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  • Brazil police strike ends after looting, 39 deaths
    Brazil police strike ends after looting, 39 deaths 2 hours 58 minutes ago

    Troops patrolled the World Cup host city of Salvador on Thursday after a deadly orgy of violence triggered by a police strike less than two months before thousands of fans descend on the coastal Brazilian metropolis for the football extravaganza. More »

  • Uranium miners at Rio Tinto Namibia mine sick
    Uranium miners at Rio Tinto Namibia mine sick 3 hours ago

    Rio Tinto workers in Namibia who mined uranium to supply the British and American militaries in the 1970s are suffering from cancer and other illnesses, a study has found. More »

  • Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed - IAEA
    Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed - IAEA 3 hours ago

    By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has acted to cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with world powers, but a planned facility it will need to fulfil the six-month deal has been delayed, a U.N. report showed on Thursday. The monthly update by the International Atomic Energy Agency , which has a pivotal role in verifying that Iran is living up to its part of the accord, made clear that Iran so far is undertaking the agreed steps to curb its nuclear programme. In Washington, the State Department said the United States has taken steps to release a $450 million (267.8 million pounds) instalment of frozen Iranian funds following the issuance of the report. In addition, Japan has made two more payments totalling $1 billion to Iran for crude imports, two sources with knowledge of the transactions said. More »

  • Iran mother spares life of son's killer after campaign
    Iran mother spares life of son's killer after campaign 3 hours ago

    The young Iranian man who escaped a hangman's noose with just seconds to spare when his victim's mother intervened was the beneficiary of a high-profile campaign to save his life. More »

  • U.S. releases $450 million of frozen Iranian funds after IAEA report
    U.S. releases $450 million of frozen Iranian funds after IAEA report 4 hours ago

    The United States has taken steps to release a $450 million (267.9 million pounds) instalment of frozen Iranian funds following a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifying that Iran is living up to its part of a landmark nuclear pact with world powers, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that "all sides have kept the commitments made" under the agreement. She said that "as Iran remains in line with its commitments," the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia and the European Union "will continue to uphold our commitments as well." The report by the U.N. nuclear agency showed that Iran had - as stipulated under the November 24 agreement - diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium reserve to a fissile content less prone to bomb proliferation. Tehran has also continued to convert the other half of its stock of uranium gas refined to a 20 percent fissile purity, the IAEA report said. More »

  • ‘All Jews Must Be Registered’
    ‘All Jews Must Be Registered’ 4 hours ago

    Fliers in Donetsk, Ukraine tell Jews to register, pay up, or be deported. The city’s grand rabbi says he takes the threat seriously. More »

  • Afghanistan: A Vision Of Hope
    Afghanistan: A Vision Of Hope 5 hours ago

    Afghanistan is creating a positive future for itself. Sixty per cent of those eligible to vote have done so in the country’s presidential elections. More »

  • Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile
    Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile 6 hours ago

    Most of nation's high-grade enriched uranium has been diluted to forms less prone to bomb proliferation as part of deal. More »

  • Iraqi Kurds entrench political faultline with Syria border ditch 7 hours ago

    By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurds are digging a 17-km (10-mile) trench on their border with Syria, reinforcing a political faultline between the two rival parties that dominate on either side of the frontier. Iraqi Kurdish authorities say the ditch, which is approximately 3 metres deep and 2 metres wide, will help reduce smuggling and keep Islamist militants out of their relatively stable region as war grinds on in Syria. But the Kurdish group that controls the Syrian side of the border says the ditch is designed to tighten a blockade against its enclave, and force it to submit to the authority of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Iraq. Whatever the motive, the ditch is highly symbolic, fortifying one of the frontiers regarded by many Kurds as a historic injustice that carved their ethnic homeland up into four parts spread across Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria. More »

  • Insight - Jordanian jihadis returning from Syria war rattle U.S.-aligned ki …
    Insight - Jordanian jihadis returning from Syria war rattle U.S.-aligned ki … 7 hours ago

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordanian Islamist Ahmad Mahmoud fought with rebels in Syria for six weeks earlier this year, then slipped back across the border to seek treatment for a war wound - even though the authorities had warned him not to return. Within a week the bearded 23-year-old fighter found himself in the dock at a military court, facing terrorism charges filed by authorities who are taking an increasingly tough stance against homegrown militants fighting in Syria's civil war. Amman treats returning jihadists as a security threat to be nipped in the bud and, with an eye to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's potential to tough out the uprising against him, wants to keep channels open to a government with which it retains diplomatic and trade ties. Three years into Syria's civil war a growing number of Jordanian jihadists are coming home, some disillusioned by infighting within rebel ranks, others seeking a break from a draining and largely inconclusive conflict. More »

  • Iran slashes highly-enriched nuclear stock: UN watchdog
    Iran slashes highly-enriched nuclear stock: UN watchdog 7 hours ago

    Iran has cut its stock of highly-enriched uranium by 75 percent, a new report by the UN's nuclear watchdog revealed Thursday. More »

  • Iraq's draft child marriage law seen as political stunt - and sign of t … 8 hours ago

    Based on Shi'ite Islamic jurisprudence, the Ja'afari Law's advocates say it would bring regulation of personal status - comprising family law, wills and inheritance - into line with sharia religious law. Iraq's own clerical establishment does not back the bill, making its chance of success very slim. Critics say the draft is all about short-term political advantage, as Shi'ite Islamist parties compete with each other for votes in the run-up to April 30 elections in a highly-charged sectarian atmosphere. "It's a completely shameless political stunt," said Haider Ala Hamoudi, associate professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh who writes on Iraqi, Middle Eastern and Islamic Law. More »

  • Saudi spy chief ousted under US pressure: experts
    Saudi spy chief ousted under US pressure: experts 9 hours ago

    The exit of Saudi's spy chief was the result of US pressure over his stance on Syria but does not signal a shift in Riyadh's goal of toppling the Damascus regime, experts say. More »

  • Iran Murder Victim's Mother Stops Hanging
    Iran Murder Victim's Mother Stops Hanging 9 hours ago

    The 18-year-old victim's parents were expected to kick away the chair supporting the condemned man, named as Balal, at the public execution and send him to his death.  As she climbed up to the gallows, Samereh Alinejad asked the large crowd that had gathered to watch the execution whether they knew "how difficult it is to live in an empty house". The father of the victim, Abdolghani Hozzeinzad, then removed the noose from around the man's neck as the convict's own mother ran up to embrace the woman who had saved her son. More »

  • Putin Sounds Like Obama on Spying
    Putin Sounds Like Obama on Spying 9 hours ago

    The Russian president uses similar logic and words that the American president does when justifying mass surveillance. More »

  • Iran is complying with nuclear deal with powers - IAEA
    Iran is complying with nuclear deal with powers - IAEA 12 hours ago

    Iran is complying with the terms of last year's interim nuclear agreement with six world powers and is continuing to reduce its most sensitive uranium stockpile, a monthly update from the U.N. atomic agency obtained by Reuters showed on Thursday. But the report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has a pivotal role in verifying that Iran is living up to its part of the deal, also indicated a delay in the commissioning of a nuclear conversion plant that Tehran needs to fulfil all parts of the six-month agreement by the time it ends on July 20. Under the landmark accord that took effect on January 20, Iran curbed some parts of its nuclear programme in exchange for a limited easing of sanctions that have battered the oil producer's economy. The IAEA update showed that Iran had - as stipulated by the November 24 agreement with the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia - diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium stockpile to a less proliferation-sensitive fissile concentration. More »

  • Has Putin Picked His Next Targets?
    Has Putin Picked His Next Targets? 12 hours ago

    There are increasing signs that the unrest in eastern Ukraine is spreading, and Odessa, the country’s third-largest city, could be the next to fall. More »

  • UN report says Iran has neutralized half of its uranium stock closest to nuke-arms … 13 hours ago

    UN report says Iran has neutralized half of its uranium stock closest to nuke-arms grade . More »

  • Japan makes two more oil payments to Iran - sources 14 hours ago

    By Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan made two more payments to Iran for crude imports that were scheduled under an interim nuclear deal, two sources with knowledge of the transactions said, in return for Tehran's moves to reign in its disputed nuclear programme. Iran's central bank had received the payments from Japan, one source said. The payments totalled $1 billion, with one instalment of $550 million due on April 10 and the remainder on April 15, according to a schedule for the transfers on a U.S. Treasury fact sheet. Japan's finance ministry and central bank have declined to comment on the payments. More »

  • Can Iran convince its brainiacs to return?
    Can Iran convince its brainiacs to return? 14 hours ago

    Iran's government has shifted its take on 'brain drain' but is the change enough to reverse the flow? More »

  • Moderate earthquake jolts southern Iran 16 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV says a magnitude 5.3 earthquake has jolted a sparsely populated district in the south of the country. The quake was moderate and no injuries were reported. More »

  • Pohang into 2nd round in Asian Champions League Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    OSAKA, Japan (AP) — South Korean club Pohang Steelers beat Japan's Cerezo Osaka 2-0 to secure a second-round spot in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday. More »

  • Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles
    Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — Thursday's high-level talks in Geneva on Ukraine come as the country's eastern regions are awash in turmoil and pro-Russian insurgents have seized police stations and government buildings in at least nine cities. More »

  • Iranian negotiators reject hardline criticism of nuclear talks
    Iranian negotiators reject hardline criticism of nuclear talks Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Michelle Moghtader ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Iranian hardliners stepped up criticism of Tehran's negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme on Wednesday, but negotiators defended the planned deal that could lead to an end to economic sanctions. The hardliners, unsettled by the shift to a more moderate foreign policy since President Hassan Rouhani took office in August, have repeatedly criticised the talks in recent months but Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backs them. Iran and six world powers - the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China - struck an interim deal in November under which Tehran agreed to limit some of its nuclear work in return for the easing some sanctions imposed on Iran for its disputed atomic program. More »

  • Clinton White House documents to be released Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives is scheduled to release about 7,500 pages of documents on Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration. More »

  • Iran foreign minister to visit Russia next week
    Iran foreign minister to visit Russia next week Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will travel to Russia next week for a meeting of the countries that border the Caspian Sea, the official IRNA news agency reported. More »

  • Resolving the Gulf crisis
    Resolving the Gulf crisis Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    To resolve the ongoing diplomatic crisis, Gulf countries have to institutionalise their foreign policy. More »

  • Tickets for two-thirds of World Cup games sold out Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Tickets for nearly two-thirds of the World Cup matches sold out within hours of FIFA opening the final phase of online sales. Five hours after sales opened Tuesday on FIFA's website, tickets were available ... More »

  • Iran Eyes Vasectomy Ban to Boost Economy Through Birthrate
    Iran Eyes Vasectomy Ban to Boost Economy Through Birthrate Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Iran's parliament is considering a ban on vasectomies as the country seeks to boost its birthrate. The 1990s saw Iran's leadership offer subsidised vasectomies and free condoms amid concerns that the country's population was growing too fast. The supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned Iran's progressive contraception policy last year, describing it as an imitation of a western lifestyle. He called on the government to deal with Iran's ageing population by increasing the number of people in Iran to 150 million, nearly double the current figure. More »

  • Pics: Meet the three new foreign ambassadors to Ireland
    Pics: Meet the three new foreign ambassadors to Ireland Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The ambassadors are from Iran, China and Senegal. More »

  • The ineptness of geopolitics
    The ineptness of geopolitics Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Why 19th century diplomatic habits are not likely to resolve global tensions and challenges. More »

  • Official: Iran will not discuss missile program Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country's defense minister said Wednesday. More »

  • Sanctions-hit Iran triumphs in football's RoboCup
    Sanctions-hit Iran triumphs in football's RoboCup Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Iran may be lumbered with economic sanctions but that did not stop a local team of robotics experts from sweeping aside German and Dutch rivals in football's RoboCup. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Wednesday
    10 Things to Know for Wednesday Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: More »

  • Melbourne upsets Guangzhou; Al Ain advances in ACL Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Al Ain became the first team to secure a second-round spot in the Asian Champions League with a 5-0 win over Lekhwiya of Qatar on Tuesday, while Melbourne Victory created a gridlock in Group G with a 2-0 upset win over defending champion Guangzhou Evergrande. More »