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  • Who claims what property seized in Cuba? Facts and figures
    Who claims what property seized in Cuba? Facts and figures 1 hour 10 minutes ago

    Soon after Fidel Castro came to power, his government seized the refineries, hotels and sugar plantations that were the most visible signs of the American hold on the island's economy. More »

  • Signs of discord at Iran nuke talks as deadline looms
    Signs of discord at Iran nuke talks as deadline looms 1 hour 37 minutes ago

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program grew frantic on Saturday amid signs of discord, with the French and German foreign ministers joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Tehran's top diplomat ahead of an end-of-March deadline for a preliminary deal. More »

  • UN Evacuates Staff As Warplanes Pound Yemen
    UN Evacuates Staff As Warplanes Pound Yemen 2 hours 18 minutes ago

    The United Nations has evacuated its staff from the Yemeni capital Sanaa, as a Saudi-led air campaign pounds Shia rebel targets across the country. Health officials said more than 62 people have died in the southern city Aden alone in the three-day bombardment by Saudi Arabia and its fellow Sunni-ruled allies. The air campaign is an attempt to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was ousted from Sanaa in September by the Shia rebels, known as the Houthis. Mr Hadi also fled Aden earlier this week in the face of a military push by the rebels, who are believed to have been encouraged by Mr Hadi's ousted predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh. More »

  • Iran FM confident as nuclear deal deadline looms
    Iran FM confident as nuclear deal deadline looms 2 hours 25 minutes ago

    Tortuous negotiations aimed at ending fears that Iran will acquire nuclear arms shifted into top gear Saturday, with the Iranian foreign minister saying he was confident the outstanding hurdles blocking a deal could be overcome. More »

  • Saudi king says Yemen campaign to continue until achieves targets
    Saudi king says Yemen campaign to continue until achieves targets 2 hours 30 minutes ago

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman said on Saturday the country's military campaign in Yemen against Houthi fighters would continue until its targets are achieved. Yemen's Houthi rebels made broad gains in the country's south and east on Friday despite a second day of Saudi-led air strikes meant to check the Iranian-backed militia's efforts to overthrow President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. (Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Michael Georgy and Toby Chopra) More »

  • Yemen foreign minister says "very possible" ground forces will be … 2 hours 30 minutes ago

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Arab ground forces may be needed in the next phase of a Saudi-led operation against Iranian-allied Houthi fighters in Yemen, Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen said on Saturday. Asked at an Arab League summit in Egypt whether ground troops would be required, he told reporters: "This is possible. Very possible." Yaseen also said Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi would stay in an Arab capital until conditions in Yemen allowed him to return there. (Reporting by Yara Bayoumy and Mahmoud Mourad; writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Kevin Liffey) More »

  • French foreign minister joins Iran nuclear talks
    French foreign minister joins Iran nuclear talks 2 hours 41 minutes ago

    Seen as one of the most hawkish foreign ministers involved in talks, Laurent Fabius says he seeks a "robust agreement". More »

  • Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan freed after 2 years 2 hours 49 minutes ago

    Two female Czech tourists kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 have been released and have returned to the Czech Republic, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Saturday. "I am glad that I can confirm that Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka have returned to the Czech Republic this morning," Sobotka said via his spokesman. He added Turkish organisation Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) took part in the negotiations that led to the release. Its foreign relations coordinator, Izzet Sahin, told Turkey's state-run news agency Anatolian that the process had taken two months. More »

  • Houthis told to 'surrender' at Arab League summit
    Houthis told to 'surrender' at Arab League summit 2 hours 50 minutes ago

    Yemen's president calls on rebels to surrender their arms and for their leaders to turn themselves in at Egypt meeting. More »

  • UN staff flee Yemen as Hadi urges decisive air war
    UN staff flee Yemen as Hadi urges decisive air war 2 hours 56 minutes ago

    UN staff were evacuated from Yemen's capital Saturday after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes, as President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi urged his Arab allies to bomb Iranian-backed rebels into submission. More »

  • Two Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan freed after two years 3 hours ago

    Two female Czech tourists kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 have been released and have returned to the Czech Republic, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Saturday. "I am glad that I can confirm that Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka have returned to the Czech Republic this morning," Sobotka said via his spokesman. He added Turkish organisation Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) took part in the negotiations that led to the release. Its foreign relations coordinator, Izzet Sahin, told Turkey's state-run news agency Anatolian that the process had taken two months. More »

  • Houthis threaten Saudi Arabia with suicide bombings
    Houthis threaten Saudi Arabia with suicide bombings 3 hours ago

    Shia fighters threaten to undertake suicide operations in the kingdom if Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen continue. More »

  • Iran talks go into top gear in battle of wills
    Iran talks go into top gear in battle of wills 3 hours ago

    Tortuous negotiations aimed at laying to rest fears that Iran will acquire nuclear weapons shifted into top gear Saturday with each side demanding the other give ground ahead of a looming deadline. More »

  • Arab operation hit Yemen base holding long-range missiles -Yemeni official 3 hours ago

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - A Saudi-led military operation has targeted a base where Iranian-backed Houthi fighters had set up long-range missiles and pointed them towards the southern Yemeni city of Aden and neighouring countries, a Yemeni official said on Saturday. Iran denies allegations made by some Yemeni and Western officials that it is providing money and training to the Shi'ite Muslim Houthis, whose rapid territorial advances triggered an Arab military campaign against them. The official, a member of the Yemeni delegation at an Arab League summit in Egypt, showed Reuters mobile phone pictures of a huge orange mushroom cloud, saying it was the force of the rockets exploding at the base after it was targeted. More »

  • When SWU met LEU: The Iran nuclear talks jargon A-to-Z
    When SWU met LEU: The Iran nuclear talks jargon A-to-Z 3 hours ago

    Drowning in a radioactive sea of nuclear jargon, mixing up Bushehr and breakout, plutonium and Parchin, centrifuges and code 3.1? More »

  • Iran's rising influence
    Iran's rising influence 4 hours ago

    As Iran increases its military presence in the Middle East, we examine the country's ambitions. More »

  • 'Major sacrifices' required to retake Tikrit: Iraq officer
    'Major sacrifices' required to retake Tikrit: Iraq officer 4 hours ago

    Retaking the city of Tikrit, where jihadists have rigged streets and buildings with explosives, will require "major sacrifices" on the part of Iraqi forces, a senior intelligence officer said Saturday. More »

  • Yemen's Hadi will not return to Aden 'for now': FM
    Yemen's Hadi will not return to Aden 'for now': FM 5 hours ago

    Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi left an Arab summit in Egypt for Saudi Arabia on Saturday, but will not return to his country "for now," his foreign minister told AFP. More »

  • Arab states see a month of Yemen strikes, maybe longer, official says 5 hours ago

    (Reuters) - An Arab alliance attacking Shi'ite Muslim Houthi forces in Yemen initially plans a month-long campaign, but the operation could last five or six months, a Gulf diplomatic official said on Saturday. The official, from a country that belongs to the alliance, said Shi'ite Iran, the Houthis' main foreign ally, was likely to retaliate indirectly, by encouraging pro-Iranian Shi'ite activists to carry out armed attacks in Bahrain, Lebanon and eastern Saudi Arabia. Iran, in a tug-of-war with Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia for influence across the Middle East, has denied supporting the Houthis militarily, and has criticised the Gulf Arabs for their military action. He said Gulf Arab concern over the Houthis' influence in Yemen had been heightened in January by satellite imagery showing Houthi forces repositioning long-range Scud missiles in northern districts near the Saudi border. More »

  • A look at what's been lost to history
    A look at what's been lost to history 5 hours ago

    A look at what's gone but not forgotten: More »

  • Delete, erase, shred: enemies of federal record-keepers
    Delete, erase, shred: enemies of federal record-keepers 5 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the never-ending quest to preserve the government's history, there have been plenty of weapons of mass destruction. More »

  • Four Iraqi soldiers killed fighting with Islamic State in Tikrit 6 hours ago

    Four Iraqi soldiers were killed in street fighting with Islamic State militants in Tikrit overnight as they advanced slowly into the city, a Sunni jihadist bastion, in the wake of coalition air strikes, a security official said. The troops entered Tikrit's southern Shishin and northern al-Qadisiya neighborhoods on Friday, after the U.S.-led international alliance carried out air strikes against Islamic State, the officer from the Salahuddin province operation command told Reuters on Saturday. The campaign was slowed on Friday evening by clashes with Islamic State that killed of four and wounded 11 other soldiers, the security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Most of the Iranian-backed Shi'ite paramilitaries, which Iraqis call the Popular Mobilization Committees, or Hashid Shaabi in Arabic, are openly hostile to the United States and have opposed coalition air strikes. More »

  • Arab warplanes pummel Yemen rebels as Hadi meets allies
    Arab warplanes pummel Yemen rebels as Hadi meets allies 6 hours ago

    Arab warplanes pounded Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen for a third night while President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi held summit talks in Egypt Saturday with regional allies seeking to prevent his overthrow. More »

  • 2 Czechs kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 freed 6 hours ago

    PRAGUE (AP) — Two Czech tourists who were abducted by gunmen two years ago as they were traveling on a bus through southwestern Pakistan have been released, the Czech government said on Saturday. More »

  • Yemen president calls Houthis "Iran's puppet" 7 hours ago

    SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called the Shi'ite Houthi militia "Iran's puppet" at an Arab League summit in Egypt on Saturday. "I tell Iran's puppet ... 'You are the one that destroyed Yemen with your political immaturity'," Hadi said in Sharm el-Sheikh. Tehran denies providing money and training to the Shi'ite Houthi fighters, as alleged by some Western and Yemeni officials. (Reporting by Mahmoud Mourad; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Michael Georgy and Kevin Liffey) More »

  • Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'stooges of Iran,' directly … 7 hours ago

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'stooges of Iran,' directly blaming country for chaos. More »

  • Saudi navy evacuates diplomats from Yemen's Aden - Saudi TV
    Saudi navy evacuates diplomats from Yemen's Aden - Saudi TV 8 hours ago

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's navy evacuated dozens of foreign diplomats from the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, state television reported on Saturday. "The Saudi Royal Navy implemented an operation called Hurricane to evacuate dozens of diplomats, including Saudis, from Aden," a news ticker on the state news broadcaster Al Ekhbariya TV said. It added that the diplomats had arrived safely at Saudi Arabia's Red Sea port of Jeddah. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait relocated their embassies to Aden last month after Houthi forces overran Sanaa. ... More »

  • Analysis: Yemen's shifting political alliances
    Analysis: Yemen's shifting political alliances 8 hours ago

    Saudi-led air strikes are complicating the delicate partnership between former president Saleh and Houthi rebels. More »

  • Air strikes hit Houthi military column heading to Yemen's Aden city - r … 8 hours ago

    Saudi-led air forces attacked a convoy of Houthi armoured vehicles, tanks and military trucks travelling on the coastal road from the Arabian Sea town of Shaqra towards Aden in southern Yemen, residents said. The Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels on Friday opened a new front in their drive to topple Western and Saudi-allied President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, capturing Shaqra in preparation to march on Aden from the east. Saudi-led forces began operations against the Houthis on Thursday after its forces closed in on Aden and appeared poised to capture it. More »

  • Iranian negotiator denies discussion of 2-3 page nuclear deal -IRNA
    Iranian negotiator denies discussion of 2-3 page nuclear deal -IRNA 9 hours ago

    DUBAI (Reuters) - A member of Iran's negotiating team at ongoing nuclear talks in Switzerland denied reports that the two sides are closing in a 2- to 3-page preliminary accord, state news agency IRNA reported on Saturday. Majid Takht-Ravanchi told IRNA there been no discussion of such an accord, IRNA said. Reuters reported on Friday that Iran and world powers -- the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China -- were getting close to such a deal, citing senior Iranian and Western officials. ... More »

  • Two Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 freed
    Two Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 freed 9 hours ago

    Two young Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 have been freed and have returned home, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Saturday. More »

  • Who are the Houthis in Yemen?
    Who are the Houthis in Yemen? 10 hours ago

    The Houthi rebels began as a theological movement preaching peace, but are now at the centre of international conflict. More »

  • Iranians: Will they be the lion or the fox?
    Iranians: Will they be the lion or the fox? 10 hours ago

    Iranians embrace #NailTheDeal hashtag campaign in support of an agreement over the nuclear talks in Lausanne. More »

  • Iran sanctions debate ignores civilian impact
    Iran sanctions debate ignores civilian impact 11 hours ago

    The crippling of Iran's economy has had severe consequences for its healthcare system. More »

  • Joint military action, Yemen to dominate Arab summit
    Joint military action, Yemen to dominate Arab summit 12 hours ago

    Egypt is hosting a weekend Arab summit at which regional leaders will discuss plans to form a joint military force against the backdrop of Saudi-led strikes on rebels in Yemen. More »