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The lead U.S. nuclear negotiator declined to give a final deadline on Tuesday for negotiating a final nuclear agreement with Iran, but said participants mean to finish the international talks at the end of the current four-month extension.

"Our intent is absolutely to end this on Nov. 24 in one…

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Two influential former Chinese leaders gave their consent for President Xi Jinping to investigate ex-domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, sources told Reuters, a sign the corruption probe will not open a rift in the ruling Communist Party.

Xi would not have been able to investigate someone as powerful as Zhou…

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Eyes fixed on a screen, joystick in hand, the operator of a remote-controlled saw painstakingly dismantles metal rods at one of Germany's mothballed nuclear reactors.

Time-consuming and costly, the operation to methodically carve up the core of EnBW's Obrigheim reactor in the country's southwest is now more than half way…

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Japan announced Tuesday that it had wrapped up a whale hunt in the Pacific, the second campaign since the UN's top court ordered Tokyo to halt a separate slaughter in the Antarctic.

The country's fisheries agency said 115 whales were killed during the two-and-a-half month campaign as the whaling fleet…

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met Tuesday with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, calling for accelerated bilateral trade talks and more investment by the Asian economic powerhouse.

Speaking after a meeting at the presidential palace, Santos noted that Japan was the biggest Asian investor in Colombia.

"We are looking at…

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We were pleased to witness the huge turn-out of sophisticated young Japanese jazz/soul/pop/rock lovers who came out to experience performances by the laid-back, cool, artistic and thoughtful Blue Note Records recording artist Jose James.

James was recently in Japan performing in front of full houses in Tokyo's Cotton Club and…

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If Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington is picked to host the 2024 Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee will pay the price for winning. One of its first tasks will be to hand over millions in sponsorships to the victorious city's newly formed organizing committee.

It's one of those…

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The last surviving member of the U.S. crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died.

Theodore VanKirk died Monday of natural causes at the retirement home where he lived in Georgia, his son Tom VanKirk said. He was 93.

VanKirk was the navigator of the Enola Gay, a…

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Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. President Barack Obama swiftly followed with an expansion of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy.

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China is holding some of its most extensive military exercises this week off its eastern seaboard, and although rival Japan is unperturbed, they are causing massive disruptions in civilian air traffic in Shanghai and other cities.

Live-fire drills will be held for the next five days off China's coast in…

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