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Megan Rapinoe sees disparity as World Cup approaches

Oct. 15, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — With the Women's World Cup less than eight months away, U.S. national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe is dismayed by what she sees as ongoing issues of inequality in soccer. From uncertainty about the use of video review and the amount of prize money, to scheduling other tournament...

Serb official denounces US ambassador over Kosovo

Oct. 15, 2018 6:12 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's pro-Russia defense minister denounced the U.S. ambassador to Serbia and suggested he should be thrown out of the country Monday for calling the former Serbian province of Kosovo a sovereign state. Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in a statement that U.S. Ambassador...

Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Orthodoxy's leader

Oct. 15, 2018 4:47 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church decided Monday to sever ties with the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community after his decision to grant Ukrainian clerics independence from the Moscow Patriarchate. Metropolitan Hilarion said the Russian church's Holy Synod resolved to "''break the Eucharistic...

US envoy for NKorea to hold talks in Russia, France, Belgium

Oct. 15, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's envoy for North Korea is traveling to Russia, France and Belgium for talks with counterparts there as the U.S. prepares for a second leadership summit with the North. The State Department says envoy Stephen Biegun will hold "working level" meetings in Moscow,...

Egyptian president arrives in Russia

Oct. 15, 2018 11:13 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has arrived in Russia on a visit expected to further boost ties between the two nations. Egyptian officials say the visit will enhance economic and trade ties and include discussions to advance the construction of the nuclear plant Russia is building...

Syria reopens vital crossing with Jordan, UN post with Golan

Oct. 15, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

QUNEITRA, Syria (AP) — President Bashar Assad's government received a major boost Monday as Syria's commercial gateway with Jordan and a crossing with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights manned by U.N peacekeepers were reopened years after the war disrupted their operations. The simultaneous reopening of...

The Latest: Israeli military welcomes reopening of crossing

Oct. 15, 2018 7:33 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 2:30 p.m. An Israeli military official says the opening of a crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria "re-empowers" the United Nations after being driven out of the area by Syrian rebels. Maj. Nehemia Berki spoke on...

Amnesty rights worker is abducted, beaten in southern Russia

Oct. 15, 2018 7:20 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An Amnesty International researcher was abducted and beaten while reporting on protests in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, the rights group said Monday. Researcher Oleg Kozlovsky was in Ingushetia's regional capital of Magas this month to monitor protests against a hotly-debated land...

Simona Halep earns 2nd straight year-end No. 1 ranking

Oct. 15, 2018 6:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Simona Halep is back as the year-end No. 1 for the second year in a row, despite a back injury that doctors say could lead to a long-term problem. Halep, who won her first major title at this year's French Open, clinched the year-end top tennis ranking on Monday but may be forced to pull out...

Italy leaves it late to earn 1st competitive win in a year

Oct. 14, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy is finally showing signs of emerging from its crisis, nearly a year after failing to qualify for the World Cup. Cristiano Biraghi's goal in stoppage time earned the Azzurri a much-needed 1-0 win in Poland on Sunday in the UEFA Nations League. Playing in Group 3 of League A, Poland became...