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Blatter wins fifth FIFA term as challenger concedes

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ZURICH - Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after his only challenger conceded defeat in an election overshadowed by allegations of rampant corruption in world soccer. | Video

World, Sports 5:35pm EDT

Special Report: Russian fighters, caught in Ukraine, cast adrift by Moscow

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KIEV - From his hospital bed in the Ukrainian capital, Russian fighter Alexander Alexandrov feels abandoned by his country, its leaders and even the local Russian consul.

Exclusive: U.S. tried Stuxnet-style campaign against North Korea but failed - sources

SAN FRANCISCO - The United States tried to deploy a version of the Stuxnet computer virus to attack North Korea's nuclear weapons program five years ago but ultimately failed, according to people familiar with the covert campaign.

World, North Korea, Israel 2:59pm EDT

With no peace, Ukraine is beset by humanitarian risks: U.N.

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GENEVA - Ukraine's flawed ceasefire has left pensioners, infants and women mired in a humanitarian crisis that could get rapidly better or rapidly worse, the U.N.'s top representative in the country said in an interview on Friday.

5:21pm EDT

U.S. considers airport preclearance centers in nine countries

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security said on Friday it is considering expanding airline preclearance operations to 10 new foreign airports in nine countries, most of them in Europe.

4:49pm EDT

France's UMP party changes name to The Republicans, boosting Sarkozy

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PARIS - French conservatives overwhelmingly backed renaming their UMP party "The Republicans" on Friday in a boost for former president Nicolas Sarkozy, who wants to use the re-branding as a springboard for the 2017 presidential election.

5:00pm EDT

U.S. says China has placed mobile artillery on reclaimed island

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SINGAPORE - The United States said on Friday that China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea, a development that Republican Sen. John McCain called "disturbing and escalatory." | Video

World, China 10:02am EDT

Islamic State suicide bomber in women's garb kills three in Saudi Arabia

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ABU DHABI/DUBAI - An Islamist militant suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up outside a Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday, killing himself and three other people, the second attack of its kind in the world's top oil exporter in one week. | Video

World, Saudi Arabia 4:09pm EDT

Venezuela blocks Latin American ex-presidents from seeing detained leaders

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CARACAS - Venezuela blocked two former Latin American presidents on Friday from visiting opposition leaders jailed a year ago for their roles in deadly protests against the government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

5:40pm EDT

Fighters battle Houthis in Yemen's southern city of Aden

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ADEN - Heavy fighting erupted in southern Yemen near Aden airport on Friday when local militia attacked Shi'ite Houthi rebels in a push to drive them from the district, residents and fighters said.

World, Yemen 3:36pm EDT