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July 15, 2014 - 2:19pm
1 week 2 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil just pulled off the World Cup. Next up is Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympics, which poses an even bigger challenge.

Cement trucks are busy, creating billowing dust clouds, and girders are rising along Avenida Embaixador Abelardo Bueno, the road running in front of the main Olympic Park in the suburb of Barra da Tijuca.

"It's going, it's going," said a worker at the construction site, wearing an orange helmet, blue overalls...

July 15, 2014 - 2:09pm
1 week 2 days ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday called for "urgent intervention" to protect minors traveling on their own in increasing numbers from Central and South America to the United States.

The pontiff, in a letter to a Vatican conference on migration in Mexico, called the phenomenon "a hallmark of our society" that is present in almost all countries and yet treated as a sporadic event.

Francis drew special attention to "tens of thousands of...

July 15, 2014 - 1:54pm
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MOSCOW (AP) — Officials in Moscow are vigorously dismissing terrorism as a possible cause of today's subway derailment that killed at least 21 people. The accident sent 136 others to the hospital, many with serious injuries.

More than 1,100 people were evacuated from the train, which was stuck between two stations, in a rescue operation that ended more than 12 hours after the accident. One woman who was taken from the scene died in a Moscow hospital.

July 15, 2014 - 1:53pm
1 week 2 days ago

LONDON (AP) — The next big thing in aviation may be really small.

With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week's Farnborough International Airshow are tiny compared with the titans of the sky, such as the Airbus 380 or the Boeing Dreamliner.

What's got aviation geeks salivating at Farnborough, this year's biggest aviation jamboree that features participants from 40 countries, are the commercial possibilities of unmanned...

July 15, 2014 - 1:21pm
1 week 2 days ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — There's been no claim of responsibility for today's deadly suicide bomb attack near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan.

The attack killed 89 people and wounded dozens of others.

The Taliban issued a statement denying involvement, saying they "strongly condemn attacks on local people."

A Defense Ministry spokesman says the bomber detonated his vehicle as he drove by the crowded market near...

July 15, 2014 - 1:17pm
1 week 2 days ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The two rival presidential candidates in Afghanistan have met today to talk about the audit of last month's presidential runoff vote. Both candidates had agreed to that audit, as a way of easing the country's political crisis that had threatened to block a smooth transfer of power.

A spokesman for one of the candidates, Abdullah Abdullah, says he's agreed to meet again Thursday with the other candidate, former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani...

July 15, 2014 - 1:03pm
1 week 2 days ago

SNIZHNE, Ukraine (AP) — Regional officials in eastern Ukraine say at least 11 civilians have died after an airstrike demolished an apartment block in a town held by rebels.

The ruins of the building bore signs of an attack by several missiles that struck in two separate spots.

Government officials denied claims by local residents that the strike was carried out by Ukraine's air force, but they didn't say whom they blame. Rebel forces aren't known to...

July 15, 2014 - 12:58pm
1 week 2 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli President Shimon Peres said Tuesday that the killing of Palestinian civilians by air raids on Gaza presents a moral dilemma, but argued there is scant alternative as long as the Islamic militants who rule the strip refuse to stop sustained rocket fire against Israel.

"There is a moral problem, but I don't have a moral answer to it," the 1994 Nobel Peace laureate told The Associated Press. "If they are shooting at us, and don't let our mothers and...

July 15, 2014 - 11:58am
1 week 2 days ago

VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up two days of intense talks with his Iranian counterpart Tuesday about the country's nuclear program, speaking of "tangible progress," but also of significant gaps separating the two sides.

The parties are seeking to reach a deal by July 20. The United States and its allies are looking for strict, long-term limits on Iranian nuclear programs in return for lifting sanctions. They claim the programs could be...

July 15, 2014 - 11:51am
1 week 2 days ago

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers debated the balance between privacy and security Tuesday during an unusual one-day session designed to rush an online surveillance bill through Parliament.

A series of government and opposition legislators spoke in the House of Commons to condemn the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill, which requires phone and Internet companies to store call and search records for a year.

Home Secretary Theresa May said the...

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