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Don't Waver in Iran Talks, Israel Warns P5+1

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak urged world powers not to waver in Wednesday's key talks with Iran, warning that any failure to halt enrichment would see Tehran obtain a nuclear weapon.

"In Baghdad, we must watch out that partial concessions do not allow Iran to avoid a tightening of sanctions," he said, as a second round of talks between Tehran and six world powers got underway in the Iraqi capital.

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Military Official: Russia Successfully Tests New Missile

Russia on Wednesday staged the first successful test-launch of a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of breaching defense systems now being developed by NATO, a military spokesman said.

The announcement came less than a week after NATO formally activated the first stage of a missile defense shield whose deployment Russia has bitterly opposed out of fears that it may target its own vast nuclear arsenal.

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Iran's Ahmadinejad to Visit China

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Beijing next month, a spokesman for the Islamic republic's embassy said Wednesday, amid an escalating crisis over Tehran's nuclear program.

Ahmadinejad will be in the Chinese capital for a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a Central Asian grouping headed by Beijing and Moscow, said spokesman Mohammed Ali Ziaei.

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'Device' Claim Triggers France-U.S. Flight Diversion

A French woman forced a transatlantic flight from Paris to North Carolina to be diverted to Maine on Tuesday after claiming she had a "surgically implanted device."

The U.S. Airways jet with 179 passengers and crew on board landed safely in Bangor, Maine, where the woman was taken into custody by the FBI before the Boeing 767 continued its journey to Charlotte, North Carolina.

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4 Militants Killed in NW Pakistan Drone Strike

At least four insurgents were killed in a U.S. drone strike on a militant compound in a lawless tribal area in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, security officials said.

"The drone fired two missiles on a house in the Tabai area near Miranshah," the main town in North Waziristan, a security official said, adding four militants were killed.

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U.S. Will Judge Iran on 'Actions' after IAEA Deal

The United States gave a cool reception Tuesday to a mooted deal between the IAEA and Iran, saying the agreement marked a "step forward" but stating that Tehran would be judged on its actions.

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said upon returning from Tehran that he and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator made a "decision" to reach an agreement on the U.N. watchdog probing suspected weapons activities.

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Myanmar Opposition Members Held over Protest

About 10 members of Aung San Suu Kyi's political party were detained for questioning Tuesday for joining Myanmar's biggest protest in almost five years, lawmakers said.

They were later released without charge.

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At Least 19 Killed in Indian Train Collision

At least 19 people were killed and 36 injured on Tuesday when a passenger train slammed into a stationary goods train in southern India, a local railway official told Agence France Presse.

The sleeper train collided with the parked goods train at Penneconda station in Andhra Pradesh state as it was travelling overnight to Bangalore, the information-technology hub and capital city of Karnataka state.

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Putin Appoints Former Ministers in Top Kremlin Posts

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday gave seven former cabinet ministers top posts in his Kremlin administration in defiance of opposition pressure for new faces after the protests against his rule.

The swift re-assignment of officials from the government to the Kremlin just one day after they formally left the cabinet further cements Putin's command of Russia and limits the sway of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

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Report: Hollande Vows to Repair Damaged Ties with Turkey

New French President Francois Hollande has vowed to try to repair damaged ties with Ankara, at a first meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Turkish media reported on Tuesday.

"Let us re-establish relations between Turkey and France, fix what has been damaged," Turkish President Abdullah Gul quoted Hollande as telling him at a meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Chicago.

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