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Iran: Atmosphere at Moscow Nuclear Talks 'Not Positive'

The atmosphere at crunch talks in Moscow between Iran and world powers over Tehran's nuclear drive is not positive, a member of the Iranian delegation said after several hours of meetings Monday.

"So far the atmosphere is not positive," said the official, who asked not to be named. "Setting up the framework (for negotiation) is the main problem," he added, emphasizing that the assessment was still "preliminary."

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Boko Haram Islamists Claim Deadly Nigeria Church Blasts

Boko Haram Islamists on Monday claimed suicide attacks on three churches in northern Nigeria's Kaduna state that killed at least 16 and sparked riots that killed dozens more.

"Allah has given us victory in the attacks we launched against churches in (the cities of) Kaduna and Zaria which resulted in the deaths of many Christians and security personnel," said the email statement sent by Abul Qaqa, the purported Boko Haram spokesman who has similarly claimed previous attacks.

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Death Toll from Nigeria Church Attacks, Riots Rises to 45

Suicide attacks on three churches and reprisal violence that saw Christians target Muslims in northern Nigeria have killed at least 45 people and the toll could rise further, a rescue official said Monday.

"As at last night, around 10 pm, the death toll stood at 45," the rescue official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to issue death tolls. "The death toll is expected to rise when we get updated."

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Blast in French-Controlled Afghan Town Kills 6

An improvised bomb killed four police and two civilians on Monday in an Afghan town where hundreds of French troops have been deployed to fight Taliban rebels as part of the NATO mission, officials said.

The bombing, similar to attacks carried out by insurgents against Afghan and NATO forces, killed a local police commander who was the apparent target of the blast, provincial governor Mehrabuddin Safi told Agence France Presse.

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Ahmadinejad: Iran Ready to Suspend 20% Enrichment if it Receives N-Fuel

Iran is ready to suspend its controversial enrichment of uranium to 20 percent if Europe guarantees delivery of nuclear fuel for its reactors, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on his official website.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has always said that, if the European countries give Iran 20 percent (enriched uranium) fuel, Iran will not carry out enrichment to that level," he was quoted as saying in a text on the website published late Sunday.

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Man Arrested after Killing Two French Women Paramilitaries

A suspect was arrested during a massive manhunt early Monday after a man shot dead two female paramilitary gendarmes with one of their own pistols in a village in southeast France.

The gendarmes, aged 29 and 35, were intervening in a dispute on Sunday when a man who had been accused of burglary knocked down one of them, grabbed her gun and killed her, investigators said.

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Talks Over Iran’s Nuclear Powers Start in Moscow

Iran and world powers on Monday sat down in Moscow for a new round of high-stakes talks on the controversial Iranian nuclear program seen as a last chance to solve the crisis diplomatically.

Chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili began talks with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and representatives from six world powers including Tehran's arch foe the United States, an Agence France Presse correspondent reported.

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Two Dead in a University Bus Bomb in Pakistan

A car bomb exploded near a university bus Monday killing two students and wounding over 25 other people, most of them students, in Pakistan's insurgency-torn southwest, police said.

The attack took place on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of the oil and gas rich Baluchistan province that borders Afghanistan and Iran.

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N. Korea Sees U.S. Arms Buildup, Vows to Bolster Defenses

North Korea accused the United States Monday of building up military forces in the region and vowed to strengthen its own defenses "in every way".

The comments came one day after the communist state said it would bolster its nuclear deterrent in the face of what it called U.S. antagonism.

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Leftist Firebrand Concedes Defeat in Greek Election

The leader of Greece's anti-austerity radical leftist party Syriza on Sunday conceded defeat in a general election and turned down his conservative rival's offer to join a national unity government.

"I spoke to (New Democracy leader Antonis) Samaras to congratulate him. He can form a government," said Alexis Tsipras, whose party came second with 27.1 percent of the vote according to the first official estimates.

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