."... 7/12/2014 4:44 PM

Israel responds to rocket fire from north
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says it has opened fire into Lebanon in response to rocket fire.... 7/12/2014 4:22 PM

Ukraine President to watch W. Cup final in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's Foreign Ministry says Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko has confirmed he will watch Sunday's final World Cup match in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium along with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders.... 7/12/2014 4:03 PM

Wildfire threatens town near Athens
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Authorities say a raging wildfire southeast of Greece's capital has burned down at least one house and threatened several others.... 7/12/2014 3:09 PM

UN calls for Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council called Saturday for a cease-fire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict centered on the Gaza Strip.... 7/12/2014 1:52 PM

Serbia finance minister resigns over reform pace
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbia's finance minister has resigned, saying he disagreed with the prime minister over the pace of reform and the austerity measures needed to restart the Balkan country's economy.... 7/12/2014 1:30 PM

Fighters kill Pakistan soldiers near Afghan border
KHAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Militants killed a Pakistan army captain and two soldiers in a cross-border attack early Saturday in a tribal region near Afghanistan, as an airstrike killed 13 suspected extremist fighters, authorities said.... 7/12/2014 12:09 PM

Businessman linked to terror killed on Kenya coast
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Kenyan official says unknown gunmen have killed a prominent businessman, who was facing terrorism related charges.... 7/12/2014 11:37 AM

Analysis: Lavrov's absence clouds Iran nuke talks
VIENNA (AP) -- Decisions by the foreign ministers of Russia and China to skip talks on Iran's nuclear program this weekend are further denting expectations that the stalled negotiations will produce a deal by July 20.... 7/12/2014 11:15 AM

Taking to the sky: Airshow ready for take off
LONDON (AP) -- A lot is at stake in the Farnborough International Airshow, the aviation industry's biggest annual event, which opens Monday.... 7/12/2014 11:09 AM

Merkel thinks Germany will win World Cup
BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel is optimist about Germany's chances of winning the World Cup final against Argentina, but is cautioning football fans that anything can happen.... 7/12/2014 10:47 AM