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Air strikes kill at least 80 in deadliest bombings of Yemen war

CAIRO - Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 80 people near Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia and in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday, residents said, the deadliest day of bombing in over two months of war in Yemen.

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France warns Iran over nuclear deal as deadline nears

ANKARA/PARIS - France warned on Wednesday it was ready to block a final deal between Iran and the six major powers unless Tehran provided inspectors access to all installations, including military sites.

United Nations, France 11:33am EDT

Iraq rebrands military campaign against Islamic State over fears of sectarianism

BAGHDAD - A campaign led by Shi'ite paramilitaries to drive Islamic State militants from Iraq's Sunni heartland was rebranded on Wednesday after criticism that the name chosen for the push was overtly sectarian.

Iraq 11:05am EDT

Japan, Philippines to deepen ties as China asserts sea claims

TOKYO/MANILA - Japan and the Philippines are set to bolster security ties when President Benigno Aquino visits Tokyo next week, the latest move by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to beef up cooperation with Southeast Asian nations facing China's growing naval ambitions.

Japan 7:27am EDT

Saudi designates two Hezbollah officials as terrorists

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia has designated two senior officials of the Lebanese Hezbollah group as terrorists, alleging their involvement in spreading "chaos and instability", state news agency SPA said on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia 10:48am EDT

Germany raps Russia over law against 'undesirable' NGOs

BERLIN - Germany on Wednesday criticized Russian president Vladimir Putin for signing a law allowing security officials to proceed against foreign and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) if they are deemed undesirable.

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