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October 8, 2015 - 4:13pm
6 min 18 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — From sure bet to suspended, Michel Platini's career in soccer politics could be over.

The UEFA president is likely to be barred from standing in February's emergency FIFA presidential election, with his minimum 90-day ban starting only a few weeks before he would have had to pass integrity checks.

Thursday's decision by the FIFA ethics committee throws into doubt who will succeed Sepp Blatter as head of the world's most popular sport on...

October 8, 2015 - 4:11pm
6 min 18 sec ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico says it will transfer more than 600 employees from the island's Department of Education to other divisions and agencies in a push to reorganize the government amid an economic crisis.

Public Affairs Secretary Jesus Manuel Ortiz said Thursday that more than 400 workers will be placed in administrative positions at public schools. The remainder will have administrative jobs at the police department to free some 1,200 officers from...

October 8, 2015 - 4:06pm
6 min 18 sec ago

UNITY STATE, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. has protested alleged physical assault of its military and civilian personnel by members of the South Sudanese army at a roadblock in Central Equitoria state.

According to a statement Thursday, personnel in a patrol by the U.N. Mission in South Sudan were ordered out of the vehicle and assaulted by the soldiers. The patrol, which was on its way to Wonduruba in Central Equitoria, then turned back, the statement said....

October 8, 2015 - 3:59pm
6 min 18 sec ago

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' top prosecutor says he has no information about allegations of money laundering laid out in a U.S. indictment against three members of one of the country's most powerful business families.

Honduran Attorney General Oscar Chinchilla said Thursday he could not comment on the federal indictment from New York against Jaime Rosenthal, his son Yani Rosenthal and his nephew Yankel Rosenthal, because he did not know anything about it....

October 8, 2015 - 3:54pm
6 min 18 sec ago

MONTREAL (AP) — American Actor Randy Quaid has been ordered released by Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board but still faces being sent back to the United States next week.

Quaid appeared before the board Thursday for a detention review. A Canada Border Services Agency official told the board member hearing the case that Quaid was arrested because it was felt he wouldn't comply with an order to leave the country next Wednesday. But that fear was rejected by the board...

October 8, 2015 - 2:40pm
6 min 18 sec ago

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Newly declassified U.S. intelligence documents reveal that Gen. Augusto Pinochet directly ordered the 1976 assassination of a Chilean diplomat in Washington, D.C.

Former Defense and Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier was killed in a car bomb, along with American Ronni Moffitt.

Letelier had been a top official under President Salvador Allende. After the Pinochet-led coup in 1973, Letelier was tortured and jailed. He later fled to...

October 8, 2015 - 2:05pm
6 min 18 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general is recommending that the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti stay for another year — which might be its final one.

The head of the mission, Sandra Honore, told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that Ban Ki-moon wants the peacekeeping mission to extend for a year to help Haiti complete its upcoming round of elections.

She says the mission also will help the country with an "orderly and sustainable"...

October 8, 2015 - 1:51pm
26 min 15 sec ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Associated Press count shows more than 1,360 pilgrims were killed in a crush and stampede during the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia last month.

The AP count of dead is nearly 600 more than the official death toll. Saudi officials have so far stuck by their total of 769 killed, and 934 injured.

The higher count comes from tolls offered by 17 countries through their officials or state media broadcasts. The tolls...

October 8, 2015 - 1:32pm
1 hour 36 min ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces used water cannons and eventually fired tear gas canisters to disperse dozens of anti-government protesters who tried to get past security barricades and reach parliament.

Demonstrations over a lingering garbage crisis that has seen rubbish pile up in the streets of the capital have in recent weeks grown into a wider protest movement against an entire political class seen as corrupt and dysfunctional.


October 8, 2015 - 1:31pm
1 hour 36 min ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican press office is defending its reporting of a big meeting on family issues after a dispute arose over what Pope Francis told bishops behind closed doors about his hopes for a free and open debate.

One of the participants in the synod, the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, tweeted earlier this week that Francis had warned the prelates against falling into a "conspiracy" mindset as they discuss how the church can better minister to Catholic families,...

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