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July 13, 2014 - 6:42pm
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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.1 earthquake has struck off Chile's northern coast. There were no immediate reports of damage and authorities discounted the possibility of a tsunami.

The USGS said the quake's epicenter was located 14 miles (22 kilometers) west of Iquique, Chile, and had a depth of 22 miles (35.7 kilometers). The quake hit at 4:54 p.m. (20:54 GMT) on Sunday.

Chile is one of the world's most seismic...

July 13, 2014 - 5:54pm
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El-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Militants in Egypt's northern Sinai fired mortar rounds late Sunday at a military post in the provincial capital of el-Arish, killing a soldier as well as seven civilians, including a child. in a nearby residential complex, security and hospital officials said.

A senior security official said the attack late Sunday hit the military post, killing one soldier. The military post is located near a compound of residential buildings in the al-Salam...

July 13, 2014 - 4:38pm
1 hour 30 min ago

PARIS (AP) — Pro-Palestinian protesters tried to force their way into a Paris synagogue Sunday with bats and chairs, then fought with security officers who blocked their way, according to police and a witness.

Recent violence in Gaza has raised emotions in France, home to Western Europe's largest Muslim population and largest Jewish community. Sunday's unrest by a few dozen troublemakers came at the end of sizable protest in the French capital demanding an end to Israeli...

July 13, 2014 - 4:38pm
1 hour 30 min ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The target was the Gaza police chief. He survived the Israeli airstrike on a cousin's home with critical injuries, but 18 family members were killed, including five children and teens.

The weekend attack highlighted Israel's broad definition of military targets in its current offensive against the Islamic militant group Hamas. The army says those targets include senior Hamas activists and their homes, even as it insists it is doing the utmost...

July 13, 2014 - 4:00pm
1 hour 30 min ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer's head injury in the World Cup final on Sunday has revived concern about the way football deals with concussions.

It was the latest in a series of head injuries at the World Cup that appeared to have not been properly checked.

Kramer continued playing for 14 minutes in the first half of the final at Maracana Stadium after taking a heavy blow to the face in a collision with Argentina defender...

July 13, 2014 - 3:06pm
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With two quick and sublimely deft touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title.

Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to a few moments of individual skill.

Goetze, who wasn't born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th...

July 13, 2014 - 2:20pm
3 hours 40 min ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — TEHRAN, Iran (AP) —An Iranian court handed jail sentences of eight to 21 years to eight Facebook page administrators, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

The report said the defendants were convicted of plotting against national security, spreading propaganda against the ruling system and insulting officials. It did not identify the defendants or the Facebook pages.

It said that the court issued its verdict against...

July 13, 2014 - 1:58pm
2 hours 50 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. authorities are working with Mexican officials to determine whether a body found near a Pacific Coast beach town is that of a New York man who vanished while riding his motorcycle to Brazil for the World Cup.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Mark Johnson said Sunday both governments were working together to identify the remains, which police found Thursday along a road leading to Playa La Majahua in the state of Guerrero .

The remains,...

July 13, 2014 - 12:55pm
3 hours 50 min ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Heavy fighting broke out Sunday between an extremist group and Kurdish gunmen in northern Syria, activists said, adding that jihadis have captured a dozen fighters.

Kurdish fighters and jihadis have been fighting each other since last year and clashes between the two sides intensified earlier this month after jihadis started using weapons recently captured from government forces in neighboring Iraq.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory...

July 13, 2014 - 11:11am
6 hours 10 min ago

PARIS (AP) — France's defense minister says the French military operation in Mali "fulfilled its mission" and is being reorganized into a regional force against terrorists across northwest Africa.

France intervened 18 months ago after al-Qaida-linked extremists seized a swath of the former French colony. Operation Serval was repeatedly extended to help Mali's government regain control, and is expected to end soon — perhaps this week when French President Francois...

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