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Israel, unions to start minimum wage talks as national strike looms

JERUSALEM - Israel's Finance Minister will start negotiations with the country's main labour union on Monday in a bid to avert a national strike over demands to sharply raise the minimum wage, the ministry said.

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Iran says nuclear deal 'impossible' by November 24 deadline - ISNA 12:43pm GMT

VIENNA - Iran says it will not be possible by a November 24 deadline to reach a comprehensive deal with world powers aimed at resolving the stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA reported on Sunday.

Israel charges cop with manslaughter in Palestinian youth's death 12:05pm GMT

JERUSALEM - Israeli prosecutors charged a policeman on Sunday in the fatal shooting of a teenage Palestinian protester, accusing him of deliberately switching his rubber bullets with the live round that killed the youth.

Iraqi forces battle Islamic State in towns north of Baghdad 11:10am GMT

BAGHDAD - Iraqi soldiers backed by Shi'ite militia and Kurdish peshmerga forces attacked two towns northeast of Baghdad held by Islamic State fighters on Sunday, trying to clear a main road linking the capital to the border with Iran.

Islamic State has lured 550 Germans into fighting - spy agency 11:09am GMT

BERLIN - The number of Germans fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq has increased sharply to 550 and around 180 have returned, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.

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Bahrain holds elections, Shi'ite opposition boycotts vote 1:33am GMT

MANAMA - Bahrainis voted on Saturday in the first parliamentary elections since 2011 when mostly Shi'ite protesters took to the streets demanding more democracy. | Video

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Obama approves fresh guidelines for U.S. military in Afghanistan 22 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has approved plans giving U.S. military commanders broader authority in helping Afghanistan forces repel Taliban fighters after U.S. and NATO combat operations formally end in December, a senior administration official said.

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Bahrain holds elections as Shi'ite opposition boycotts vote 22 Nov 2014

MANAMA - Bahrainis voted on Saturday in the first parliamentary elections since 2011 when mostly Shi'ite protesters took to the streets demanding more democracy. | Video

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Iran nuclear talks may be extended as U.S. sees 'big gaps' 22 Nov 2014

VIENNA - World powers and Iran struggled on Saturday to overcome the differences preventing them from ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran's atomic ambitions, raising the prospect of another extension to the high-stakes talks. | Video

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West not expected to demand Iran atom bomb 'mea culpa' in deal 22 Nov 2014

VIENNA - World powers are pressing Iran to stop stonewalling a U.N. atomic bomb investigation as part of a wider nuclear accord, but look likely to stop short of demanding full disclosure of any secret weapon work by Tehran to avoid killing an historic deal.

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