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Israel NGO bill, seen as targeting left-wing groups, becomes law

Israel NGO billIsrael adopted a law on Monday that critics say targets Israeli rights groups critical of the right-wing government's policies and which supporters see as a blow against foreign interference in their country's affairs.

Called a "transparency bill" by its sponsor, far-right Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, it will require NGOs to give details of overseas donations if more than half their funding comes from foreign governments or bodies such as the European Union.

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Politicians, diplomats pen letter urging stronger ties with Iran

Burton Richter a signatoryWith the one year anniversary of the Iran nuclear deal fast approaching, a bipartisan group of politicians, diplomats, military leaders and academics is calling for even closer relations between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic.

In a letter to President Barack Obama shared with POLITICO, more than 75 high-profile signatories praise the controversial nuclear accord and urge the president to bring the U.S. and Iran even closer together.

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Theresa May set to replace Cameron as rival quits UK PM race

Theresa MayInterior minister Theresa May is set to become Britain's first woman prime minister since Margaret Thatcher after her only rival abruptly quit the race on Monday, removing the need for a drawn-out leadership contest.

May, 59, was left as the only candidate to succeed David Cameron, who announced he was stepping down after Britons voted last month to leave the European Union. Britain's planned withdrawal has weakened the 28-nation bloc and created huge uncertainty over trade and investment.

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Fighting in South Sudan Leaves 272 Dead

South Sudan fightingRenewed fighting erupted in South Sudan's capital on Sunday and forces loyal to Vice President Riek Machar said his residence was attacked by the president's troops, raising fears of a slide back into full-blown conflict in the five-year-old nation.

There was no immediate response from the government of President Salva Kiir to the statement by Machar's spokesman. Earlier, Kiir's information minister, Michael Makuei, said the situation was under control and urged people to stay at home.

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Russia expels 2 U.S. diplomats in fallout over bizarre embassy fracas

Russia expels 2 US diplomatsRussia expelled two U.S. diplomats in retaliation for a similar move against two Russian diplomats stemming from a bizarre fracas last month between a U.S. diplomat and a Russian guard at the entrance to the U.S. embassy compound in Moscow.

The Russian foreign ministry, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, said in a statement Saturday that one of the expelled U.S. diplomats was involved in the embassy confrontation June 6. Another diplomat was "also a CIA operative," Ryabkov said, Reuters and the AFP news agency reported.

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South Sudan: 'Scores dead' on independence anniversary

South Sudan indepence day deathsSoldiers have taken scores of bodies to a hospital in South Sudan's capital, reports said, after gun battles broke out across the city on the eve of the country's fifth independence anniversary.

The fighting on Friday began outside the presidential compound as President Salva Kiir was meeting with first vice president and former rebel leader Riek Machar and soon spread through the city.

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Triple Suicide Attack Kills 35 at Iraq Worship Site

Iraq suicide attackIslamic State claimed responsibility for a triple suicide attack on Thursday evening near a Shia mausoleum north of Baghdad that killed at least 35 people and wounded 60 others, according to Iraqi security sources.

The attack on the mausoleum of Sayyid Muhammad bin Ali al-Hadi reignited fears of an escalation of the sectarian strife between Iraq’s Shias and Sunnis.

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