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Blatter calls crisis meeting, skips 3rd public appearance
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter has chaired an emergency meeting with continental soccer bodies, while staying out of public view himself.... 5/28/2015 10:27 AM

Carter seeks ways to improve Iraq training, equipping
ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter says U.S. military leaders are seeking ways to improve and speed up the program to train and equip Iraqi forces, including options to better prepare Sunni tribes to join the fight against Islamic State militants.... 5/28/2015 10:25 AM

China defends South China Sea island development
BEIJING (AP) -- Responding to sharply-worded comments from the U.S. defense secretary, China on Thursday defended its building of artificial islands in the South China Sea and accused Washington of stirring up trouble in the economically vital region.... 5/28/2015 10:25 AM

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 10:17 AM

Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn it could jump ship
LONDON (AP) -- Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer's global governing body clean up its act, with Visa even warning it is prepared to jump ship.... 5/28/2015 10:17 AM

AP Interview: Serb far-right leader to fight extradition
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbia's far-right leader Vojislav Seselj said Thursday he will launch a legal battle before the Serbian courts to fight any order to return to the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal.... 5/28/2015 10:14 AM

Etihad Airways profit jumps by over half to $73 million
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates' fast-growing national carrier, said Thursday its profit rose by more than half to $73 million last year as it carried more passengers and used its stakes in other airlines to drive traffic through its Abu Dhabi hub.... 5/28/2015 10:13 AM

China's Hanergy under investigation by Hong Kong regulator
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong regulators said Thursday they're investigating a leading Chinese solar panel maker owned by billionaire Li Hejun after its shares took a sudden and unexplained plunge.... 5/28/2015 10:10 AM

Dalai Lama urges Aung San Suu Kyi to help Rohingya minority
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Dalai Lama has urged Aung San Suu Kyi, a fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate, to speak out to protect Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims.... 5/28/2015 10:07 AM

Myanmar restricts journalists after photos show sleeping MPs
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Journalists can no longer cover Myanmar's nascent Parliament from inside the media chamber because pictures of snoozing lawmakers were published online.... 5/28/2015 10:05 AM

THE LATEST: Putin accuses US of meddling in FIFA affairs
ZURICH (AP) -- The Latest on FIFA developments:... 5/28/2015 10:02 AM

Polish police search for man who entered bear enclosure
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish authorities are searching for a man who tangled with a bear at Warsaw's zoo and escaped, leaving traces of his blood behind.... 5/28/2015 10:01 AM

Greece aims to have bailout deal by Sunday
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece says it aims to clinch by Sunday a deal with creditors to get more rescue loans.... 5/28/2015 9:57 AM

Turkey revokes journalist's honor over Erdogan criticism
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish city has canceled plans to bestow a rare honor on a former New York Times journalist because of an article in which he criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.... 5/28/2015 9:54 AM

Ahead of FIFA election, sponsor Visa threatens to pull out
ZURICH (AP) -- Sepp Blatter was preparing for the FIFA presidential election with world soccer reeling from the arrest of several officials and a key sponsor threatening to cut ties with the scandal-tainted organization.... 5/28/2015 9:51 AM

Chinese leader calls for innovation as economic growth slows
BEIJING (AP) -- Rapturous crowds. Beaming workers. Pep talks for the troops.... 5/28/2015 9:47 AM

US, Swiss timed FIFA raids for maximum effect
BERN, Switzerland (AP) -- For months, American and Swiss investigators worked in secret to prepare for the raids that would shake the soccer world.... 5/28/2015 9:41 AM

Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States is meddling in FIFA's affairs in an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.... 5/28/2015 9:36 AM

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 that they might retaliate if airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition continue to target them, the leader of the group said in an interview with an Arab TV station.... 5/28/2015 9:35 AM

Indians crowd rivers, shady trees as heat toll passes 1,400
HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.... 5/28/2015 9:29 AM

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