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June 2, 2015 - 2:37pm
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish police say the motorcade of visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee was involved in a traffic accident that left nine people with minor injuries.

Uppsala police spokesman Christer Nordstrom says the president and other top dignitaries were unharmed in Tuesday's accident, which happened as Mukherjee was heading to an event at Uppsala University.

Nordstrom said "shortly after they left the highway, four cars in the motorcade...

June 2, 2015 - 2:27pm
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BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — The British minister responsible for Northern Ireland says negotiations to sustain the region's Catholic-Protestant government amid a budgetary deadlock are looking "increasingly grim."

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers spoke Tuesday after overseeing fruitless talks between the Irish Catholics of Sinn Fein and British Protestants of the Democratic Unionist Party.

Sinn Fein is blocking the introduction of...

June 2, 2015 - 2:25pm
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MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Negotiators seeking a resolution of Ukraine's conflict have ended their latest session without obvious progress.

The so-called Contact Group consisting of representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe met Tuesday in the Belarusian capital Minsk, where an agreement was reached in February on a cease-fire and pullback of heavy weapons.

Although fighting reduced substantially after...

June 2, 2015 - 2:16pm
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RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities arrested and then expelled two French activists for appearing topless at a historic site in the capital protesting the treatment of gays.

The Interior Ministry issued a statement Tuesday saying the French citizens had been expelled and were banned from the country after "filming an obscene sequence" offensive to Moroccan society.

The women appeared at the Tour Hassan site in Rabat which features a half-built...

June 2, 2015 - 2:13pm
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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's Prince Ali bin al-Hussein says Sepp Blatter's resignation as FIFA's president was "the right move."

Prince Ali made the comments to CNN on Tuesday night, just after Blatter announced in Zurich that he will resign from soccer's governing body amid a widening corruption scandal.

He said: "I think that it is the right move from Sepp Blatter and I think we have to look to the future."

Prince Ali...

June 2, 2015 - 2:05pm
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says at least 25 Iraqi tourists died after their bus careened into a river valley in a mountainous part of Iran.

The report quotes Mahdi Valipour, a local Red Crescent official, as saying 15 passengers were injured and that others may have been swept away by the river.

The accident happened late Tuesday on a road linking the northern city of Karaj to a tourism destination on the Caspian Sea....

June 2, 2015 - 1:34pm
2 min 33 sec ago

ZURICH (AP) — Text of statement Tuesday by Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA's audit and compliance committee, following Sepp Blatter's announcement that he will step down as FIFA president:


Before I begin, I would like to thank the President. The decision that he has made today was difficult and courageous. In the current circumstances, this is the most responsible way to ensure an orderly transition. I know that he has truly acted with the best...

June 2, 2015 - 1:26pm
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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say Saudi-led airstrikes have for the first time hit the rebel-held General Army Command building in the center of the capital, Sanaa.

They say strikes also hit rebel areas outside Sanaa and in the Arish part of the southern city of Aden on Tuesday, as well as several locations in the city of Taiz, including the command center of the 25th Mechanized Brigade.

They say airstrikes targeted several gatherings...

June 2, 2015 - 1:25pm
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BERLIN (AP) — The office of German ex-chancellor Helmut Kohl says he has had to spend longer than anticipated in a hospital following a hip operation and that he is doing well.

Following widespread German media speculation Tuesday that the 85-year-old Kohl was in critical condition in intensive care, his office says "Dr. Helmut Kohl is doing well under the circumstances."

His office says Kohl had a hip operation May 8 and then needed a second...

June 2, 2015 - 1:18pm
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ZURICH (AP) — Text of statement by Sepp Blatter on Tuesday announcing he will step down as FIFA president:


I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the 40 years in which my life has been inextricably bound to FIFA and the great sport of football. I cherish FIFA more than anything and I want to do only what is best for FIFA and for football. I felt compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed that this was the best thing...

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