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The Latest: Kroos' late winner revives Germany hopes

Jun. 23, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Toni Kroos has revived Germany's World Cup hopes with a superb late strike in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win for the defending champions over Sweden. Kroos curled a right-foot shot from the left edge of...

Friendship between players has limits at World Cup

Jun. 23, 2018 1:28 PM EDT

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Even a great friendship between players who used to be at the same club has its limits when it comes to the World Cup. Senegal forward Sadio Mane can attest to that. The African team faces Japan in their second Group H game on Sunday in Yekaterinburg, and a defensive mainstay...

Colombia coach gives 4-point wish list for World Cup match

Jun. 23, 2018 12:03 PM EDT

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Colombia coach Jose Pekerman gave his wish list for the team's next match against Poland, most importantly keeping all 11 players on the pitch. In a disappointing 2-1 loss to Japan in Colombia's first match, the South Americans were reduced to 10 men and a goal behind in the opening...

Kickoff: Tiny Panama stands in way of England advancing

Jun. 23, 2018 10:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — For an England team that came to the World Cup with reduced expectations, things are setting up nicely. The younger, friendlier squad — a minor dust-up with the media notwithstanding — began with a 2-1 win over Tunisia on a late header by Harry Kane, who also scored the team's...

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

Jun. 23, 2018 7:51 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...

Ex-S. Korean premier Kim Jong-pil, spy agency founder, dies

Jun. 23, 2018 6:36 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Jong-pil, the founder of South Korea's spy agency whose political skills helped him also serve twice as prime minister, first under his dictator boss and later under a man his agency kidnapped, has died. He was 92. Kim was declared dead on arrival at Seoul's Soonchunhyang...

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...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Jun. 22, 2018 12:35 AM EDT

Muslims in Indonesia and India joined those around the world marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday that caps the fasting month of Ramadan. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping met for their third summit in recent months. The pomp and...

Final session for 90-year-old state lawmaker and WWII vet

Jun. 22, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bill Larkin spent 23 years in the U.S. Army before starting a second career in politics as a state lawmaker in the New York Legislature, arriving in 1979. Looking back, the 90-year-old Republican credits his successes in both endeavors to adhering to the U.S. Military Academy's motto of...

Colombia captain wants World Cup team to use past resolve

Jun. 21, 2018 1:15 PM EDT

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Radamel Falcao wants Colombia to draw on its past mental strengths in the qualifiers to save its World Cup in Russia. The South American team's captain and top scorer believes that Colombia can overcome the setback of the 2-1 loss to Japan in the first group match to rescue its hopes...