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U.S. military failed in rescue attempt for journalist Foley

BAGHDAD/EDGARTOWN Mass. - The U.S. military earlier this summer carried out an attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, in an operation that the Pentagon said ultimately failed to find the captives.

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Heavy fighting erupts in Libya's Benghazi, killing five

BENGHAZI Libya - Clashes between irregular forces of a renegade general and Islamists erupted in Libya's eastern Benghazi city on Wednesday, killing at least five people, medical and military sources said.

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Afghanistan gives NYT reporter 24 hours to leave country

KABUL - Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General's office said on Wednesday.

Iran moving to meet terms of extended nuclear deal: IAEA

VIENNA - Iran has started taking action to comply with the terms of an extended agreement with six world powers over its disputed atomic activities, a U.N. nuclear watchdog report obtained by Reuters on Wednesday showed.

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Mexico's ruling party proposes cutting seats from Congress

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's ruling party on Wednesday proposed holding a referendum next year to reduce the size of Congress, which could strengthen its own hand and streamline legislative decision-making.

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West Africa must confront political weaknesses to curb drugs trade: Obasanjo

ACCRA - West Africa must openly confront its political and governance weaknesses to curb the growing drug trade in the region, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Wednesday.

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