Israel makes first ground incursion in Gaza, Palestinian death toll above 162

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli navy commandos launched a ground operation overnight in the north of the Gaza Strip, the first since the offensive against Hamas began, Israeli public radio said early Sunday

Shakira, Santana, samba for Cup closure

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 13, 2014 (AFP) - Colombian star Shakira, Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana, Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo and a samba school will lead the musical entertainment at Sunday's World

Football: Julio Cesar admits Brazil career is over

BRASILIA (AFP) - Goalkeeper Julio Cesar admitted on Saturday that his international career is over after Brazil's World Cup campaign ended in disappointment.This is probably my last World Cup.

Football: Goalkeepers shine brightest in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Despite being a tournament labelled as the return of attack-minded football after the caution shown in South Africa four years ago, Brazil 2014 has been a platform for the world

Football: Messi eyes glory as Argentina, Germany set for World Cup final

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Lionel Messi will attempt to emulate his idol Diego Maradona here Sunday as he leads Argentina into battle against Germany in a heavyweight World Cup final pitting Europe agains

BNP, tax evasion: US still dictates its economic law

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Although its diplomatic clout is compromised on several fronts, the United States still dictates its economic law around the globe and has even expanded its reach, at the risk of ra

Greece battles to defuse ticking debt bomb

ATHENS (AFP) - Dimitris Pikrodimitris took out a mortgage four years ago when he was drawing an annual income of 27,000 euros ($36,720).But the economy quickly sank into a debt crisis, forcing Greeks

Indian premier Modi pins hope on new BRICS bank

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed to Brazil Sunday for a meeting of the BRICS group of emerging powers, hoping to seal the long-discussed deal to open a new development bank

Militants Seize Iraqi Town

Iraqi militants have attacked a town north of Baghdad, seizing local government buildings and killing at least 6 people, including two police officers.

Officials say the assault on Dhuluiya, about 50

Militias Battle for Libya's Airport

Fighting between rival Libyan militias erupted Sunday at Libya's airport near the capital.

Tripoli International Airport has been controlled by militia fighters from Zintan in northwestern Libya sinc