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Turkish President Erdogan claims victory, expanded powers in dual elections

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:15:00 GMT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared to win broadly expanded powers Sunday, as unofficial election results showed him garnering enough support to avoid a runoff -- although the opposition warned results were incomplete.

Sources: Salah considering retiring from national team

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:29:13 GMT

Mohamed Salah told Egypt team officials and teammates that he is considering retiring from international play because he is angry about being used as a political symbol while the World Cup squad was based in Chechnya, two people close to the player told The Associated Press Sunday.

Italy declines aid ship help, hands migrant rescue to Libya

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:35:16 GMT

The Italian government stepped up its efforts to discourage migration Sunday by telling a Spanish aid group it didn't need help rescuing 1,000 migrants from six dinghies because it had passed responsibility for the Mediterranean Sea mission to Libya's coast guard.

Messi birthday overshadowed by Argentina's World Cup crisis

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:34:06 GMT

In any other context, the gesture would have gone unnoticed: Lionel Messi received birthday greetings from Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli.

Switzerland awaits FIFA judgment on 'provocative' gestures

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:10:20 GMT

Despite goal celebrations seen as inflaming political tensions with Serbia, the head of Switzerland's soccer federation said Sunday he doesn't expect FIFA to suspend his players.

Jews, Muslims in Berlin team up on bike rides against hatred

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 17:56:00 GMT

Some 25 Jews and Muslims teamed up on tandem bicycle rides through the German capital on Sunday in a protest against growing anti-Semitism and attacks on Muslims in the country.

Top Mexico presidential candidate vows to undo school reform

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:19:44 GMT

It was a signature achievement by the government that took over Mexico five years ago: educational reforms aimed at improving schools, rooting out incompetent teachers and breaking the grip of unions on hiring and firing them.

Syrian troops advance in their offensive in country's south

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:55:11 GMT

Syrian government forces advanced deeper into the southern province of Daraa Sunday under the cover of airstrikes, entering new villages amid reports that the U.S. has told rebels not to expect an American intervention to defend them from the army's offensive.

EU leaders back Africa, Balkans migrant reception centers

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:04:21 GMT

Several European Union leaders on Sunday backed plans to screen migrants in North Africa and the Balkans to see whether they are eligible for asylum, as tensions over how best to handle the arrivals of thousands of people threatens to undermine the bloc's unity.

Serbia FA complains of 'biased' referee in Switzerland match

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 14:50:26 GMT

A day after being put under investigation by FIFA for complaining about the refereeing of their 2-1 World Cup defeat by Switzerland and misbehavior by fans, Serbia's football association has filed an official complaint with the sport's governing body alleging "biased officiating" by referee Feliz Brych.

'Free like a bird': Saudi women start driving as longstanding ban ends

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:35:00 GMT

Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their country and steering their way through busy city streets just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted on Sunday.

Explosion destroys building in Germany; 25 injured

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:00:00 GMT

Twenty-five people were injured, four severely, when an explosion ripped through an apartment building in Germany, police said.

Priest suspended after viral video shows him slapping baby during baptism

Sat, 23 Jun 2018 17:30:00 GMT

Father Jacques Lacroix, a French priest, has been suspended from all baptism and marriage celebrations following a viral video of him slapping a baby across the face during a baptism.

Cocaine found in World Cup trophy replicas in Argentina

Sat, 23 Jun 2018 17:28:00 GMT

Some Argentines are taking advantage of World Cup fervor.

Syria army widens offensive on rebel-held areas in southwest

Sat, 23 Jun 2018 15:48:18 GMT

Syrian government troops advanced on rebel-held areas in the country's southwestern region amid intense clashes Saturday, state media and opposition activists said, in a widening offensive that has shattered a U.S.-backed truce.

Spain rescues 569 migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Africa

Sat, 23 Jun 2018 15:00:00 GMT

Spain has announced it has rescued 569 migrants crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa by boat.

Pakistani Taliban choose new chief in place of Fazlullah

Sat, 23 Jun 2018 14:31:31 GMT

Pakistani Taliban militants chose a religious scholar as their new chief in place of Mullah Fazlullah, the insurgent leader who ordered the assassination of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and was killed earlier this month in a U.S. drone strike.

Thousands march in London to demand new EU vote on second anniversary of Brexit

Sat, 23 Jun 2018 14:15:00 GMT

Thousands of protesters descended on London on Saturday to demand a new referendum on leaving the European Union, as Britain marked the second anniversary of its historic Brexit vote.

Egypt-Saudi spat provides backdrop to their World Cup clash

Sat, 23 Jun 2018 14:03:53 GMT

In theory, it's an inconsequential match between two teams already eliminated from the World Cup.

Chechnya leader grants Salah honorary citizenship

Sat, 23 Jun 2018 14:00:11 GMT

Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov has granted honorary citizenship to striker Mohamed Salah at a banquet held to say goodbye to Egypt's World Cup squad.


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