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At least 22 killed in Algerian ethnic clashes

ALGIERS — At least 22 people have been killed in ethnic clashes between Arab and Amazigh communities around the Algerian desert town of Ghardaia, with several businesses and homes burned down, medical sources and state media said on Wednesday.

Nuclear negotiators wrangle over U.N. arms embargo

VIENNA — Obama administration officials struggling to nail down a nuclear deal with Iran face a new challenge: concerns that the nearly complete agreement could uncork a flood of weapons to Tehran and militant allies such as Hezbollah.

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 26 people

N’DJAMENA, Nigeria — Suspected militants from the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram killed 26 people in night attacks on two villages on Lake Chad over the weekend, Chadian officials said.

Bomb in Nigeria’s Zaria city kills at least 20 people

KADUNA, Nigeria — A bomb on the outskirts of Nigeria’s Zaria city in the northern state of Kaduna killed at least 20 people on Tuesday morning, the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, said on his Twitter feed.

Police arrest woman for recruiting girls for ISIL

MADRID — Spanish police on Tuesday arrested a woman in the Canary Islands on suspicion of recruiting adolescent girls to join Islamic State in Syria, the interior ministry said.

Six powers, Iran to continue nuclear talks past deadline

VIENNA — Iran and six major powers will keep negotiating past Tuesday’s deadline for a long-term nuclear agreement as they tackle the most contentious issues, including the continuation of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, the big powers said.

Rivals Pakistan, India to start process of joining China security bloc

BEIJING -- Nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India will start the process of joining a security bloc led by China and Russia at a summit in Russia later this week, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday, the first time the grouping has expanded since it was set up in 2001.

Islamic State takes Syrian ground after air strikes

BEIRUT — Islamic State fighters stormed a Syrian town held by Kurdish-led forces near Raqqa city on Monday, part of a wider offensive by the militants two days after their de facto capital was hit by some of the heaviest U.S.-led air strikes in the conflict.

Greek finance minister quits after thunderous ‘No’

ATHENS/FRANKFURT -- Greece's combative finance minister resigned on Monday, removing one major obstacle to any deal to keep Athens in the euro zone after Greeks voted resoundingly to back the government in rejecting the austerity terms of a bailout.

Iran demands end to U.N. missile sanctions

VIENNA — A dispute over U.N. sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program and a broader arms embargo were among issues holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers on Monday, the day before their latest self-imposed deadline.

Fight against militancy leads to battle over freedoms

LONDON — A decade after four Britons in London carried out the first suicide bombings by Islamist militants in Western Europe, Britain is planning new anti-terror laws that critics say are an assault on freedoms and will not work.

Four teachers among six charged for promoting ISIL

JERUSALEM -- Israel’s Shin Bet undercover internal security agency and police said on Monday they had arrested and charged six Arab citizens, including four school teachers, with supporting and spreading the ideology of Islamic State.

Tunisia declares state of emergency

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — Tunisia declared a state of emergency Saturday, eight days after a gunman killed dozens of foreign tourists at a Mediterranean beach resort.

Progress in Iran talks

VIENNA — The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency said Saturday that he hopes to complete his controversial investigation of Iran’s past nuclear activities by December, potentially removing a key obstacle to completion of a sweeping nuclear deal between six world powers and the Islamic Republic.

Liberia investigating animal link after Ebola re-emerges

MONROVIA — Liberia confirmed a third Ebola case on Thursday, nearly two months after it was declared Ebola free, and officials said they were investigating whether the disease had spread through animals before resurfacing.

U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years

HAVANA/WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States and Cuba formally agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations on July 20, setting up a trip to Havana by John Kerry, who would become the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the country in 70 years.

IAEA chief heads to Iran as nuclear talks reach last stretch

VIENNA — The global nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday its boss would fly to Tehran to discuss one of the biggest sticking points that need to be resolved so that Iran and world powers can reach a breakthrough final nuclear deal by a new deadline of next week.