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The Latest: Senegal, Japan are 2-2 after Honda scores

Jun. 24, 2018 12:44 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 7:35 p.m. It's 2-2 with 12 minutes to go in regulation after Keisuke Honda scored an equalizer for Japan to offset a goal from Senegal's Moussa Wague in the second half. Mbaye Niang back heeled a feed from Youssouf Sabaly and Wague...

Salah in better shape before Egypt's last World Cup match

Jun. 24, 2018 12:38 PM EDT

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Egypt striker Mohamed Salah's shoulder injury appeared Sunday to have significantly improved before the Pharaohs' last World Cup game against Saudi Arabia. The 26-year-old Liverpool player, however, didn't seem to be 100-percent fit during warmup drills in the team's final training...

Turkey: Erdogan leading presidential race

Jun. 24, 2018 12:29 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Early partial results in Turkey's presidential elections Sunday showed incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the lead, with challenger Muharrem Ince in second place. The high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections could consolidate Erdogan's grip on power or curtail his vast political...

Egypt extends its state of emergency for another 3 months

Jun. 24, 2018 12:20 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has extended its state of emergency for another three months. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's decision was published in the official gazette on Sunday. It should be approved by parliament within seven days and go into effect on July 14. Egypt has been under a state of emergency, after...

The Latest: Italy passes sea rescue of 1,000 to Libya

Jun. 24, 2018 12:17 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on immigration into Europe (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Italy's coast guard is responding a Spanish aid group's criticism of having its offer to help rescue some 1,000 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea declined, saying the responsibility for coordinating the rescue has been...

Kickoff: Spain, Portugal can't coast to World Cup 2nd round

Jun. 24, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Portugal and Spain opened up their World Cup campaigns with an entertaining draw. Now each team wants a routine victory to secure its place in the round of 16. The first day of simultaneous matches at the tournament includes Portugal playing Iran at the same time its neighbor and rival faces...

The Latest: French delegates to Turkish elections released

Jun. 24, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday (all times local): 7 p.m. The French Communist Party says that a delegation from its party, including a senator, which was in Turkey to observe the elections, has been released after being detained by Turkish...

EU leaders back Africa, Balkans migrant reception centers

Jun. 24, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The idea of screening Europe-bound asylum-seekers in North Africa and the Balkans gained support from several European Union leaders Sunday as tensions over how best to handle new arrivals threatened to undermine the bloc's unity. At emergency talks in Brussels, a group of 16 countries led...

Israel's El Al faces scrutiny after moving female passengers

Jun. 24, 2018 11:59 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli airline El Al is facing new allegations of discrimination after moving two female passengers under pressure from male ultra-Orthodox travelers who refused to sit next to women. In 2016, a similar case of discrimination was filed against the airline by a female passenger. Israel's...

Syrian troops advance in their offensive in country's south

Jun. 24, 2018 11:55 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces advanced deeper into the southern province of Daraa Sunday under the cover of airstrikes, entering new villages amid reports that the U.S. has told rebels not to expect an American intervention to defend them from the army's offensive. Syrian government forces have...