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Kerry says 'big gaps' remain in Iran nuclear talks

VIENNA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday there were still serious gaps in talks over Iran's nuclear program despite signs of some progress two days before a deadline to reach a deal between Tehran and major powers.

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Kenyan bus attack kills 28; Islamists claim responsibility

NAIROBI - Somalia's al Shabaab Islamists said they staged an attack in Kenya on Saturday in which gunmen ordered non-Muslims off a bus and shot 28 dead, while sparing Muslim passengers.

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Colombia's Santos says FARC release of hostages will be next week

BOGOTA - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he hoped next week to secure the release of five captives, including an army general, held by Marxist FARC rebels, a move that will allow stalled peace talks to continue.

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U.S. releases Guantanamo prisoner to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON - A Saudi inmate held for 12 years at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on suspicion of fighting in Afghanistan for al Qaeda has been transferred to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Defense Department said on Saturday.

U.S. welcomes oil deal between Iraqi Kurdistan and Baghdad

ISTANBUL - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden welcomed an agreement between Iraq's central government and its northern Kurdistan region over the management of oil exports, a step forward in a feud that has threatened the unity of Iraq.

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France's ex-president Sarkozy loses support in party race

PARIS - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has lost support in the race for head of the conservative party and could miss the landslide victory that would guarantee his party's nomination for the 2017 presidential election, a poll showed.

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