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AP Top International News At 2:22 p.m. EDT

THE LATEST: UEFA chief Platini defiant despite Blatter win
ZURICH (AP) -- The latest on FIFA developments:...

Sepp Blatter wins re-election as FIFA president
ZURICH (AP) -- Sepp Blatter was re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term on Friday, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption....

Muhammadu Buhari takes over Nigeria in crisis
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerians celebrated their newly reinforced democracy Friday, dancing, singing praises and releasing white doves as Muhammadu Buhari, the first candidate to beat a sitting president at the polls, became their president....

IS claims suicide bombing on Shiite mosque in Saudi, 4 dead
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers, killing four people in the second such attack in as many weeks claimed by the Islamic State group....

Cuba removed from US terror list
HAVANA (AP) -- The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes....

Chinese weaponry spotted on artificial island, US says
SINGAPORE (AP) -- U.S. surveillance detected two large artillery vehicles on one of the artificial islands that China is creating in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Friday, heightening concerns that Beijing could use the land reclamation projects for military purposes....

Death toll from Baghdad hotel bombings rises to 15
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The death toll from car bombs that targeted two prominent hotels in Baghdad a day earlier rose to 15 people, with another 42 wounded, Iraqi officials said Friday, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack....

Kicking the plastic: Senegal among latest to ban flimsy bags
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- At a market in Senegal's capital, the sandy paths are strewn with them. They blow around like feathers in Dakar's coastal breezes, piling up alongside buildings on city streets and clogging canals....

No major breakthrough at meeting on Asian boat people crisis
BANGKOK (AP) -- A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended Friday with no major breakthroughs, as Myanmar criticized those blaming it for fueling the crisis and warned that "finger pointing" would not help....

AP Exclusive: UN rights staff fear for jobs amid abuse case
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N.'s mishandling of child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body's human rights chief obtained by The Associated Press....

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AP Exclusive: UN rights staff fear for jobs amid abuse case

Asia
Chinese weaponry spotted on artificial island, US says

Europe
Experts urge Hungary to probe domestic human trafficking

Latin America/Caribbean
Ex-Guatemala vice president's properties raided amid scandal

Middle East
IS claims suicide bombing on Shiite mosque in Saudi, 4 dead