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Kerry, Zarif fail to make breakthrough in nuclear talks

Ginebra - Tehran rejected a key Western demand for site inspections Saturday and differences remained after US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart held talks to secure a nuclear deal.

Barrel bombs kill 71 civilians after Syria army retreats

Aleppo - Barrel bombs dropped from regime helicopters Saturday killed more than 70 civilians in Syria's Aleppo, while government forces in neighbouring Iraq retook an area west of the jihadist-controlled city of Ramadi.

Tense standoff outside U.S. mosque over cartoon protest

Phoenix - Anti-Islam protesters -- some of them heavily armed -- faced off against religious rights demonstrators outside a U.S. mosque, in a tense but peaceful standoff.

Iran, US eye 'intense' month to seal historic deal

Ginebra - US top diplomat John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart will Saturday launch a new high-stakes diplomatic drive to nail down an unprecedented nuclear deal as they hurtle towards a deadline just one month away.

US hits out at China over sea reclamation, vows more patrols

Singapore - The United States on Saturday called for an immediate end to China's intensifying reclamation works in the South China Sea and vowed to continue sending military aircraft and ships to the tense region.

US judge jails Silk Road mastermind for life

New York - The American convicted of masterminding the criminal website Silk Road was sentenced in court Friday to life in prison over the online enterprise that sold $200 million in drugs to customers worldwide.

US drops Cuba from terror blacklist in landmark move

Washington - The United States dropped Cuba from its blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism on Friday, removing yet another hurdle as the two countries seek to restore diplomatic ties frozen for five decades.

Silk Road website mastermind faces lengthy jail term

New York - The American convicted of masterminding criminal website Silk Road, which sold $200 million worth of drugs to customers all over the world using digital currency Bitcoin, will be jailed Friday.

Syrian army in retreat as rebels tighten grip on Idlib

Damascus - Syrian troops retreated as regime warplanes bombarded Al-Qaeda-led rebel fighters on Friday, a day after the insurgents overran the last government-held city in the key northwestern province of Idlib.

U.S. spelling bee ends in a tie — again

Oxon Hill - The world's premier spelling bee ended in a tie in the U.S. for a second year in a row after an intense 10-round showdown between two young contestants who tackled some of the English language's most obscure words.

Kenyan man pleads guilty in U.S. to supporting terrorist groups

Miami - A Kenyan man pleaded guilty to supporting three different terrorist organizations, admitting to providing money and recruits in Syria and Somalia, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Future at stake, Republicans crowd into White House race

Washington - With eight declared Republican presidential hopefuls and eight more expected to run, consensus has been brushed aside for 2016, as GOP rivals battle to shape the future of the party, and America, in the post-Obama era.

Sweet 16: The many Republicans on the White House trail

Washington - In 2008, there were 10 Republicans and eight Democrats competing to succeed George W. Bush in the White House.

18 labs may have received live anthrax samples: U.S. officials

Washington - A total of 18 laboratories may have accidentally received live samples of anthrax shipped out by the American military, U.S. authorities said.

U.S. indicts 15 Chinese in university cheating scam

New York - The United States has indicted 15 people from China with fraud and conspiracy over a four-year scam to fake entry tests into American universities in what campaigners warn is a wider problem.

Car bombs at Baghdad hotels kill at least nine: officials

Baghdad - At least nine people were killed and dozens wounded when car bombs ripped through the car parks of two upscale Baghdad hotels, officials said on Friday, updating an earlier toll.

Qaeda-led rebels take Idlib's last Syria regime bastion

Birut - A rebel coalition led by the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda stormed and seized the last regime-held city in Idlib province Thursday, as Iraq exhumed the remains of 470 jihadist victims.

First Pacific hurricane forecast for Friday

Miami - Friday is expected to see the first hurricane of the Eastern Pacific storm season, US meteorologists warned, heralding the start of a turbulent six-month period.

Five Republicans neck and neck in 2016 race: poll

Washington - Five White House hopefuls are tied atop the Republican nomination race, a national poll released Thursday showed, making it anyone's guess who will battle Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.

U.S. threatening 'chaos' in Asia-Pacific: China

Bejing - China accused the United States on Thursday of threatening to sow "chaos" in the Asia-Pacific region by inciting countries whose territorial claims in the South China Sea clash with those of Beijing.

Iraq 'exhumed 470 bodies from Tikrit mass graves'

Baghdad - Iraq has exhumed the remains of 470 people believed to have been executed by jihadists near Tikrit last year in what is known as the Speicher massacre, the health minister said Thursday.

Global study finds early treatment is effective against HIV

Washington - Early antiretroviral treatment after diagnosis of HIV infection significantly reduces the likelihood of getting AIDS or other serious illnesses, according to results from a large international clinical trial.

Dozens may have come in contact with anthrax: US military

Washington - As many as 22 people in South Korea and four US lab workers may have been exposed to anthrax after the American military accidentally shipped out at least one live sample, officials said.

FIFA sponsors pile pressure on Blatter ahead of AGM vote

Zurich - Sponsors piled pressure on FIFA leader Sepp Blatter to clean up world football as two major corruption scandals overshadowed the start of a congress Thursday at which he will seek a new term.

U.S. youth arrested for bogus 'terrorist threats'

Washington - An American youth who appeared in MTV reality show "Catfish" last year was arrested for making a series of bogus "terrorist threats" against metro stations, trains and buses in the U.S. capital.

U.S. launches new Islamic State investigations 'daily'

Washington - The United States now launches a new investigation into suspected Islamic State group sympathizers almost every day, a senior official said, underscoring the increased threat posed by the jihadist group.

U.S. army says 22 possibly exposed to anthrax at S. Korea base

Seoul - As many as 22 personnel may have been exposed to anthrax during a laboratory training exercise at a U.S. military base in South Korea, a military statement said Thursday.

U.S. military shipped live anthrax to lab by accident

Washington - The U.S. military accidentally shipped at least one live anthrax sample across the country to a commercial lab in Maryland and four workers were undergoing medical treatment as a precaution, officials said.

Iran nuclear talks shift into top gear

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to launch a final high-stakes diplomatic push to seal a ground-breaking nuclear deal with Iran, as some officials warned Wednesday the negotiations may go beyond a June 30 deadline.

Russia's nuclear threats 'deeply troubling': NATO chief

Washington - Russia's provocative rhetoric and its dramatic expansion of flights by nuclear bombers are deeply troubling and dangerous, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.
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