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Iran still stalling as nuclear deadline looms: U.N. agency

VIENNA - Tehran has yet to explain away allegations it conducted atomic bomb research, the head of the U.N. nuclear agency said on Thursday, four days before a deadline for Iran and six world powers to reach a deal on the Iranian nuclear program.

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Police fire tear gas in confrontation at Nigeria's parliament

ABUJA - Nigerian police fired tear gas in the lobby of parliament on Thursday to stop the speaker of the lower house entering with a crowd of lawmakers and supporters, prompting the chairman to shut the national assembly.

Africa 11:51am EST

Palestinian Authority must face U.S. trial over terror support: judge

NEW YORK - U.S. victims of bombings and shootings in Jerusalem more than a decade ago have cleared a final hurdle to take the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization to trial in New York for supporting the attacks.

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Construction of Nicaragua canal to begin December 22: committee

MANAGUA - Construction of Nicaragua's $50 billion Interoceanic Grand Canal, expected to rival the Panama Canal, will begin Dec. 22 after feasibility studies have been approved, the committee overseeing the project said on Thursday.

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Egypt's Sisi calls on West to support Libya to avoid new Syria, Iraq

CAIRO - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged the United States and Europe on Thursday to help the Libyan army in its fight against Islamist militants now to save the country from requiring intervention on the scale of Iraq and Syria.

Egypt, Libya 11:59am EST

Mali, rebels start third round of peace talks

ALGIERS - Mali began a third round of peace negotiations with mostly Tuareg rebel groups in Algiers on Thursday aimed at ending decades of uprisings in the north, with the government calling for a swift conclusion of a deal.

Africa, Mali 2:15pm EST

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