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IAEA chief Amano heads to Iran as nuclear talks extended

VIENNA - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano will be in Tehran on Thursday to discuss monitoring sensitive nuclear sites with senior officials as major powers and Iran seek a breakthrough in forging a lasting nuclear agreement.

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Singapore PM takes to the stand for hours in blogger defamation case

SINGAPORE - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took the stand for nearly seven hours on Wednesday, answering questions from a blogger he has successfully sued for defamation as the Supreme Court tried to decide how much he should be paid in damages.

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Toyota's top female executive steps down after arrest in Japan

TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday that Julie Hamp, its first female managing officer, had resigned following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller oxycodone into Japan.

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Kuwait arrests two police officers in crackdown on militants: media

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

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Short of cash, U.N. cuts Syria refugees' rations again

GENEVA - The World Food Programme, running short of cash, will halve the value of food vouchers given to Syrian refugees in Lebanon this month and may cut all help for 440,000 Syrians in Jordan next month, the U.N. agency said on Wednesday.

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Rajapaksa launches comeback bid in Sri Lanka poll for PM

MEDAMULANA, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, regarded as a hero by some and a war criminal by others for the brutal defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels six years ago, announced on Wednesday that he would stand in an election for prime minister next month.

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