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U.S. weighs whether to stay in Iran nuclear deal

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UNITED NATIONS The United States said on Wednesday it is weighing whether the Iranian nuclear deal serves its security interests even as Iran said it did not expect Washington to abandon the agreement. | Video

Oil up two percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

NEW YORK Oil prices settled up 2 percent on Wednesday despite a rise in U.S. crude inventories, with the market heading for its largest third-quarter gain in 13 years after the Iraqi oil minister said OPEC and its partners were considering extending or deepening output cuts.

Budget 2017, Business 6:39am IST

Palestinian President Abbas says peace closer with Trump engaged

NEW YORK Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed optimism on Wednesday about reaching a peace agreement with Israel this year and said U.S. President Donald Trump's commitment to the issue would help create the "deal of the century" in the region.

World, Israel 4:56am IST

Afghan president says Trump war plan has better chance than Obama's

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's strategy to win the war in Afghanistan will work where his predecessor's failed because the Afghan army is stronger and Trump wants a regional approach and a harder line with Pakistan.

South Asia, World 2:09am IST

Unveiling new Libya plan, U.N. sees opportunity for peace

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations launched a roadmap on Wednesday for a renewed international effort to break a political stalemate in Libya and end the turmoil that followed the country's 2011 uprising.

World, Libya 1:40am IST

Palestinian Abbas says Middle East peace closer with Trump engaged

NEW YORK Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed optimism on Wednesday about reaching a peace deal with Israel this year and said U.S. President Donald Trump's commitment to the issue would help create the "deal of the century" in the region.

World, Israel 1:35am IST

Record number of states punishing human rights activism - U.N

GENEVA A record 29 states, including China, Iran and Saudi Arabia, have retaliated in the past year against citizens who cooperate with the United Nations, the U.N. human rights office said on Wednesday.

World, Top News 20 Sep 2017

Inspired by "blasphemy killer", new Pakistani party eyes 2018 vote

LAHORE, Pakistan The head of a new Pakistani Islamist party that lionizes the killer of a provincial governor said it would take its rallying cry of "death to blasphemers" to next year's general election, after its surprisingly strong showing in a recent vote.

South Asia, World, Top News 20 Sep 2017

Saudi Arabia to lift ban on internet calls

RIYADH Saudi Arabia will lift a ban on internet phone calls, a government spokesman said, part of efforts to attract more business to the country.

Tech, World 20 Sep 2017

Raqqa campaign in final stages, SDF says

BEIRUT The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday its campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) was in its final stages and its fighters had seized 80 percent of the city.

World, Syria 20 Sep 2017

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