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Washington Awaits Outcome of Iran Talks

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Suspense surrounding extended international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program is keenly felt in Washington, where any deal would face tough votes in both houses of the Republican-led Congress.

Some lawmakers already are positioning themselves in opposition to whatever pact may emerge by Tuesday’s deadline, saying America is making a mistake.

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US Officials Complete Trade Mission to Africa

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Sub-Saharan Africa is home to six of the world’s fastest growing economies, and the continent itself is growing at over four percent per year.

The US Government sees that as an opportunity for American companies to find trade partners that will create economic benefits – and jobs.

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Key Issues Unresolved as Iran Nuclear Talks Near Deadline

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The foreign ministers from the group of six world powers and Iran are locked in intense negotiations in Vienna on Monday, with key disputes still unresolved a day before the self-imposed July 7 deadline to reach a comprehensive deal to limit Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

The diplomats, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, stressed that despite some progress the two sides must still negotiate major differences on key issues.

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IS Video Shows Mass Execution in Syria's Palmyra

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Islamic State militants have released a video showing 25 men being executed by what appear to be teenagers in an ancient amphitheater in the Syrian city of Palmyra.

The video, uploaded to social media Saturday, purports to show IS militants leading a group of what are said to be Syrian government soldiers from the notorious Palmyra prison to the amphitheater, where they are then shot.

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Putin: US-Russian Relations Key for Solving Global Crises

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said relations between Moscow and Washington remain the most important factor in ensuring stability and security in the world.

In a congratulatory message to U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday on the U.S. Independence Day, Putin said that despite the differences, Russia and the U.S. could find solutions for the most difficult international problems and meet the global challenges together, if they engage in a dialogue based on equality and respect for each other’s interests.

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Russia Bans Internet Database Archive

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 Internet users in Russia will no longer be able to access a massive database of cached webpages, apparently due to one single website authorities in Moscow don’t like.

Russia’s attorney general has ordered blockage of the site, known as “The Wayback Machine,” citing legislation that bans minors from accessing sites that contain pornography, sexual abuse, or extremist activities.

The Wayback Machine stores cached images of webpages around the world going back as far as 1996 and contains almost 500 billion stored images.

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US-Led Coalition Airstrikes Target IS in Syria, Iraq

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The U.S.-led coalition carried out 38 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq over a 24-hour period Saturday into Sunday with nearly half of the sorties conducted around the self-proclaimed IS capital of Raqqa. Fighting in northern Syria has alarmed neighboring Turkey, which has vowed retaliation if it feels threatened. 

 

A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition Operation: Inherent Resolve said 18 of the 38 airstrikes destroyed vehicles and bridges in Raqqa province representing, in his words, “one of the largest deliberate engagements…conducted to date in Syria.”  He said it will deny the IS group “the ability to move military capabilities throughout Syria and into Iraq.”

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