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  • EU to speed up deportations to tackle migrant crisis

    European Union nations agreed on Thursday to speed up the deportation of failed asylum seekers as they took a harder line toward tackling the worst migration crisis since World War II. Interior ministers from the 28-nation bloc endorsed a dedicated programme to send back those they described as…

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  • Africa bishops feel left out of Church synod: archbishop

    African cardinals and bishops taking part in a global Church summit on the family at the Vatican have complained it is Euro-centric, with not enough attention paid to issues that concern their parishes. Archbishop of Accra Charles Palmer-Buckle told a press briefing Thursday that the working…

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  • Home stars Lin, Hung take lead in Taiwan's Yeangder tournament

    Taipei (AFP) - Taiwan hopeful Lin Wen-tang fired a sizzling five-under-par 67 to share the opening round lead with countryman Hung Chun-kang Thursday at the $500,000 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship.

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  • South Africa takes series 2-0 after final T20 game abandoned

    KOLKATA, India (AP) — The third and final Twenty20 International between India and South Africa was abandoned on Thursday without a ball being bowled after rain rendered the outfield unfit for play.

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  • Practicing in a car park: WCup qualifying for Somalia's team

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — While revelations swirl of FIFA executives in expensive suits taking millions in bribes to award money-spinning World Cups, some of the poorest teams face near-impossible challenges to make it to soccer's biggest tournament, and try their hearts out anyway.

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  • Merkel, Zerai, Pope Francis all in Nobel Peace Prize buzz

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Europe's record-breaking refugee crisis was a hot topic ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize announcement on Friday, but a Saudi blogger, a pope who reveres the Earth and its poorest people and the key players in the Iranian nuclear deal were also generating buzz.

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  • Australia, Wales each pick 2 opensides for Pool A decider

    LONDON (AP) — Sean McMahon replaced suspended flanker Michael Hooper in a like-for-like selection for Australia that will ensure the battle at the breakdown will be the key to the Rugby World Cup Pool A decider against Wales.

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  • FIFA suspends Blatter and Platini

    FIFA's ethics watchdog on Thursday suspended the two most powerful men in football, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, for 90 days in a sensational new blow to the sport's scandal-tainted governing body. Secretary-general Jerome Valcke was also suspended for 90 days while South Korean tycoon Chung…

  • ICC: Prosecutor seeks to open investigation into Georgia war

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court says a prosecutor wants to open an investigation into the 2008 war between Georgia and Russia, which would be the tribunal's first full-scale probe outside Africa.

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  • U.S. keeps outlook for strong El Nino through Northern Hemisphere winter

    A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday maintained its outlook for strong El Niño conditions as likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere into 2016, potentially roiling global crops and commodities prices. The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) again…

  • ICC prosecutor seeking probe into 2008 Russia-Georgia war

    The prosecutor for the world's only permanent war crimes court Thursday called for an inquiry to be opened into alleged abuses during a swift but brutal 2008 conflict between Georgia and Russia. If the surprise request from prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is accepted, it would be the first such…

  • Scotland's injury problems clear up for Samoa in RWC

    NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Scotland's injury problems cleared up ahead of the crunch Rugby World Cup game against Samoa, allowing flyhalf Finn Russell, fullback Stuart Hogg, and flanker John Hardie to return to the starting team on Thursday.

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  • Failure to pay soldiers threatens Somalia’s war on Islamists

    By Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somalia's inability to pay and even feed its soldiers threatens to undermine years of hard-won military gains against Islamist al Shabaab rebels, with corruption sapping morale and weakening the army in the war against the militants. The non-payment of…

  • Regional bloc: South Sudan factions violated truce 53 times

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African regional body overseeing the mediations to end South Sudan's conflict says the two warring sides have violated cease-fire agreements 53 times in 19 months.

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  • Americans jump out to another lead in Presidents Cup

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The Presidents Cup wasn't an hour old when Nick Price looked at the scoreboard and had that sinking feeling.

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  • Wales ring changes for Australia World Cup pool decider

    Wales coach Warren Gatland made six changes, including moving powerhouse wing George North to centre in one of two positional switches, when he named his side to play Australia in this weekend's World Cup Pool A decider at Twickenham. New Zealand-born Gareth Anscombe is set for his first Test…

  • Meyer just happy to avoid Japan in Rugby World Cup quarter-finals

    South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer does not care which side the Springboks play in the World Cup quarter-finals, as long as it is not Japan. Bryan Habana's hat-trick of tries helped his side to a 64-0 rout of the United States on Wednesday so that the 1995 and 2007 world champions can more…