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AP sources: Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, broadening previous plans that had limited the military to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, U.S. officials said late Friday....
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Somalia's Al-Shabab says it killed 28 in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, Al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for a Saturday dawn attack on a bus in which 28 non-Muslims were singled out and killed....
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Bahrain holds its first major vote since unrest
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Voters in Bahrain cast ballots Saturday in the island kingdom's first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests nearly four years ago, but a boycott by the country's opposition overshadowed the vote and highlighted the sectarian-charged divisions gripping this strategic U.S. ally....
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Clock ticks down on Iran nuke talks' deadline
VIENNA (AP) -- Three days ahead of deadline, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is consulting with allies on how to overcome deep obstacles to reach a nuclear deal with Iran....
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Iraqi forces, Islamic State group battle in Ramadi
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi soldiers backed by Sunni fighters launched a major operation Saturday to retake a section of the city of Ramadi seized by Islamic State group militants, an official and residents said....
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Strong quake strikes central Japan's Nagano city
TOKYO (AP) -- A strong earthquake struck central Japan on Saturday night, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning was issued....
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N. Korean student escaped kidnap attempt in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- A North Korean student with family ties to the regime has escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding....
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Activist group: US-led Syria strikes kill over 900
BEIRUT (AP) -- A prominent Syrian activist group monitoring its civil war says U.S.-led airstrikes in the country have killed over 900 people since September, many fighters of the militant Islamic State group, though some civilians as well....
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Biden calls on nations to focus on energy security
ISTANBUL (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called on Europe to continue diversifying its energy supplies to reduce dependence on Russia, which he said should not be allowed to use its vast gas and oil resources as a geopolitical tool....
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US releases Saudi prisoner from Guantanamo Bay
MIAMI (AP) -- A Saudi citizen who has spent the past 12 years detained at Guantanamo Bay has been released, the Pentagon said Saturday, amid a push to whittle down the prison population at the U.S. base in Cuba....
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