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UK Says Iran Deal 'Can be Done', Must Put Bomb Out of Reach

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said late Sunday he believed a nuclear deal with Iran could be reached, but insisted it must put an atomic bomb "beyond reach."

"We are here because we believe a deal can be done," Hammond told reporters waiting in the rain outside a Lausanne hotel as he became the last of the foreign ministers to arrive for talks with world powers.

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Blow for Ruling Socialists as French Right Leads Local Elections

French voters looked to have given the ruling Socialists a drubbing in run-off local polls on Sunday, while boosting the prospects for former president Nicolas Sarkozy and the far-right ahead of 2017 presidential polls. 

Right-wing parties, spearheaded by Sarkozy's UMP, took between 64 and 70 councils out of a possible 98, according to projections, as voters punished the socialist government of President Francois Hollande for failing to revive the slumping economy. 

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Dinniyeh Man Killed Fighting in Idlib's Battles

A Lebanese resident of the northern city of Tripoli has died fighting alongside jihadists in the northwestern city of Idlib, media reports said on Sunday.

“Lebanese national Mustafa Khodr was killed in a suicide operation during battles he fought alongside the militants in Idlib,” Lebanon's NBN television said.

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Pro-Bedouin March Winds Up at Israel Presidency

A four-day march led by Arab Israeli MPs in solidarity with Israel's impoverished Bedouin community wound up on Sunday at the Jewish state's presidency.

President Reuven Rivlin's office said Arab representatives delivered a report on the hardships faced by Bedouin villages to his wife, Nechama, as the head of state was in Singapore for the funeral of its founding father Lee Kuan Yew.

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White House Tells Iran to 'Live Up to Rhetoric'

The White House challenged Iranian negotiators on Sunday to "live up to their rhetoric" and strike a nuclear deal with world powers before a March 31 deadline expires.

Iran and six world powers have reached tentative agreement on key parts of a deal sharply curtailing Tehran's nuclear ambitions, Western diplomats said in Lausanne, where negotiators are racing to nail down an accord by midnight Tuesday.

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Suicide Attack Targeting Afghan MP Kills 3 People

A suicide attacker targeting a prominent Afghan MP killed three people including a child and wounded seven others in Kabul Sunday, officials said, just days after Washington announced it would slow the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama last Tuesday reversed plans to withdraw around 5,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan this year, an overture to the country's new reform-minded leader, President Ashraf Ghani.

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Headless Body of Arsal Man Found after 'Decapitation by IS'

The body of a Arsal resident was found decapitated on Sunday in the outskirts of the northeastern border town, more than two months after he was abducted by Islamic State militants.

“The headless corpse of Lebanese citizen Younis al-Hujeiri, who was kidnapped more than two months ago, has been discovered in Arsal's outskirts,” al-Jadeed television reported.

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Daryan Says Halting Mustaqbal-Hizbullah Dialogue is 'Forbidden'

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan called Sunday for pressing on with the bilateral dialogue between Hizbullah and al-Mustaqbal movement, as he suggested expanding it into all-party talks.

“We support the dialogues that lead to positive results that can preserve this country's unity and security and its citizens' piece of mind,” Daryan said.

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U.N. Chief Says Nigeria Vote Largely Peaceful

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday congratulated Nigerians for holding "largely peaceful and orderly" elections despite Boko Haram attacks and urged them to continue to maintain a peaceful atmosphere.

Ban condemned attacks carried out by "Boko Haram and others who have attempted to disrupt" the presidential and parliamentary polls.

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Qassem Slams 'Instigators', Says Dialogue with Mustaqbal to Continue

Hizbullah on Sunday lashed out anew at “those who don't want dialogue” between the party and al-Mustaqbal movement, blasting them as “instigators and rabble-rousers," as it called for speeding up efforts aimed at securing the election of a new president.

“We know that dialogue can only succeed if both parties want it and this is the case now. Some voices have rejected dialogue and they have become well-known,” Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem said.

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