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  • Airstrikes target Yemen's rebels as fighting rages in east 50 minutes ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led warplanes bombed Shiite rebels in their northern Yemeni stronghold on Thursday as fighting raged in an oil-rich eastern province, security officials and tribesmen said. More »

  • Nobel laureates appeal for end to persecution of Rohingya 1 hour 35 minutes ago

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Several Nobel Peace Prize winners on Thursday called for an end to the persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, describing it as "nothing less than genocide," and appealed for international help for them in Rakhine state. More »

  • World's policeman wins rare applause for FIFA crackdown 1 hour 46 minutes ago

    By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States has infuriated some of its closest allies in recent years by fining their banks and spying on their citizens. Following news on Wednesday that the U.S. Justice Department, supported by FBI investigators, was charging nine current and former FIFA officials with illegal payments, kickbacks and bribes, the Twittersphere was flooded with rare cheers of approval for the "world's policeman". Fans of the "beautiful game" - the world's most popular sport but outside the sporting mainstream in the United States - also questioned why countries with a richer football tradition had turned a blind eye to suspicions of corruption for so long. More »

  • Rebels storm last regime-held city in Syria's Idlib: monitor
    Rebels storm last regime-held city in Syria's Idlib: monitor 3 hours ago

    A rebel coalition led by Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate edged into the last remaining government-held city in the northwest province of Idlib on Thursday, a monitoring group said. More »

  • Iran opposes Syria no-fly zone
    Iran opposes Syria no-fly zone 3 hours ago

    A senior Iranian official Thursday rejected the idea of ??a Syria no-fly zone, which Turkey wants, saying it would be "a mistake" and would not restore security to the region. More »

  • Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal possible by June 30
    Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal possible by June 30 3 hours ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Iran's foreign minister on Thursday held out hope that a "sustainable, mutually respectful" deal can be struck with world powers in talks over his country's nuclear program before the deadline of June 30. More »

  • Food supply fears whet appetite for Dutch farm technology
    Food supply fears whet appetite for Dutch farm technology 3 hours ago

    By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - From the rooftops of Amsterdam to the expanses of Kazakhstan, Dutch technology is helping food producers to meet the needs of both gourmets and growing populations facing uncertain supplies. One of the most densely populated countries in the world, the Netherlands has long learnt to squeeze the maximum out of its limited farmland, making it the second-largest agricultural exporter after the United States. Such technology is at work in some unlikely spots. More »

  • U.S. defence aid to Israel to rise over Iran deal fears - sources
    U.S. defence aid to Israel to rise over Iran deal fears - sources 4 hours ago

    By Dan Williams TEL AVIV (Reuters) - U.S. defence aid to Israel is likely to increase after 2017, sources on both sides said on Thursday, seeing a possible link to Washington's efforts to assuage its ally's fears over nuclear diplomacy with Iran. A U.S. official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said negotiators were close to a new deal that would bring annual payouts to $3.6-$3.7 billion on average. An Israeli official, who also declined to be named, put the expected aid at between $3.5 billion and $4 billion. More »

  • Top US negotiator with Iran 'to leave after talks end'
    Top US negotiator with Iran 'to leave after talks end' 4 hours ago

    The "tenacious" top US negotiator in talks with Iran on curtailing its nuclear program will leave her post after a June 30 deadline for an agreement, a senior State Department official said Thursday. More »

  • Yemen may never emerge intact from civil war 5 hours ago

    By Mohammed Ghobari and Noah Browning CAIRO/DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen may never emerge as a united country from a civil war pitting a northern Shi'ite Muslim militia and its allies in the army against fighters in the mostly Sunni south. Secessionist sentiment in the south, stoked by what southerners see as decades of marginalisation by the north, is deepening as result of the damage inflicted upon Aden and other southern cities in assaults by the northern Houthi militia. Forget it," said Saleh Hashem, a resident of Aden, a port city whose historic commercial district lies in ruins. More »

  • Yemen border strikes kill two Saudis, Yemen death toll near 2,000 - WHO
    Yemen border strikes kill two Saudis, Yemen death toll near 2,000 - WHO 5 hours ago

    CAIRO/ADEN (Reuters) - Two Saudi border guards were killed and five wounded by shells fired from Yemeni territories, an Interior Ministry spokesman said late on Wednesday, as the United Nations said the war's death toll was close to 2,000. Saudi forces and the Houthis have been trading fire across the border since an Arab alliance began military operations against the Iranian-backed Shi'ite group in March to try to restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. Saudi state news agency SPA said the border guards were killed at a military post in Dhahran al-Janoub, along the border with Yemen, when projectiles fired from the Yemeni side struck. More »

  • Iran defends spy trial of US journalist
    Iran defends spy trial of US journalist 6 hours ago

    Iran hit back Thursday at US charges that the trial of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian on spying charges lacked transparency, insisting its judiciary is independent. More »

  • Iran's Zarif hopes for nuclear deal within 'reasonable period of ti …
    Iran's Zarif hopes for nuclear deal within 'reasonable period of ti … 7 hours ago

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday he hoped Tehran and world powers would reach a final nuclear deal "within a reasonable period of time" but this would be hard if the other side stuck to what he called excessive demands. Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China reached a tentative framework for a nuclear pact on April 2 but several issues remain unresolved. "If the other side respects what has been agreed in Lausanne and tries to draft, based on mutual respect, a comprehensive agreement with Iran that is sustainable..., then we can meet any deadline," Zarif said after meeting his Greek counterpart. More »

  • Iran warns against 'excessive demands' in nuclear talks
    Iran warns against 'excessive demands' in nuclear talks 8 hours ago

    Iran on Thursday warned global powers against making "excessive demands" in talks aimed at sealing a ground-breaking nuclear deal, after France demanded access to its military installations. More »

  • Leave cancelled for India's doctors as heat wave kills 1,300
    Leave cancelled for India's doctors as heat wave kills 1,300 8 hours ago

    A heat wave in India has killed at least 1,371 people this week as temperatures soar above 47 Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit), and doctors' leave has been cancelled to help cope with the sick. May and June are India's hottest months, with temperatures regularly pushing above 40 Celsius. The death toll in the worst affected states of Andhra Pradesh in the southeast and nearby Telangana is more than double the toll from a shorter hot spell there last year, officials said, with most of those killed elderly or labourers suffering sunstroke or dehydration. More »

  • French foreign minister to visit Israel, Palestinian territories as part of …
    French foreign minister to visit Israel, Palestinian territories as part of … 8 hours ago

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - France's foreign minister said on Thursday he would travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories in June, aiming to press ahead in getting an international consensus for a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set parameters for peace talks. There is no peace and security without justice for the Palestinians, but let's be frank justice hasn't been given to the Palestinians," Laurent Fabius told France Inter radio. France recently handed a working document to Arab League countries in preparation of a Security Council resolution that would set a timeframe and the exact parameters of new peace talks between Israelis and the Palestinians, French diplomats have said. More »

  • Syria's chaos casts a deep shadow over our future
    Syria's chaos casts a deep shadow over our future 9 hours ago

    Kazakhstan's foreign minister on the rise of ISIL and the need for better international cooperation to curb the threat. More »

  • A drug war made in Mexico?
    A drug war made in Mexico? 9 hours ago

    US drug policy has spelt nothing but trouble for Mexico. More »

  • Whistleblower reignites UK's nuclear-deterrent debate
    Whistleblower reignites UK's nuclear-deterrent debate 10 hours ago

    Allegations of major security failures surrounding submarines in Scotland put nukes on the radar. More »

  • Two Saudi border guards die in Yemen shelling
    Two Saudi border guards die in Yemen shelling 11 hours ago

    Two Saudi border guards have been killed and five others wounded by shellfire on the frontier with Yemen, official media reported. More »

  • Boat people talks: Key issues and expectations
    Boat people talks: Key issues and expectations 11 hours ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — In the past month, more than 3,000 desperate, hungry people have landed on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, drawing international attention to a crisis in Southeast Asia. Arrivals of the overcrowded boats — crammed with Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and impoverished Bangladeshis hoping to find jobs — have now slowed. But the crisis is far from over, and will be the topic of a Friday conference in Bangkok to be attended by senior officials from across the Asia-Pacific and beyond. More »

  • Iran, North Korea forging ballistic, nuclear ties - dissidents 13 hours ago

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - An exiled Iranian opposition group said on Thursday a delegation of North Korean experts in nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles visited a military site near Tehran in April amid talks between world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme. The dissident National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) exposed Iran's uranium enrichment plant at Natanz and a heavy water facility at Arak in 2002. Iran says allegations of nuclear bomb research are baseless and forged by its enemies. More »

  • Chief U.S. negotiator in Iran talks to leave State Dept: NYT
    Chief U.S. negotiator in Iran talks to leave State Dept: NYT 13 hours ago

    The chief U.S. negotiator in Iran nuclear talks, Wendy Sherman, will leave the State Department shortly after the June 30 deadline for the talks between Tehran and six major powers to reach agreement, the New York Times said on Wednesday. Sherman made her intentions known before leaving for Vienna and Geneva for a last round of talks aimed at securing curbs on Iran's nuclear programme in return for lifting sanctions that have crippled the country's economy, the newspaper said. "It's been two long years," the Times quoted Sherman as saying, referring to the protracted and intensely complex discussions with the Iranians that began with secret talks between the two long-time foes. More »

  • Today in History 13 hours ago

    Today is Thursday, May 28, the 148th day of 2015. There are 217 days left in the year. More »

  • US, Iranian envoys to focus on nuclear deal in weekend talks 14 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats plan to meet this weekend in Switzerland as efforts intensify to reach a comprehensive nuclear accord. More »

  • US negotiator in nuke talks with Iran to leave job in summer 15 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's lead nuclear negotiator is leaving her post this summer, by which point the U.S. hopes to have reached an accord with Iran. More »

  • David Miliband's warning to Labour
    David Miliband's warning to Labour 18 hours ago

    David Miliband has warned the Labour Party has been sent "back to the classroom for the second time in five years" after their crushing defeat in the general election. More »

  • U.N. council urges end to impunity for attacks on journalists
    U.N. council urges end to impunity for attacks on journalists 18 hours ago

    The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday condemned the frequent attacks against journalists worldwide and demanded an end to the impunity enjoyed by those guilty of violent crimes against members of the press. The appeal came in the form of a unanimously adopted resolution that also called for the release of all media professionals "who have been kidnapped or taken as hostages, in situations of armed conflict." The resolution was drafted by this month's Security Council president, Lithuania, whose Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius presided over the meeting. Mariane Pearl, a journalist and widow of Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter who was beheaded by Pakistani militants in 2002, told the 15-nation council that it was "a troubled time for our profession." "In 2014, impunity in journalism murder cases reached a staggering 96 percent and the remaining 4 percent obtained only partial justice," she said. More »

  • The 3 presidential candidates throwing a wrench in Mitch McConnell's pl … 18 hours ago

    When Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky brought floor action on the Patriot Act to a standstill early last Saturday, he underscored the challenge that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has with his three ideological freshman senators seeking the presidency. The other two senators are Ted Cruz (R) of Texas and Marco Rubio (R) of Florida. As presidential aspirants, they have broken with GOP tradition and are not patiently “waiting their turn” for a shot at the Oval Office. More »

  • Where they stand: Rick Santorum on key campaign issues 19 hours ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A look at where former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum stands on some key issues as he opens his race for the Republican presidential nomination: More »

  • Gamba Osaka advances in Asian Champion League 20 hours ago

    OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Gamba Osaka advanced to the Asian Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-2 win over FC Seoul on Wednesday. More »

  • Oil down about 3 percent again on dollar, awaits supply data
    Oil down about 3 percent again on dollar, awaits supply data 20 hours ago

    By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices fell by up to 3 percent for a second straight day on Wednesday as a resurgent dollar weighed on the market amid concerns that U.S. crude supplies may have started rising again after three weeks of draws. Industry group American Petroleum Institute (API) said after the market's settlement that U.S. crude inventories rose by 1.3 million barrels last week. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Friday will show how accurate those estimates are. More »

  • France warns Iran over nuclear deal as deadline nears
    France warns Iran over nuclear deal as deadline nears 21 hours ago

    By Parisa Hafezi and John Irish ANKARA/PARIS (Reuters) - France warned on Wednesday it was ready to block a final deal between Iran and the six major powers on Iran's nuclear programme unless Tehran provided inspectors access to all installations, including military sites. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, last week ruled out international inspection of Iran's military sites or access to nuclear scientists under any agreement. Iran's military leaders echoed his remarks. More »

  • Coalition raids on rebels in Yemen capital kill 43
    Coalition raids on rebels in Yemen capital kill 43 21 hours ago

    Saudi-led coalition warplanes killed 43 soldiers on Wednesday when they targeted a rebel troop headquarters in the Yemeni capital as the United Nations tried to reschedule postponed peace talks. More »

  • Iran nuclear talks shift into top gear
    Iran nuclear talks shift into top gear 21 hours ago

    US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to launch a final high-stakes diplomatic push to seal a ground-breaking nuclear deal with Iran, as some officials warned Wednesday the negotiations may go beyond a June 30 deadline. More »