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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world's most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals' long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history. Won says…

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  • Disputes over missiles and arms embargo hold up Iran talks

    By Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) - A dispute over U.N. sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program and a broader arms embargo were among issues holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers on Monday, the day before their latest self-imposed deadline. "The…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

    Across the Middle East last week, Muslims continued to observe the holy month of Ramadan while Egypt saw a dramatic escalation as the country prepared to mark the second anniversary of mass protests that led to the military's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

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  • S. Korean violinist wants border concert with North Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world's most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals' long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history.

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  • Powers warn Iran 'now is the time' for nuclear deal

    Global powers upped the pressure on Iran late Sunday warning now was "the time" to strike an elusive deal curbing its nuclear ambitions, as the US said the fate of the talks hung in the balance. US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that after almost two years of negotiations and on the ninth…

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  • New details emerge about Tunisia gunman's past

    In an interview on Sunday, Prime Minister Habib Essid revealed more details about 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui, who gunned down 38 foreign tourists in the June 26 attack. "We know he was a member of a dance club and was familiar with the tourism sector, having worked in it as an events…

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  • Kerry, Zarif race against the clock in Iran nuclear talks

    US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart went face to face again Sunday with time running out to nail down a landmark nuclear deal in marathon talks in Vienna. Ahead of Tuesday's final deadline, there were signs that inside the neoclassical palace-turned-hotel hosting the past…

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  • French businesses hoping to beat the rush back into Iran

    Since the start of tortuous nuclear negotiations with Iran, France has been seen as taking the toughest stand. "The first repercussions of any deal will be the opening of the Iranian market. After years of biting sanctions, countries are on the starting blocks ready to resume business with Iran,…

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  • MERS cases keep coming from Samsung hospital

    Another doctor at a major hospital that has been the epicentre of MERS outbreak in Seoul has contracted the deadly virus, the government said Saturday. The 25-year-old female doctor at Samsung Medical Centre has become the 185th person infected with the virus in South Korea. The gigantic hospital…

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  • Iran to US: Nuke deal could result in joint cooperation

    VIENNA (AP) — 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'…

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  • Tests rule out MERS in Czech tour guide

    Tests have ruled out the potentially fatal MERS virus in a Czech tour guide hospitalised in Prague, the health minister said Friday. "Based on laboratory tests on the patient... I can definitely confirm the disease was not MERS," Svatopluk Nemecek told reporters without elaborating. The…

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  • Thailand's only known MERS patient is virus-free

    BANGKOK (AP) — A 75-year-old Omani man who became Thailand's only known case of the often-deadly MERS virus was declared free of the illness by the Health Ministry on Friday.

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  • A year after Gaza war, southern Israel slowly recovers

    NIRIM, Israel (AP) — On the last day of last summer's Israel-Hamas war, Gadi Yarkoni and two of his closest friends were fixing an electricity line next to the cowshed in their kibbutz in southern Israel that had been damaged by rocket fire from neighboring Gaza.

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  • Report: Saudi king censors TV host, pro-Brotherhood scholar

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A government-linked Saudi news website reported Thursday that King Salman ordered an investigation and trial of a pro-Muslim Brotherhood scholar and a television host after an episode that was critical of his predecessor King Abdullah's policies toward the…

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  • Disillusioned ex-Israeli peace negotiator finds hope online

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Four years ago, disillusioned former peace negotiator Uri Savir launched a Facebook group aimed at bringing together moderate voices from Israel and across the Arab world. Now he's celebrating his vision with a near million-strong online movement stretching across the Middle…

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  • S. Korea reports new MERS case after four days of hiatus

    South Korea on Thursday reported two new cases of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, after four days in which no cases were spotted. It brought to 184 the total number of people diagnosed with MERS in the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia. The latest cases…

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  • A year after war, head of U.N. in Gaza says rebuilding to begin

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Robert Turner has no quick and easy answer when asked to name the worst of times in his three years running the United Nation's relief effort in Gaza. It will be hard to rank the worst day," the Canadian diplomat told Reuters as he prepares to leave Gaza,…

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