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  • Russia gets greater control over Black Sea region

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    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia tightened its control Monday over Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties with the lush sliver of land along the Black Sea. The move drew outrage and cries of "annexation" in Georgia and sent a chill...

  • Tanzania: Maasai group looks likely to keep land

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    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Maasai community near Tanzania's Serengeti National Park may be able to keep its traditional homeland after the country's president said on Twitter that the government would not take their land. President Jakaya Kikwete said over the weekend that there never...

  • Iraqi troops take 2 towns from Islamic State group

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militiamen and Kurdish security forces recaptured two eastern towns from Islamic State group militants after fierce clashes, officials said Monday. Police in Diyala province said Iraqi forces entered the towns of Saadiya and Jalula late...

  • US condemns Gambia's anti-gay law

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    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.S. State Department on Monday condemned the decision by Gambia's president to approve a law imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. In a statement, Director of Press Relations Jeff Rathke said the State Department was also concerned about...

  • Gunmen kill scores in northeastern Nigeria

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    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian senator says that gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect have killed scores of residents in Damasak in the country's troubled northeastern Borno state. Maina Lawan said eyewitnesses said the attackers arrived with improvised explosive...

  • Iran president: 'Negotiations will lead to a deal'

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    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — As talks over Iran's contested nuclear program wrap up, President Hassan Rouhani has told his nation that it "has achieved a significant victory" and "negotiations will lead to a deal, sooner or later." In a nationwide broadcast Monday night, Rouhani also said many...

  • UK: 'Severe' terror threat requires new powers

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    LONDON (AP) — Britain faces its greatest-ever threat from terrorism, the interior minister said Monday, announcing measures to control suspects, strengthen online scrutiny and prevent insurance companies from paying terrorist ransoms. Home Secretary Theresa May said the advance of the...

  • Livestock on 2 Nebraska farms quarantined

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    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Livestock have been quarantined on two Nebraska farms following diagnoses of a disease that can hamper an animal's ability to eat and drink, state officials said Monday. The Nebraska Agriculture Department said in a news release that a U.S. Department of...

  • Dayton: Team will be mostly intact for 2nd term

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton expects most of the agency commissioners that served in his cabinet in his first term will remain on board. Dayton said Monday that he's optimistic "that most are going to stay, most have been asked to stay and most want to stay." There...

  • The US-Iran differences that blocked a nuke deal

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    VIENNA (AP) — Renewed failure by Iran and the U.S. to reach a nuclear agreement by a Monday deadline reflects the difficulties each side has with crossing red lines they brought with them to the negotiating table. With the two sides so far apart when they started the latest round of...

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