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Kerry seeks to convince Gulf Arabs on Iran deal

DOHA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began talks with Gulf states in Qatar on Monday, seeking to convince them of the merits of last month's nuclear deal with Iran and to discuss the battle against Islamic State militants and the war in Syria.

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China wants no talk of South China Sea at upcoming ASEAN meeting

KUALA LUMPUR - Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said on Monday the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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Russia critical of U.S. plan to give rebels air cover in Syria

MOSCOW - Russia on Monday criticised U.S. plans to provide together with Turkey air cover for Syrian rebels, saying any support for rivals of Russian ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hampered Damascus' fight against Islamic State.

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Rescuers in Myanmar struggle to reach flood-hit areas, toll seen rising

YANGON - A death toll of 27 from flooding across Myanmar was expected to rise as rescue workers struggled on Monday to reach some of the hardest-hit and most remote inundated areas, officials said.

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Russia says kills six suspected militants in North Caucasus

MOSCOW - Russian law enforcers killed six people suspected of involvement in "international terrorism" in the city of Nalchik, the capital of Russia's North Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria, the national Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) said on Monday.

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Beijing to limit cars, factories to ensure clean air for war anniversary

BEIJING - Beijing will limit the number of vehicles on the streets and shut factories to ensure clean air during a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, the government and media said on Monday.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Greek stocks bashed at restart, China woes go on for commodities

LONDON, Aug 3 - The Greek stock market slumped when it reopened on Monday after being shut down for five weeks, while weak data from China helped push oil prices to their lowest in six months and Asian stocks close to their 2015 lows.