• Blatter seeks re-election as scandal engulfs FIFA

    By Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - The embattled head of world soccer, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, is expected to be re-elected on Friday despite growing calls for his resignation amid a corruption scandal that has engulfed the sport's governing body. At a meeting in Zurich…

  • China land reclamation in South China Sea creates 'new facts': U.S.

    By David Alexander ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in Washington's latest challenge of Chinese land reclamation in the South China Sea, said the scale of Beijing's activities, not the United States, was altering the status quo in the region. Carter,…

  • Cameron seeks to court Merkel in bid to reshape Britain's EU ties

    By William James BERLIN (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday in an attempt to gauge how far Berlin will go to keep the world's fifth-largest economy inside the European Union ahead of a referendum on membership. Cameron's post-election…

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  • Iraq's Sunni-Shiite divide: Does US experience show how it can be bridged?

    A tempest in Iraq over a military operation’s name might have been a small thing, but to some regional experts, it offers a measure of the deepening divide between the country’s Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities. On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi officially renamed the military…

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  • In Nebraska vote, sign of broader conservative backlash to death penalty

    Conservative principles are “very close to my heart,” says Marc Hyden, a Republican activist and former National Rifle Association field worker. Mr. Hyden recognizes that conservative firebrands like himself are not usually at the vanguard of efforts to end capital punishment. Indeed, though 3…

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  • In Islamic State fight, radically changed Pentagon view of civilian casualties

    As the Islamic State continues its march across Iraq and Syria, so, too, has come the blame game. It runs along the lines that the US military should be doing more to help its Iraqi and Syrian allies in the region fight the Islamic State. Specifically, the US has reportedly declined to bomb…

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  • Why the EPA wants to amend the Clean Water Act

    The Obama administration is looking to clarify the "water" in the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency released the finalized version of a new rule designed to address confusion over which streams and wetlands can be regulated under the landmark 1972 environmental legislation. At…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • 16 Richest Women In The World [2015 List Released]

    You won't believe the women who made this year's list!

  • Cyprus police probe Israel link in ammonium nitrate haul -media

    Cypriot police suspect a man they arrested this week of planning an attack on Israeli interests on the island after they found almost two tonnes of ammonium nitrate in his basement, local newspapers reported on Friday. Ammonium nitrate is a fertilizer but in large quantities can be mixed with…

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  • Nigeria's Buhari: from coup leader to 'converted democrat'

    Muhammadu Buhari, who is being sworn in on Friday as Nigeria's new president, is a one-time coup leader who once ruled Africa's most populous nation with an iron fist. "For him to succeed in tackling these knotty problems, he will need to behave like a dictator in spite of the constitution, ignore…

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  • Muhammadu Buhari takes over Nigeria in crisis

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians celebrated their newly reinforced democracy Friday, dancing and singing songs and praises at the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari, the first candidate to beat a sitting president at the polls.

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  • Vatican's anti-money laundering norms taking hold

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's financial watchdog agency said Friday it received 147 reports of suspicious financial transactions last year, a sign that tough new anti-money laundering norms are taking hold at its scandal-marred bank.

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  • Britain's Cameron in Poland, seeking support on EU reform

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron pressed his case for renegotiating his country's relationship with the European Union Friday in Poland, with the Polish prime minister expressing resistance to any changes that would limit the rights of the many Polish migrants living in…

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  • Crusaders beat Hurricanes 35-18 in Super Rugby

    Seven-time champions the Crusaders beat the Hurricanes 35-18 in Super Rugby Friday, keeping their slim playoffs hope alive and forcing the top-ranked Hurricanes to sweat for another week on the prospect of a home playoff.

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  • Nigeria's Buhari to be sworn in after historic election win

    Muhammadu Buhari becomes Nigeria's new head of state on Friday in a ceremony mixing military pomp with cultural tradition after he won the first opposition victory over a sitting president in the nation's history. In the grandstands were African heads of state, including South Africa's Jacob Zuma…

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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

    KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — When the Taliban descended a month ago on Dam Shakh, a hamlet on the wheat-growing plains of northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province, nobody was prepared. "They turned up suddenly and took us completely by surprise," said resident Ghulam Sakhi of the night of April 24 when…

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  • Blatter says vote for Russia, Qatar the root of FIFA crisis

    ZURICH (AP) — The worst corruption crisis in soccer history stems from the governing body's decision to award Russia and Qatar the next two World Cup tournaments, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday.

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