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-- TOP STORIES --
+ World powers, Iran lock horns on nuclear deal
+ Karzai backs security pact with US
+ Ukraine scraps plan to sign EU deal
+ Ugandan warlord Kony negotiating surrender
+ Monty Python to reunite for London show
Iran and world powers lock horns in intense and difficult talks on a preliminary nuclear accord, with Tehran saying "serious issues" still had to be resolved.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai gives his backing to a proposed security pact with the United States that will see up to 15,000 foreign troops stay in the war-torn country.
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Ukraine orders the halt of work to sign a trade and political agreement with the European Union at a key summit this month, effectively burying the chance of the historic deal being signed in the next years.
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The Central African Republic's president says he is in contact with Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, one of the world's most wanted war criminals, to negotiate his surrender.
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The five surviving members of Britain's cult comedy troupe Monty Python announce they will re-unite for a one-off show in London on July 1 next year, three decades after they last performed together.
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-- EUROPE --
France says the suspect arrested over this week's shootings in Paris was previously jailed for his role in a "Bonnie-and-Clyde" style multiple murder and left rambling letters denouncing fascist conspiracies and media manipulation.
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Russia releases four Greenpeace activists on bail, bringing to five the number freed from jail as President Vladimir Putin says the group had noble motives for their Arctic protest but the wrong method.
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Germany is set to introduce a national minimum wage, Chancellor Angela Merkel says, giving in to a key demand by the centre-left party with which she hopes to form a government by the end of the year.
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Exasperated green groups walk out of faltering UN climate talks in Warsaw as rich and poor nations bicker about who must do what to curb planet warming.
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Italy's Silvio Berlusconi, found guilty in June of paying for sex with an underage prostitute, doctored the evidence against him and corrupted witnesses in a bid to escape jail, a court report says.
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-- MIDDLE EAST --
A car bomb rips through a packed food market north of Baghdad, killing 30 people, as Iraq's death toll for 2013 from a surge in violence nationwide tops 5,800.
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Divisions in rebel ranks and more committed loyalist fighters are helping the Syrian regime notch up military victories that would give it the upper hand at peace talks, analysts and rebels say.
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-- AFRICA --
The United Nations in Somalia calls for a "proper investigation" after police again arrest an alleged rape victim and the journalists who reported her story.
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-- AMERICAS --
Janet Yellen gets the nod from a key Senate committee to become the next head of the Federal Reserve, but now her nomination has to pass the whole Senate, where some Republicans have threatened to try to stall it.
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-- ASIA --
Nepal's Maoist leader, who swapped arms for politics in 2006 after a civil war, throws the country's election into doubt by claiming polls this week were rigged, following losses for his party.
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A US drone in northwest Pakistan kills six people including a senior leader of the ruthless Haqqani network, officials say, in only the second such strike outside the country's lawless tribal districts.
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Indonesia's military halts training with Canberra as a decision to freeze cooperation over spying claims takes effect, while angry demonstrators declare they are "ready for war" with Australia.
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Around two dozen women arrive on the outskirts of Karachi after a gruelling 700 kilometre march to call for the return of hundreds of missing relatives who have disappeared in the restive province of Baluchistan.
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The editor of India's leading investigative news magazine is accused of trying to gloss over a serious sex crime after he announces he will take six months leave as "penance" for assaulting a colleague.
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