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Despite progress, Iran nuclear talks hit impasse on details

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Major powers and Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran's nuclear program as marathon talks ran into Wednesday, but they hit an impasse over key details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions and Iran's future atomic research. | Video

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Clashes in Istanbul after police kill courthouse hostage-takers

ISTANBUL - Protesters clashed with Turkish police overnight in two Istanbul neighborhoods after far-left militants who took a prosecutor hostage in a courthouse were killed by security forces in an attempted rescue mission. | Video

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Syria says Jordan shuts main border crossing: news agency

BEIRUT - Syria's state news agency said Jordanian authorities had closed the main border crossing between the two countries on Wednesday, after a monitoring group reported clashes between insurgents and Syrian government forces in the area.

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Shells launched at U.N. base in north Mali: sources

BAMAKO - Unknown attackers fired shells at a United Nations base on the outskirts of a town in northern Mali early on Wednesday, residents told Reuters.

United Nations, Africa, Mali 9:07am EDT

Video shows last seconds of Germanwings flight before crash: Bild

BERLIN - A video showing the chaotic final seconds on board the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps last week has been discovered near the site, Germany's Bild daily reported on Wednesday, saying it had seen the footage.

France, Germany 8:05am EDT

Foreign brewers battle for Ethiopia's beer drinkers

ADDIS ABABA - International brewers are helping transform Ethiopia's business landscape as it slowly sells the assets of the former communist state and opens up to foreigners drawn to one of Africa's fastest growing economies.

Africa 8:13am EDT

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