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MUMBAI, India (AP) — European stock markets rebounded Friday after slumping on worries about the soundness of a bank in Portugal, while trading in Asia was muted over the specter of more financial turmoil in Europe.
Intense battles raged on Friday around the airport in the main stronghold of pro-Kremlin insurgents as Ukraine's new leader laid out tough terms for a ceasefire demanded by his European allies and Russia. An AFP team outside Donetsk International Airport -- a gleaming hub shuttered since coming under a bloody rebel attack at the end of May -- saw exchanges of fire and an anti-aircraft missile being shot at a Ukrainian military jet. "Everything is shutting down," said another man in his fifties who was preparing to escape across the border to Russia with his daughters and grandchildren. Pro-Kiev authorities in Lugansk also said four miners were killed and 16 injured when their bus came under artillery fire on Thursday.
Tearful Brazil star Neymar says he is prepared to set aside the historical rivalry between South America's two footballing heavyweights as he wants four-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi to win the World Cup when Argentina meets Germany in Sunday's final. At an emotional press conference Neymar, who missed Brazil's 7-1 humiliation against Germany in the semi-finals because of a broken vertebrae, said his Barcelona clubmate Messi deserved to add World Cup winner to his honours.