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Kerry extends Iran talks, French foreign minister returns

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his German and French counterparts extended marathon talks in Switzerland on Wednesday for a second day beyond a self-imposed deadline to reach a preliminary agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. | Video

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Israel tests U.S.-backed missile shield as Iran nuclear talks churn

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON - A new Israeli air defense system being developed in partnership with the United States met all its objectives in a series of recent live interception tests, U.S. and Israeli officials said Wednesday, putting it on course for deployment by next year.

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Chad says hundreds of Boko Haram militants, nine soldiers killed in clash

N'DJAMENA - Chad's army said its forces had killed hundreds of Boko Haram militants and lost nine of its own troops in clashes in northern Nigeria on Wednesday.

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Oil platform fire toll in Gulf of Mexico: four dead, 302 evacuated

MEXICO CITY - At least four people died after a fire broke out on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico early on Wednesday, leading to the evacuation of 302 workers, Mexican state-run oil company Pemex said.

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Japan PM Abe to craft war history comments with eye on U.S.

TOKYO - When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses Japan's wartime past in a statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, the reaction of ally Washington will likely be as much, if not more, on his mind than that of Asian nations that suffered from Japanese military aggression.

Japan 6:20pm EDT

Nigeria's Buhari says to 'spare no effort' in squashing Boko Haram

ABUJA - A day after becoming the first politician in Nigerian history to succeed a sitting leader by ballot, president-elect Muhammadu Buhari promised on Wednesday to "spare no effort" to defeat Islamist militant group Boko Haram. | Video

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