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Greek finance minister quits to smooth talks after thunderous 'No'

ATHENS/FRANKFURT - Greece's outspoken finance minister resigned on Monday, removing a major obstacle to any deal to keep Athens in the euro zone after Greeks voted resoundingly to back the government in rejecting the austerity terms of a bailout. | Video

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BRICS summit gives Putin a chance to show Russia not isolated

MOSCOW - The BRICS emerging economies will launch a development bank at a summit this week which President Vladimir Putin hopes will help reduce Western dominance of world financial institutions and show Moscow is not isolated.

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Iraqi jet mistakenly bombs Baghdad district, five killed

BAGHDAD - An Iraqi plane accidentally dropped a bomb on an eastern Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, police and residents said, killing at least five people and destroying several houses.

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Islamic State target Iraq's Haditha town with vehicle bombs

BAGHDAD - An Islamic State militant blew up an explosive-laden bulldozer near Haditha, killing seven Iraqi soldiers in one of a wave of bomb attacks on the northwestern town on Monday, a police source said.

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Pakistani gunmen kill three in attack blamed on Islamist groups

QUETTA, Pakistan - Gunmen riding motorcycles on Monday opened fire outside a passport office in southwestern Pakistan, killing three people, including a police officer, in an attack police blamed on radical Islamist groups.

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Pope comes 'home' to South America to defend planet and the poor

QUITO - Laughing as his cap flew off in the Andean highland wind, Pope Francis flew into Ecuador on Sunday to start a "homecoming" tour of South America, where he will champion the rights of the poor and the planet. | Video

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