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Greece's Tsipras digs in against bailout

ATHENS/BRUSSELS - A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks on Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with EU partners before a referendum on Sunday that may decide Greece's future in Europe.

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Exclusive: U.S., Venezuela launch quiet diplomacy to ease acrimony

WASHINGTON - The United States and Venezuela have embarked on their most extensive dialogue in years in an attempt to improve their acrimonious relations, according to a senior U.S. administration official.

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More than 100 dead as militants, Egyptian army clash in North Sinai

ISMAILIA, Egypt/CAIRO - Egypt's army said on Wednesday more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed in simultaneous attacks on military checkpoints in North Sinai, in the most sustained fighting of its kind in years in the restive province.

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Germany appoints senior judge to inspect list of NSA targets

- Germany on Wednesday named a former senior judge as special investigator to inspect a list of targets that German intelligence tracked on behalf of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), causing a political uproar.

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Bullish U.S. jobs, factory data brighten growth picture

WASHINGTON - U.S. private employers hired the most workers in six months in June and factory activity accelerated, providing fresh evidence the economy was gathering solid momentum after contracting at the start of the year.

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Crowds count down to marijuana legalization in Oregon, then light up

PORTLAND, Ore. - Crowds counted down the minutes to midnight then lit up joints as smoking marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday and the legalization movement spread to a fourth U.S. state. | Video

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Six killed in clashes in Burundi capital ahead of poll results

BUJUMBURA - At least six people, including one policeman, were killed in Burundi's capital on Wednesday, witnesses and a police spokesman said, in the latest violent clash between police and residents since Monday's parliamentary election.