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Iran: Changes to US visa waiver program contradict nuke deal...Bomb hoax diverts Air France flight...'Star Wars' blasts opening weekend record



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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's deputy foreign minister says changes to a U.S. visa waiver program that now impose travel restrictions on those who visit Iran contradict the landmark nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers. The U.S. recently tightened security requirements of its visa waiver program, which allows citizens of 38 countries to travel to the U.S. without visas. Now, people from those countries who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Syria and Sudan in the past five years must obtain visas to enter the U.S.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Air France's CEO says a bomb scare aboard one of its jetliners today was the fourth hoax against the airline in recent weeks. The flight from Mauritius to Paris made an emergency landing in Kenya after a fake explosive rigged with cardboard, sheets of paper and a household timer was found in a lavatory.

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — A U.N. envoy says there was "noticeable progress" in peace talks with Yemen's warring sides. But he says the talks in Switzerland were derailed by "numerous violations" of a cease-fire agreement that took effect last Tuesday. The talks came to an end today as fierce fighting wracked the country.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Edward Snowden will appear via video link as a featured speaker at a New Hampshire convention of libertarian activists. The Valley News reports that the former National Security Agency contractor will participate in a 30-minute discussion and Q&A at the New Hampshire Free State Project's convention in Manchester in February. The Free State Project describes itself as an effort to recruit "liberty-loving people" to move to New Hampshire.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has made the biggest North American debut of all time. It brought in an estimated $238 million over the weekend, blowing away the previous opening record set by "Jurassic World," which drew $208.8 million this summer. Almost a galaxy away, the animated "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" came in second with $14.4 million. The Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy "Sisters" is No. 3 with $13.42 million.

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