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Blatter wins fifth FIFA term as challenger concedes

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

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

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

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

China 10:02am EDT

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

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

Saudi Arabia 4:09pm EDT

Venezuela blocks Latin American ex-presidents from seeing detained leaders

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

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.

Yemen 3:36pm EDT

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