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Private buyers in Iran look to play bigger role in grain imports

Private buyers in Iran look to play bigger role in grain imports

One sign of change in Iran as it works toward a nuclear deal with world powers is the way it is feeding itself, with private grain firms beginning a slow return to their traditional role as major food commodity importers.

Suicide bomb kills several people in Nigerias Kano

Suicide bomb kills several people in Nigerias Kano

A female suicide bomber killed several people in northern Nigerias Kano city on Monday, witnesses said, after weekend violence blamed on Boko Haram forced authorities to cancel festivities marking a major Muslim holiday.

Koreas Mark 61st Anniversary of War Armistice

Koreas Mark 61st Anniversary of War Armistice

The two Koreas marked the 61st anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice on Sunday with muted observances on both sides of the heavily-armed Demilitarized Zone that separates the two decades-long enemies.

South Korean teens tell how they were left to escape sinking ferry

South Korean teens tell how they were left to escape sinking ferry

Six teenagers who survived South Korea's worst maritime disaster in 44 years told on Monday how classmates helped them float free as water flooded their cabins despite crew instructions to stay put even as their ferry sank, killing more than 300 people.

Ukraine troops advance as experts renew attempt to reach crash site

Ukraine troops advance as experts renew attempt to reach crash site

At least three civilians were killed in overnight fighting in eastern Ukraine and government troops pressed ahead with their campaign against pro-Russian rebels, taking a strategic point close to where Malaysian flight MH17 crashed, officials said on Monday.

Police team turns back from Ukraine crash site

Police team turns back from Ukraine crash site

An international police team abandoned its attempt to reach the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines plane for a second day running Monday as clashes raged in a town on the road to the area.

Iran's Zarif steps up Gaza diplomacy, offers aid

Iran

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif conducted a hefty round of telephone diplomacy late Sunday to rally support and humanitarian aid for Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Taliban recent gains cast doubt on Afghan forces ability

Taliban recent gains cast doubt on Afghan forces ability

Taliban fighters are scoring early gains in several strategic areas near the capital this summer, inflicting heavy casualties and casting new doubt on the ability of Afghan forces to contain the insurgency as the United States moves to complete its withdrawal of combat troops, according to Afghan officials and local elders.

Typhoon Matmo kills 13 in China

Typhoon Matmo kills 13 in China

Typhoon Matmo has claimed 13 lives in China and affected about 2.5 million residents, the Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on Sunday.

8 killed in Afghanistan's Kandahar attack

8 killed in Afghanistan

At least eight people were killed after Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen launched an attack on provincial police chief house in Spinboldak district of southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Sunday morning, sources said.