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U.S., Iran discussing new ideas to break nuclear impasse: sources

VIENNA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are discussing new ideas aimed at breaking the deadlock in nuclear talks between Tehran and six world powers, sources close to the talks said on Friday.

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Canadian vets plan to join Kurdish fight against Islamic State

OTTAWA - Several former Canadian soldiers plan to join Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in coming weeks, with at least one already in Iraq, Canadian media reported on Friday, bolstering the ranks of foreigners fighting alongside the Kurds.

Iraq 5:39pm EST

Cuban migrants head off from Caymans, bound for Honduras

GEORGE TOWN Cayman Islands - A group of 15 Cuban migrants waved to onlookers as they set sail from Grand Cayman aboard a 14-foot homemade boat on Friday after a brief overnight stop, hoping to make the risky 400-mile journey across the Caribbean to the north coast of Honduras.

Cuba 8:00pm EST

U.N. calls for credible Myanmar election, minority protection

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations called on Myanmar on Friday to continue reforms to ensure credible elections next year and to step up efforts to protect ethic and religious minorities.

United Nations 6:00pm EST

Japan PM seeks verdict on 'Abenomics' in snap election

TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament's lower house on Friday for a snap election on Dec. 14, seeking a fresh mandate for his struggling "Abenomics" revival strategy just two years after he returned to power promising that "Japan is Back". | Video

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Grappling with protests, Mexico president urges swift judicial reform

MEXICO CITY - Embattled President Enrique Peña Nieto called on Mexico's states on Friday to swiftly adopt steps to modernize the justice system as he tries to defuse mass protests over the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers.

Mexico 5:16pm EST

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