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Middle East

Iran steps up arrests, torture, executions: U.N.

altIran has stepped up executions of prisoners including juveniles as well as arrests of dissidents who are often tortured in jail, sometimes to death, the United Nations reported.

Thailand agrees to talks with southern Muslim rebels

altThailand's government will hold formal peace talks with a major Muslim rebel group for the first time next month, marking a breakthrough in efforts to end a worsening conflict in the country's south that has claimed over 5,000 lives since 2004.

Powers to offer Iran sanctions relief at nuclear talks: U.S. official

altMajor powers will offer Iran some sanctions relief during talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, this week if Tehran agrees to curb its nuclear program, a U.S. official said.

Afghan president to expel U.S. special forces from key province

altAfghan President Hamid Karzai has given U.S. special forces two weeks to leave a key battleground province after accusations that Afghans working for them tortured and killed innocent people, the president's spokesman said.

NATO may keep Afghan forces at peak strength longer

altNATO officials are strongly considering a proposal to keep Afghan forces at their peak strength of 352,000 until at least 2018, as opposed to current plans to cut the force by a third after 2015, alliance officials said.

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