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Russian Rocket With New ISS Crew Lifts Off

A Russian Soyuz TA-16M rocket with two Russian cosmonauts and one American astronaut has lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on route to the International Space Station (ISS).
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Diplomatic Activity Increasing As Deadline For Iran Deal Nears

With a self-imposed deadline of March 31 to reach a framework deal on Iran's nuclear program looming, representatives of the countries involved in the negotiations were engaged in frantic last-minute diplomacy.
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Russian Orthodox Priest Suspended After Blessing Ukraine-Bound Fighters

The Russian Orthodox Church has suspended a priest for incendiary comments he made during a send-off for dozens of fighters preparing to join pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
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Tajik Imams Call For Islamic Party's Closure At Friday Prayers

Imams at several mosques across Tajikistan have urged Muslims to support the closure of the Islamic Renaissance Party, calling for a referendum to dissolve the only officially registered Islamic party in former Soviet Central Asia.
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U.S. Citizen Detained In Kyrgyzstan; NGO Office Raided

U.S. citizen Umar Farooq has been detained in southern Kyrgyzstan and the office of a nongovernmental organization he had been in touch with was raided.
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