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Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens

ZURICH - The corruption charges engulfing soccer's governing body have heaped shame and humiliation on the game, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday, although he flatly rejected calls to resign over the scandal. | Video

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Putin classifies information on deaths of Russian troops in peacetime

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin ordered on Thursday that deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations in peacetime should be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as Moscow stands accused of sending troops to fight in eastern Ukraine.

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Islamic State settles into Ramadi, but the lull unlikely to last

BAGHDAD - The blind man with just one hand arrived at the main mosque in the center of the Iraqi city of Ramadi at dusk on Wednesday, flanked by Islamic State fighters.

Iraq 4:04pm EDT

UK takes hard line on EU reform as Cameron starts European tour

LONDON/PARIS - Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain's relationship with the European Union was "not good enough" after his foreign minister warned the bloc had to change its founding treaties and give London a meaty reform deal to keep it as a member.

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Fractious handover clouds Buhari's Nigeria succession

ABUJA, Nigeria - As he entered his final week in office, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan offered up a prayer for the success of Muhammadu Buhari, the former military ruler who takes the helm of Africa's biggest economy on Friday. | Video

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Islamic State photos purport to show unharmed Palmyra ruins

BEIRUT - Islamic State posted photographs online which it said were taken in the central Syrian city of Palmyra and appeared to show its ancient ruins unharmed since the hardline group seized it from government forces. | Video

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