• Former Chelsea player says he was paid to keep abuse quiet

    LONDON (AP) — A former Chelsea player said he was paid 50,000 pounds ($77,500) by the Premier League club to “keep a lid” on sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of its former chief scout.

  • Indonesia blasphemy protest draws 200,000; ends peacefully

    Thousands of Muslims gather during a protest against Jakarta's minority Christian Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama who is being prosecuted for blasphemy, at the National Monument in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Tens of thousands of conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest in a month against its minority Christian governor. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest against its minority Christian governor, who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy.

  • Blatter appeal verdict to be announced Monday by CAS

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The verdict in former FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s appeal against a six-year ban for unethical conduct will be announced Monday.

  • Cost reductions, venue plans dominate Tokyo 2020 meetings

    IOC Vice President John Coates speaks during a joint press conference of the IOC coordination commission in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Further efforts to cut costs and the venues for five new sports were the focus of a coordination commission review of the Tokyo Olympics that wrapped up on Friday. Coates led a two-day meetings, held amid concerns about the budget for the 2020 Games. Construction costs have soared in part due to shortages in labor and materials as Japan also continues recovery from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    TOKYO (AP) — Calling Tokyo’s proposed $20 billion budget unacceptable, IOC vice president John Coates urged Japanese organizers on Friday to find ways to make the 2020 Olympics more affordable.

  • Air pollution becomes Israel-Palestinian wedge issue

    In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, Palestinian laborer Sami Abu Baker, 35, who has a fifteen years service in the charcoal factories, poses for a picture during a day work, in the West Bank town of Yabad, near Jenin. For years, residents of central Israel have been complaining about the air pollution emanating from nearby Palestinian factories in the West Bank and the potential health hazards they pose. But now that authorities have finally cracked down, shutting the worst offending charcoal plants, Palestinians say hundreds have been put out of work in a swift stamp of the military occupation.(AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

    YABED, West Bank (AP) — For years, residents of central Israel have been complaining about air pollution from Palestinian factories in the nearby West Bank. Now that authorities have finally cracked down, shutting a group of the worst offending charcoal plants in one notorious town, Palestinians complain that hundreds were thrown out of work by their military occupiers.

  • Crispy Christmas trees: Staged fire shows potential risks

    In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 photo flames engulf the wall and ceiling of a room as well as items in the room thirty-five seconds into the ignition of a Christmas tree during a test burn by the fire protection engineering lab at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Mass. The test was conducted in an effort to raise awareness about fire safety this holiday season. (Matthew Burgos/Worcester Polytechnic Institute via AP)

    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — It only takes a minute for a crispy Christmas tree to touch off a raging inferno.

  • China court clears man 21 years after his execution

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s supreme court ruled Friday that a young man executed 21 years ago for rape and murder had been innocent, in a case that has drawn attention to problems in the legal system as well as the frequent application of the death penalty.

  • Next test for pipeline protesters: the North Dakota winter

    In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 photo, Grandma Redfeather of the Sioux Native American tribe walks in the snow to get water at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D. "It's for my people to live and so that the next seven generations can live also," said Redfeather of why she came to the camp. "I think about my grandchildren and what it will be like for them." (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands.

  • North Korea rejects UN sanctions, briefs envoys in Pyongyang

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea says a sweeping new round of U.N. sanctions aimed at choking its nuclear program by cutting off as much of a quarter of its foreign trade revenue is doomed to fail and will be met with tough countermeasures.

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