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Day after Netanyahu warning, U.S. and Iran make 'some progress' on nuclear talks

By Arshad Mohammed MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - The U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers wrapped up three days of talks over Iran's nuclear programme on Wednesday, a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal being negotiated was a serious mistake. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif have negotiated for more than 10 hours since Monday in t

EU ready with sanctions if Ukraine ceasefire violated, Merkel says

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia on Wednesday that any serious violation of the current ceasefire in east Ukraine - which she described as "fragile" - would prompt Europe to impose further sanctions on Moscow for supporting the separatists. "So far we've got a fragile ceasefire which needs to be stabilized," Merkel told reporters in Brussels. ...

Insight: From eastern flank, Iran-backed force advances on Tikrit

By Thaier al-Sudani UDHAIM DAM, Iraq (Reuters) - Wearing military fatigues and a white turban, the Shi'ite cleric gave an eve-of-battle address to Iran-backed fighters preparing to attack Islamic State militants in Tikrit, praising them for defending their faith and urging them to fight honorably. Seated in front of him in rows, crossed-legged in the grass, were dozens of armed men from Iraq's l

Two Malaysians identified in IS beheading video from Syria

Malaysian authorities have identified two Malaysians in a video by the Islamic State of a beheading that is believed to have taken place in Syria. Mohd Faris Anuar and Muhamad Wanndy Muhammad Jedi, aged 20 and 25 respectively, were identified as the men involved in the beheading of a Syrian man in a video posted to Facebook on Feb. 22, said Ayub Khan Mydin, the police counter-terrorism division's

Russian security service chief says several suspects in Nemtsov case: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The director of Russia's Federal Security Service said on Wednesday that an investigation into the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov had identified several suspects, Russian news agencies reported. FSB boss Alexander Bortnikov said, however, that the suspects were only one version that investigators were considering, Interfax news agency said. (Reporting by Vladimir So

Islamic State targeted in 12 air strikes by U.S., coalition: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies staged 12 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in a 24-hour period, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Wednesday. Three strikes near Kobani, Syria, hit a tactical unit and destroyed five fighting positions while in Iraq, five air strikes hit Islamic State bomb-making facilities, a weapons storage site and v

France gets rap on knuckles over smacking children

A top rights body said Wednesday that France was in violation of a European treaty because it did not fully ban the smacking of children, reigniting debate over the divisive issue. The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe said France's laws on corporal punishment for children were not "sufficiently clear, binding and precise". France bans violence against children but does allow parents the "right

Top Asian News at 3:00 p.m. GMT

NEW DELHI (AP) — When a condemned killer said the woman he and others brutally gang-raped on a New Delhi bus was responsible for what had happened to her, his comments were shocking in their callousness and lack of remorse. But the underlying view has wide acceptance in India. Blaming women for rape is what hundreds of millions of men here are taught to believe.

UN envoy to Yemen disappointed by Shiites rebels' stance

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The U.N. envoy to Yemen has expressed "disappointment" over the refusal by the country's Shiite rebels to withdraw their fighters from state institutions and release the prime minister from house arrest.

Dubai to curate next hot thing in 'Museum of the Future'

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The flashy Gulf city with a skyline that looks like something out of a science fiction movie is embracing its love of all things new with plans for a "Museum of the Future."

Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing back against the Israeli prime minister's assertion that a developing nuclear deal with Iran should be scrapped.

Belgian arrested for child rape in DR Congo: police

A 74-year-old Belgian man has been arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo on allegations he raped two girls, police said Wednesday. Francis Belliz is accused of "raping two Congolese girls, 11 and 13 years old," and is being held in custody in the capital Kinshasa, police spokesman Colonel Pierrot Mwana Mputu said.

Argentina wants to revive deal with Iran to solve 1994 attack

By Sarah Marsh BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The Argentinian government took out full-page advertisements in local newspapers on Wednesday, stressing that a stalled agreement with Iran remained the best way to get to the bottom of the deadly 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center. The investigation has become front-page news again since the beginning of the year, when the lead prosecuto

Egypt's cabinet approves long-awaited investment law

By Stephen Kalin and Yara Bayoumy CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's cabinet approved a long-awaited draft law on investment on Wednesday aimed at making deals less vulnerable to legal disputes or changes in government, and reducing stifling bureaucracy. The government is seeking to address foreign business concerns before an investment conference in Sharm el-Sheikh set for mid-March, when Egypt hopes to

Italy rescues nearly 1,000 migrants; 10 die

ROME (AP) — In a dramatic sea rescue north of Libya, a flotilla of rescue ships saved nearly 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday.

Man killed by Los Angeles police stole French identity

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A homeless man who was killed by Los Angeles police was living under a stolen French identity and was wanted for violating probation terms for a bank robbery conviction, French and U.S. officials said.

Greek police guidelines on migration control spark confusion

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's radical left-led government has revoked new police guidelines on migration control after a wave of criticism from the opposition, saying they were issued without prior consultation.

Zambia police question opposition leader over intelligence claims

Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was questioned by police on Wednesday over his claims that he receives intelligence reports before they reach President Edgar Lungu. Police spokeswoman Charity Chanda said Hichilema, who lost the January vote to Lungu by a slim margin, was warned over the allegations he made at a news conference last month. "During the briefing he stated that he gets

Suspected German member of Islamic State group arrested

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors say they have arrested a German suspected of being a member of the Islamic State group and undergoing weapons training with the extremists.

Merkel seeks to dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout

BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union's executive branch are cautioning against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout.

Top French court approves extradition of Kazakh banker

PARIS (AP) — France's top appeals court on Wednesday approved the extradition of a Kazakh oligarch-turned-dissident to Russia or Ukraine — but his lawyers urged the French government to reconsider, arguing that the case is politically motivated.

Dozens of miners missing, feared dead after blast in east Ukraine

By Maria Tsvetkova DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Dozens of miners were trapped underground and feared dead after a blast on Wednesday at a coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk. Mine officials said the explosion was most likely caused by gas and not linked to fighting at the nearby frontline in the war between Moscow-backed rebels and Ukraine government forces. Nevertheless

Passengers hit in Scandinavia as strike at Norwegian expands

HELSINKI (AP) — Thousands of passengers have been stranded across Scandinavia as a strike by pilots of Norwegian Air Shuttle continued for a fifth day.

Floods leave 38 dead in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam (AFP) - At least 38 people have died with 82 others been injured in heavy rains and floods in Tanzania's northwest, officials said Wednesday.

7 fight for 3 seats representing Asia on FIFA ruling board

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Seven candidates are competing for three vacant Asia seats on FIFA's executive committee.

Kerry says significant gaps remain in Iran talks

GENEVA (Reuters) - Significant gaps and important choices remain in talks on Iran's nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday, after completing a round of talks over three days with Iranian Foreign Secretary Mohammad Javad Zarif. Kerry said he would not be distracted from the talks by external factors or politics and any deal would include intrusive access and verificat

Philippine cities most at risk from disasters, study shows

By Joseph D'Urso LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Of the 10 world cities most exposed to natural hazards, eight are in the Philippines, according to research which also showed that over half of the 100 cities most exposed to earthquakes, storms and other disasters were found in four Asian nations. The study published on Wednesday by risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft analyzed the threat p

Russian court keeps Ukrainian pilot behind bars

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has rejected an appeal to release a Ukrainian pilot who has been on hunger strike since mid-December.

Australia in record form, Pakistan also wins at World Cup

Four-time champion Australia and 1992 winner Pakistan demonstrated the gulf between the cricket elite and the second tier with lopsided wins at the World Cup on Wednesday.

UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet

LONDON (AP) — Put down the donut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup.

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