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US, Iran to Start Indirect Talks to Salvage Nuclear Deal

The United States and Iran will open indirect talks next week in Vienna as the European Union spearheads efforts to bring President Joe Biden's administration back into a nuclear accord.

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U.S. Nears 500,000 Covid Deaths

The United States stood on the brink Sunday of recording 500,000 Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, while nations globally pressed on with vaccination rollouts, including with Australia giving its first shots.

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U.S. Warns China on Force at Sea, again Rejects Claims

The United States on Friday warned China against the use of force in disputed waters as it reaffirmed its view that Beijing's assertive campaign in the South China Sea is illegal.

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Canada, US Extend Closure of Shared Border to March 21

Canada's border with the United States will remain closed to all non-essential travelers until March 21, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced Friday.

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U.S. Surges Myanmar Junta to Yield Power after Protester Death

Washington has urged the leaders of Myanmar's new military regime to refrain from violence and relinquish power, after the death of a young anti-coup protester sparked new anger against the junta.

Much of the country has been in uproar since troops deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, with large street demonstrations in both urban centres and isolated villages.

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Iran Renews Call to U.S. to Lift all Sanctions Imposed by Trump

Iran on Friday renewed its call for the US to lift all sanctions imposed by former president Donald Trump, after an offer for talks from new President Joe Biden's administration.

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U.S. Eases Restrictions on Iranian Diplomats' Movements in New York

The United States said Thursday it was easing draconian restrictions imposed by Donald Trump's administration on movements of Iranian diplomats accredited at the United Nations, headquartered in New York City, as part of a bid to reduce tensions.

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Turkey Rejects U.S. Appeal to Release Rights Leader

Turkey on Thursday rejected a US call to release jailed civil society leader Osman Kavala, accusing Washington of interference.

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Venezuela Jails Officials for Giving U.S. Oil Data

Venezuela jailed two officials from the state oil company PDVSA for five years for providing the US with "strategic and sensitive" details of its sanctions-hit oil operations, prosecutors said Friday.

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U.S. Moves to End Terror Designation of Yemen Huthis

The US has moved to delist Yemen's Huthi rebels as a terrorist organization, removing a block that humanitarian groups said jeopardized crucial aid as the country's warring sides cautiously welcomed a push for peace by President Joe Biden.

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