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U.S. Vows 'Relentless' Sanctions as Iran Defiant

The United States vowed Monday to be "relentless" in countering Iran as sweeping sanctions took effect, but the Islamic republic defiantly promised to stand up to the "bullying" by Washington.

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N. Korea Warns of Returning to Nuclear Policy

North Korea has warned the United States it will "seriously" consider returning to a state policy aimed at building nuclear weapons if Washington does not end tough economic sanctions against the impoverished regime.

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Ukrainian Activist Dies Three Months after Acid Attack

Ukrainian anti-corruption campaigner Kateryna Gandzyuk, seriously injured in an acid attack in July, has died in hospital, sources said Sunday.  

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Husband of Pakistan Blasphemy Case Woman Pleads for Asylum

The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman at the center of a divisive blasphemy case has pleaded for international help to leave the country, saying he feared for his family's safety.

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New Caledonia Votes to Stay French in Referendum

The Pacific islands of New Caledonia opted to remain part of France on Sunday, early results showed, as voters rejected independence in a closely-watched referendum seen as a measure of support for Paris in one of its many strategic outposts.

Some 18,000 kilometers­ (11,000 miles) from the French mainland, New Caledonia is home to a quarter of the world's known supplies of nickel -- a vital electronics component -- and is a foothold for France in the Pacific.

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'I Won't Survive': Iranians Reel from Sanctions

Seventy-year-old Heidar Fekri has been selling industrial equipment from his small store in a Tehran bazaar since before the revolution, but for the first time he is not sure he can survive.

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Cameroon Challenger Calls for Presidential Vote Recount

Cameroon opposition candidate Maurice Kamto has called for an independent recount of last month's presidential poll, urging the international community to "assume its responsibilities."

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U.S. Soldier Killed in 'Apparent Insider Attack' in Kabul, Says NATO

One US soldier was killed and another wounded in an "apparent insider attack" in Kabul on Saturday, NATO said, in the latest such assault on international forces in Afghanistan.

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Russia to Host Afghanistan Talks on Nov 9

Russia on Saturday said it will host international talks on Afghanistan on November 9, with representatives of both the Afghan government and the Taliban, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

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Khamenei: Trump Has Disgraced U.S. Prestige

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday that President Donald Trump has "disgraced" US prestige and would be the ultimate loser from renewing sanctions on the Islamic republic.

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