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Kerry warns U.S. 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 unlock billions of dollars from collapsed sanctions.

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Central Asia crackdown on militant Islam risks backlash

OSH, Kyrgyzstan - Authorities in Central Asia's former Soviet "stans" are taking draconian measures to stamp out militant Islam, but their harsh methods and the absence of democratic politics risk provoking a backlash that could bring even greater instability.

World, Kyrgyzstan, Syria 11:45am EDT

Bomb kills two policemen in worst Bahrain bombing in months

MANAMA - A bomb killed two policemen and wounded six in the deadliest such attack in Bahrain in months, and state media said the explosives resembled some seized at the weekend that authorities say were smuggled in from Iran.

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Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son Saif, eight other ex-officials to death

TRIPOLI - A Libyan court on Tuesday sentenced Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, and eight others to death over war crimes including killings of protesters during the 2011 revolution that ended his father's rule.

World, Libya 11:51am EDT

Denials fly in war of nerves over Greek debt talks

ATHENS/BRUSSELS - Conflicting statements and denials flew between Athens and Brussels on Tuesday in a war of nerves highlighting the depth of mutual mistrust over a new round of negotiations on an 86 billion euro bailout that started this week. | Video

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Honeywell to buy Melrose's utility metering business for $5.1 billion

- Honeywell International Inc has made its largest purchase in more than a decade, agreeing to buy the utility consumption metering business of Britain's Melrose Industries Plc for about $5.1 billion.

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Prison employee who aided New York escapees pleads guilty

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - A female prison employee pleaded guilty to one felony and one misdemeanor charge in a deal with prosecutors on Tuesday in connection with helping two convicted murderers in their daring June escape from a maximum security prison in upstate New York.

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EU's Mogherini in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, region: TV

ANKARA - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and major world powers this month will help fight terrorism and bloodshed in the Middle East, Iran's state TV reported.