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Men examine the damage Monday after an airstrike in Atareb, Syria, in this image released by Thiqa News Agency.

Airstrikes bloody market in Syria

BEIRUT -- At least 21 people were killed in an airstrike on a market in north Syria, activists reported Monday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were three strikes on a market in Atareb in the opposition-held countryside outside Aleppo on Monday. Aleppo, Syria's largest city, is controlled by the government.

Atareb has been hit by Russian and Syrian government airstrikes since 2015, when Russia intervened in the war in Syria to turn the tide in President Bashar Assad's favor. The town has become home to tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting in nearby areas.

Media from the town published by the activist-run Thiqa news agency showed rescuers and civilians pulling out victims and limbs from under rubble stretching along several storefronts. The agency said at least 43 people were killed and 70 wounded.

A police station next to the market was also struck, according to Thiqa director Darwish Saleh.

The Observatory said 21 civilians were killed, among them 5 children and 3 women. It said many more were severely wounded.

No Iran nuke breaches, U.N. certifies

VIENNA -- The United Nations agency monitoring Iran's compliance with a landmark nuclear treaty issued a report Monday certifying that the country is keeping its end of the deal that U.S. President Donald Trump claims Tehran has violated repeatedly.

The International Atomic Energy Agency report stopped short of declaring outright that Iran is honoring its obligations, in keeping with its official role as an impartial monitor of the restrictions the treaty placed on Tehran's nuclear programs.

But in reporting no violations, the quarterly review's takeaway was that Iran was honoring its commitments to crimp uranium enrichment and other activities that can serve both civilian and military nuclear programs.

The report cited agency chief Yukiya Amano as stressing "the importance of the full implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments" under the deal. Diplomats familiar with the work that went into the evaluation said Amano's statement referred to a past violation on heavy water limits that Iran has since corrected.

Citizenship rule to roil Australian leaders

CANBERRA, Australia -- All Australian senators would have three weeks to prove they were not foreign nationals when elected under an agreement the major political parties reached Monday to resolve a deepening citizenship crisis that could upend the government.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's conservative coalition could lose two seats in by-elections next month after government lawmaker John Alexander on Saturday resigned from Parliament because he had likely inherited British citizenship from his English-born father.

Australia is rare if not unique in the world in banning dual nationals from sitting in Parliament.

Turnbull's conservative Liberal Party and the center-left opposition Labor Party agreed to set a Dec. 1 deadline for senators to provide documented evidence that they are solely Australian citizens. Australian-born lawmakers will have to provide details of their parents and grandparents' dates and countries of birth to demonstrate that they have not inherited a second nationality. Immigrant lawmakers must document steps they have taken to renounce their original nationalities.

EU restricts arms, travel from Venezuela

BRUSSELS -- The European Union on Monday banned arms sales to Venezuela and set up a system to slap asset freezes and travel restrictions on Venezuelan officials as it sought to ramp up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.

The move was decided by EU foreign ministers at talks in Brussels. The weapons ban would stop sales of military equipment that could be used for repression or surveillance of Venezuelans.

"These measures will be used in a gradual and flexible manner and can be expanded, by targeting those involved in the non-respect of democratic principles or the rule of law and the violation of human rights," the ministers said in a statement.

They said the sanctions could be reversed depending on how Maduro reacts to the demands for more democracy in the South American nation and the release of political prisoners.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders (left) and French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian confer Monday at a meeting in Brussels during which Europ...

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