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Argentina's gutsy World Cup team is welcomed home

Jul 14, 2014

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's national team was welcomed home on Monday by thousands of fans celebrating its gutsy performance in the World Cup final.

The team arrived in Buenos Aires in the morning in a plane painted with images of the players ...

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Pakistani teen seeks release of Nigerian girls

Jul 14, 2014

By LEKAN OYEKANMI and MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012, marked her 17th birthday Monday with a visit to Nigeria and urged Islamic extremists to free the 219 schoolgirls who were kidnapped ...

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A tale of 2 markets: Argentina sinks, Germany up

Jul 14, 2014

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — It's not just Argentine soccer fans who woke up depressed following their nation's 1-0 defeat to Germany in the World Cup final. Traders in Buenos Aires were also feeling blue.

Argentina's main Merval index was down 0.6 percent in early afternoon trading ...

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Church of England votes in favor of women bishops

Jul 14, 2014

By MATTHEW KNIGHT, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — The Church of England voted Monday to allow women to enter its top ranks as bishops after years of bitter debates which at times threatened the stature of the state church in British society.

The church's national assembly, known as the General ...

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UN mission evacuates from Libya

Jul 14, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations mission in Libya said on Monday it is withdrawing its staff from Libya "temporarily" because of deteriorating security after deadly militia clashes over control of Tripoli International Airport.

In a statement posted on its official website, the United Nations ...

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For Bastille Day, France commemorates World War I

Jul 14, 2014

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — Soldiers carrying the flags of 76 countries marched Monday down the Champs-Elysees in Paris, as France's traditional Bastille Day military parade commemorated the centenary of World War I.

France invited all countries that were involved on the ...

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Blatter: FIFA must do more against racism

Jul 14, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter has criticized the way discrimination incidents were dealt with at World Cup matches.

Blatter says "I am not at all happy with the way we fought against racism."

The FIFA president says he spoke with Russia's President Vladimir Putin at Sunday's ...

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Egypt: Mubarak party leaders can run for elections

Jul 14, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court ruled Monday that leaders of the former ruling party of ousted President Hosni Mubarak will not be barred from running for elections, opening the door for old regime figures to return to the country's stifled political scene.

The decision by the Cairo Appeals ...

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Corruption sentence for Greek city's ex-mayor cut

Jul 14, 2014

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A Greek court has reduced the prison sentence for the former mayor of the country's second largest city, finding him guilty of embezzling more than €17 million ($23 million) in city funds.

On appeal, the Thessaloniki court on Monday reduced the sentence from life to 12 ...

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Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer dies

Jul 14, 2014

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nadine Gordimer, a South African author who won the Nobel Prize for novels that explored the cost of racial conflict in apartheid-era South Africa, has died at the age of 90, her family said Monday.

Gordimer, who won the literature prize in ...

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Ukraine says plane shot down by rocket from Russia

Jul 14, 2014

By PETER LEONARD, Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's Defense Minister says a military plane has been shot down along the country's eastern border with Russia.

Rebels in conflict-wracked eastern Ukraine claimed responsibility for downing the Antonov-26 but Defense Minister Valeriy ...

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Shipwrecked Concordia floated for tow to Genova

Jul 14, 2014

By ANNALISA CAMILLI, Associated Press

GIGLIO, Italy (AP) — The shipwrecked Costa Concordia was successfully refloated Monday in preparation to be towed away for scrapping, 30 months after it struck a reef and capsized, killing 32 people.

Authorities expressed satisfaction that the operation to ...

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Clashes on Syria-Lebanon border kill several

Jul 14, 2014

By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian Red Crescent trucks loaded with 1,000 food parcels crossed into a rebel-held Damascus suburb that has been besieged by government troops for more than two years as heavy clashes broke out between Syrian rebels and ...

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ECB's Draghi set for grilling as industry falters

Jul 14, 2014

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is likely to face a barrage of questions Monday from lawmakers asking what can be done to reduce the value of the euro amid further signs the recovery in the 18-country eurozone is faltering.

The ECB is coming ...

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Copter crash kills 2 Cambodian military generals

Jul 14, 2014

By SOPHENG CHEANG, Associated Press

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Two generals who led the helicopter unit of Cambodia's air force were killed in a crash Monday, along with two pilots, police said. Defense Minister Tea Banh, who rushed to the crash site in a muddy pond south of the capital, said a ...

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Cypriots file war crimes complaint against Turkey

Jul 14, 2014

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A group of Cypriots has filed a war crimes complaint against Turkey at the International Criminal Court over what they say is its policy of settling Cyprus' breakaway north with mainland Turks.

Cyprus split into a Turkish-speaking north and an internationally recognized ...

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Extremists bomb Nigeria bridge, limit base access

Jul 14, 2014

By HARUNA UMAR and MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists bombed a major bridge on a northeast Nigerian highway, further limiting access to base camps in the Sambisa Forest where scores of kidnapped girls are believed to be held captive, witnesses and ...

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Israel Says It's Downed Drone Along Southern Coast

Jul 14, 2014

By PETER ENAV, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it downed a drone on Monday along the country's southern coastline, the first time it encountered an unmanned aircraft since the campaign against Gaza Strip militants began last week.

The drone was launched from Gaza and ...

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Witty dealmaker Juncker to be EU's new CEO

Jul 14, 2014

By JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — The incoming leader of Europe's most powerful bureaucracy is a master of the backroom deal — and an outspoken and witty career politician who once advocated the right to lie in times of crisis.

Jean-Claude Juncker, who was prime minister of ...

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