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May 30, 2015 - 4:14am
7 min 22 sec ago

ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter says he will not forget attempts by European soccer leaders to stop him being re-elected as FIFA president and warned that UEFA cannot live without soccer's global governing body.

UEFA President Michel Platini, who helped Blatter gain the FIFA presidency in 1998, led opposition against his former ally.

Platini championed Prince Ali bin al-Hussein's candidacy but the Jordanian was beaten by Blatter in Friday's election....

May 30, 2015 - 3:52am
7 min 22 sec ago

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain says America needs to provide Vietnam with more defensive weapons, as tensions in the Asia Pacific region heighten over China's expanding land reclamation projects in the South China Sea.

McCain says he wants to see a gradual removal of the U.S. ban on providing lethal arms to Vietnam. The Republican senator from Arizona says the U.S. should provide additional defensive weapons that could be used in case of a conflict with China....

May 30, 2015 - 3:20am
7 min 22 sec ago

GENEVA (AP) — Top U.S. and Iranian diplomats are accelerating nuclear talks with a month to go until the deadline for a final deal and several of the biggest questions still unanswered.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif plan to meet in Geneva on Saturday. The talks could extend into Sunday.

They'll wrestle with how quickly Washington and its partners will ease economic sanctions on Tehran and how...

May 30, 2015 - 2:55am
7 min 22 sec ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's banking regulator says a state fund has seized a bank associated with a movement led by the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, which authorities have accused of attempting to destabilize the government.

The banking agency said late Friday the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund had taken took full control of Bank Asya, citing "problems" within its financial structure. It said the move aimed to safeguard trust and stability in Turkey's...

May 30, 2015 - 2:47am
7 min 22 sec ago

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of Pashtuns are protesting in Pakistan after deadly bus hijackings that killed 19 people, saying they refuse to bury their dead until the government offers them protection.

Demonstrators on Saturday placed 16 coffins with the bodies of their dead in front of the governor's house in the city of Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province. The province was the scene of the bus hijackings Friday that saw gunmen kill 19...

May 30, 2015 - 2:39am
7 min 22 sec ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police say at least 15 people have been wounded in two separate blasts that hit a police camp in a restive southern province where Muslim militants operate.

According to a police report, the first explosion was caused by a grenade near a mosque at the police compound in the Sulu provincial capital of Jolo late Friday. It was followed minutes later by a more powerful blast from a homemade bomb.

At least five...

May 29, 2015 - 7:42pm
7 min 22 sec ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has signed into law a bill increasing the U.S. territory's sales tax from 7 percent to 11.5 percent. It is scheduled to go into effect July 1.

The law signed by Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Friday night also calls for a new 4 percent tax on professional services that will go into effect later this year.

The taxes are expected to generate up to $1.2 billion in revenue.

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May 29, 2015 - 6:55pm
7 min 22 sec ago

HAVANA (AP) — Pop star Rihanna drew a crowd Friday while cruising down Havana's Malecon shore boulevard in a classic American convertible from the 1950s.

Children and young people swarmed around the car, using their cellphones to snap pictures of the singer while security guards kept them from getting too close.

Cuban state media say Rihanna arrived in Cuba on Wednesday and made an unannounced appearance at the La Fontana restaurant....

May 29, 2015 - 6:19pm
7 min 22 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of Interpol says a growing number of extremist groups from Africa to southeast Asia are shifting their allegiance to the Islamic State group, leading to greater risks for "cross-pollination" among conflicts beyond Syria and Iraq and for access to resources for more sophisticated attacks abroad.

Juergen Stock cited this shift as an emerging trend at a U.N. Security Council meeting Friday along with changing travel methods being used by...

May 29, 2015 - 6:04pm
7 min 21 sec ago

LA PAZ, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities say a clash between armed men and police killed two gunmen and wounded an officer in the state of Baja California Sur.

State Attorney General Adonai Carrion says the gunbattle took place late Thursday on the outskirts of the capital, La Paz.

During the fighting, suspects destroyed a police patrol vehicle with a grenade launcher. Two people were arrested, one of whom was wounded.

Carrion...

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