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AP Interview: France warns climate change threatens security
PARIS (AP) -- France's influential Environment Minister Segolene Royal says climate change threatens global security - adopting an unusually hawkish stance as she heads to the U.S. to push for a global deal on reducing emissions....

Child sex abuse claims shake UN as revelations continue
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The boys said they approached the French soldiers because they were hungry. Some were so young they didn't quite understand the acts the soldiers demanded in return. One boy, 8 or 9 years old, said he did it several times to the same soldier, "until one day an older kid saw him and told him what he was doing was bad."...

North Korean ex-POWs hope to return home before they die
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- After the Korean War ended in 1953, Kim Myeong Bok and 75 other North Korean prisoners of war detained in South Korea opted to live abroad rather than risk hostile welcomes in either half of their homeland. Now he wants to come home, though he may find little more than rejection and suspicion....

Victims of FIFA's scandal: small clubs, youth, local leagues
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The accused in the FIFA scandal are easy to spot: globe-trotting executives charged with diverting millions meant to build the game to their personal accounts. Those who feel victimized aren't as obvious: Youth players with hand-me-down equipment, semi-pro clubs that can't afford to travel and developmental leagues that can't pay referees....

McCain: US should allow sale of defensive weapons to Vietnam
SINGAPORE (AP) -- America needs to provide Vietnam with more defensive weapons, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday as tensions in the Asia Pacific region heightened over China's expanding land reclamation projects in the South China Sea....

THE LATEST: Europe, US are likely bidders for 2026 World Cup
ZURICH (AP) -- The latest developments concerning FIFA:...

Egypt frees Egyptian-American sentenced to life in prison
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian authorities freed an Egyptian-American on Saturday who was sentenced to life in prison and had been on hunger strike for over a year, forcing him to renounce his Egyptian citizenship as a precondition of his release....

After Pakistan bus attack, worry an insurgency growing worse
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- As hundreds of mourners on Saturday protested the killing of 22 people in deadly bus hijackings in western Pakistan, the assaults raised new fears that a long-simmering insurgency there could be growing more violent....

Activists say Syrian army strikes kill 70 people in Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian army airstrikes killed at least 70 people, most of them civilians, and wounded scores in attacks Saturday in the northern province of Aleppo that struck civilian areas, including a packed market in a town held by the Islamic State group, activists said....

Powerful quake strikes off Japan; no tsunami warning
TOKYO (AP) -- A powerful earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands and shook most of the country Saturday evening, but it occurred well beneath the earth's surface and did not trigger a tsunami warning. Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and there were no reports of major damage....

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Powerful quake strikes off Japan; no tsunami warning

US, Iran accelerate nuclear talks a month before deadline

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Puerto Rico governor signs law raising sales tax to 11.5 pct

Middle East
Activists say Syrian army strikes kill 70 people in Aleppo