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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The brother of Mullah Mohammad Omar on Sunday joined a growing chorus of opposition to the opaque selection of the late Taliban leader's successor, indicating widening rifts within the militant group as it weighs whether to revive peace talks or intensify its 14-year insurgency in Afghanistan.
US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to assure Middle East allies Sunday that the Iran nuclear deal would make them safer, as he began a regional tour in Egypt. Kerry met his counterpart Sameh Shoukry to patch up troubled relations between the two countries with a pledge of support. Egypt and other regional states such as Saudi Arabia are suspicious of Iran, which they see as bent on destabilising them.