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IAEA chief heads to Iran as nuclear talks reach last stretch

VIENNA - The global nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday its boss would fly to Tehran to discuss one of the biggest sticking points that need to be resolved so that Iran and world powers can reach a breakthrough final nuclear deal by a new deadline of next week.

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Germany appoints senior judge to inspect list of NSA targets

- Germany on Wednesday named a former senior judge as special investigator to inspect a list of targets that German intelligence tracked on behalf of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), causing a political uproar.

Germany, 2:54pm EDT

Libyan PM hopes for agreement with rivals on Thursday

VALLETTA - The internationally recognized prime minister of Libya said he hoped to reach a power-sharing peace agreement on Thursday with his rivals during U.N.-backed talks that seek to end a conflict that threatens to break up the country.

Libya 2:46pm EDT

Tunisia identifies all 38 hotel attack victims, 30 of them British

TUNIS - Thirty Britons and eight other foreigners were killed last Friday when a gunman opened fire on holiday-makers at a Tunisian hotel, Tunisia's health ministry said on Wednesday, completing the last formal identification.

Tunisia 1:34pm EDT

Syrian Kurds say thwart big Islamic State attack on border town

BEIRUT - A Syrian Kurdish militia said it had recovered full control of the border town of Tel Abyad on Wednesday after Islamic State fighters raided its outskirts the day before in preparation for a larger assault.

Syria 11:34am EDT

Talk of Syria action may be Erdogan's latest gambit to pressure the West

ANKARA - Alarmed by Syrian Kurds' advances against Islamic State, and irked by Western reluctance to tackle Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Tayyip Erdogan has once again raised the prospect of a Turkish military intervention in Syria.

Syria 12:16pm EDT

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