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THE LATEST: Brazilian soccer federation head leaves Zurich
ZURICH (AP) -- The Latest on FIFA developments:... 5/28/2015 8:54 PM

2 ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees to tie the knot in Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Two former Guantanamo Bay detainees are planning to tie the knot with women from their adopted home of Uruguay.... 5/28/2015 8:44 PM

Greece could use 'Zambia' option as progress on deal unclear
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece and rescue lenders remained at odds over whether the two sides are close to a breakthrough in negotiations, as the International Monetary Fund confirmed Thursday that Athens had the right to ask for "bundled" repayments next month.... 5/28/2015 8:25 PM

Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret.... 5/28/2015 8:19 PM

Photographer gets 3-year prison term in L'Oreal heiress case
PARIS (AP) -- A French court has handed a famed photographer a three-year prison sentence on charges of swindling millions of euros from France's richest woman, L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, by taking advantage of her weak mental state.... 5/28/2015 8:12 PM

Kurdish fighters in Syria on the march against IS militants
BEIRUT (AP) -- In contrast to the Iraqi army's failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country's northeast under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes.... 5/28/2015 7:39 PM

Cameron begins tour of EU states to build support for reform
PARIS (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron met with the leaders of the Netherlands and France on Thursday, as Cameron began a whirlwind visit to four European capitals, pressing his case that the U.K. needs to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union.... 5/28/2015 7:38 PM

Defiant soccer chief resists calls to resign amid scandal
ZURICH (AP) -- As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer's world governing body.... 5/28/2015 7:37 PM

Syria's al-Qaida chief says no plans to attack the West
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's branch in Syria has no plans to attack the West but warns of retaliation if U.S.-led airstrikes continue to target its fighters, the leader of the group said in an interview with an Arab TV station.... 5/28/2015 7:32 PM

Study says girls seek sisterhood _ not just marriage _ in IS
LONDON (AP) -- The notion that young women are traveling to Syria solely to become "jihadi brides" is simplistic and hinders efforts to prevent other girls from being radicalized, new research suggests.... 5/28/2015 7:27 PM

Russian opposition leader hospitalized after sudden illness
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian opposition leader is in intensive care in a Moscow hospital, and a lack of clarity about the cause of his sudden illness has raised fears of foul play.... 5/28/2015 7:23 PM

Lithuania wants NATO battalion as `security guarantee'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Lithuania's foreign minister says his government wants a NATO battalion deployed permanently in the country as a "security guarantee" - not a provocation against Russia which has stepped up military action in the Baltic states.... 5/28/2015 7:10 PM

Top finance officials debate what's needed for global growth
DRESDEN, Germany (AP) -- Economic growth that's not as strong as everyone would like. Volatile markets. A potential financial blowup in Greece.... 5/28/2015 6:58 PM

Tired feet? Not Her Majesty despite 8,000 party guests
LONDON (AP) -- It was a stirring moment Thursday when the military band struck up "God Save the Queen" and Queen Elizabeth II appeared on the garden steps of Buckingham Palace next to her husband, Prince Philip.... 5/28/2015 6:46 PM

Bill Clinton hopes to keep working _ whatever Hillary does
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton made an impassioned appeal Thursday for modern health care in the Ebola-stricken countries of West Africa where his foundation works. He told The Associated Press afterward he hopes to keep working in Africa and elsewhere - regardless of what happens politically with his wife, Hillary.... 5/28/2015 6:24 PM

Oxford University nominates 1st female vice-chancellor
LONDON (AP) -- Oxford University has nominated its first female vice-chancellor in its history.... 5/28/2015 6:21 PM

J Lo looks forward to Morocco's top music festival
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Singer and movie star Jennifer Lopez expressed excitement Thursday about kicking off Morocco's Mawazine music festival, while insisting she's still just the girl from the Bronx.... 5/28/2015 6:06 PM

Burundi: Catholic bishops withdraw support for elections
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Catholic Church leaders said on Thursday they no longer support the Burundi government's decision to hold elections next month amid political unrest over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. The European Union also said it was suspending its election observer mission here.... 5/28/2015 6:03 PM

At 72, Brazilian stars celebrate half-century of friendship
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A university student by the name of Caetano Veloso struck up a conversation one day with a fellow student, a budding musician with a local TV gig. It was a chance encounter that helped change the face of Brazilian music and launched a friendship that has continued for more than half a century.... 5/28/2015 6:03 PM

Ireland's parliament votes in favor of Aer Lingus share sale
LONDON (AP) -- Ireland's parliament on Thursday voted in favor of selling off the country's share in the Aer Lingus airline as part of a 1.4 billion euro (US$1.53 billion) takeover bid by International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways.... 5/28/2015 5:58 PM

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