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IAEA chief heads to Iran as nuclear talks reach last stretch

VIENNA - The global nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday its boss would fly to Tehran to discuss some of the last big issues that need to be resolved so that Iran and world powers can reach a breakthrough final nuclear deal by a new deadline of next week.

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Mass killer Breivik accuses Norway of violating his human rights

OSLO - Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik launched legal action on Wednesday accusing the Norwegian state of violating his human rights by keeping him in strict isolation in prison four years after he massacred 77 people.

Norway 11:10am EDT

Brazil's President Rousseff sees popularity drop to new low

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO - The popularity of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's government fell to a new low, driven by a deteriorating economy, higher interest rates and a widening corruption scandal tarnishing her political party, a nationwide poll showed on Wednesday.

Brazil 11:14am EDT

Houthi shells kill 18 in Yemen, dengue fever spreading rapidly

ADEN - Shells fired by Yemen's dominant Houthi group killed 18 people near the southern port city of Aden early on Wednesday, local officials and witnesses said, while the United Nations warned a dengue fever outbreak in Aden was rapidly gaining pace.

United Nations, Yemen 10:38am EDT

Turkish parliament elects ruling party MP speaker, reducing hopes for grand coalition

ANKARA - Turkey's parliament voted along party lines on Wednesday to elect as its speaker Ismet Yilmaz, Defence Minister from the ruling AK Party, reducing prospects of a grand coalition between the assembly's two biggest parties.

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Kuwait arrests two police officers in crackdown on militants: media

KUWAIT - Kuwait has arrested two police officers in a security crackdown on Islamist militants launched after last week's deadly bombing of a mosque claimed by Islamic State, newspapers reported on Wednesday.

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