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Exclusive: Standards council to investigate New Oriental after Reuters report

MIAMI A U.S. standards-setting body said it would investigate New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc in the wake of a Reuters report that detailed allegations of academic fraud at the company.

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Iran says U.S. extension of sanctions act violates nuclear deal

ANKARA Iran threatened on Friday to retaliate against a U.S. Senate vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years, saying it violated last year's deal with six major powers that curbed its nuclear program.

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U.S. military veterans backing North Dakota pipeline protests

CANNON BALL, N.D. U.S. military veterans plan to build a barracks on Friday at a protest camp in North Dakota to support thousands of activists who have squared off against authorities in frigid conditions to oppose a multi-billion-dollar pipeline project near the Standing Rock Native American reservation.

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Women bombers emerge from Islamic State redoubt to attack Libyan forces

SIRTE, Libya Several women blew themselves up on Friday in suicide attacks that killed four Libyan soldiers who had granted them safe passage to leave buildings under the control of Islamic State militants, a spokesman for government forces said.

World, Libya 2:17pm EST

One year later, San Bernardino marks shooting that killed 14

LOS ANGELES Police in Southern California who dealt with the carnage of a mass shooting by Islamic militants that left 14 people dead marked its one-year anniversary on Friday by riding on bicycles toward the scene of the attack, with placards honoring the victims.

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Russia not serious in talks with Syrian rebels: opposition official

BEIRUT A senior Syrian opposition official accused Russia on Friday of procrastinating in talks with rebels over Aleppo, signaling no progress in diplomacy which rebels hoped would ease dire conditions in the city where they are in danger of defeat.

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Supreme Court takes Christian-affiliated hospital pension case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear appeals by Christian-affiliated hospital systems of lower court rulings that gave the green light to employee lawsuits accusing them of wrongly claiming a religious exemption from federal pension law.