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  • THE LATEST: Putin accuses US of meddling in FIFA affairs

    ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments: 11:30 a.m. (0930 GMT, 5:30 a.m. EDT) Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States is meddling in FIFA’s affairs in an attempt to take the 2018…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT

    Swiss prosecutors say FIFA raids coordinated with US for maximum effect BERN, Switzerland (AP) — For months, American and Swiss investigators worked in secret to prepare for the raids that would shake the soccer world.…

  • Greece aims to have bailout deal by Sunday

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece says it aims to clinch by Sunday a deal with creditors to get more rescue loans. Government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis told reporters at a briefing on Thursday that “we are…

  • Turkey revokes journalist’s honor over Erdogan criticism

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish city has canceled plans to bestow a rare honor on a former New York Times journalist because of an article in which he criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Stephen…

  • Chinese leader calls for innovation as economic growth slows

    BEIJING (AP) — Rapturous crowds. Beaming workers. Pep talks for the troops. The TV coverage Thursday of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to an eastern province was a tour de force of Communist propaganda,…

  • China’s Hanergy under investigation by Hong Kong regulator

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong regulators said Thursday they’re investigating a leading Chinese solar panel maker owned by billionaire Li Hejun after its shares took a sudden and unexplained plunge. The Securities and Futures…

  • EU nations, parliament reach deal on major investment plan

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations and legislators have reached a deal in principle to create a fund that could generate up to 315 billion euros ($345 billion) in private- and public-sector investment to upgrade…

  • Etihad Airways profit jumps by over half to $73 million

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates’ fast-growing national carrier, says its profit rose by more than half to $73 million last year as it boosted sales by carrying more…

  • Christian schools in Israel say budget cuts hurt community

    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…

  • Global stocks down as Shanghai sinks, Greece deadline looms

    TOKYO (AP) — Chinese shares dived Thursday after big gains in the past three months and other global stock markets were mostly lower as a deadline neared for cash-starved Greece to make a debt payment.…

  • Norway oil fund to slash coal investments

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway’s parliamentary parties have agreed that the country’s $900 billion sovereign wealth fund should stop investing in coal companies because of their impact on climate change. Under new rules to be presented…

  • After complaints, Chinese hotelier gets his government’s ear

    BEIJING (AP) — In the wee hours of a March morning, a Chinese hotelier wrote a 5,000-word open letter to his country’s premier and posted it on social media. The delicate topic: how local regulators…

  • Premier: Serbia ready to reduce dependency on Russian gas

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says his country will accept U.S. calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas supplies by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from…

  • White House Brief: Things to know about George Pataki

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to say Thursday whether he’s running for the Republican presidential nomination. Here’s a snapshot of things to know about him. ___ THE BRIEF Lanky…

  • Jeb Bush and corporate boardrooms: 15 cases

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeb Bush served on the board of directors or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits since leaving office as Florida governor in early 2007. Here are the 15,…