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Iran, powers push for nuclear deal as clock ticks toward deadline

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Iran and six world powers ramped up the pace at Tuesday's negotiations over a preliminary deal on the Iranian nuclear program, as their self-imposed deadline approached and both sides warned it was crucial to overcome differences that could wreck an agreement.

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Thai PM asks king's permission to lift martial law

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday he has asked for King Bhumibol Adulyadej's permission to lift martial law, which has been in place since before a coup 10 months ago, replacing it with a law that maintains the army's wide-ranging powers.

Thailand 4:36am EDT

Spain arrests four including two teens planning to travel to Syria

MADRID - Two young teenagers were arrested early on Tuesday in northeastern Spain, the same morning they planned to travel to Syria to fight with Islamist militants there, the Spanish interior ministry said.

3:26am EDT

Major power outage hits cities and provinces across Turkey

ISTANBUL - A major power outage hit cities and provinces across Turkey on Tuesday, including the capital of Ankara and the biggest city, Istanbul, where parts of the subway system were shut down and shopping malls were plunged into darkness.

Turkey 5:34am EDT

Vietnam hit by rare strike at major footwear factory

HANOI - Thousands of workers at a major factory in southern Vietnam went on strike for a fifth day on Tuesday in protest over social insurance cover, in rare show of labor unrest in a country positioning itself as a future Asian manufacturing powerhouse.

4:11am EDT

Philippines ends offensive against small Muslim rebel group

MAMAPASANO, Philippines - The Philippine military on Tuesday ended a five-week all-out offensive against a small but violent splinter group of its largest Muslim rebel group, allowing around 90,000 displaced residents to return home.

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