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UNITED NATIONS-IRAN

UNITED NATIONS — Stalled nuclear talks and the delicate diplomacy surrounding the fight against Islamic extremists have lowered expectations for a rapid warming of relations between Iran and the United States as the Iranian leader returns to speak at the United Nations on Thursday. By George Jahn.

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ISLAMIC STATE-TURKEY

WASHINGTON — Moving from reluctance to refusal and finally to acceptance, Turkey is joining its NATO allies and fellow Sunni Muslim nations in a coalition to destroy the Islamic State militant group. But the U.S. is still waiting for details of any new, specific, aid and is warily watching to make sure Ankara keeps its commitments. By Lara Jakes.

UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations chief calls for world leaders to join an international campaign to ease the plight of nearly unprecedented numbers of refugees, the displaced and victims of violence in a world wracked by wars and the swift-spreading and deadly Ebola epidemic. By Edith M. Lederer.

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OBAMA-UNITED NATIONS

UNITED NATIONS — Confronted by the growing threat of Middle East militants, President Barack Obama implores world leaders at the United Nations to rally behind his expanding military campaign to stamp out the violent Islamic State group and its "network of death." By Julie Pace and Edith M. Lederer.

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COLOMBIA-PEACE TALKS

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia's government and main rebel movement are releasing parts of a draft peace agreement to deflect criticism that the country's democratic institutions are being redrawn behind their countrymen's backs. By Cesar Garcia.

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MISSING STUDENT

RICHMOND, Virginia — By all appearances, the man arrested in connection with the disappearance of a British-born University of Virginia student has led a fairly ordinary life: He worked at a hospital, helped coach youth football for a time and attended a Christian university. By Michael Felberbaum.

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CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR

TORONTO — Rob Ford's sister told police the Toronto mayor smoked crack cocaine with her one night in April in the company of a man she claimed sold drugs to her brother that night, according court documents that indicate police are investigating the mayor for drug possession. By Charmaine Noronha.

MEXICO-OIL RUSTLERS

CIUDAD MIER, Mexico — Mexico overcame 75 years of nationalist pride to reform its flagging, state-owned oil industry. But as it prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast, and attract foreign investors, another challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and are stealing billions of dollars' worth of oil from pipelines. By Mark Stevenson.

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CUBA-REVOLUTIONARY COLOGNES

HAVANA — Call it "Eau de Revolution." Cuba's biggest producer of natural products has come up with a pair of colognes for the discerning supporter of international socialism who wants something more than just the iconic "Che" T-shirt. By Andrea Rodriguez.

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UNITED NATIONS-HONDURAS

UNITED NATIONS — The president of Honduras blames the flight of migrant children to the U.S. on a drug war his country didn't start and demands the world pay as much attention to displaced Central American families as it does to those terrorized by wars elsewhere.

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BUSINESS:

GULF OIL SPILL-SETTLEMENT

NEW ORLEANS — BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge says the oil giant must stand by the agreement it made with the companies it compensated for losses blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill. By Janet McConnaughey and Jonathan Fahey.

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BRAZIL-MARKET MANIPULATION

SAO PAULO — Federal prosecutors in Sao Paulo have charged Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista with manipulating the stock market and causing billions of dollars in losses. By Stan Lehman.

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TEC-BLACKBERRY PHONE

TORONTO — Hoping for a comeback, embattled Canadian company BlackBerry has launched a new smartphone. By Rob Gillies.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-JIMI HENDRIX BIOPIC

NEW YORK — Andre Benjamin was uniquely qualified to play Jimi Hendrix in the film "Jimi: All Is By My Side," and not just because his colorfully cosmic style has long owed something to the '60s icon. By Jake Coyle.

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ALCATRAZ-CHINESE ARTIST

SAN FRANCISCO — An exhibition by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has transformed the former island prison of Alcatraz into a tribute to the world's political prisoners, some famous and some forgotten.

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