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Islamic State presses assault on Syrian border town, Kurds warn Turkey

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - Islamic State insurgents tightened their grip on a Syrian border town on Thursday despite coalition air strikes meant to weaken them, sending thousands more Kurdish refugees into Turkey and dragging Ankara deeper into the conflict. | Video

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U.N. nuclear watchdog pushes for headway in Iran inquiry: diplomats

VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear agency is expected to make a new attempt soon to advance its investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Iran, diplomats said on Thursday, more than a month after Tehran missed a deadline for cooperation.

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Deficit challenge looms for UK parties before election

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron's announcement of tax cuts has exhilarated his Conservative Party, but the sobering question of who can be trusted with Britain's public finances remains the key to next year's national election.

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Libyan soldiers killed in Benghazi attacks

BENGHAZI Libya - Up to 12 Libyan soldiers were killed and 60 wounded in a double suicide bombing and clashes in the port city of Benghazi on Thursday, medics said.

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Bahrain to detain, question activist Nabeel Rajab for one week: associate

DUBAI - Bahrain's Public Prosecution on Thursday ordered prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab to be held and questioned for one week over remarks published on his Twitter account that were critical of state institutions, an associate of Rajab's said.

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Venezuelan 'Chavista' lawmaker Serra, partner killed

CARACAS - Robert Serra, a "Chavista" ruling party lawmaker, and his partner were found dead in their home in Caracas late Wednesday, government officials said, in Venezuela's latest high-profile violent crime.

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