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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.

Riot police throw a tear gas canister as demonstrators run to avoid it before a rally organized by supporters of the No vote in Athens, Friday, July 3, 2015. Greeks will vote Sunday on whether to accept a proposal that creditors had made of specific reforms in exchange for loans. European Union institutions are framing it as a vote for or against the euro. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greek police, youths clash before Athens rally on bailout referendum

- Associated Press

The brief but intense campaign in Greece’s critical bailout referendum ends Friday, with simultaneous rallies in Athens supporting “yes” and “no” answers to a murky question in what an opinion poll suggests could be a very close vote.

Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, hit Venezuela's "flawed economic policies and political system," just as the U.S. is seeking to repair ties. (Associated Press)

Sen. Corker slams Venezuela as U.S. seeks better ties

- The Washington Times

A key Senate Republican on foreign policy slammed Venezuela’s “flawed economic policies and political system” on Thursday, a day after reports emerged that the Obama administration is engaging in its most expansive dialogue in hopes of improving long-strained relations with Caracas.

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News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses - or any marriage licenses at all - following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry.

Seattle man charged with murder, terrorism in New Jersey

Associated Press

A Seattle man was indicted on murder and terrorism charges Thursday for allegedly shooting a New Jersey college student last year in a fit of rage over the U.S. government's role in the Middle East, which authorities said is the first time a terror charge has been brought in the state in connection with a murder case.