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Iran talks stretch into another day; deal seen close but elusive

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Major powers and Iran stretched marathon talks on Tehran's nuclear program into a second day past their deadline, with diplomats saying prospects for a preliminary agreement were finely balanced between success and collapse in the coming hours. | Video

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Murder trial of British banker adjourned by Hong Kong court

HONG KONG - A Hong Kong court adjourned on Thursday the trial of a British banker, accused of murdering two women found in his luxury high rise apartment in November, for another five weeks.

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Nigeria's Buhari says to 'spare no effort' in squashing Boko Haram

ABUJA - A day after becoming the first politician in Nigerian history to succeed a sitting leader by ballot, president-elect Muhammadu Buhari promised on Wednesday to "spare no effort" to defeat Islamist militant group Boko Haram. | Video

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Pakistan close to buying eight Chinese submarines: FT

BEIJING - Pakistan is close to signing a $4 to $5 billion deal to buy eight submarines from China, the Financial Times said on Thursday, in what it added would likely be China's largest overseas arms sale.

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China rounds up more than 1,000 in online gambling bust

BEIJING - Chinese police have rounded up more than 1,000 people involved in an online gambling network, freezing bank accounts worth about 330 million yuan ($53 million), state news agency Xinhua said.

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Iraq claims victory over Islamic State in Tikrit

TIKRIT, Iraq - The Iraqi government claimed victory over Islamic State insurgents in Tikrit on Wednesday after a month-long battle for the city supported by Shi'ite militiamen and U.S.-led air strikes, saying that only small pockets of resistance remained. | Video

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