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Turkey vows vengeance after Kurdish militants blamed for attack that killed 38

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ISTANBUL Turkey on Sunday vowed vengeance against Kurdish militants it said were likely behind twin bombings that killed 38 people and wounded 155 in what appeared to be a coordinated attack on police outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul. | Video

Iran close to Airbus deal, to get first jets in 2017: official

PARIS Iran is close to finalizing a deal to buy dozens of passenger jets from Europe's Airbus, having signed a $16.6 billion deal with Boeing earlier on Sunday, an Iranian official told Reuters.

Cairo church bombing kills 25, raises fears among Christians

CAIRO A bombing at Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49, many of them women and children attending Sunday mass, in the deadliest attack on Egypt's Christian minority in years.

World, Egypt 9:16am EST

UK's Boris Johnson in Saudi Arabia says candor important, stresses friendship

RIYADH British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reiterated Britain's close ties to Saudi Arabia on a visit on Sunday and said candor was also important, days after making comments widely seen as critical of the conservative Gulf Arab country.

World, Saudi Arabia 8:10am EST

Oil slump prompts Gulf states to take shine off cushy government jobs

DOHA Ahmed, a Qatari civil servant, used to arrive at his office at a government ministry in Doha late in the morning and leave for home after lunch, collecting a monthly salary of 40,000 rial ($11,000) and a generous housing and travel allowance.

8:08am EST

Saudi hits new oil output record in November amid OPEC cut talk

VIENNA Saudi Arabia pumped record-high amounts of oil in November, amid talks over a global deal to cut production, defying market expectations of lower output on slower domestic demand and refinery maintenance.

Syrian army advance in Aleppo as rebels face 'death or surrender'

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT The Syrian army and its allies advanced on Sunday in southeast Aleppo and a rebel official said insurgents face "death or surrender" in an ever smaller enclave, with large numbers of civilians under very fierce bombardment.

World, Syria 7:59am EST

Kuwait's emir tells new parliament austerity is inevitable

KUWAIT Cutting public spending has become inevitable because of the sharp drop in oil prices, Kuwait's emir on Sunday told a new parliament that was elected partly by voters protesting against austerity policies.

7:20am EST

Iraqi Christians confront painful memories in town's clean-up

QARAQOSH, Iraq For decades, the Immaculate Conception Church in Qaraqosh was the heart of Iraq's largest Christian town. After two years under Islamic State rule, it lies scarred and desecrated.

World, Iraq 6:45am EST

Iran signs $16.6 billion deal for 80 Boeing planes: IRNA

DUBAI IranAir said it signed a deal on Sunday to buy 80 passenger planes from U.S. aircraft maker Boeing , state news agency IRNA reported, in the biggest U.S.-Iran deal since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

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