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July 12, 2014 - 5:11pm
8 min 33 sec ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Russia's sports minister insists the conflict in the Ukraine should not affect the 2018 World Cup.

Vitaly Mutko, the local organizing committee chairman and a FIFA board member, on Saturday said he did not foresee "any major issues."

"It's a different subject and it will not influence preparations for the World Cup at all," Mutko told a briefing designed to explain Russia's $20 billion project to host the next World Cup....

July 12, 2014 - 5:04pm
8 min 33 sec ago

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...

July 12, 2014 - 4:37pm
38 min 38 sec ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Preparing to perform at her third World Cup, pop star Shakira says she thanks football for changing her life.

Shakira says she "will never forget that I met the love of my life at the World Cup."

She and Spain defender Gerard Pique met when promoting her 2010 World Cup anthem, "Waka Waka — Time for Africa," and the couple have an 18-month-old son.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's closing ceremony concert, Shakira...

July 12, 2014 - 4:03pm
1 hour 8 min ago

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...

July 12, 2014 - 4:03pm
8 min 33 sec ago

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.

But the press officer said Poroshenko "has...

July 12, 2014 - 3:11pm
1 hour 48 min ago

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...

July 12, 2014 - 3:08pm
1 hour 48 min ago

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.

Local mayor Costas...

July 12, 2014 - 1:30pm
3 hours 8 min ago

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."

Krstic adds the austerity...

July 12, 2014 - 12:22pm
3 hours 8 min ago

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.

The statement calls for "the reinstitution...

July 12, 2014 - 12:17pm
3 hours 28 min ago

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...

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