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June 24, 2015 - 3:07am
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VIENNA (AP) — A confidential document obtained by The Associated Press shows that the U.S. and others negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran are ready to offer high-tech reactors and other equipment to Tehran if it crimps programs that can make atomic arms.

Beyond a pact limiting Iran's ability to make a nuclear weapon for at least 10 years, the U.S. and its negotiating partners hope to eliminate any grounds for Iran to argue that it needs to expand programs that could be...

June 24, 2015 - 2:40am
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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A British national working at the inaugural European Games was killed in a road crash in Baku.

The Briton, who has not been named, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by an Azerbaijani, who was also killed in the incident on Tuesday, police spokesman Ehsan Zahid said.

Two more British nationals were hospitalized, and receiving consular assistance, British Embassy spokesperson Gunel Ahmedova told The Associated Press on...

June 24, 2015 - 2:27am
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BEIJING (AP) — China has put on display the latest twin pandas born through artificial insemination as part of efforts to boost the numbers of its unofficial national mascot.

Still mostly hairless and with their eyes yet to open, the sisters were met by adoring fans at a breeding center in the southwestern city of Chengdu on Tuesday.

Their mother, seven-year old Kelin, gave birth to the twins early Monday.

Wu Kongju, chief...

June 24, 2015 - 2:25am
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch retailer Royal Ahold NV, operator of U.S. supermarket chains Stop & Shop and Giant, has agreed to merge with its Belgian counterpart Delhaize Group, in a deal that creates a company that will serve more than 50 million customers a week across the Atlantic.

The two retailers announced the deal Wednesday and say it is expected to be completed in mid-2016, subject to regulators' approval. Delhaize shareholders will receive 4.75 Ahold...

June 24, 2015 - 2:15am
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's constitutional watchdog has ratified legislation banning access to military sites and scientists as Tehran and world powers approach a deadline for reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal.

State TV says the Guardian Council ratified the bill Wednesday. All bills have to be approved by the council to become a law.

The bill would allow for international inspections of Iranian nuclear sites within the framework of the Nuclear...

June 24, 2015 - 1:10am
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia says it will become a founding member of a Chinese-led Asian regional bank and its sixth largest shareholder.

A government statement said on Wednesday that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank presented Australia with great opportunities to work with its neighbors and largest trading partner, China, to drive economic growth and jobs.

The bank is expected to be operating by the end of the year....

June 24, 2015 - 12:49am
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BEIJING (AP) — China says Southeast Asia's lawless 'Golden Triangle' region remains the overwhelming source of the heroin and methamphetamine used in the country.

A Cabinet report on China's drug situation released Wednesday underscores the threat posed by the region incorporating parts of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, despite efforts at cross-border cooperation.

It said that 90 percent of the 9.3 tons of heroin and 11.4 tons of methamphetamine seized...

June 24, 2015 - 12:15am
1 week 3 days ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military says two soldiers have been killed and three others wounded in bomb attacks by Abu Sayyaf militants in a southern province.

A military report on Wednesday says the bombings came a week after a pipe bomb killed a soldier and wounded eight others in Basilan, one of the southern island provinces where the militants operate.

The report says the first blast Tuesday morning killed two soldiers and wounded...

June 23, 2015 - 8:07pm
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The executive director of Puerto Rico's heavily indebted public power company has stepped down.

Juan Alicea Flores resigned Tuesday after spending two years overseeing the Electric Energy Authority.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said in a statement that his administration will continue to pursue changes within the Electric Energy Authority to help boost the island's economy. He provided no other details....

June 23, 2015 - 7:45pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Actress and activist Olivia Wilde is campaigning to remind the world that the Ebola crisis is far from over.

The 31-year-old actress, who appeared in the TV medical drama "House" and soon will be co-starring in the Christmas holiday comedy "Love The Coopers," came to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations on Tuesday in a different role — as executive producer of the award-winning short documentary on Ebola "Body Team 12."

She...

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