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  • Iran nuclear talks miss deadline; U.S. threatens to walk away
    Iran nuclear talks miss deadline; U.S. threatens to walk away 47 minutes ago

    By Louis Charbonneau, John Irish and Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Six world powers and Iran negotiated past a March 31 deadline into the wee hours of Wednesday, struggling to conclude an outline accord on Tehran's nuclear programme in the face of a U.S. threat to abandon the talks. With Iran asserting its "nuclear rights", the talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne entered a seventh day, bogged down this time on the issues of nuclear research, the lifting of U.N. sanctions and their restoration if Iran breached the agreement. Officials cautioned that any accord would be fragile and incomplete, but the U.S. State Department gave the go-ahead for talks to go past a self-imposed midnight deadline. "There are several difficult issues still remaining."‎ The six powers - the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China - aim to stop Iran from gaining the capacity to develop a nuclear bomb in exchange for easing international sanctions that are crippling its economy. More »

  • Obama ends freeze on U.S. military aid to Egypt 48 minutes ago

    By Roberta Rampton and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States announced on Tuesday it was lifting its hold on the supply of military equipment to Egypt, which was frozen when the military took power in Cairo nearly two years ago. The White House said President Barack Obama was freeing up the equipment and making other changes to military ties with Washington's long-time ally to support U.S. interests while encouraging Egypt's political reforms. Obama directed the release of 12 Lockheed Martin F-16 aircraft, 20 Boeing Harpoon missiles, and up to 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits made by General Dynamics , National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said. The decision was announced after a telephone call between Obama and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in which they also discussed the turmoil that is gripping the region. More »

  • Iran nuclear talks drag past deadline as hurdles remain
    Iran nuclear talks drag past deadline as hurdles remain 1 hour 5 minutes ago

    US says enough progress made to warrant extension as negotiators from Iran and west renew efforts to hammer out deal. More »

  • Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of central Tikrit - PM
    Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of central Tikrit - PM 1 hour 7 minutes ago

    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 hometown 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 been targeted by U.S.-led air strikes. Hundreds of insurgents ready to fight to the death are still holed up in Salahuddin province's capital city and at least three neighbourhoods remain under Islamic State control, along with a palace complex in the city's north. "Our security forces have reached the centre of Tikrit and they have liberated the southern and western sides and they are moving towards the control of the whole city," Abadi said in a statement. More »

  • Wall St. drops but S&P, Nasdaq register quarterly gains
    Wall St. drops but S&P, Nasdaq register quarterly gains 1 hour 12 minutes ago

    U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday as energy and healthcare shares retreated, but the S&P 500 and Nasdaq registered their ninth straight quarterly advance. The S&P's 500 quarterly winning streak was its longest since 1998, while the Nasdaq's was its longest ever. The Dow registered a slight loss for the quarter. During the session, all 10 S&P 500 sectors declined, with healthcare leading the way down. More »

  • Soccer-Queiroz's Iran reign ends in recrimination with Sweden loss 1 hour 32 minutes ago

    By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM, March 31 (Reuters) - Carlos Queiroz's reign as Iran manager ended with a 3-1 defeat away to Sweden in a friendly on Tuesday but the Portuguese coach did not go quietly as he delivered some stinging criticism of his employers. Iranian media began reporting on March 20 that Queiroz would leave the job, which he took in April 2011, following international friendlies against Chile and Sweden following a bust-up with the country's sporting authorities. There are almost two federations, with two different opinions," the 62-year-old former Portugal and Real Madrid coach said. More »

  • One-Day Extension For Iran Nuclear Deal Talks
    One-Day Extension For Iran Nuclear Deal Talks 1 hour 38 minutes ago

    Diplomatic talks to reach a nuclear deal with Iran have passed a midnight deadline, with no sign of a breakthrough. Negotiators have agreed to extend the talks by one more day, the US State Department announced. Western powers aim to stop Iran from having the capacity to develop a nuclear bomb, in exchange for easing international sanctions that are crippling its economy. But stumbling blocks, relating to Iran's enrichment research and the speed of lifting sanctions, are threatening to scupper an agreement which could end a standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. More »

  • Negotiators power past midnight deadline in Iran talks
    Negotiators power past midnight deadline in Iran talks 1 hour 54 minutes ago

    Top diplomats worked past a midnight deadline into the early hours of Wednesday seeking to agree the outlines of a nuclear deal with Iran, insisting "enough progress" had been made to continue the marathon talks. More »

  • Lawsuit alleges Iran directed killing of US soldiers in Iraq 2 hours 8 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The families of three American soldiers killed during a brazen attack in Iraq are suing the Iranian government for allegedly orchestrating the raid. More »

  • End-of-Day Wrap-Up: Indiana Backs Down
    End-of-Day Wrap-Up: Indiana Backs Down 2 hours 14 minutes ago

    What's Happening: Indiana Battles a Backlash More »

  • Son of Argentine president denies news reports about account
    Son of Argentine president denies news reports about account 2 hours 14 minutes ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The son of Argentina's president on Tuesday denied anonymously sourced press reports alleging he had foreign bank accounts, calling them false accusations designed to smear his mother's administration. More »

  • U.S. says no ultimatum given to Iran in nuclear talks 2 hours 16 minutes ago

    A senior U.S. official denied on Tuesday that Iran had been told by the six powers that the Iranian delegation must make up their minds on whether to accept an agreement before dawn. Two diplomats told Reuters earlier in the evening that the major powers did not want to continue negotiating beyond the early morning on Wednesday. More »

  • Euro posts record quarterly drop; Wall St. ends day lower
    Euro posts record quarterly drop; Wall St. ends day lower 2 hours 41 minutes ago

    Investors are betting that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year, while the European Central Bank's one-trillion-euro economic stimulus program is weakening the euro. On Wall Street, energy shares were among the biggest drags, falling in tandem with a decline in crude oil prices, offsetting a lift from two days of corporate takeover announcements, including several biotech deals on Monday and Charter Communications' (CHTR.O) plan to buy Bright House Networks for roughly $10 billion. The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI) fell 200.19 points, or 1.11 percent, to 17,776.12, the S&P 500 (.SPX) lost 18.35 points, or 0.88 percent, to 2,067.89, and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) dropped 46.56 points, or 0.94 percent, to 4,900.88. More »

  • US releases military aid to Egypt, cites national security 2 hours 42 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government, in an effort to boost Cairo's ability to combat the extremist threat in the region. More »

  • IRAN NUCLEAR 2 hours 58 minutes ago

    Graphic shows major sticking points between U.S.-led negotiators and Iran on nuclear talks.; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm; More »

  • Late slide in stocks erases much of the previous day's gain
    Late slide in stocks erases much of the previous day's gain 3 hours ago

    The stock market closed out the first three months of the year Tuesday on a down note, erasing much of the gains from the prior day's big rally. More »

  • Oil deepens loss on Iran talks; Brent ends March down 12 percent
    Oil deepens loss on Iran talks; Brent ends March down 12 percent 3 hours ago

    By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil fell for a third straight session on Tuesday, with Brent crude tumbling 12 percent for the month, as world powers entered into intense negotiations with Iran for a nuclear deal that could bring more of its oil to an oversupplied market. In Tuesday's session, prices ended off the day's lows as the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China faced difficulty in reaching a preliminary nuclear accord with Iran before a Tuesday midnight deadline at the talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. Brent oil settled down $1.18, or 2.1 percent, at $55.11 a barrel, after falling to $54.72 during the session. In the past three sessions, oil lost more than 7 percent on heightened fears that a nuclear deal for Iran would raise the global glut in crude. More »

  • New appeal revives case against Argentine president
    New appeal revives case against Argentine president 3 hours ago

    Argentine prosecutors launched a new appeal Tuesday of a court's decision to dismiss their case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly protecting Iranian officials accused of orchestrating a deadly 1994 bombing. More »

  • Iraq hails Tikrit 'liberation' after month-long battle
    Iraq hails Tikrit 'liberation' after month-long battle 3 hours ago

    Iraq said security and allied forces backed by US-led coalition aircraft "liberated" the city of Tikrit on Tuesday, its biggest victory yet in the fight against Islamic State jihadists. More »

  • Iranian delegation at nuclear talks told by powers to decide on deal - sour … 3 hours ago

    The Iranian delegation at nuclear talks has been told by the six major powers that they have to make up their minds on whether to accept a political agreement before dawn on Wednesday, two Western diplomatic sources said. More »

  • U.S. charges against Sen. Menendez could come Wednesday: source 3 hours ago

    By Mark Hosenball and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey has been advised by federal officials that he is likely to face corruption-related criminal charges, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the matter. Menendez is the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A second source familiar with the matter said any criminal charges would be brought by federal prosecutors in Florida. More »

  • Yemen civilians shudder, bristle under bombing campaign
    Yemen civilians shudder, bristle under bombing campaign 3 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni civilians shuddered in fear and bristled with anger under an intense Saudi-led bombing campaign against Shiite rebels on Tuesday, day six of fighting that prompted international aid organizations to express alarm over high civilian casualties from the strikes and violence roiling the country. More »

  • Mideast powers trade blame as Yemen teeters
    Mideast powers trade blame as Yemen teeters 3 hours ago

    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". More »

  • At least 62 children killed in Yemen in past week: UNICEF 
    At least 62 children killed in Yemen in past week: UNICEF  3 hours ago

    At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured in Yemen over the past week as fighting has escalated with a Saudi-led air campaign, the UN children's agency UNICEF said Tuesday. More »

  • Ibra silences raucous Iran fans to give Sweden 3-1 win
    Ibra silences raucous Iran fans to give Sweden 3-1 win 3 hours ago

    By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored one goal and made another in a slick first-half performance as Sweden beat Iran 3-1 in a friendly in Stockholm, where the vast majority of the 33,773 crowd at the Friends Arena were cheering for the away team. Sweden is home to more than 60,000 people who were born in Iran, and together with their children and grandchildren they packed the stands, outnumbering the Sweden fans and creating a cascading wall of noise for much of the match. Ibrahimovic silenced them, albeit temporarily, when he gave Sweden the lead in the 11th minute. His clever pass found Erkan Zengin, whose chipped return was powerfully headed home by the Sweden captain at the far post, despite the best efforts of Iran goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi to keep it out. More »

  • U.S. would leave Iran talks before deadline if unable to reach deal - White … 4 hours ago

    U.S. negotiators will walk away from the nuclear talks with Iran if they fail to achieve an interim framework agreement promised for later on Tuesday, the White House said on Tuesday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States was willing to extend its deadline to reach that interim agreement, if the talks remained productive. More »

  • Congress, Obama head for Iran showdown, regardless of talks outcome 4 hours ago

    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans will push ahead with legislation reflecting their deep mistrust of a nuclear deal with Iran whatever the outcome of talks between Tehran and major powers in Switzerland, setting up further confrontation with President Barack Obama. If that deadline is missed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said lawmakers would vote on a bill to impose new sanctions on Iran if it does not come to a final agreement by the scheduled date of June 30. The aim would be to increase pressure on Iran to compromise in the last months of the talks. More »

  • Nationwide power cut paralyses Turkey
    Nationwide power cut paralyses Turkey 4 hours ago

    A massive power cut caused chaos and shut down public transport across Turkey on Tuesday, with the government refusing to rule out that the electricity system had been the victim of an attack. More »

  • Oil slumps as Iran talks deadline looms
    Oil slumps as Iran talks deadline looms 4 hours ago

    Oil sank Tuesday as dealers tracked last-ditch efforts between global powers and Iran to reach a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme More »

  • Soccer-Ibra silences raucous Iran fans to give Sweden 3-1 win 4 hours ago

    By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM, March 31 (Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored one goal and made another in a slick first-half performance as Sweden beat Iran 3-1 in a friendly in Stockholm, where the vast majority of the 33,773 crowd at the Friends Arena were cheering for the away team. Sweden is home to more than 60,000 people who were born in Iran, and together with their children and grandchildren they packed the stands, outnumbering the Sweden fans and creating a cascading wall of noise for much of the match. Ibrahimovic silenced them, albeit temporarily, when he gave Sweden the lead in the 11th minute. His clever pass found Erkan Zengin, whose chipped return was powerfully headed home by the Sweden captain at the far post, despite the best efforts of Iran goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi to keep it out. More »

  • Iran nuclear talks: Could US be sure Iran will honor a deal? 4 hours ago

    Americans are in favor of reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran. By the same 59 percent margin, poll respondents said they are not confident that a diplomatic pact will keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons. If nothing else, this split opinion points out the lack of trust that exists between the US and the Iranian revolutionary regime – and the need for extensive international inspections of Iran’s nuclear activities to try and rebuild that trust. “Because of its extensive history of cheating and making inconsistent statements [on nuclear issues], Iran is going to have to accept additional verification arrangements,” says David Albright, a former International Atomic Energy Agency inspector and president of the Institute for Science and International Security. More »

  • Heavy clashes on Saudi-Yemeni border; Hadi government pleads for troops
    Heavy clashes on Saudi-Yemeni border; Hadi government pleads for troops 4 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of Arab states since last Thursday in an air campaign against the Shi'ite Houthis, who emerged as the most powerful force in the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country when they seized Yemen's capital last year. The Saudis say their aim is to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who left the country last week. The Houthis are allied with Saudi Arabia's regional foe Iran, and backed by army units loyal to longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was pushed out three years ago after "Arab Spring" demonstrations. Residents and tribal sources in north Yemen reported artillery and rocket exchanges along several stretches of the Saudi border. More »

  • U.S. sees enough progress at Iran talks to merit staying till Wednesday 4 hours ago

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The United States believes there has been sufficient progress in negotiations between Iran and six world powers to warrant remaining in Switzerland past a midnight deadline, although tough questions remain, the State Department said on Tuesday. "We've made enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday," acting spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement. "There are several difficult issues still remaining."‎ (Reporting by Louis Charbonneau) More »

  • US stocks move lower a day after big jump
    US stocks move lower a day after big jump 4 hours ago

    Major U.S. stock indexes veered lower in late-afternoon trading Tuesday, on course for their first decline in two days. Traders seized on the final day of the quarter to do some profit-taking and prune ... More »

  • Obama unblocks delivery of F-16s to Egypt
    Obama unblocks delivery of F-16s to Egypt 4 hours ago

    US President Barack Obama has approved the delivery of a dozen F-16 aircraft to Egypt that had been frozen after a military-led takeover. More »