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May 30, 2015 - 5:03am
18 min 39 sec ago

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials say authorities have freed a dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen who had been sentenced to life in prison on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading "false news."

Mohammed Soltan, the son of a prominent member of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested in August 2013 when security forces came looking for his father at his house. His family says they didn't find the father at the time, but arrested him instead. His...

May 30, 2015 - 4:42am
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BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief is urging several countries to step up efforts to investigate allegations that peacekeepers in Central African Republic may have committed abuses, a call that comes as the U.N. itself faces pressure over child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers.

Zeid Raad al-Hussein said in a statement Saturday that, following the French sexual abuse investigation, his office has taken a deeper look into the extent to which...

May 30, 2015 - 4:22am
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ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter has criticized U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and an American federal investigation into soccer corruption.

Blatter tells Swiss broadcaster RTS "there is something that smells" about the timing of dawn raids to arrest soccer officials in Zurich two days before his re-election Friday.

The defiant FIFA chief says Lynch's comments on the bribery and racketeering case "shocked" him.

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May 30, 2015 - 4:14am
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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