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Netanyahu's popularity rises after U.S. speech, polls show

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JERUSALEM - Israeli opinion polls on Wednesday showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got a slight boost in popularity after his U.S. speech slamming an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, but he is still running neck and neck with his leading rival in a March 17 election. | Video

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Kerry says demanding Iran's 'capitulation' is no way to secure nuclear deal 12:48am GMT

MONTREUX, Switzerland - Simply demanding Iran's capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. | Video

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Libya asks U.N. for arms, jets, tanks to battle Islamic State - letter 12:11am GMT

UNITED NATIONS - Libya has sought permission from the United Nations to import 150 tanks, two dozen fighter jets, seven attack helicopters, tens of thousands of assault rifles and grenade launchers and millions of rounds of ammunition from Ukraine, Serbia and Czech Republic.

Libya declares force majeure on 11 oilfields due to insecurity - state oil co 12:11am GMT

TRIPOLI - Libya has declared force majeure on 11 of its oilfields due to the deteriorating security situation after several oil installations and ports were targeted by attacks, the state-run National Oil Corporation said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.

UK Syria charity work impeded by banks' anti-terror law worries - thinktank 12:04am GMT

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Banks' fear of breaching British counter-terrorism laws is hindering the work of UK charities in Syria, resulting in delayed transfers, accounts being closed or frozen and other problems, according to a development thinktank.

Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal could be close, details remain 12:04am GMT

WASHINGTON - Iran's foreign minister said in a U.S. television interview on Wednesday he believed "we are very close" to a nuclear arms deal with six major world powers, but cautioned there were details that needed to be worked out.

U.S. Democrats back off Iran legislation while talks go on 12:03am GMT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Wednesday they would not support bills that could influence nuclear talks with Iran in the next three weeks, essentially ensuring no such legislation will pass before negotiators' March 24 deadline for a framework agreement.

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Libya asks U.N. for arms, jets, tanks to battle Islamic State - letter 04 Mar 2015

UNITED NATIONS - Libya has sought permission from the United Nations to import 150 tanks, two dozen fighter jets, seven attack helicopters, tens of thousands of assault rifles and grenade launchers and millions of rounds of ammunition from Ukraine, Serbia and Czech Republic.

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Kerry says demanding Iran's 'capitulation' is no way to secure nuclear deal 04 Mar 2015

MONTREUX, Switzerland - Simply demanding Iran's capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. | Video

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U.S. Vice President Biden, Iraq's Abadi discuss Tikrit fight 04 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday about the fight against Islamic State militants including the Iraqi-led operations in Tikrit, the White House said. | Video

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