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U.S. says ready to work past deadline for Iran nuclear deal if needed

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The United States said it was prepared to work past a midnight deadline into Wednesday if progress was being made towards clinching a preliminary nuclear deal between Iran and global powers. | Video

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Buhari claims victory in historic Nigerian vote

ABUJA - Nigeria's opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) declared an election victory on Tuesday for former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and said Africa's most populous nation was witnessing history with its first democratic transfer of power.

Africa 12:37pm EDT

Instead of protests, Czechs roll out party for U.S. troop convoy

PRAGUE - Thousands of Czechs welcomed a convoy of U.S. troops to Prague on Tuesday on their return from exercises in the Baltics, defying expectations pro-Russian groups would protest over the country's alliance with the west.

12:50pm EDT

South Africa extends Congo troop deployment to end of March 2016

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa said on Tuesday it was extending the deployment of members of its defense force taking part in a United Nations mission in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo by one year.

United Nations, Africa 12:45pm EDT

Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of central Tikrit: PM

TIKRIT, Iraq - Iraqi troops aided by Shi'ite paramilitaries have driven Islamic State out of central Tikrit, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday, but the fight to retake all of Saddam Hussein's home town continued.

Iraq 11:12am EDT

EU governments back 1.8 billion euro Ukraine loan

BRUSSELS - European Union governments formally approved a 1.8 billion euro ($1.9 billion) loan for Ukraine on Tuesday to help save it from bankruptcy.

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