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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif laughs during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Pushing past a deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week on Tuesday as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition. (Carlos Barria/Pool via AP)

Iran to U.S.: Nuclear deal could result in joint cooperation

- Associated Press

In a message to Washington, Iran’s foreign minister on Friday called for an end to “coercion and pressure” at the nuclear talks, suggesting a deal acceptable to his country will open the door to cooperation on fighting the upsurge of Middle East extremism threatening both nations’ interests.

James Soong displayed his ability to jolt the political landscape by announcing that he just might jump into Taiwan's crucial 2016 presidential race. (Associated Press)

James Soong: Taiwan’s kingmaker in action again

He is the most enigmatic figure in Taiwanese politics. Admired by many, loathed by some but courted by most, he has commanded attention in all of the island’s key elections and helped decide the outcome in the most crucial ones since Taiwan embraced full-blown democracy in the 1990s.

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Egypt marks 2nd anniversary of Islamist ouster with mourning

- Associated Press

Two years to the day after the army overthrew Egypt's Islamist president, the sounds coming from the mosque at Cairo's Tahrir Square were sadly telling. At the focal point of Egypt's upheavals, where authorities had hoped to stage celebrations, there was instead a prayer for the week's dead, including soldiers cut down by militants in Sinai and the country's chief prosecutor, assassinated by car bomb in the capital.

Turkey reappoints former defense minister to post

Associated Press

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has reappointed a 75-year-old former defense minister to the same post, to replace Ismet Yilmaz who was elected Turkey's new parliament speaker this week.

VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close

- Associated Press

Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and has provided recovering soldiers a bucolic haven for more than a century.