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July 13, 2014 - 11:11am
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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...

July 13, 2014 - 10:53am
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LONDON (AP) — Pizza Express, one of Britain's best-known chain restaurants, has been sold to a Chinese private equity firm for about 900 million pounds ($1.5 billion.)

Gondola Group, which also owns other British restaurant chains, said it agreed to the sale with Hony Capital on Saturday in the latest example of Chinese investment in European companies.

Pizza Express has 436 restaurants in the U.K. along with 68 internationally, including 22 in China...

July 13, 2014 - 10:35am
1 week 5 days ago

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A spokesman says Central African Republic's former president has been reinstated as head of a rebel movement notorious for human rights abuses.

Ahmat Mahamat Nedjad said Sunday that Michel Djotodia was re-elected as head of the mostly Muslim movement previously known as Seleka during a meeting in the northern town of Birao.

Djotodia became president last year after Seleka toppled the government....

July 13, 2014 - 10:17am
1 week 5 days ago

VIENNA (AP) — The United States and Germany put a brave face on an escalating espionage dispute, stressing on Sunday the importance of their cooperation to solving several global crises but offering little indication they've fully mended ties.

After a meeting on the sidelines of nuclear talks in Vienna, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry each extolled the value of the two NATO allies' work together on issues such as...

July 13, 2014 - 9:43am
1 week 5 days ago

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian authorities say a remote-controlled homemade bomb exploded and killed seven security officers in the northwest of the North African country.

The Defense Ministry says in a statement Sunday the victims were aboard a military truck en route to their base when they hit a bomb in the town of Ain Kercha, 500 kilometers (300 miles) west of the capital, Algiers.

The ministry says three soldiers and four local guards were...

July 13, 2014 - 9:37am
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of Argentine football fans gathered on the golden sands of Copacabana beach gasped and then fell into silence when Germany scored a stunning extra-time goal to claim the World Cup title on Sunday.

More than 70,000 Argentina fans packed into Rio de Janeiro in recent days, many traveling upward of 40 hours by car and seemingly all wearing their team's sky-blue jerseys and chanting day and night.

"This was a trauma. We...

July 13, 2014 - 9:11am
1 week 5 days ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets late Sunday to restrain a group of vandals who disturbed a peaceful rally celebrating Argentina's gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals.

Parents with small children could be seen fleeing in fear after police, who initially remained on the sidelines as jubilant fans poured into downtown Buenos Aires, began chasing down the vandals on motorcycles. The youths, many of...

July 13, 2014 - 8:34am
1 week 5 days ago

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — An Italian official has promised that a search will be conducted for the only unrecovered body of the 32 Costa Concordia shipwreck victims as soon as the wrecked cruise liner is towed away from the island where it struck a reef in 2012.

Franco Gabrielli, who heads the Civil Protection Department overseeing the wreck's removal, also told reporters on Giglio Island Sunday that while weather conditions aren't optimal, they are good enough to...

July 13, 2014 - 8:26am
1 week 5 days ago

BERLIN (AP) — German police allowed an anti-Israel protester to climb inside a police car and shout slogans including "child murderer Israel" and "Allahu akbar!" — Arabic for "God is Great!" — through a police megaphone, a spokeswoman for Frankfurt's police said Sunday.

Police let the protester use the megaphone during a Free Gaza demonstration Saturday because he had offered to calm down a protest that had turned violent, spokeswoman Virginie Wegner told The Associated...

July 13, 2014 - 7:28am
1 week 5 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Germany won the World Cup. Host Brazil won a world of new friends.

The now four-time champions, the first European team to win the World Cup on Latin American soil, earned the honor of lifting the most recognized trophy in sports with a tooth-and-nail 1-0 victory in a final as terrifically entertaining as the tournament itself.

For a 32-day showcase of football at its best, the winning goal was beautifully appropriate. Mario...

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