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Iran, world powers push for nuclear deal as clock ticks toward deadline

By Louis Charbonneau, John Irish and Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - With a deadline hours away, Iran and six world powers ramped up the pace on Tuesday in negotiations over a preliminary deal on Tehran's nuclear program, while officials cautioned that any agreement would likely be fragile and incomplete. For nearly a week, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and

Saudi-led strikes again hit Yemen overnight

By Sami Aboudi and Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN (Reuters) - Air raids by a Saudi-led coalition again hit Houthi militia targets across Yemen on Monday night, striking the group's northern stronghold of Saadeh, the capital, Sanaa, and the central town of Yarim, residents and media said. "There were huge blazes in the mountains outside Sanaa. The strikes, which began on Thursday, are aimed at stopping

Turkish special forces enter courthouse as prosecutor held at gunpoint

By Osman Orsal and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A far-left Turkish group took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage on Tuesday and threatened to kill him, prompting special forces to enter the courthouse and police to evacuate the building. The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) published a picture of the prosecutor with a gun to his head and said it would kill him at 1236 GMT

Psychological profiling, doors focus of French Germanwings probe

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - French air accident authority BEA said its probe into the Germanwings crash would study "systemic weaknesses" that might have led to the disaster, such as psychological profiling and cockpit door locks. Also on Tuesday, lawyers representing some of the families of those killed called for a review of the rules on psychiatric assessment of pilots. French prosecutors believ

Buhari claims victory in historic Nigerian vote

By Tim Cocks and Alexis Akwagyiram ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) declared an election victory on Tuesday for former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and said Africa's most populous nation was witnessing history with its first democratic transfer of power. "The people of Nigeria have taken over," an ecstatic APC spokesman Lai Mohammed told Reuters at the ho

Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of central Tikrit: PM

By Mahdi Talat TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi troops aided by Shi'ite paramilitaries have driven Islamic State out of central Tikrit, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday, but the fight to retake all of Saddam Hussein's home town continued. Government forces have been in a month-long fight for the city, which became a bastion for the Sunni jihadists who are at war with Baghdad and have

Explosive removed from beach in Puerto Rico's Culebra island

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The FBI and other agencies in Puerto Rico are removing a military explosive discovered in the popular island of Culebra.

Turkish court acquits all 236 suspects in coup plot retrial

A Turkish court on Tuesday acquitted more than 200 army officers accused of plotting a coup against the Islamic-rooted government in 2003. A total of 236 suspects in the so-called Sledgehammer (Balyoz) case were retried by an Istanbul court after Turkey's top court last year quashed their original convictions. In 2012, hundreds of officers were convicted when a court ruled that an army exercise

Libya militia-backed parliament fires head of government

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The spokesman for Libya's militia-backed government says the head of the government has been dismissed after an investigation into reports he had presented misleading information about government revenues.

Iraq PM declares 'liberation' of Tikrit from IS

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday declared the "liberation" of Tikrit from the Islamic State group, after a weeks-long operation that was Baghdad's biggest yet against the jihadists. Abadi "announces the liberation of Tikrit and congratulates Iraqi security forces and popular volunteers on the historic milestone," his official Twitter account said, referring to allied paramilitaries who

Israeli premier: Nuclear deal will 'pave the way' for Iran

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says an emerging deal from nuclear talks in Switzerland will "pave the way" for Iran to have the ability to build an atomic bomb in little time.

Donors pledge $3.8B in Syria aid, far short of what's needed

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — International donors committed $3.8 billion in aid for Syrians affected by the grinding civil war at a donors' conference in Kuwait on Tuesday, less than half of what the United Nations requested in its largest appeal yet for the country.

Top Kenyan politicians named in graft report

Dozens of top Kenyan politicians and civil servants were named Tuesday in a damning graft probe by the national anti-corruption agency, which has already seen five cabinet ministers temporarily step down. A total of 175 people were named in the report submitted to parliament by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, including five cabinet ministers, 13 governors and a host of civil servants,

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BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military-installed prime minister said Tuesday he plans to lift martial law 10 months after staging a coup, but will invoke a special security measure that critics say is more draconian. The development has sparked concern from human rights groups, lawyers, political parties and scholars who say the measure, Article 44 of a junta-imposed interim constitution, gives Prime

Greece: current phase of reform talks wrap up in Brussels

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Talks between Greece and its creditors have wrapped up for now without a deal to unlock remaining Greek bailout funds urgently needed to stave off a potential default.

US stocks slightly lower a day after big jump

Major U.S. stock indexes moved lower in morning trading Tuesday, as investors balanced positive economic data on housing and consumers with concerns over the possibility of a deeper slide in oil prices. The market is coming off big gains from the day before as it rounds out the end of the month.

Armed leftists take Istanbul prosecutor hostage

An armed leftist group took hostage Tuesday a Turkish prosecutor probing the politically sensitive death of an anti-government protester, threatening to kill him if their demands were not met. Gunfire was heard at the Istanbul courthouse where the prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz, was working, the Dogan news agency reported said. Kiraz was investigating the killing of Berkin Elvan, who died in Mar

Nigeria opposition claims victory in tense election

Nigeria's main opposition on Tuesday claimed victory in the country's tense general election as former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari pulled ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan in the vote count. With 32 out of 37 results in, Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) had won 19 states with Jonathan's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on 12 plus the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja. "This is the

Heavy winds sweep Germany, disrupt transport

BERLIN (AP) — Heavy winds have caused disruption to transport across Germany, prompting the national railway to suspend services in part of the country and forcing flight delays and cancelations.

Little Englanders? Eurosceptics in focus in UK election

From Margaret Thatcher to Nigel Farage, euroscepticism has been a proud and virulent strain in British politics for decades -- and could eventually force the country out of the EU altogether. If Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party wins a May 7 general election, a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union will be held by 2017. Opinion polls indicate that more people i

Yemen nears 'total collapse' as Mideast powers trade blame

Regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran traded accusations Tuesday over the escalating conflict in Yemen, which the UN rights chief warned was on the brink of "total collapse". The Huthi rebels and their ally, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, "decided with the support of Iran to destabilise Yemen," Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said. Tehran hit back, accusing Saudi Arabia of put

Myanmar government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government and 16 ethnic armed groups agreed Tuesday on the wording of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest.

Puerto Rico power company wins extension with creditors

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's financially struggling power company has obtained a two-week extension from creditors amid growing concerns it will go bankrupt.

Syria aid pledges hit $3.8 billion

International donors pledged $3.8 billion on Tuesday to help alleviate war-torn Syria's humanitarian crisis, which Kuwait's emir warned was the worst in "modern history". UN chief Ban Ki-moon told participants at the meeting in Kuwait that four out of five people in Syria were living in "poverty, misery and deprivation". "The Syrian people are victims of the worst humanitarian crisis of our time

Banned leftist group in Turkey takes prosecutor hostage

ISTANBUL (AP) — Members of a banned leftist group took a prosecutor hostage in his office Tuesday inside a courthouse in Istanbul, authorities said. Police said negotiators were speaking to two militants in attempts to end the standoff.

US hits Syrian bank official, 3 companies with sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is imposing new sanctions on Syria's government aimed at blunting its weapons programs and pushing it into negotiations with rebels.

Tunisia free to contest qualifiers after CAF decision

Tunisia will be allowed to compete in the 2017 Cup of Nations qualifiers after all as The African Confederation of Football (CAF) confirmed on Tuesday the dispute with the Tunisian football federation (FTF) has been resolved. Following a meeting on March 13 in Dakar between CAF president Issa Hayatou and FTF vice-president Maher Snoussi, the Tunisians agreed to formally apologise for their prote

Uganda bombing trial stalls after top prosecutor assassinated

A key trial in Uganda of 13 men accused of taking part in Al-Shebab bombings that killed 76 people in 2010 was postponed Tuesday after the top prosecutor was shot dead. Police on Tuesday vowed to catch the killers of Joan Kagezi, acting assistant director of public prosecution, who was murdered by men on a motorbike as she drove home with three of her children on Monday evening. She was shot twi

Bosnia forms government 6 months after elections

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Nearly six months after the elections, Bosnia-Herzegovina formed a new government that will have to implement substantial reforms in order to put the country on track for eventual EU membership.

Transportation strike in Argentina shuts down country

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Many businesses were shuttered and streets were mostly empty Tuesday as transportation unions brought Argentina to a standstill with a one-day nationwide strike to protest income tax rates and high inflation.


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