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US, Iran Cite Progress as Nuclear Talks End

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrapped up three days of nuclear talks in Switzerland on Wednesday, with officials from both sides saying progress was made.

A senior U.S. State Department official said "intense discussions" yielded "some progress," but there remain challenges to reach a framework deal with a proposed deadline at the end of the month.  

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China to Boost Military Budget by 10 Percent

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China's defense spending will increase by 10 percent this year, the latest double-digit increase for the world's largest standing military.

The figure announced Wednesday by National People's Congress spokeswoman Fu Ying means China's officially declared military budget would amount to about $145 billion in 2015.

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Former US Negotiator Pessimistic on Peace Prospects in Korea

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Tensions are rising again on the Korean peninsula as the United States and South Korea conduct joint military drills this week. In Seoul, a former chief U.S. negotiator for North Korea nuclear talks addressed a conference on the unlikely prospects for peace in the Korean peninsula.

Every year the United States and South Korea conduct a large-scale, weeks-long military exercise involving thousands of troops, to prepare for a possible attack from North Korea. And every year Pyongyang responds with harsh rhetoric and a display of military force. This year is no different.  Pyongyang fired two missiles into the sea on Monday. On Wednesday North Korea’s foreign minister warned his country has the nuclear capability to conduct a preemptive strike.

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Iraq Presses Offensive Against IS to Reclaim Tikrit

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Human Rights Watch is urging Iraqi forces and pro-government fighters to protect civilians as they press an offensive against the Islamic State group to reclaim the strategic city of Tikrit.

The group said Wednesday that is has documented multiple instances of those forces committing abuses after retaking other towns in Iraq, and stressed the need for all sides to make sure civilians are able to leave combat zones.

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Russian Activist Thinks Kremlin Ordered Nemtsov's Death

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Russian anti-Kremlin activist Alexei Navalny said Tuesday that he thought fellow opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was killed by members of either the state security services or a "pro-government organization" acting "on the orders of the political leadership of the country," including President Vladimir Putin.

He wrote in a blog post that "the only question is how the order was formulated: 'You must kill Nemtsov,' or 'You must carry out a noisy, high-profile action.' "

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Venezuela Lets Uruguay Pay for Oil With Goods, Services

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OPEC member Venezuela said Tuesday that it had modified a deal with beef-exporting Uruguay to allow it to pay for oil with goods and services, in the latest move possibly designed to ease shortages.

Under a July contract, Venezuela promised to supply 12,330 barrels of oil per day to Uruguay this year. In addition to beef, Uruguay also exports dairy products, soy, rice and oranges.

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Brazil: Inquiry sought for politicians in graft scandal

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Brazil's attorney general on Tuesday asked the nation's Supreme Court for permission to investigate 54 people, the majority top political figures, for alleged involvement in what prosecutors say is the country's largest corruption scandal yet uncovered.

Attorney General Rodrigo Janot's request to the top court opens an expansive new phase of the investigation into the kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras.


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