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June 29, 2014 - 2:34pm
1 week 6 days ago

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Thousands of Iraqi Christians flocked back to their homes in the north on Sunday, days after they fled villages under attack by Sunni Muslim extremists.

Hundreds of people packed into cars, jeeps and buses were crossing a checkpoint on their way back after ruling Kurdish forces told them it was safe to return.

The cluster of villages is in an area known as Hamdaniya, some 45 miles (75 kilometers) inside the border of the largely...

June 29, 2014 - 2:21pm
1 week 5 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A poll published Sunday on the wealth and race of fans who attended a World Cup match in Brazil illustrated what any TV viewer in the nation has seen: Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and rich.

That's particularly striking in Brazil, with its highly mixed population that has more blacks than any country with the exception of Nigeria. More than half of Brazil's population self-identified themselves as black or of mixed-race in the 2010...

June 29, 2014 - 1:37pm
1 week 5 days ago

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Seizing on the mayhem in Iraq, Israel's prime minister on Sunday called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader alliance with moderate forces across the region, and asserted that Israel would have to maintain a long-term military presence in the West Bank to keep a jihadi juggernaut from powering its way to the outskirts of Tel Aviv.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid out his positions in a policy speech that...

June 29, 2014 - 1:18pm
1 week 6 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Nervous Brazilian soccer fans took to Twitter to breathe a collective sigh of relief as the final, tension-filled moments of a penalty shootout against Chile broke an all-time record for online buzz during a live event.

Almost 389,000 tweets were generated in the minute after Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara's penalty shot hit the right post and allowed the five-time World Cup champion to avoid an early exit from the tournament that it's hosting for...

June 29, 2014 - 1:08pm
1 week 6 days ago

MOGI DAS CRUZES, Brazil (AP) — Highly physical, probably defensive and anxiety-ridden for sure.

Not exactly the kind of happy football that fans have enjoyed so far at the World Cup, but it's the likely scenario for Tuesday's second-round match between Belgium and the United States.

The stakes certainly are high enough. Belgium has not reached the quarterfinals since 1986 and the U.S. team has already exceeded expectations by emerging from a tough...

June 29, 2014 - 11:39am
1 week 6 days ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president and police on Sunday warned of a possible terrorist attack in the south and ordered security to be beefed up in the volatile region.

President Benigno Aquino III's spokesman, Herminio Coloma Jr., said that Aquino called Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of the port city of Davao to relay details of the threat and call for heightened public vigilance.

Coloma did not release details, but a military intelligence...

June 29, 2014 - 11:32am
1 week 5 days ago

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — Ben Williams sacrificed his salary as a teacher for six months so he could prepare for the World Cup. On Sunday, it paid off. Williams became the first Australian referee to control a second-round match at a World Cup during the game between Costa Rica and Greece.

The 37-year-old Williams is usually a teacher at a government school in Canberra, the national capital. He handled two group matches in Brazil.

Before the tournament,...

June 29, 2014 - 11:28am
1 week 6 days ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — Five construction company officials have now been detained in southern India, as rescuers search for dozens of workers who are believed to have been buried under the rubble of a building under construction.

It collapsed during monsoon rains, at a time when nearly 90 contract workers were believed to have been in the basement to collect their wages. Eleven people are confirmed dead, and crews say it could take three days to clear the rubble. Police say at...

June 29, 2014 - 10:32am
1 week 6 days ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi helicopter gunships have been attacking insurgent positions today in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit (tih-KREET'). It's part of a government offensive to retake the northern Iraqi city from Sunni militants.

The military launched its push against the militants in Tikrit yesterday with an assault spearheaded by ground troops backed by tanks and helicopters. Security officials say the army is coordinating its campaign with the United States....

June 29, 2014 - 10:28am
1 week 6 days ago

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists sprayed gunfire at worshippers and torched four churches Sunday in a village just miles from the town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped, witnesses said.

At least 30 bodies have been recovered but more are turning up in the bushes, where people tried to escape from Kwada village, said a member of a vigilante group that has had some successes in repelling attacks.

"They killed dozens of...

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