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Rescuers race to reach quake zones in Afghanistan, Pakistan

Rescuers on Tuesday rushed to deliver relief aid to victims of a massive earthquake that hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing at least 275 people over a wide swath of mostly mountainous terrain. Thousands spent the night outdoors in near-freezing temperatures reluctant to go back inside for fear of aftershocks, Pakistani media reported. “Rescue work is ongoing, and tents, blankets ...

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Balkan, EU leaders agree to coordinate on migrants

European leaders agreed to cooperate to manage migrants crossing the Balkans but offered no quick fix to a crisis that threatens to take more lives as winter sets in and to set Europe’s nations against one another. Meeting in Brussels as another woman and two children died at sea off Turkey, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis ...

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U.S., allies demand UN action after Iran missile test

The United States, Britain, France and Germany called on Wednesday for the United Nations Security Council’s Iran sanctions committee to take action over a missile test by Tehran that they said violated a U.N. ban. In a letter containing details on the launch, they said the ballistic missile was “inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.” The letter, seen by ...

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U.S. general wins assurance Iraq will not seek Russia air strikes

The United States won assurances from Iraq on Tuesday that it would not seek Russian air strikes against Islamic State, America’s top general said, adding he warned Baghdad that a Russian air role would impede the U.S.-led campaign. Russia’s new military intervention in Iraq’s neighbor Syria has seen the former Cold War foes carrying out rival campaigns of air strikes ...

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China repeats opposition to force in Syria

China’s foreign minister has repeated his country’s opposition to the use of force to resolve the crisis in Syria, saying that a political solution is still the only way out, China’s foreign ministry said on Friday. Russia last month began air strikes on targets in Syria in a dramatic escalation of foreign involvement in the civil war. This has been ...

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U.S., Russia finalizing document on Syria air safety: U.S. official

The U.S. and Russian militaries are finalizing a memorandum of understanding that sets out basic air safety procedures in the skies above Syria, a U.S. official said after the latest round of talks between the former Cold War foes on Wednesday. Russia’s entry into Syria’s civil war has stoked concerns about an accident between U.S. and Russia jets. The Pentagon ...

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S&P raises Greece rating by two notches on bailout talks with creditors

Standard & Poor’s on Tuesday upgraded Greece’s sovereign credit rating by two notches and revised its outlook to stable from negative, citing euro zone countries initial agreement to start negotiations with the country on a third bailout. S&P raised its rating for Greece to CCC+ from CCC-, saying the country’s liquidity perspective has improved after euro zone finance ministers last ...

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What Iran’s Nuclear Deal Means for the Global Crude Oil Market

The nuclear accord reached in Vienna on Tuesday could eventually reshape global oil markets. After almost two years of talks, the holder of the world’s fourth-biggest crude reserves will benefit from an easing of international sanctions on exports in return for curbs on its nuclear program. How Much More Oil Can Iran Produce? Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh says ...

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