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Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Until July 7

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Negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, which were under a Tuesday deadline, have been extended until July 7, U.S. officials say.

Participants "have decided to extend the measures under the Joint Plan of Action until July 7 to allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solution - a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - on the Iran nuclear issue,"‎ U.S. spokeswomen Marie Harf said.

The announcement came amid continuing talks in Vienna.

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Islamic State Militants Behead Women in Syria

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Syrian activists said Islamic State militants have beheaded women in Syria for the first time.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday that the women were beheaded along with their husbands in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province after being accused of sorcery.

The Observatory, which monitors violence in Syria through a network of local sources, said the Islamic State group has executed more than 3,000 people in Syria since declaring its so-called caliphate a year ago, including nearly 1,800 civilians.

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Afghan Violence Leaves 5 Dead

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At least five people were reported killed and 20 others wounded in the Afghan capital Kabul Tuesday when a suicide car bomber attacked a NATO convoy.

A spokesman for NATO’s non-combatant Resolute Support mission says all its personnel and equipment have been “safely recovered” from the site of the blast on the main road leading to Kabul's airport.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says it carried out the attack on a convoy of "occupation forces", a reference the insurgent group uses for NATO troops in the country.

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Zarif Rejoins Iran Nuclear Talks

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returned to Vienna to rejoin the negotiations on Iran's nuclear program Tuesday, the day of the original self-imposed deadline for an agreement.

Zarif arrived with Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, who has been recovering from illness, after returning to Iran for consultations Sunday.

Upon their return, Zarif met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry emerged from the talks saying, “We had a good conversation.”

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French Official: Factory Attack Bore IS Markings

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A French prosecutor says Friday's attack on a U.S. gas factory in Lyon bears the hallmarks of the Islamic State militant group.

 

Prosecutor Francois Molins said Tuesday that the man who is suspected of carrying out the attack, Yassin Salhi, had a "terrorist motive" when he beheaded his employer and attacked the gas factory.

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1 Year After Declaring Caliphate, Islamic State Remains Strong

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Monday marks one year since Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State group, declared what he called an Islamic "caliphate" stretching across eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq, now one of the deadliest areas on Earth and the focus of an international effort to combat extremists.

The statement calling for Muslims to support the effort vocalized the aspirations of the Sunni militants who have beheaded hostages, conducted suicide bombings, fought Iraqi and Syrian soldiers, and claimed responsibility for terror attacks abroad while drawing in thousands of foreigners to their cause.

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SpaceX Rocket Explodes After Florida Liftoff

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An unmanned U.S. rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded shortly after lift-off Sunday, sending bits and pieces of its 2,300 kilograms of cargo plunging into the Atlantic Ocean.

It was the third time in eight months that a station shipment had failed, with a Russian cargo ship returning from the space station spinning out of control upon re-entry in April and another supply ship destroyed in a launch accident last October.

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