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Iran nuclear talks extended; Russia says 'key aspects' agreed

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Six world powers and Iran will meet again later on Wednesday in a bid to reach an outline accord reining in Tehran's nuclear programme, after failing to agree crucial details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions by a Tuesday deadline. | Video

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Malaysia rejects jailed opposition leader's petition for royal pardon

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia has rejected a petition seeking a royal pardon for jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is serving a five-year prison term for sodomy, court officials and his lawyers said on Wednesday.

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Indonesian court to decide on Bali Nine execution appeal on April 6

JAKARTA - An Indonesian court hearing the appeals of two Australian death row convicts will announce a verdict on April 6, one of the judges determining the case said on Wednesday.

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Clean-up crew on hand to spruce up Japan's 'lonely death' apartments

TOKYO - In March, the body of an elderly man was found on the floor of his apartment in downtown Tokyo. He had been dead for a month.

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Malaysian police release media CEO, editor held under sedition

KUALA LUMPUR - Police released the publisher of a Malaysian media group and a senior executive on bail on Wednesday, after arresting them for sedition related to a news report published last month, their company's lawyers said.

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Israel expects hundreds of civilian casualties in next war with Hezbollah

JERUSALEM - Israel could suffer hundreds of civilian dead and damage to its vital infrastructure from Hezbollah rockets if it fights another war with the Iranian-backed Lebanese guerrilla group, according to Israeli military assessments.

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