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Moscow warns new U.S. sanctions take ties into uncharted waters

MOSCOW Russia warned on Wednesday that new U.S. sanctions against Moscow approved by the House of Representatives take already battered ties into uncharted waters and said it was close to taking retaliatory measures of its own.

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Iran will respond to any new U.S. sanctions: deputy foreign minister

BEIRUT Iran will respond if the U.S. government passes new sanctions, deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said Wednesday, according to state media.

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Vatican treasurer makes brief Australian court appearance over historical sex charges

MELBOURNE Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell made a brief court appearance in his native Australia on Wednesday to face what police described as "historical sexual offences", making him the most senior Roman Catholic official to face such accusations. | Video

Australia, Pope 4:55am EDT

Booby-traps plague north Iraq as Islamic State targets returning civilians

SHEIKH AMIR, Iraq As people return home to Mosul and other areas of northern Iraq freed from Islamic State, homemade bombs and explosives laid on an industrial scale by the insurgents are claiming hundreds of victims and hampering efforts to bring life back to normal.

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Russia says its Baltic Sea war games with Chinese Navy not a threat

MOSCOW Russia said late on Tuesday that war games it is conducting with the Chinese Navy in the Baltic Sea, which has become a zone of heightened tensions between Moscow and the West, do not pose a threat to anyone.

Russia 6:47am EDT

Spain's Rajoy denies slush fund in unprecedented court testimony

SAN FERNANDO DE HENARES, Spain Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday denied any knowledge of an illegal financing scheme within his conservative People's Party (PP) as he became the first sitting prime minister in Spain to give evidence in a trial, prompting calls for his resignation. | Video

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