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World powers intensify Iran nuclear talks, Israel hopes for failure

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - World powers intensified nuclear talks with Iran on Sunday, two days before a deadline for reaching a framework deal, but Israel expressed cautious hope the negotiations would collapse.

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Hardline Mali rebel demands stall hopes for peace

DAKAR - Mediators in northern Mali's conflict underestimated the radicalization of a new generation at the heart of a separatist movement, a misstep that left the peace process in tatters after rebels refused to sign a proposed deal.

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Arab summit agrees on unified military force for crises

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt - Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt announced the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya, and as regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran engage in sectarian proxy wars.

Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Libya 9:05am EDT

U.S. allies strike 14 targets in Iraq, one in Syria

WASHINGTON - Members of the U.S.-led coalition struck targets in Iraq and Syria overnight as part of the fight against Islamic State militants, according to a press release from the combined joint task force.

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Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt - Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Russia, Saudi Arabia 8:40am EDT

Tens of thousands of Tunisians march after Bardo attack

TUNIS - Tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital in a show of solidarity against Islamist militants on Sunday, hours after the government said its forces had killed nine members of a group suspected of carrying out this month's deadly Bardo Museum attack.

Tunisia 7:23am EDT

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