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July 5, 2015 - 3:46am
7 min 39 sec ago

ROME (AP) — Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:


9:30 a.m.

Pope Francis is in the air, heading to his native continent of South America on a nine-day pastoral pilgrimage.

The Alitalia plane flying Francis and his entourage to Quito, Ecuador, left Rome on Sunday at 9:15 a.m. (0715 GMT). The Argentine-born pope will also visit Bolivia and Paraguay. He returns to Rome on...

July 5, 2015 - 12:28am
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's leader is facing the risk of a criminal charge over allegations that millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts.

The attorney general confirmed late Saturday he has received documents from an official investigation that made the link between Prime Minister Najib Razak and the investment fund 1MDB. The existence of the documents was first reported by the Asian Wall Street Journal on...

July 5, 2015 - 12:06am
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest from the referendum in Greece (all times local):


11:20 a.m.

Which will help Greece more — voting "yes" or "no" to accepting more austerity demands from creditors?

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says a "no" vote would strengthen his hand to negotiate a better deal.

But proponents of a "yes" vote, including a parade of former prime ministers and the...

July 5, 2015 - 12:04am
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Polling stations have opened and Greek voters are starting to cast ballots in the closely watched bailout referendum that has divided the nation.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is gambling the future of his 5-month-old left-wing government on Sunday's snap poll. He insists a "no" vote would strengthen his hand to negotiate a better deal with the country's creditors, and a "yes" would be a capitulation to their harsh demands.

July 4, 2015 - 10:17pm
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BEIJING (AP) — Officials say a shoe factory has collapsed in eastern China during a weekend shift, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 30.

The collapse happened Saturday afternoon in the Zhejiang Province city of Wenling. The city government says on its official microblog that 42 people were pulled from the rubble and sent to a hospital where nine of them died.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

July 4, 2015 - 9:27pm
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's crucial austerity referendum is only hours away.

Greeks are contemplating how their vote on Sunday will shape their future and the impact a "yes" or "no" will have on the country's youth.

Opinion polls suggest Greeks are evenly split on whether to accept creditors' proposals for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans, or defiantly reject the deal and send the message that they're simply fed up with years of harsh...

July 4, 2015 - 8:23pm
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BERLIN (AP) — FIFA president Sepp Blatter says in a newspaper interview that French and German presidents applied political pressure before the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively.

Blatter tells German Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag that "there were two political interventions" from former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and German counterpart Christian Wulff before the decision was taken to award the tournaments on Dec. 2, 2010....

July 4, 2015 - 4:19pm
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BERLIN (AP) — The upstart Alternative for Germany party has replaced its euroskeptic leader with a conservative from the east who wants to place greater emphasis on immigration.

A majority of AfD members backed Frauke Petry in the leadership vote Saturday against Bernd Lucke, who led the party during its successful bids in the past two years to enter the European Parliament and five German state assemblies.

Petry, a 40-year-old businesswoman who...

July 4, 2015 - 4:11pm
7 min 39 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — A video has been posted online purporting to show Islamic State fighters killing some 25 Syrian government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria.

The video released Saturday showed the soldiers being taken in pickup trucks from the town's notorious Tadmur prison to the amphitheater. At the theater, they are shot dead by young IS members armed with pistols. Hundreds of people were seen watching the killings.

The video...

July 4, 2015 - 3:35pm
47 min 40 sec ago

VIENNA (AP) — Diplomats tell The Associated Press that technical experts from six world powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.

The document still must be approved by senior officials of the seven nations at the table, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The foreign ministers of the five other...

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