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  • Yemen strikes will continue until Hadi can rule - Saudi spokesman 1 hour 36 minutes ago

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Air strikes in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia will continue until Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who left the country on Thursday, is able to rule, a Saudi military spokesman said on Sunday. Riyadh announced early on Thursday that it and nine other Sunni Muslim countries had commenced air strikes against the Shi'ite Houthi militia, who are allied to the kingdom's main regional foe Iran. Iran, which denies helping the Houthis, has strongly condemned the offensive. "We will set the conditions necessary to allow the president and his government to run the country," said Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, spokesman for the coalition. More »

  • Saudi Arabia has not made decision on sending ground troops to Yemen 1 hour 36 minutes ago

    Saudi Arabia has made no decision about whether to send ground troops into Yemen but is keeping its options open, the country's ambassador to the United States said on Sunday. In separate comments on NBC and CBS television channels, Adel al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia was committed to completing its air campaign aimed at dislodging Iranian-backed Houthis rebels who have taken over much of its southern neighbour Yemen. Asked about the possible use of ground troops, he said, "I don't know that anyone wants to go into Yemen but we don't rule anything out. More »

  • Iran, powers explore nuclear compromises, Israel alarmed
    Iran, powers explore nuclear compromises, Israel alarmed 3 hours ago

    By Louis Charbonneau, John Irish and Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers tried to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, but officials cautioned that attempts to reach a preliminary deal by a deadline in two days could yet fall apart. The two sides explored compromises in areas including numbers of centrifuges used to enrich uranium that Iran could operate, and its nuclear enrichment work for medical research. Foreign ministers from the six countries will hold ‎the first full meeting with Iran's foreign minister on Monday morning. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said there had been "some progress and some setbacks in the last hours". More »

  • Two Saudi policemen injured in Riyadh drive-by shooting
    Two Saudi policemen injured in Riyadh drive-by shooting 3 hours ago

    Two Saudi police officers were wounded in a drive-by shooting in Riyadh Sunday, a spokesman said, days after the Kingdom strengthened security measures as it leads air strikes on Yemen. More »

  • Arab League unveils joint military force amid Yemen crisis
    Arab League unveils joint military force amid Yemen crisis 5 hours ago

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — A two-day Arab summit ended Sunday with a vow to defeat Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen and the formal unveiling of plans to form a joint Arab intervention force, setting the stage for a potentially dangerous clash between U.S.-allied Arab states and Tehran over influence in the region. More »

  • Iran nuclear talks close in on deal as Israel lashes out
    Iran nuclear talks close in on deal as Israel lashes out 6 hours ago

    Iran and world powers have reached tentative agreement on parts of a deal sharply curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme, Western diplomats said Sunday while cautioning a deal is by no means done. More »

  • Pakistan evacuates more than 500 citizens from Yemen: officials
    Pakistan evacuates more than 500 citizens from Yemen: officials 6 hours ago

    Pakistan on Sunday evacuated more than 500 of its citizens from Yemen by jumbo jet and sent a naval frigate to rescue others stranded in the war-torn country, officials said. More »

  • Saudi Bombs 'Destroy All Yemeni Fighter Jets'
    Saudi Bombs 'Destroy All Yemeni Fighter Jets' 7 hours ago

    Saudi-led airstrikes have destroyed every fighter jet in Yemen and forced Houthi rebels out of government air bases, a Saudi military leader has claimed. A coalition of 10 countries began bombing Yemen on Thursday, targeting the Shia rebels and allied troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed bin Hasan Asiri said the aerial campaign had also "devastated" all known Scud missile launching pads in the Arab state. The Houthis began their offensive in September, seizing Sanaa, and holding President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi under house arrest. More »

  • What an Iran nuclear deal could look like
    What an Iran nuclear deal could look like 7 hours ago

    Global powers were Sunday narrowing in on a deal to stop any Iranian bid to develop nuclear weapons, with diplomats saying some key parts of an outline had been tentatively agreed. More »

  • Iranian negotiator says nuclear deal 'doable'
    Iranian negotiator says nuclear deal 'doable' 7 hours ago

    A nuclear deal between Iran and world powers was "doable", Tehran's lead negotiator said in crunch talks in Switzerland on Sunday, with "two or three" issues still to be resolved. More »

  • Arabs vow to pound Yemen rebels until they surrender
    Arabs vow to pound Yemen rebels until they surrender 7 hours ago

    Saudi-led warplanes bombed Yemen's main international airport and a renegade troop base in the capital Sunday, as Arab leaders vowed to pummel Iranian-backed rebels until they surrender. More »

  • Soccer-Dunga proud of Brazil's recovery ahead of Copa 8 hours ago

    By Tom Hayward LONDON, March 29 (Reuters) - After eight successive victories since their humiliating World Cup exit, Brazil manager Dunga is proud of his side's recovery but believes the upcoming Copa America will be the most difficult in years. Hosts Brazil were humbled 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final by eventual winners Germany before falling to a 3-0 defeat against the Netherlands in the third-place playoff. Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned and was replaced by Dunga, who has since overseen an impressive pick-up in form encapsulated by Sunday's 1-0 friendly win against Chile at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. After his first spell in charge of Brazil, Dunga was criticised for their uninspiring showing at the 2010 World Cup but has won plaudits during his second coming for overseeing an effective rebuilding after the traumatic Germany defeat. More »

  • Iran deal 'can be done', must put bomb out of reach: UK
    Iran deal 'can be done', must put bomb out of reach: UK 8 hours ago

    British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said late Sunday he believed a nuclear deal with Iran could be reached, but insisted it must put an atomic bomb "beyond reach." More »

  • Pakistan evacuates hundreds during pause in Yemen strikes: Saudi official 8 hours ago

    By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR (Reuters) - Pakistan evacuated about 500 of its nationals by plane from Yemen on Sunday during a brief pause in air strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition against Shi'ite Muslim Houthi forces, a Saudi military spokesman said. Pakistan is a regional ally of Saudi Arabia, the main Sunni Muslim power in the Gulf, but has yet to say whether it will offer military support to Riyadh's campaign in Yemen. Saudi military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri said operations around the Red Sea port of Hodeida stopped for more than two hours on Sunday to allow the Pakistani evacuation. More »

  • Germany says can't rule out "further crises" in Iran nuclear  … 9 hours ago

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday warned that the stakes in the Iran nuclear negotiations are very high and it was possible there could be further crises ahead of an end-March deadline for a preliminary deal. Steinmeier was asked by a reporter to describe the atmosphere in the negotiations between Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. More »

  • Enemy fire, booby-traps delay Iraqi forces' advance in Tikrit
    Enemy fire, booby-traps delay Iraqi forces' advance in Tikrit 9 hours ago

    Iraqi security forces battled Islamic State militants in central Tikrit on Sunday as the United States and its allies provided aerial support and local officials warned that the battle to retake the Sunni Muslim city would not be quick. Islamic State fighters, whose goal is to create a Muslim caliphate across the Middle East, stormed into Tikrit last June during a lightning advance in which they seized swathes of Sunni Iraqi territory before finally being halted outside Baghdad. Complicating matters around Tikrit was a decision by most Iranian-backed Shi'ite armed groups to boycott the current offensive in protest against the U.S.-led air strikes that began on Thursday at the request of the Baghdad government. The Shi'ite militias, aligned with Tehran, have repeatedly said they do not need U.S. support to drive the Islamic State militants from Tikrit, home city of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. More »

  • Officials: Iran nuke talks solving some issues, not others
    Officials: Iran nuke talks solving some issues, not others 9 hours ago

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran is considering demands for further cuts to its uranium enrichment program but is pushing back on how long it must limit technology it could use to make atomic arms, Western officials involved in the nuclear talks said Sunday. More »

  • Analysis - Once-bullish fund managers start to capitulate on oil prices
    Analysis - Once-bullish fund managers start to capitulate on oil prices 10 hours ago

    By David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - Last fall, when the price of oil started dropping, fund manager Craig Hodges figured crude would rebound in 2015 and began buying shares of companies he thought would be unfairly hit, including construction company Primoris Services Corp and Eagle Materials Inc, which produces sand used in fracked wells.     Hodges, who runs the $2.1 billion Hodges Small Cap fund, is now starting to concede that oil prices will stay low for as long as a year or more because of a global glut. It could be two or three years before oil goes back above $70 a barrel, he said.     While his fund is top-loaded with companies like American Airlines Group Inc and affordable footwear retailer Shoe Carnival Inc that are benefiting from cheap gas prices, he is also buying stakes in companies such as Matador Resources Co - an energy company that has been using the slow market to negotiate lower-priced contracts with its suppliers to lower costs. More »

  • 'Dangerous accord' with Iran worse than Israel feared: PM
    'Dangerous accord' with Iran worse than Israel feared: PM 10 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced as "dangerous" a nuclear accord that world powers are negotiating with Iran, saying it goes beyond what his government had feared. More »

  • O'Malley: Presidency 'not some crown' families should share
    O'Malley: Presidency 'not some crown' families should share 11 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said Sunday that the country needs fresh perspectives for confronting its problems and criticized the prospects of the Clinton and Bush families yet again seeking the White House. More »

  • Israel premier expresses 'deep concern' on pending Iran deal
    Israel premier expresses 'deep concern' on pending Iran deal 11 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he has "deep concern" over a pending nuclear deal the West appears close to signing with Israel's arch-enemy Iran. More »

  • Iran, powers explore compromises aimed at breaking nuclear impasse - offici … 12 hours ago

    Iran and six major powers were exploring possible compromises aimed at breaking an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, though officials cautioned that they still had no agreement and were unable to move on several sticking points. In a significant development in talks aimed at securing a preliminary nuclear deal, several officials told Reuters Tehran had indicated a willingness to accept fewer than 6,000 nuclear centrifuges and sending most of its enriched uranium stockpiles for storage in Russia. Western powers, on the other hand, were considering the idea of allowing Iran to conduct limited, closely monitored enrichment-related work for medical purposes at an underground facility called Fordow, the officials added on condition of anonymity. More »

  • Iran will not abide by nuclear agreement - House speaker Boehner 12 hours ago

    House Speaker John Boehner said Iran would not hold up its end of any agreement over its nuclear program, and that he was ready to ratchet up sanctions on the country if needed. Boehner said on CNN's state of the union that Iran's leaders "have no intention of keeping their word," and the fact that they are even negotiating is evidence current sanctions on Iran are working. Boehner opposes an agreement the Obama administration and other countries are negotiating to try to convince Iran to curtail its nuclear program in return for an easing of economic sanctions. More »

  • What they won't admit at the Arab Summit
    What they won't admit at the Arab Summit 12 hours ago

    Don't expect Arab leaders to take responsibility for the dreadful situation they helped bring about. More »

  • Q&A: Plans for an Arab joint intervention force
    Q&A: Plans for an Arab joint intervention force 12 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Arab League member nations formally announced on Sunday an agreement to form a joint military force. While details of how such a force would actually operate remain thin, the agreement is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or Iran-backed groups. More »

  • Tentative accord on key parts of Iran deal: diplomats
    Tentative accord on key parts of Iran deal: diplomats 12 hours ago

    Iran and six world powers have reached tentative agreement on key parts of a deal sharply curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme, Western diplomats said Sunday while cautioning that the pact is by no means done. More »

  • Arab leaders agree joint military force
    Arab leaders agree joint military force 12 hours ago

    Arab leaders agreed on Sunday to form a joint military force after a summit dominated by a Saudi-led offensive on Shiite rebels in Yemen and the threat from Islamist extremism. More »

  • Sisi says Arab nations to create joint military force
    Sisi says Arab nations to create joint military force 13 hours ago

    Egypt's president says heads of states at Arab League summit have agreed to begin forming joint unit of 40,000 troops. More »

  • Arab summit agrees on unified military force for crises
    Arab summit agrees on unified military force for crises 13 hours ago

    By Mahmoud Mourad and Yara Bayoumy SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt announced the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya, and as regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran engage in sectarian proxy wars. Working out the mechanism and logistics of the unified force, an idea floated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, could take months. More »

  • Kerry cancels return to US as Iran talks deadline looms
    Kerry cancels return to US as Iran talks deadline looms 15 hours ago

    US Secretary of State skips event in Boston to ensure deal on Iran's nuclear programme is agreed by March 31. More »

  • Expected Iranian nuclear deal worse than Israel feared - Netanyahu
    Expected Iranian nuclear deal worse than Israel feared - Netanyahu 15 hours ago

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had feared. Israel has mounted what it terms an "uphill battle" against an agreement that might ease sanctions on the Iranians while leaving them with a nuclear infrastructure with bomb-making potential. "This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that," Netanyahu told his cabinet in Jerusalem as the United States, five other world powers and Iran worked toward a March 31 deadline in Lausanne, Switzerland. Netanyahu's campaigning against the nuclear negotiations crested on March 3 with his speech to the U.S. Congress at the invitation of its Republican speaker, John Boehner, that angered President Barack Obama and many fellow Democrats. More »

  • Israeli PM lashes out as Iran nuclear talks intensify
    Israeli PM lashes out as Iran nuclear talks intensify 15 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a dire warning Sunday about a possible nuclear accord with Iran as talks in Switzerland towards the outline of a deal intensified days before a deadline. More »

  • Diplomats and U.N. staff flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden
    Diplomats and U.N. staff flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden 15 hours ago

    By Sami Aboudi and Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen on Saturday and the United Nations pulled out international staff after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters. Residents reported heavy clashes between the Houthis and mainly Sunni tribal fighters in the south of the country, while the air campaign sought to stall a fresh offensive by the Shi'ite Muslim group on Aden from the east. Riyadh's intervention, a surprise move from a conservative monarchy better known for flexing its muscle in oil markets than through military might, is planned to last a month but could extend for five or six, a Gulf diplomatic source said. He said satellite imagery had shown in January that the Houthis had repositioned long-range Scud missiles in the north, close to the Saudi border and aimed at Saudi territory. More »

  • The frontline in liberating child soldiers 15 hours ago

    Just a year ago, Yemen was one of the few countries with a “children’s parliament,” an elected body of teenagers that advised the nation’s lawmakers. Its main concern: how to end the recruitment of children, by both the military and armed groups, to act as soldiers. Fast forward to 2015 and Yemen’s government has collapsed. According to the United Nations, the invading troops should not be surprised to find thousands of child soldiers. More »

  • Grand bargain with Iran? Not likely
    Grand bargain with Iran? Not likely 17 hours ago

    Opponents of diplomacy can rest easy - a nuke deal will not automatically mean a US-Iran rapprochement. More »