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Accused Abu Hamza Accomplice Pleads Guilty to Terror

A mentally ill British man accused of setting up a violent extremist training camp in the United States under orders from radical preacher Abu Hamza pleaded guilty Monday in New York to terror.

Haroon Aswat, a 40-year-old who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, was extradited from Britain to the United States in October, nearly a decade after his 2005 Zambia arrest.

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U.S. Presses for Release of Myanmar Protesters

The United States voiced concern Monday at the arrest of and charges against peaceful protesters in Myanmar after a protest over educational reform, and called for their release.

More than 60 demonstrators were brought to a court hearing in the central town of Letpadan on Wednesday, two weeks after baton-wielding police violently quelled their rally for education reform in scenes that sparked fears of a return to junta-era repression.

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Obama Invokes JFK as Iran Talks Hit Deadline

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday enlisted his predecessor John F. Kennedy in defense of contentious nuclear talks with Iran that are now coming down to the wire.

Speaking at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston, Obama said the negotiators led by Secretary of State John Kerry were "standing up for a principle that Ted and his brother, President Kennedy, believed in so strongly."

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Kerry Says Working into the Night on 'Tricky' Iran Nuclear Issues

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he and his global counterparts were going to work deep into the night seeking to resolve the remaining "tricky issues" as a deadline loomed within hours.

"There still remain some difficult issues," Kerry told a CNN reporter as he walked in his luxury lakeside hotel in the Swiss town of Lausanne. 

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Local Vote 'Slap' a Bad Omen for Divided French Left

A crushing defeat at the hands of his old rival Nicolas Sarkozy is a bad omen for President Francois Hollande two years ahead of a presidential election, analysts said Monday, with the far-right also growing in power.

The Socialists lost nearly half the councils they controlled in local elections on Sunday as Sarkozy benefited from the government's unpopularity to reinvigorate his center-right opposition.

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Prosecution Rests in Boston Bombing Trial

The prosecution rested its case Monday in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the ethnic Chechen facing the death penalty for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Prosecutors yielded to the defense after summoning 92 witnesses to the stand over the past weeks as they built a case against the 21-year-old as an active and willing participant in the bombings that ripped through crowds gathered near the finish line of the famous race on April 15, 2013.

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China 'Cautiously Optimistic' on Iran Deal

China is "cautiously optimistic" that global powers can reach a deal with Iran to pare back its nuclear program amid intense negotiations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday.

"The key issues are quite clear and the preferred approach of a solution is emerging," Wang told reporters as he left the luxury lakeside hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the talks are being held.

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Nigeria's Jonathan Slightly ahead in First Election Results

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan and his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were marginally ahead of his main challenger, as the first general election results came in on Monday.

Jonathan and the PDP polled 2,322,734 votes overall against 2,302,978 for former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) -- a difference of 19,756.

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U.S., UK Fear Possible Interference in Nigeria Vote Count

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his British counterpart Philip Hammond Monday voiced fears over possible political interference in Nigeria's vote count, as the country awaited the results of weekend elections.

"We have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process. But there are disturbing indications that the collation process -- where the votes are finally counted -- may be subject to deliberate political interference," the two diplomats said in a joint statement.

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British Couple Found Shot Dead at their Home in Spain

An elderly British couple have been found shot dead in their villa in southeastern Spain, Spanish police said Monday.

Police discovered the body of the two, both aged 77, at their home in Xalo near Benidorm on Spain's Costa Blanca, on Sunday after friends were unable to contact them, a Guardia Civil spokesman said.

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