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Vienna (AFP) - Talks between Iran and major powers towards a historic nuclear deal are set to intensify Thursday with the head of the UN atomic watchdog due in Tehran, seeking to resolve an impasse over inspecting suspect military sites.

Brussels (AFP) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vowed Wednesday to press ahead with a controversial bailout referendum despite pressure from European leaders as they declined to consider any fresh debt offer before Sunday's vote.

Douai (France) (AFP) - French prosecutors on Wednesday called for an 18-year jail term for a housewife on trial for allegedly murdering eight of her children at birth, with most of their corpses found hidden in her garage.

Cairo (AFP) - Dozens of people were killed Wednesday in a wave of unprecedented attacks by the Islamic State group on Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula, in a major challenge to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil had a trade surplus of $4.527 billion (3 billion pounds) in June, government data showed on Wednesday, above market estimates for a surplus of $4 billion...

Havana (AFP) - As word spread that the United States will soon turn its interests section into a full-fledged embassy in Havana, Cubans standing outside the mission Wednesday voiced hope for a better future.

Paris (AFP) - A blistering heatwave sweeping through Europe on Wednesday brought blackouts to France and fears of heat stroke for Wimbledon tennis fans, but meant a range of interesting ice creams for the continent's zoo animals.

Phnom Penh (AFP) - Nearly 200 Cambodian garment workers have been hospitalised after a new spate of mass fainting at factories this week, officials said Wednesday, renewing concerns about conditions in the kingdom's crucial textile industry.

Vilnius (AFP) - NATO has vowed to hold "continuous" military exercises in eastern Europe to deter Russia but has yet to respond to a request by Baltic states for a permanent brigade, Lithuania said Wednesday.

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