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Islamic State raises flag over citadel in Syria's Palmyra: supporters

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters have raised their flag over an ancient citadel in Syria's historic city of Palmyra, pictures posted online overnight by the group's supporters showed.

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China says U.S. South China Sea actions 'irresponsible, dangerous'

BEIJING/WASHINGTON - China said on Friday it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. spy plane flew over part of the South China Sea this week near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident.

China 22 May 2015

U.S., Cuba make progress on restoring ties but no deal yet

WASHINGTON - Cuba and the United States reported making progress toward restoring diplomatic relations following two days of talks and pledged on Friday to continue informal negotiations in the coming weeks. | Video

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U.N. investigates reports of executions, abuses in Mali

BAMAKO - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes this week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government militia. | Video

United Nations, Africa, Mali 22 May 2015

Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims attack

((This May 22 story has been refiled to fix syntax in second paragraph)) | Video

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Dispute over Mideast nuclear arms ban torpedoes U.N. conference

UNITED NATIONS - A month-long review conference on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ended in failure on Friday after its members were unable to overcome disagreements on an atomic weapons ban for the Middle East, which the United States blamed on Egypt.

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