• Thursday, October 8, 2015

    In shift of Syria focus, Pentagon abandoning goal of building new anti-IS rebel force

  • Ireland's Shane Long celebrates with fans after scoring the opening goal during the Euro 2016 group D qualifying soccer match between Ireland and Germany in Dublin, Ireland, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

    Ireland upsets Germany 1-0 in Euro 2016 qualifier

    DUBLIN (AP) — Substitute Shane Long scored five minutes after coming on for Ireland to upset world champion Germany 1-0 and clinch at least a playoff place for Euro 2016 on Thursday.

  • France's Lassant Diapra, left, challenges for the ball with Armenia's Henrikh Mkhitaryan during their friendly soccer match in the stadium of Nice, southeastern France, Thursday, Oct 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    France beats Armenia 4-0 in friendly match

    NICE, France (AP) — Karim Benzema ended a one-year scoring drought for France in style, netting two goals and setting up another in a 4-0 friendly win over Armenia on Thursday.

  • Northern Ireland's Steven Davis, left, celebrates scoring with Josh Magennis, top, against Greece during their Euro 2016 Group F qualifying soccer match at Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.  (AP Photo/John McVitty)

    Northern Ireland qualifies for its first Euros

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland qualified for its first European Championship on Thursday following a 3-1 win over Greece.

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain talks with a reporter during an interview at the 'Sochi Autodrom' Formula One track , in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Hamilton hopeful of closing in on 3rd F1 title at Sochi GP

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — As he closes in on his third Formula One drivers’ title, Lewis Hamilton is hopeful the conditions in Russia won’t work against his Mercedes team.

  • Albania fans wait to be searched by police before the Group I Euro 2016 qualifying match between Albania and Serbia in Elbasan, central Albania, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. More than 2,000 officers will police the politically-charged match. A game between the countries _ who remain at odds over the status of now-independent Kosovo _ was interrupted by violence in Belgrade last year after a drone carrying a nationalist Albanian banner hovered over the pitch. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Serbian PM skips match against Albania

    ELBASAN, Albania (AP) — Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic declined an invitation to attend Thursday’s qualifier for the European soccer championships in Albania, saying he doesn’t want heated fan rivalry to undermine progress made in relations between the two Balkan countries.

  • Belarusian journalist and writer Svetlana Alexievich the 2015 Nobel literature winner, center, is surrounded after her news conference in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature Thursday, for works that the prize judges called "a monument to suffering and courage." (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus wins Nobel literature prize

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — In an Oct. 8 story about the Nobel Prize for literature, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the prize had been awarded only twice for non-fiction prior to 2015, to Winston Churchill and Bertrand Russell. The prize also was awarded in 1902 to Christian Mommsen, most noted for his historical writing on Rome.

  • People help a wheelchair user board a train with others, heading towards Serbia, at the transit camp for refugees near the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Several thousand migrants and refugees enter daily from Greece into Macedonia on their way through the Balkans towards the more prosperous European Union countries. More than 500,000 people have arrived this year in EU seeking sanctuary or jobs, sparking the EU's biggest refugee emergency in decades. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

    The Latest: France proposes EU border corps

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. NATO defense ministers meet Thursday to consider the implications of recent Russian military actions in Syria, as well as ongoing measures to retool NATO to meet contemporary security threats. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    NATO chief: Alliance faces ‘conflict, instability’

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO’s chief on Thursday signaled its readiness to deploy forces if needed to protect Turkey against any threat from Russia, as the alliance agreed on more changes to meet today’s security threats.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in an ice hockey match between former NHL stars and officials at the Shayba Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Putin spends his birthday playing hockey with NHL stars

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice Wednesday, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons.