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Iran nuclear talks extended seven months after failing to meet deadline

VIENNA - Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year on Monday to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented them from clinching an historic deal.

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Death toll in southern Morocco floods rises to 32

RABAT - Floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 32 people, swept away buildings, vehicles and roads and forced the evacuation of more than 200 people in southern Morocco, authorities said on Monday.

Environment, 9:39am EST

Tunisia presidential vote heads into close run-off

TUNIS - An official under former hardline ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali appears set for a close run-off in Tunisian presidential polls with a rival who says he represents the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprising that toppled him.

Tunisia 9:58am EST

India's Congress signals it could back Modi's insurance reform plan

NEW DELHI - India's main opposition Congress party signaled on Monday it could support government legislation to liberalize the insurance industry, a long-delayed reform expected to help improve investor confidence.

10:02am EST

U.S. seeks to step up India trade talks after WTO breakthrough

NEW DELHI - The United States wants to step up its trade dialogue with India, Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Monday, after the resolution of a global trade dispute paved the way for President Barack Obama to visit India.

6:57am EST

Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa wins 2015 budget vote despite defections

COLOMBO - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is facing a split in his ruling coalition ahead of a snap presidential poll on Jan. 8, won the final vote on the 2015 budget Monday with a strong majority.

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