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Iraq launches attack to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

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BAGHDAD - Iraq's armed forces, backed by Shi'ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday as they launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit and the surrounding Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin. | Video

World, Iraq, Middle East 3:52pm GMT

Mixed messages on third Greek bailout talks

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MADRID/ATHENS - Euro zone countries are discussing a third bailout for Greece worth 30 billion to 50 billion euros, Spain's economy minister said on Monday, but EU officials said there were no such talks.

Business, World, Spain 6:57pm GMT

Pro-Russian rebels train for more fighting despite Ukraine truce

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DONETSK, Ukraine - A ceasefire is broadly holding at last on the front line in eastern Ukraine, but fighters in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk are training for another round of clashes against government troops.

8:13pm GMT

Netanyahu warns Obama on Iran deal, says he means no disrespect

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WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Monday that the nuclear deal it is negotiating with Iran could threaten Israel's survival and insisted he had a "moral obligation" to speak up about deep differences with President Barack Obama on the issue. | Video

World, Israel, Middle East 8:11pm GMT

U.N. nuclear watchdog says pace of Iran's cooperation slow

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VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said on Monday Iran was being slow to cooperate with his agency's investigation into the Iranian atomic programme and that the inquiry could not continue indefinitely.

World, Middle East 2:48pm GMT

Accused al Qaeda operative wrote in code about UK bomb plot - U.S.

NEW YORK - A Pakistani man used a code in which women's names substituted for bomb materials when he would email with al Qaeda about a plot to kill hundreds of people in England in 2009, a U.S. prosecutor said on Monday.

8:31pm GMT

North Korea angered by U.S.-South Korea military drills, fires missiles off coast

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SEOUL - North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its eastern coast on Monday, South Korean officials said, a defiant response to annual joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States, but one which drew a swift protest from Japan. | Video

5:45pm GMT

Venezuela tells U.S. embassy to downsize amid diplomatic tension

CARACAS - Venezuela on Monday ordered the U.S. embassy in Caracas to reduce its personnel from 100 to 17 amid a new diplomatic flare-up between the socialist government and its ideological foe to the north.

7:49pm GMT

Kerry cautions Israel not to undercut Iran diplomacy as talks resume

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MONTREUX, Switzerland - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry quietly cautioned Israel not to undercut Iran nuclear negotiations that resumed on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to make the case against his diplomacy before the U.S. Congress.

World, Israel, Middle East 6:20pm GMT

Libya's Haftar appointed army chief for recognised government

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BENGHAZI, Libya - Khalifa Haftar, one of the most divisive figures in post-revolutionary Libya, was appointed army commander for the country's internationally recognised government on Monday in a move that could complicate U.N. talks to end the conflict.

World, Libya, Middle East 7:52pm GMT