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Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combatting its spread. More than 20 people, many of them health-care workers, have been reported infected with the Middle East respiratory [...]

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Turkey increases spy agency’s powers

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament on Thursday approved a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country’s spy agency. It’s the latest in a string of moves that critics say is undermining the country’s democracy. The bill, which requires presidential approval, would give Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency, or MIT, the ability to [...]

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UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade

VIENNA (AP) — Iran has converted three quarters of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms and is well on the way toward transforming the rest, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday. The development — agreed to by Iran under a nuclear deal it struck late [...]

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Court chaos: Iraqi man convicted in wife’s murder

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — What began as a hate crime investigation two years ago has led to the murder conviction of an Iraqi immigrant, whose wife was found badly beaten with a threatening note labeling her a terrorist. The verdict delivered Thursday against Kassim Alhimidi, who shook his head and wagged his finger as [...]

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Views differ of imam accused in US terrorism case

NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian imam who led a London mosque more than a dozen years ago was portrayed in opening statements at his terrorism trial as an enthusiastic supporter of al-Qaida by a prosecutor and as a reasonable man who helped authorities in England keep people calm by his defense attorney. The openings [...]

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Iran: Rouhani talks peace, outreach at army parade

  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West in a speech Friday during a military parade on the country’s National Army Day. Referring to the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the world powers over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, President Hassan Rouhani said Iran has shown it has [...]

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Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs

  BEIRUT (AP) — A powerful car bomb exploded Friday outside a mosque in a pro-government district of central Syria, killing 14 peoples, state-run Syrian television reported. The bombing occurred as worshippers left the Bilal al-Habshi mosque on the edge of Akrama after attending Friday prayers, the TV said. The area, populated mainly by Alawites, [...]

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Openings begin in US trial of Egyptian preacher

NEW YORK (AP) — A defense lawyer has told a jury in New York that an Egyptian Islamic preacher on trial on charges that he supported terrorism around the world has never harmed Americans. Attorney Joshua Dratel (DRAY’-tehl) told jurors during an opening statement Thursday, April 17th that Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (muh-STAH’-fuh kah-MEHL’ muh-STAH’-fuh) will testify [...]

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Official: US looking into Syria toxic gas reports

  DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus were so far “unsubstantiated,” adding that the United States was trying to establish what really happened before it considers a response. Both sides in Syria’s civil war [...]

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Iran official concerned for nuclear power plant

  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s nuclear chief has raised concerns for the fate of the country’s only running atomic power plant amid talks with the West about a final deal to curb Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, a newspaper reported on Monday. The government-run daily “Iran” quoted Ali Akbar Salehi, the Iranian negotiator in talks [...]

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Bombings kill at least 16 people in northern Iraq

  BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombings targeting security forces in northern Iraq killed at least 16 people Sunday, authorities said, as the country prepares for a crucial election later this month. In the deadliest attack, an explosives-laden parked car exploded as a joint Iraqi army and police patrol passed through a busy commercial area in Mosul, [...]

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