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Russia raises specter of interminable or 'world war' if Syria talks fail

MUNICH Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the specter of an interminable or a world war if powers failed to negotiate an end to the conflict in Syria and warned against any ground operations by U.S. and Arab forces.

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No plans at this time for joint U.S.-India navy patrols: State Dept.

WASHINGTON There are currently no plans for joint naval patrols by the United States and India, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

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Taiwan city looks at developer's other buildings after quake collapse

TAINAN, Taiwan When an earthquake struck the Taiwanese city of Tainan in the early hours of Saturday morning, Wu Hsiu-chi's unit in the seven-storey Wei-guan Dragon Door World Family Building shook hard, but survived with little damage.

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Drug cartel battle kills 49 in northeastern Mexican prison

MONTERREY, Mexico A battle between the feared Zetas drug cartel and rivals at a prison left 49 people dead in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, authorities said on Thursday, days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another jail in Mexico's far north. | Video

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Iran's main opposition leaderless, but insists it's not a spent force

ANKARA Hope for change is dwindling but not gone among supporters of Iran's main pro-reform opposition, although its leaders remain under house arrest and pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani looks incapable of achieving the freer society he promised.

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South Sudan president re-appoints rival under peace deal

JUBA South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has re-appointed his rival Riek Machar as vice president, a decree said on Thursday, the culmination of a deal to try to end months of civil war in the world's newest nation.

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