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World Powers Discuss Extending Iran Deal Deadline

World powers and Iran began discussing late Sunday whether more time is needed to reach a nuclear deal, a U.S. official said, as they struggled to overcome major gaps barely 24 hours before a deadline.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said world powers and Iran will make a "last push" for a deal before Monday's deadline even though the parties are far apart.

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N.Korea Warns of 'Catastrophic Consequences' over U.N. Rights Ruling

North Korea's top military body warned Sunday of "catastrophic consequences" for supporters of a U.N. resolution censuring its human rights record, as state media reported its leader presiding over a fresh military exercise.

A resolution urging the United Nations Security Council to refer the North's leadership to the International Criminal Court for possible charges of "crimes against humanity" passed by 111 to 19 with 55 abstentions at a U.N. General Assembly human rights committee last week.

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Death Toll Rises to Five after China Earthquake

The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China's southwest rose to five on Sunday, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued.

The quake struck 39 kilometers (24 miles) northwest of Kangding in the mountainous west of Sichuan province at 0855 GMT Saturday.

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Taiwan Ruling Party Faces Rout in Biggest ever Local Polls

With public fears of Chinese influence growing, a slowing economy and a series of food scandals, Taiwan's ruling party is facing a rough ride in the island's biggest ever local elections -- seen as a barometer for the 2016 presidential race.

Campaigning is well under way with almost 20,000 candidates contesting a record 11,130 seats, and analysts predict the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang government will take a serious knock.

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Decaying Complex Shelters Generations of Migrants in Athens

A group of people -- Greeks, Afghans, Iraqis, Syrians, Bulgarians, Iranians, Turks -- gather around a steaming pot outside a dilapidated building complex from the 1930s set in the heart of Athens.

Dubbed the Ta Prosfygika, meaning "The Refugees", the once stately complex was erected on what is now plum real estate in downtown Athens to house some of the hundreds of thousands of Greeks chased from Turkey between the two world wars.

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Strong Japan Quake Leaves 39 Injured, Hits Popular Ski Resort

A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake in central Japan left 39 people injured, seven seriously, and wrecked homes in a popular ski resort, the government said Sunday.

The quake struck at 10:08 pm local time (1308 GMT) Saturday at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles) at the epicenter, in the north of Nagano Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Tense Ferguson Braces for Grand Jury Decision

The father of a black teenager killed by police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson sought to ease tensions Saturday as protesters stepped up calls for a grand jury to indict the white officer responsible.

The predominantly African American community has been on edge over the jury's expected decision.

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Georgia's Pankisi Gorge: the Making of a Jihadist

White smoke belches from the chimney of a lopsided stone house, mingling with thick fog in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge whose bucolic setting hardly fits its reputation as a jihadist hotbed.

Temur Batirashvili, a 70-year-old subsistence farmer, warms his hands over a rusty stove as he tells the story of his son, one of the most feared commanders with the Islamic State group in Syria.

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EU Learns Lessons a Year after Start of Ukraine Crisis

When Ukraine pulled out of its association agreement with the European Union a year ago, kicking off its revolution, it took Brussels by surprise.

Twelve months later the EU is still learning bitter lessons about geopolitics and Russian aggression, experts say.

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Flooding Fears Mount in Snowed-in Area of New York State

Record-breaking snowfall that buried towns near Buffalo, New York, and killed at least 14 people posed a major flooding threat Saturday with temperatures forecast to rise.

Areas of western New York that got socked with more than six feet (two meters) of snow this week are now are under a flood warning, the National Weather Service said.

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