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Kerry extends Iran talks, French foreign minister returns

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his German and French counterparts extended marathon talks in Switzerland on Wednesday for a second day beyond a self-imposed deadline to reach a preliminary agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. | Video

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U.S. targets overseas cyber attackers with new sanctions program

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama launched a new sanctions program on Wednesday to target individuals and groups outside the United States that use "malicious" cyber attacks to threaten U.S. foreign policy, national security or economic stability.

Tech, Cyber Crime 12:47pm EDT

Explosion at Yemen factory kills at least 25: residents, medics

ADEN - An explosion at a dairy factory in Yemen's Hodaida port killed at least 25 workers, medical sources said, with conflicting accounts attributing the blast to an air strike by a Saudi-led alliance or to a rocket landing from a nearby army base.

World, Yemen 2:09pm EDT

Report of plane passenger video overshadows exec visit to crash site

BERLIN/LE VERNET, France - A video of the final seconds aboard the Germanwings plane that crashed in France last week has been discovered, reports said on Wednesday, just hours before executives visiting the crash site dodged questions about the mental health of the pilot. | Video

World, France 2:48pm EDT

Nigeria's Buhari says to 'spare no effort' in squashing Boko Haram

ABUJA - A day after becoming the first politician in Nigerian history to succeed a sitting leader by ballot, president-elect Muhammadu Buhari promised on Wednesday to "spare no effort" to defeat Islamist militant group Boko Haram. | Video

World, Africa 3:16pm EDT

Prosecutor dies of wounds after Istanbul hostage shootout

ISTANBUL - An Istanbul prosecutor died from his wounds after security forces stormed the office where members of a far-left Turkish group took him hostage on Tuesday, killing his two captors. | Video

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Israel tests U.S.-backed missile shield as Iran nuclear talks churn

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON - A new Israeli air defense system being developed in partnership with the United States met all its objectives in a series of recent live interception tests, U.S. and Israeli officials said Wednesday, putting it on course for deployment by next year.