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.
Edson has been playing outside. He rushes into his house and notices his father is crying. Brazil has just lost to Uruguay at its sacred Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The nation has been thrown into mourning.
"Eight years later in the World Cup in Sweden I saw my father cry again but with happiness...
BAGHDAD (AP) — The special U.N. envoy to Iraq is urging Iraqi lawmakers to overcome their deep divisions and quickly form a new government. He says if they don't unite and confront a surging militant threat, the country could plunge into chaos.
Iraq's new parliament is scheduled to hold its second session tomorrow. Its first session failed to make any progress toward deciding on a prime minister, president and speaker of parliament, the first steps toward forming a new...
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.
A ministry press officer said Poroshenko might not arrive in time for the pre-game lunch Sunday to be hosted by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for several heads of state.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel is defending its airstrike against a Gaza mosque, saying Hamas was hiding rockets there, right next to another religious site and civilian homes.
Releasing an aerial photo of the mosque, the Israeli military said Gaza militant groups deliberately endanger civilians by using religious sites to conceal weapons and establish underground tunnel networks.
The Israeli military says militants have fired nearly 700 rockets...
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities say a raging wildfire southeast of Greece's capital has burned down at least one house and threatened several others.
The fire broke out early Saturday afternoon in a forested area in the hills west of Keratea, 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Athens, and has spread quickly, despite the efforts of more than 150 firefighters. Four planes and three helicopters also assisted before nightfall.
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.
Lazar Krstic said Saturday he believed economic changes in Serbia should be implemented fully without delay, but that Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic "is soft-hearted, and that is why he has the support of the people."
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called Saturday for a cease-fire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict centered on the Gaza Strip.
A council statement approved by all 15 members calls for de-escalation of the violence, restoration of calm, and a resumption of direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians aimed at achieving a comprehensive peace agreement based on a two-state solution.
SAN JOSE LAS FLORES, Guatemala (AP) — A 15-year-old Guatemalan migrant was buried in his hometown Saturday, nearly a month after he became a symbol of the perils facing unaccompanied children who have been flooding illegally into the U.S.
Residents of Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez's mountain hometown of San Jose de las Flores filled the house where he grew up to pay respects to the boy lying in a gray and silver coffin beside an altar filled with highland flowers and...