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June 30, 2014 - 4:29pm
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Rev. Alvaro Corcuera, who led the Legion of Christ religious order through the turmoil surrounding revelations that its founder was a pedophile and fraud, has died. He was 56.

The Legion said Corcuera, who stepped down as superior in 2012 because of a brain tumor, died Monday in Mexico City.

Corcuera took over as superior in 2005, a year after the Vatican opened a secret sex abuse investigation into the Legion's founder, the...

June 30, 2014 - 3:58pm
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA could not reach a financial agreement with a wildlife conservation group trying to save an endangered species of armadillo chosen as the World Cup mascot, the football governing body's head of corporate and social responsibility said Monday.

"Unfortunately, despite our intention ... there was no interest from the other side in collaborating with us," Federico Addiechi said, pinning the blame on the Caatinga Association.

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June 30, 2014 - 3:56pm
1 week 4 days ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia is asking the U.N. Security Council to condemn the illegal sale of Syrian oil by terrorist groups and encourage all countries to take "necessary measures" to prevent it.

A draft presidential statement circulated to council members and obtained Monday by The Associated Press expresses "grave concern" at the seizure of oilfields in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra and stresses that any export or...

June 30, 2014 - 3:17pm
1 week 4 days ago

ROME (AP) — The Italian government has sided with cruise ship owner Costa Crociere and selected its home base of Genoa as the port where the crippled Costa Concordia ship will be dismantled for scrap.

The Tuscan port of Piombino had hoped to win the contract, given the jobs that would be created. But Costa, the consortium handling the project and several ministries said Genoa's port was better suited. Premier Matteo Renzi said Monday the government agreed....

June 30, 2014 - 2:41pm
1 week 4 days ago

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Delta Airlines jet was forced to return to the airport in Jamaica shortly after takeoff Monday because of an apparent mechanical problem in one of its engines, the company said.

The MD-88 experienced a pneumatic leak in its No. 2 engine and returned safely to the airport in Kingston, spokesman Morgan Durrant said.

The Atlanta-bound flight had 149 passengers and a crew of five.

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June 30, 2014 - 2:10pm
1 week 4 days ago

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged a drug problem for the first time and vowed that his commitment to "living clean is now unwavering" as he returned to work Monday after a two-month stay in rehab.

Ford read an emotional statement at City Hall, but refused to take questions, after checking out of a facility in Ontario.

The mayor of Canada's largest city said staff at the rehab facility saved his life.

"For a long...

June 30, 2014 - 1:55pm
1 week 4 days ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's deputy prime minister says his country does not want to see a "tattered and divided" Iraq.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc's comments Monday came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan in Iraq, following territorial gains by a jihadi group in Iraq.

Arinc voiced support for Iraq's territorial integrity and said "foreign forces" should leave the...

June 30, 2014 - 1:29pm
1 week 4 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After a few days of reflection, Luis Suarez acknowledged what millions saw on TV — he did bite an opponent during a game at the World Cup. In addition, he said he's sorry about it, and promised it will never happen again.

Ending a unified protest in Uruguay by everyone from Suarez to teammates, fans and even the country's president that the star striker had done nothing wrong, the Liverpool player on Monday offered an apology to Italy defender...

June 30, 2014 - 12:40pm
1 week 4 days ago

HAVANA (AP) — Launched as a bulletin for Catholic lay people, Espacio Laical magazine became an unusually open and critical forum for debate in Cuba, a rarity in a country where the state has controlled all media for five decades.

Now, the sudden departure of its two longtime editors may have endangered that status just as Cuba's Roman Catholic Church and the Communist-run country embark on major changes.

First published in 2005, Espacio Laical's...

June 30, 2014 - 12:38pm
1 week 4 days ago

CAIRO (AP) — By declaring the establishment of an Islamic caliphate, the extremist group that controls large swaths of Syria and Iraq is claiming to be the successor of the political and religious community established by the Prophet Muhammad.

The caliphate is a powerful ideal — the concept of a nation of Muslims worldwide ruled by Shariah law under a caliph who holds both spiritual and secular authority. There have been multiple caliphates over Islam's 1,400-year...

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