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Iran honors nuclear deal with powers, IAEA report shows

VIENNA - Iran has continued to meet commitments under an interim nuclear agreement with six world powers, a confidential U.N. agency report showed, though Tehran temporarily halted conversion work that makes higher-grade uranium less suitable for bombs.

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Fifteen U.S.-led air strikes target Islamic State militants: task force

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-led coalition conducted 15 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria on Friday, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement.

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Pope's Latin American brains trust was behind Cuba deal

VATICAN CITY - Argentine Pope Francis and a trio of top Vatican officials who helped broker the historic deal between the United States and Cuba represent an unprecedented brain trust in Latin American affairs at the Holy See.

Turkish sociologist acquitted of 1998 blast for fourth time

ISTANBUL - A Turkish sociologist who researched the treatment of minority Kurds and has become a cause celebre for human rights groups was acquitted for the fourth time on Friday of bombing Istanbul's Spice Bazaar in 1998.

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Rebels say new Ukraine peace talks will not take place on Sunday: IFX

KIEV - A Ukrainian separatist leader said a new round of peace talks aimed at easing the conflict between the Kiev government and rebels will not take place on Sunday as had been hoped, news agency Interfax reported on Friday.

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U.N. urges Pakistan to refrain from resuming executions

GENEVA - The U.N. human rights office appealed to Pakistan on Friday to refrain from resuming executions after the massacre of 141 people in a Peshawar school, saying this would not stop terrorism and might even feed a "cycle of revenge".

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