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Vienna (AFP) - Make-or-break nuclear negotiations ramped up a gear Wednesday with the head of the UN nuclear watchdog set to fly to Iran for talks after the deadline to reach a deal was extended.

Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Six people including one police officer were killed in gun battles in the Burundian capital Wednesday, police said.

Athens (AFP) - In chaotic scenes, thousands of angry elderly Greeks on Wednesday besieged the nation's crisis-hit banks, which have reopened to allow them to withdraw vital cash from their state pensions.

Medan (Indonesia) (AFP) - The death toll from the crash of an Indonesian air force plane into a city neighbourhood rose to 142 Wednesday, amid claims civilians had paid for flights on the doomed aircraft in violation of military rules.

Tingling (India) (AFP) - Rescuers were digging through piles of debris to search for survivors after landslides triggered by heavy rain killed at least 30 people across India's famed tea-growing region of Darjeeling, police said Wednesday.

Mahachai (Thailand) (AFP) - A belated Thai clampdown on illegal fishing is forcing unlicensed vessels ashore, threatening to paralyse a key industry as the kingdom desperately tries to avoid a European Union ban on exports worth $1 billion a year.

Washington (AFP) - President Barack Obama will unveil Wednesday a breakthrough deal with Cuba to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana, officials said, in a major step toward ending decades of Cold war enmity.

Brussels (AFP) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made a fresh reform proposal to eurozone ministers on Wednesday after Greece became the first advanced economy to default on an IMF payment.

Cairo (AFP) - At least 20 people were killed Wednesday in a series of attacks on security forces in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula claimed by Islamic State group militants, state media reported.

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