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Germany, France usher Greece back to negotiating table 22 May 2015

RIGA - European leaders told Greece on Friday to return to the negotiating table for "intensive work" to wrap up a reform agreement before cash runs out, sidestepping Athens' demand for a comprehensive, long-term solution to its troubles.

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Fed on track to hike rates as economic headwinds wane - Yellen

22 May 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was clearer than ever on Friday that the central bank was poised to raise interest rates this year, as the U.S. economy was set to bounce back from an early-year slump and as headwinds at home and abroad waned.

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China says U.S. South China Sea actions 'irresponsible, dangerous'

22 May 2015

BEIJING/WASHINGTON - China said on Friday it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. spy plane flew over part of the South China Sea this week near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident.

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Bank of England's Haldane says UK rates to rise at some point

22 May 2015

LONDON - The Bank of England's chief economist Andy Haldane said on Friday that the central bank would raise interest rates in the future but they would probably not return to levels as high as before the financial crisis.

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Myanmar's Rakhine State denies persecution at root of migrant crisis

22 May 2015

SITTWE, Myanmar/YANGON - The head of the Myanmar state from which thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing denied that persecution had prompted the exodus after the United States called on the country to deal with its root causes. | Video

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Islamic State fighters press advance east of Iraqi town

22 May 2015

BAGHDAD - Islamic state fighters pressed an advance east of Ramadi on Friday after breaching Iraqi defences outside the city the insurgents overran last weekend in a major defeat for the Baghdad government.

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Clashes in Mali as U.N. investigates reports of executions, abuses

Clashes between Tuareg rebels and pro-government militias continue in northern Mali as the U.N. investigates reports of human rights abuses. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).