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Iran sees good chance of nuclear deal

LUXEMBOURG - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday he saw a good chance of reaching a final agreement with six world powers on Iran’s nuclear program by a June 30 deadline or a few days later, provided there was political will.

Forces kill 22 suspected militants in North Sinai

ISMAILIA, Egypt - Egyptian security forces killed 22 suspected militants who were planning to target security forces in the restive North Sinai province on Monday, security sources said.

Chad says it bombed Boko Haram bases

N’DJAMENA, Chad — Chad’s military said it had carried out air strikes against Boko Haram bases in Nigeria in retaliation for twin suicide bombings in Chad this week that killed at least 34 people. The announcement was strongly rejected by Nigeria.

Egypt’s Mursi appeals against violence conviction

CAIRO — Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi will appeal against a conviction for violence, kidnapping and torture imposed by a court in connection with the killing of protesters, his lawyers were quoted as saying by state media on Thursday.

Militant group denies U.S. air strike killed Belmokhtar

NOUAKCHOTT — The Sahara-based Islamist group al-Mourabitoun on Thursday denied reports that veteran Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, one of its leaders, was killed in a U.S. air strike in eastern Libya last week.

Russia, U.S. talk assigning blame for Syria gas attacks

UNITED NATIONS — Russia said it has made some suggestions on how blame could be determined for chemical weapons attacks in war-torn Syria and will discuss the issue on Friday with the United States, which is pushing for the creation of a team of U.N. investigators.

New U.S.-Philippine military deal may face further delays

MANILA — U.S.-Philippine defense agreement that would help counter China’s growing naval power in the disputed South China Sea has yet to be implemented more than a year after it was signed, and could now face a fresh political hurdle in Manila.

Car bombs kill or injure 50 in Yemeni capital

SANAA/GENEVA — Car bombs killed or injured at least 50 people near mosques and the headquarters of Yemen’s dominant Houthi group in Sanaa on Wednesday, in coordinated attacks claimed by Islamic State.

Six Irish visitors killed in balcony collapse

BERKELEY, Calif. — An apartment balcony collapsed early on Tuesday near the University of California at Berkeley, killing six people, all believed to be visiting college students from Ireland, and injuring several others, authorities said.

Kerry concerned by Putin’s missile announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he was concerned by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement he would add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to Russia’s nuclear arsenal this year.

Two soldiers killed in separatist east

KIEV —Two Ukrainian serviceman have been killed and five wounded in separatist eastern territories in the past 24 hours as fighting extended along a large stretch of the frontline, the Ukrainian military said on Tuesday.

Israel prepared for possible Syrian refugees

JERUSALEM — Israel signaled readiness on Tuesday to intervene if Syrian refugees were to throng to its armistice line on the Golan Heights, after Israel’s Druze Arab minority stepped up a public campaign to help brethren caught up in the civil war next door.

British royals celebrate anniversary of Magna Carta

RUNNYMEDE, England — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth led celebrations on Monday to mark 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta, one of the world’s most significant historical documents and credited with paving the way for modern freedoms and human rights.

Europe unites for Napoleon history

WATERLOO, Belgium — Kings and commoners gather at Waterloo this week to mark the battle’s bicentenary in a show of European unity not seen for a major anniversary at the site since history changed course there on June 18, 1815.

UN chief opens Yemen peace talks

GENEVA — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched Yemen peace talks in Geneva on Monday with a call for a humanitarian truce after warplanes from a Saudi-led Arab coalition pounded the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa overnight.

U.N. keeps Israel, Hamas off children’s rights blacklist

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations on Monday left Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas off its blacklist of states and armed groups that violate children’s rights during conflicts, but criticized Israel over its 2014 military operations.