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THE LATEST: US must fight to extradite 6 FIFA officials

ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments:

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Wednesday 05/27/2015
APNewsBreak: Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 12:02 pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community's Mideast envoy, officials said, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Islamic State suicide attacks in Iraq's Anbar kill 17 troops
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 12:02 pm

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State extremists unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the militants from the sprawling Sunni heartland, an Iraqi military spokesman said Wednesday.

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Burundi urges citizens to donate money to pay for elections
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 12:02 pm

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Burundi's government is asking Burundians to donate money to pay for elections as some foreign donors warn of aid cuts if President Pierre Nkurunziza runs for a third term, a presidential spokesman said Wednesday.

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Soccer officials arrested in Zurich; World Cup votes probed
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 12:02 pm

ZURICH (AP) — Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, only hours after seven soccer officials were arrested Wednesday pending extradition to the U.S. in a separate probe of "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted" corruption.

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Outfits on wheels: In Zimbabwe, cars are used clothing shops
Posted: May 27, 2015

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The wares in Zimbabwe's capital are laid out for shoppers to browse through: the shoes lined up on the trunk, the shirts and dresses hanging from open doors of the spotlessly clean car.

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Ethiopia: Partial results show ruling coalition in huge win
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 12:02 pm

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's ruling coalition won a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections, according to partial results released Wednesday. Western countries said the vote was peaceful but criticized what they described as restrictions on civil liberties.

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The Latest on IS: Detainees killed at theater in Syria ruins
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 12:02 pm

6:45 p.m. (1545 GMT)

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Greece says deal with creditors is close; markets cheer
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 12:02 pm

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister said Wednesday that his country is close to reaching a deal with its bailout creditors, prompting European stock markets to jump on hopes of a breakthrough in the slow-moving, often acrimonious talks.

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UK's Cameron outlines EU vote plan in Queen's Speech
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 12:02 pm

LONDON (AP) — Pomp met politics as Queen Elizabeth II donned a diamond-studded crown Wednesday to read out laws planned by Britain's new government, including more autonomy for Scotland and a referendum on whether to remain in the European Union.

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Letter to Obama discussed at Post reporter's trial in Iran
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 12:02 pm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A letter a detained Washington Post journalist wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama has become a major topic of his espionage trial in Iran.

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