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Man convicted of escaping ICE custody at NYC airport

Jun. 22, 2018 9:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Senegalese man has been convicted of escaping from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in New York's Kennedy International Airport. A jury in federal court in Brooklyn deliberated for about two hours on Friday before finding Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke guilty of the misdemeanor....

The Latest: Germany, Mexico, Belgium headline Saturday games

Jun. 22, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:13 a.m. Will Germany follow Brazil's lead in righting the ship after a rocky World Cup start, or will the defending champ find itself keeping company with Argentina, needing help if it hopes to advance? The World Cup could take...

Who's in and who's out at the World Cup

Jun. 22, 2018 4:57 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Who's in, who's out and possible scenarios at the World Cup: GROUP A Russia and Uruguay have clinched berths in the round of 16, and play each other Monday to determine who wins the group. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been eliminated. GROUP B Morocco has been eliminated, leaving Portugal and...

Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland

Jun. 22, 2018 3:38 PM EDT

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year's World Cup, and gave Argentina a gift. Musa scored two second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Iceland 2-0 Friday and move into second place in the group behind already-qualified Croatia. Nigeria will face Argentina in its...

The Latest: Musa gives Nigeria 1-0 lead vs Iceland

Jun. 22, 2018 12:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 7:08 p.m. Ahmed Musa has scored in the 49th minute to give Nigeria a 1-0 lead against Iceland at the World Cup. Musa's half-volley came after a quick Nigeria counter attack which started in its own area. Victor Moses crossed from the...

Italy vows to expel far more migrants, but it won't be easy

Jun. 22, 2018 11:41 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Barely a week in office, Italy's populist interior minister lost no time in bringing home his message: His government will make good on a campaign pledge to swiftly deport 100,000 migrants from the Mediterranean nation. Standing next to two bus drivers who were allegedly assaulted by four...

Falcao vs Lewandowski in must-win World Cup contest

Jun. 22, 2018 7:25 AM EDT

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — After missing out on the World Cup four years ago because of an injury, Radamel Falcao is now in danger of being out of title contention after only two matches at the sport's marquee tournament. Colombia's all-time leading scorer and his teammates are taking on Poland's all-time...

Brazil and Neymar try to bounce back from World Cup draw

Jun. 22, 2018 6:47 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The most decorated team in soccer plays on the same day as the newest stars on the international stage as Brazil and Iceland both hit the pitch Friday in group stage of the World Cup. Brazil opened Group E play with a 1-1 tie against Switzerland in a disappointing tournament opener for one of...

Senegal, Japan: underdogs aiming for a round of 16 spot

Jun. 22, 2018 6:19 AM EDT

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Senegal and Japan have been part of the uprising of the underdogs at this World Cup, in the mix among the lower-ranked teams that are surprisingly taking points from the favorites. Defying expectations, Japan beat Colombia 2-1 in its opening match to become the first team from...

US imposes visa bans on several unnamed Congo officials

Jun. 22, 2018 5:43 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United States has announced visa bans on several senior Congolese officials and family members for their involvement in "significant corruption" related to Congo's electoral process. The State Department says it is not obligated to publicly reveal the identities of those targeted,...