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McConnell challenges Obama on Iran deal

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik WASHINGTON (AP) — Backed by Israel, congressional Republicans forcefully challenged President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday as the White House dispatched a Cabinet-level lobbying team to build support for the agreement to...
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Tony Blair warns UK’s Labour: Left turn will lose voters

AP Photo/Stefan Rousseau LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Labour Party lost the election. Now it is losing its way, careening into a crisis that could rip apart a party that governed for long stretches of the 20th century. Labour is seeking a new leader to help it regain...

Teen, mother lose challenge against UK abortion ruling

LONDON (AP) — A teenager and her mother on Wednesday lost a legal challenge against a rule that prevents women from Northern Ireland from receiving free abortions in England. The 18-year-old from Northern Ireland, who cannot be named to protect her identity, was 15 when she...
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Carter: Saudis welcoming Iran deal with reservations

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi King Salman welcomed the Iran nuclear deal in a meeting with Defense Secretary Ash Carter but expressed reservations about how effectively it will be enforced, Carter said Wednesday.. Carter met with the king as well...
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Prosecutors: Suspects targeted Italian base with US presence

AP Photo/Antonio Calanni MILAN (AP) — Two terror suspects arrested Wednesday who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group had among their targets an Italian military base near the northern city of Brescia that has a U.S. military presence, prosecutors said. Prosecutor...

Snorkeler dies after windsurfer’s board hit her in Spain

MADRID (AP) — Authorities say a Russian woman died after a windsurfer’s board slashed her throat while she was snorkeling off Spain’s Canary Islands. A local official in Gran Canaria said Wednesday that the woman had been snorkeling Monday about 25 meters (80...

Iranian official: Held US citizens discussed at nuke talks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s deputy foreign minister says Iranian diplomats discussed the case of Americans still held captive by Tehran. The issue was raised on the sidelines of negotiations in Vienna earlier this month that led to the landmark deal on curbing...
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For some Kenyans, Obama is coming home

AP Photo/STR NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Karibu Kenya, President Obama. Welcome to Kenya. For many Kenyans, the Swahili-language slogan will be more than just a polite greeting when the American president visits the country where his father was born, his first trip to Kenya since...

Eruptions of ash at 5 volcanoes shroud skies in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Major eruptions at five volcanoes in Indonesia have darkened skies with ash over a large swath of the archipelagic nation and three airports have closed. Government volcanologist Surono said Mount Raung on Java island erupted again Wednesday,...

University of Birmingham says Quran parchment among oldest

LONDON (AP) — The University of Birmingham says new scientific tests on a Quran parchment place it close to the time of the Prophet Muhammad. The university said Wednesday that radiocarbon dating has put the parchment among one of the oldest known manuscripts of the Muslim...