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July 24, 2015 - 7:37am
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish Foreign Ministry says Turkey has agreed to allow U.S.-led coalition forces to use its air bases in the southern part of the country for operations targeting Islamic State group extremists.

A ministry statement says Friday that Turkey's air force will also be taking part in the operations. It says it expects Turkey's cooperation to "make a difference" to the campaign against the IS group.

Earlier, President Recep...

July 24, 2015 - 7:31am
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — High-level talks between Greece and its European creditors on a third bailout for the cash-strapped country have been delayed until logistical matters are sorted out.

Greek government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili sought to downplay talk that security concerns are a reason why European negotiators won't now arrive in Athens until Saturday at the earliest. They had been expected Friday.

The delay, she said, is related to "technical...

July 24, 2015 - 7:05am
3 days 15 hours ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top Shiite cleric has called on the government in Baghdad to do all it can to protect the families of Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State group, saying they are an "easy prey" for extremists bent on revenge attacks.

In his Friday sermon, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani also said authorities should implement tough policies to catch and punish those who attack innocent civilians.

Al-Sistani's appeal comes amid mounting pressure on...

July 24, 2015 - 6:53am
3 days 15 hours ago

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian firefighters have been stretched to their limits as they struggle to contain raging wildfires on the Adriatic coast and islands at the height of tourist season.

Two huge fires have swept through the Peljesac peninsula, forcing evacuation of villages and destroying large areas of olive groves, pine forests and vineyards.

The blaze has occasionally cut off the main road and power supplies since it erupted earlier this...

July 24, 2015 - 6:51am
3 days 15 hours ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Seismologists in Greece have reported a 5.0-magnitude earthquake near islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, but authorities say there were no immediate reports of any injury or serious damage.

The Geodynamic Institute of Athens said the quake occurred at 12:58 p.m. (0958 GMT) on Friday near the holiday island of Kos.

Earthquakes are common in Greece and neighboring Turkey.

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July 24, 2015 - 6:49am
3 days 15 hours ago

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — FIFA says the corruption crisis is hindering the search for new sponsors.

FIFA sponsors Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Visa have questioned the organization's handling of the allegations of wrongdoing that led to soccer officials being indicted in the United States.

Ahead of Saturday's qualifying draw for the 2018 World Cup, FIFA has not replaced Emirates airline and Sony since they opted not to renew deals after the 2014...

July 24, 2015 - 6:05am
3 days 15 hours ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has approved the 15.6 billion-euro ($17 billion) acquisition of ailing French telecom company Alcatel-Lucent by Finland's Nokia Corporation following an investigation into whether the deal broke competition rules.

The EU's executive Commission said Friday that there was enough difference between the two firms to not raise major competition concerns.

The Commission said the overlap between the two is very limited...

July 24, 2015 - 6:02am
3 days 16 hours ago

PARIS (AP) — France's Constitutional Council has ruled that a bill legalizing broad surveillance of terrorism suspects doesn't violate the country's constitution.

Friday's decision was the final step before the law can come into effect.

The bill was proposed long before the January attacks in Paris by Islamic extremists, but the government said that had added to its urgency.

One measure will force communication and Internet firms...

July 24, 2015 - 6:02am
3 days 15 hours ago

ROME (AP) — Did Russian President Vladimir Putin offer former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi a job as economy minister? Berlusconi says it was just a joke and Putin says any support was "metaphorical."

A boast by Berlusconi that his old friend Putin had offered to make him economy minister made headlines around the world this week.

But Berlusconi spokeswoman Deborah Bergamini says he was just joking, and Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Putin...

July 24, 2015 - 5:52am
3 days 16 hours ago

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's health ministry says 11 more bodies have been retrieved from the Nile River, bringing the death toll from this week's boat collision to 29.

Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar told The Associated Press that the search efforts continued on Friday.

The collision late Wednesday night happened when a passenger boat traveling down the Nile near Cairo collided with a scow, causing the boat to capsize. The scow's captain and his...

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