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Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on Kurdish group

ISTANBUL - Turkish jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible.

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Pressed by left, Greece's Tsipras vows 'thus far and no further'

ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, struggling to contain a revolt in his left-wing Syriza party, said on Wednesday that his government would not implement reform measures beyond those agreed with lenders at a euro zone summit this month.

Israel approves new homes in settlement after demolishing two buildings

JERUSALEM - Israel gave final approval on Wednesday for plans to build 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, announcing the move as it carried out a court demolition order against two vacant apartment blocks in the same enclave. | Video

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Russians hackers used Twitter, photos to reach U.S. computers: report

SAN FRANCISCO - Russian government-backed hackers who penetrated high-profile U.S. government and defense industry computers this year used a method combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign photographs, according to experts studying the campaign.

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Afghanistan says Taliban leader dead, urges peace talks

KABUL - Afghanistan said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, elusive leader of the Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency against the government in Kabul, died more than two years ago. | Video

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Kerry warns Congress scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry intensified efforts on Tuesday to beat back criticism of the Iran nuclear deal and convince U.S. lawmakers that rejecting it would give Tehran a fast track to a weapon and access to billions of dollars from collapsed sanctions.

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