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Iran nuclear deal now backed by 31 U.S. senators

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, said on Sunday he would support the nuclear deal with Iran, moving President Barack Obama a step closer to having sufficient backing to ensure the deal stands.

Gunmen attack remote Pakistan airport, kill 2 engineers

QUETTA, Pakistan - Gunmen stormed a remote airport in troubled southwestern Pakistan before dawn on Sunday, killing two engineers and destroying the facility's radar system, authorities said.

Top News, South Asia, World 30 Aug 2015

Europe trades blame as migrants' bodies pulled from Mediterranean

TRIPOLI/BUDAPEST - Seven people died when a boat carrying migrants sank off Libya's coast on Sunday, the second such fatal accident at sea within days, while European leaders struggled to find a coherent policy on the refugee crisis.

Top News, World, Libya 30 Aug 2015

Saudi-led coalition air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians - residents

SANAA - An air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition, which said it targeted a bomb-making factory, killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday, residents said.

World, Yemen 30 Aug 2015

Migrants in Hungary seek traffickers on trip "from death to death"

BUDAPEST - Ahmed, a Syrian man, and his wife wait with hundreds of other migrants at a railway station in central Budapest hoping to find a smuggler to take them to Germany, the final destination in an exhausting and dangerous journey.

World, Syria 30 Aug 2015

Big motorbikes rev up again under Iranian reforms

DUBAI - The joy of riding big Japanese and American motorbikes was just one of the pleasures taken away from Iranians after the country's Islamic revolution.

Business, Japan 30 Aug 2015

Egypt summons UK ambassador over criticism of Al Jazeera trial

CAIRO - Egypt summoned the British ambassador to reject as "unacceptable interference" comments he made on an Egyptian court's decision to hand down prison sentences for three Al Jazeera journalists, state media said on Sunday.

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U.S. national security adviser discusses militant attacks in Pakistan talks

ISLAMABAD - U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met Pakistan's prime minister on Sunday to press concerns over attacks launched by militants based in Pakistan, officials said.

World, South Asia 30 Aug 2015

Turkish opposition leader says talks would secure Kurdish ceasefire

THE HAGUE - The joint leader of Turkey's opposition People's Democracy Party (HDP) said on Saturday he expected the militant Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) to lay down its arms if Turkey resumed negotiations with the armed group.

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Egyptian court sentences 3 Al Jazeera journalists to prison

CAIRO - An Egyptian court sentenced three Al Jazeera TV journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for operating without a press license and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt, a case that has stirred an international outcry.

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