• Top finance officials debate what's needed for global growth

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Officials from the Group of Seven rich democracies convened some of the world's best-known economists for a brainstorming session on how to keep the global upswing going. The meeting of finance ministers and central bank officials in Dresden is taking place...

  • EU border agency rescue effort moved closer to Libya

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's border agency said Thursday its ships are working closer to conflict-torn Libya than ever but will enter those potentially dangerous territorial waters only to rescue migrants in trouble. Around 75,000 migrants have been picked up trying to enter...

  • Germany shelves investigation of man in wartime massacre

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they've shelved their investigation of a 93-year-old former SS officer suspected of being part of a wartime massacre of civilians in Italy because he's no longer fit to stand trial. Hamburg prosecutors said Thursday that there was a "high...

  • Thai protest leaders get jail term for anti-government rally

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Six prominent protest leaders in Thailand were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for storming the prime minister's office compound during massive anti-government rallies in 2008 in part of the political turmoil that has plagued the country in the past decade. A...

  • Burundi: Catholic bishops withdraw support for elections

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — The Catholic Church in Burundi says it no longer supports the government's decision to hold elections next month amid political unrest over President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term. The Conference of Catholic Bishops of Burundi said in a statement Thursday...

  • 2022 World Cup host Qatar stays silent on FIFA probes

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar is keeping quiet about the American and Swiss raids that have rocked FIFA and thrown another unwelcome spotlight on the tiny Gulf nation's hosting of the 2022 World Cup. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which is organizing the...

  • Elephant numbers plunge in Mozambique because of poachers

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Poachers slaughtering elephants in Mozambique cut their population almost in half from 2009 to last year, but in Uganda, elephant numbers are increasing as a result of anti-poaching measures, according to aerial surveys. Poachers have slaughtered tens of thousands...

  • 12 schemes outlined by prosecutors in soccer indictment

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    The indictment of soccer officials and marketing and TV executives Wednesday alleges 12 schemes: SCHEME A — 1993, 1995 AND 1997 COPA AMERICAS Traffic Brazil purchased rights for the three tournaments in a deal worth $6.6 million. Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay, then president of the South...

  • Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn it could jump ship

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer's global governing body clean up its act, with Visa even warning it is prepared to jump ship. Coca-Cola also made it clear it is unhappy with the scandals...

  • Christian schools in Israel say budget cuts hurt community

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    RAMLE, Israel (AP) — It was an unlikely display of protesters: nuns cloaked in white, a black-clad priest clutching a golden scepter and dozens of Arab schoolchildren picketing outside the hulking headquarters of Israel's Education Ministry. Their message, raised high on large banners:...

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