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  • new storyVictims of FIFA's scandal: small clubs, youth, local leagues story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-30-15 2:03 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The accused in the FIFA scandal are easy to spot: globe-trotting executives charged with diverting millions meant to build the game to their personal accounts. Those who feel victimized aren't as obvious: Youth players with hand-me-down equipment, semi-pro clubs that can't afford to travel and developmental leagues that can't pay referees.

  • Bomb blast hits Nigerian city, after rocket grenades kill 13 
    Updated: May-30-15 1:40 pm

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - A bomb exploded Saturday afternoon near Maiduguri's main market, after the city was attacked before dawn by Islamic extremists by rocket-propelled grenades that killed at least 13 people, said residents.

  • Nigeria's new president pledges fight against Boko Haram story has photos
    Updated: May-29-15 7:53 pm

    ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigeria's new president was sworn in on Friday and pledged to tackle Boko Haram "head on," asserting the fight against the Islamic extremists wouldn't be won until hundreds of schoolgirls abducted last year and other kidnapping victims were brought home alive.

  • Kicking the plastic: Senegal among latest to ban flimsy bags 
    Updated: May-29-15 12:10 pm

    DAKAR, Senegal - At a market in Senegal's capital, the sandy paths are strewn with them. They blow around like feathers in Dakar's coastal breezes, piling up alongside buildings on city streets and clogging canals.

  • Italy's regional elections puts focus on migrant arrivals story has photos
    Updated: May-29-15 8:55 am

    RIVADOLMO, Italy - The community's hostility is veiled, but palpable. When the young migrants from Nigeria and Gambia venture away from their house in this hilltop idyll south of Padua, they say neighbors come out and snap their photos in a gesture of intimidation. They have been pressured to stop using the local soccer field, accused of taking the pitch away from Italian kids.

  • New stars likely to be found at Under-20 World Cup in NZ story has photos
    Updated: May-29-15 1:29 am

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A world away from the turmoil of corruption and political infighting plaguing soccer, there will be a reminder this weekend of what is best about the game - the talent showcase of the Under-20 World Cup.

  • Ghana, Nigeria lead African challenge at Under-20 World Cup 
    Updated: May-28-15 10:03 pm

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa - While Africa's senior teams have struggled to make an impact at the World Cup, the juniors have had considerable success.

  • CDC: 150 possibly had contact with Lassa fever victim 
    Updated: May-28-15 5:52 pm

    TRENTON, New Jersey - Federal and state health officials have identified more than 150 people who possibly had contact with a patient who died of Lassa Fever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

  • Bill Clinton hopes to keep working - whatever Hillary does 
    Updated: May-28-15 2:27 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton made an impassioned appeal Thursday for modern health care in the Ebola-stricken countries of West Africa where his foundation works. He told The Associated Press afterward he hopes to keep working in Africa and elsewhere - regardless of what happens politically with his wife, Hillary.

  • Spain investigates Boko Haram leader on terror charges 
    Updated: May-28-15 11:11 am

    MADRID - Spain is opening a probe into Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau on suspicion of terrorism and crimes against humanity, under the legal principle of universal justice, according to a court ruling Thursday.

  • Things to know about the Under-20 World Cup 
    Updated: May-28-15 3:24 am

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - The under-20 World Cup kicks off Saturday in New Zealand and will likely feature some of the stars of the future. Here's some things to know:

  • Int'l court case against Ivory Coast ex-1st lady admissible 
    Updated: May-27-15 12:51 pm

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - International Criminal Court appeals judges upheld a ruling Wednesday that the court can prosecute Ivory Coast's former first lady on charges including murder and rape linked to violence that left 3,000 people dead after the country's disputed 2010 presidential election.

  • Air France jet in near miss with giant volcano in Cameroon 
    Updated: May-27-15 11:23 am

    PARIS - Air France says one of its jets had what investigators call a "serious incident" by flying too close to a volcano while maneuvering around a storm on a flight into Cameroon.

  • Air France jet in near miss with giant volcano in Cameroon 
    Updated: May-27-15 8:46 am

    PARIS - Air France says one of its jets had what investigators call a "serious incident" by flying too close to a volcano while maneuvering around a storm on a flight into Cameroon.

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT 
    Updated: May-26-15 11:06 pm

    The Latest on weather: Third body pulled from swollen Blanco River; Texas death toll now 13

  • Nigeria paying $800 million to oil suppliers to end crisis 
    Updated: May-26-15 5:28 pm

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's outgoing government has agreed to pay a debt of $800 million to resolve a months-long fuel crisis crippling the economy days before the inauguration of a new president in the country, oil suppliers said Wednesday.

  • Nigerian goalkeeper banned 1 year for spitting at official 
    Updated: May-26-15 4:33 pm

    CAIRO - A Nigerian goalkeeper was banned for a year for spitting at an assistant referee and clubs were handed fines totaling $85,000 in disciplinary decisions announced by the Confederation of African Football on Tuesday.

  • Grave of assassinated Burkina Faso leader exhumed story has photos
    Updated: May-26-15 1:31 pm

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Authorities exhumed human remains Tuesday from the purported grave of Burkina Faso's assassinated leader, nearly three decades after the Marxist revolutionary was killed during a coup in this West African country.

  • Ford expands presence in Morocco 
    Updated: May-26-15 10:18 am

    RABAT, Morocco - Ford Motor Company is expanding its presence in North Africa with a new Moroccan sales office and plans to double the amount of car parts purchased in the country, it announced Tuesday.

  • Attack on UN vehicle in Mali's capital, 1 dead 
    Updated: May-26-15 7:40 am

    TUNIS, Tunisia - A United Nations official says that armed gunmen fired on a U.N. vehicle in Mali's capital, killing one peacekeeper and injuring another.

  • French club Lille names Herve Renard as new coach 
    Updated: May-25-15 12:06 pm

    LILLE, France - Former Ivory Coast manager Herve Renard has been named as new coach of Lille, the French first-division club said Monday.

  • Nigerian senator-elect wanted for US drug deal 'arrested' 
    Updated: May-23-15 4:38 pm

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigerian drug agents Saturday surrounded the house of a senator-elect wanted by the United States in a nearly 20-year-old heroin deal that was the alleged basis for the TV hit "Orange is the New Black."

  • Ebola-free Liberia cleared to host football games again 
    Updated: May-22-15 4:21 pm

    CAIRO - The Confederation of African Football has cleared Liberia to host international football games again after it was declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization.

  • Herve Renard quits as Ivory Coast coach 
    Updated: May-22-15 3:14 pm

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Herve Renard quit as Ivory Coast coach on Friday, three months after delivering a long-awaited African Cup of Nations title.

  • Guinea families transport bodies in public taxis story has photos
    Updated: May-22-15 12:41 pm

    CONAKRY, Guinea - Relatives of Ebola victims are transporting their bodies on public transportation in Guinea, seating the corpses upright between other passengers to skirt health controls and contributing to the spread of the deadly disease here, authorities said.