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Assad says Russian air campaign vital to save Middle East

BEIRUT/AMMAN - President Bashar al-Assad said the success of a military campaign by Russia, Syria and its allies was vital to save the Middle East from destruction, a day after Moscow said it would step up air strikes against Islamic State targets across Syria. | Video

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Putin promised to ask Ukraine rebels to cancel vote: Poroshenko

KIEV - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Sunday Russia's Vladimir Putin had promised to ask pro-Russian separatists to cancel elections planned in rebel-held territory in defiance of Kiev.

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Iranian parliamentary panel gives conditional nod to nuclear deal

DUBAI - - An committee of Iran's conservative-dominated parliament gave its support on Sunday to Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers on condition there would be no foreign inspections of military sites and no curbs on developing its missile program.

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Portugal center-right coalition set to win election: exit polls

LISBON - Portugal's ruling center-right coalition was set to win between 36.4 percent and 43.0 percent of the vote compared with 29.5-35.0 percent for the opposition Socialists in a national election on Sunday, exit polls showed. | Video

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Pakistani Taliban says hanged military officer as revenge for executions

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - The Pakistani Taliban has hanged a military intelligence officer in retaliation for recent executions of militants by Pakistan, the militant Islamist group said in videos released on Sunday.

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Death toll in French Riviera floods rises to at least 16, natural disaster declared

CANNES - Flash floods on the French Riviera killed 16 people and five others were reported missing on Sunday, prompting the government to declare a natural disaster in the southeastern tourist region. | Video

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