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Thousands of Tunisians, leaders march after Bardo attack


TUNIS - World leaders joined tens of thousands of Tunisians on Sunday to march in solidarity against Islamist militants, a day after security forces killed members of a group blamed for a deadly museum attack. | Video

Fighting and air strikes across Yemen, dialogue remains distant

ADEN - Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in downtown Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country.

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Iran, powers explore nuclear compromises as Israel hopes for failure

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Iran and six major powers were exploring possible compromises to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, but officials cautioned they were unable to move on several sticking points.

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Arab summit agrees on unified military force for crises

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt - Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt announced the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya, and as regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran engage in sectarian proxy wars.

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Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt - Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

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Expected Iranian nuclear deal worse than Israel feared - Netanyahu

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had feared.

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Kerry cancels trip in honour of Ted Kennedy as Iran talks intensify

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled plans to fly to Boston for a ceremony in honour of his late friend Edward Kennedy as talks on Iran's nuclear programme intensified in Switzerland, with two days left to a deadline.

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Pakistan sends 747 jumbo jets to evacuate distraught nationals from Yemen

PESHAWAR - Pakistan, which has yet to decide whether to offer military support to a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, is flying jumbo jets to the Middle Eastern country to evacuate hundreds of nationals, a Defence Ministry official said on Sunday.

Libya tells Arab summit arms embargo must be lifted to fight IS

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt - Libya told an Arab summit on Saturday that a U.N. arms embargo on the country must be lifted to help prevent the advance of Islamic State militants.

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Diplomats and U.N. staff flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden

ADEN - Saudi Arabia's navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen on Saturday and the United Nations pulled out international staff after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters.

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