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U.S., Iran in last-ditch bid to clinch historic nuclear deal

VIENNA - Iran and the United States on Friday intensified efforts to overcome deep divisions in talks on Tehran's nuclear program days ahead of a deadline for agreement.

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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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Canadian vets plan to join Kurdish fight against Islamic State

OTTAWA - Several former Canadian soldiers plan to join Kurds to combat Islamic State militants in coming weeks, Canadian media reported on Friday, bolstering the ranks of foreigners fighting alongside the group.

3:11pm EST

Up to 80 people killed by suspected Ugandan rebels in Congo: group

KINSHASA - Suspected Ugandan ADF-NALU rebels have killed between 50 and 80 people in attacks near the eastern Congolese town of Beni, slitting the throats of many of their victims, local sources and witnesses said on Friday.

Africa, Congo 1:28pm EST

Obama will visit India again as ties expand

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama will attend India's Republic Day celebrations in January as chief guest, a sign of steadily expanding ties between two countries that share concerns about China's growing power in Asia.

Politics, China, 2:12pm EST

Torturers of Chilean President's father sentenced to jail

SANTIAGO - A Chilean judge on Friday sentenced two retired colonels to prison for the torture of President Michelle Bachelet's father which indirectly led to his death during the early days of General Augusto Pinochet's 1973-1990 dictatorship.

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