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German national soccer players Tonis Kroos, from left, Miroslav Klose, head coach Joachim Loew and captain Philipp Lahm challenge for the ball during a training session in Santo Andre near Porto Seguro, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. Germany play in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

No deal to draw, say Germany and US before game

PORTO SEGURO, Brazil (AP) — There won’t be friendly phone calls, there won’t be any dirty deals. That’s the promise from both sides ahead of Germany’s final Group G match against the United States. A […]

06/24/2014

FILE - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference in midtown Manhattan, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in New York. For years, Iran has been an archenemy of the United States. Now, with alliances blurred in the Mideast, the two countries are talking about how to stop an offensive in Iraq by al-Qaida-inspired insurgents. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

US, Iran, longtime enemies, now potential partners

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the fog of diplomacy. For years, Iran has been an archenemy of the United States. Now, with alliances blurred in the Mideast, the two countries are talking about how to stop […]

06/21/2014

US and Israel flags

Israeli push for visa-free travel to US faces test

WASHINGTON (AP) — A campaign to allow Israelis to enter the United States without a visa is gaining steam in Congress, but is still running into a brick wall with the Obama administration over the […]

04/25/2014

Afghan men line up for the registration process before they cast their votes at a polling station in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 5, 2014. Afghans flocked to polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation's first democratic transfer of power. The vote will decide who will replace President Hamid Karzai, who is barred constitutionally from seeking a third term. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

Obama praises Afghans on presidential election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday that Afghanistan’s presidential election marks another milestone in the effort by the Afghan people to take full responsibility for their country as the United States and its […]

04/05/2014

In this July, 2013 photo, military trucks carry Rodong missiles during a military parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea.  (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

North Korea fires 2 missiles as its rivals meet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday, South Korea and the U.S. said, a defiant challenge to a rare three-way summit of its rivals Seoul, Tokyo and Washington […]

03/25/2014

The sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

China demands answers from US over spying claims

BERLIN (AP) – China is demanding an explanation from Washington over allegations that a U.S. intelligence agency hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei and targeted top Chinese officials and government institutions. […]

03/24/2014

Pro-Putin demonstrators hold posters reading "Crimea is Russian land!" as they gather towards to Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014. ”(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russian oil exec defiant in face of sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) – The chief executive of Russia’s largest oil company and a close ally of President Vladimir Putin has spoken defiantly of possible sanctions by Western powers against him, threatening to move business elsewhere. […]

03/18/2014

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk across the tarmac following their arrival on Marine One helicopter at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., to begin their weekend vacation. White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended Obama's trip to Key Largo, despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, arguing Obama would be able to monitor events from Florida. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

4 nations urge US gas exports amid Ukraine crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Central European nations are urging the United States to boost natural gas exports to Europe as a hedge against the possibility that Russia could cut off its supply of gas to […]

03/08/2014

President Barack Obama arrives to speak about Ukraine in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Obama's statement comes as his administration is expressing growing concern over Russian intentions in Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a blunt warning Friday to Moscow against military moves in the country's southern Crimea region that could further inflame tensions. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

US calls on Russia to withdraw forces from Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine by pulling his forces back to bases in the country’s Crimean region and to refrain from […]

03/01/2014

Abortion opponents (AP Photo)

Report: US abortion rate at lowest since 1973

A new report says the U.S. abortion rate has declined to its lowest level since 1973, and the number of abortions fell by 13 percent between 2008 and 2011. Those are the key findings in […]

02/02/2014

In a Sunday, March 5, 2006, file photo, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman poses with the Oscar he won for best actor for his work in "Capote" at the 78th Academy Awards, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NYC apartment

NEW YORK (AP) — Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in “Capote” and created a gallery of other vivid characters, many of […]

02/02/2014

Keystone Pipeline Project

Keystone XL foes undaunted by State Dept. report

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — With yet another obstacle removed for the Keystone XL pipeline, opponents were pressing forward with a lawsuit to challenge the project, public protests and an effort to inject the issue into […]

02/01/2014

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