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  • U.S. Secretary of State Kerry to meet with Iran foreign minister Monday
    U.S. Secretary of State Kerry to meet with Iran foreign minister Monday 1 hour 7 minutes ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday in New York, a senior State Department official said on Sunday. The meeting on the sidelines of the five-year review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that begins as Monday will come as the United States and five other global powers try to secure a final nuclear deal with Iran by a June 30 deadline. Kerry will also meet on Monday with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, the State Department official said. Under a tentative deal reached April 2 between Iran and the other countries, Tehran, which denies seeking nuclear weapons, agreed to slash the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges it operates and to allow more intrusive inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency in exchange for sanctions relief. More »

  • Kerry to meet Iran FM Zarif on Monday: US official
    Kerry to meet Iran FM Zarif on Monday: US official 2 hours 1 minute ago

    US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Iranian counterpart in New York on Monday, the first time since their marathon talks which sealed the outlines of an emerging nuclear deal. More »

  • Israeli air strike kills four planting bomb at Syria frontier - source 2 hours 33 minutes ago

    An Israeli air strike killed four militants on Sunday as they placed an explosive on a fence near Israel's frontier with Syria in the annexed Golan Heights, an Israeli military source said. The Israeli military spokesman issued a terse statement saying the air force had thwarted an attack at the Israeli-Syrian border, saying it "targeted the squad, preventing the attack." Tensions have risen in the Golan Heights, territory Israel captured from Syria in a 1967 war and later annexed in a move never recognised internationally, amid the civil war raging in Syria in the past four years. More »

  • Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuclear pact meeting
    Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuclear pact meeting 2 hours 45 minutes ago

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will take part as an observer in a major nuclear non-proliferation conference that opens at the United Nations on Monday, ending a 20-year absence in hope of fostering dialogue with Arab states, a senior Israeli official said. Assumed to have the Middle East's sole nuclear arsenal, and having never joined the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Israel has stayed away from gatherings of NPT signatories since 1995 in protest at resolutions it regarded as biased against it. In a position laid out by then Foreign Minister Shimon Peres in 1995, Israel has said it would consider submitting to international nuclear inspections and controls under the NPT only once at peace with the Arabs and Iran. Those countries want Israel curbed first. More »

  • Fighting escalates across Yemen, air strikes on capital Sanaa
    Fighting escalates across Yemen, air strikes on capital Sanaa 4 hours ago

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohammed Ghobari ADEN/CAIRO (Reuters) - Air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen on Sunday in some of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance intervened last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia who have seized large tracts of the country. There were at least five air strikes on military positions and an area near the presidential palace compound in the Houthi-held capital Sanaa at dawn on Sunday, while warships pounded an area near the port of the southern city of Aden, residents said. The strikes on Sanaa were the first since the Saudi-led coalition said last week it was scaling back a campaign against the Houthis. Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter and arch Sunni Muslim regional adversary of Shi'ite Muslim Iran, feels menaced by the Shi'ite Houthi advance across Yemen since last September, when the rebels captured the capital. More »

  • Heavyweight appetizer sets up Mayweather-Pacquiao
    Heavyweight appetizer sets up Mayweather-Pacquiao 4 hours ago

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wladimir Klitschko joined Joe Louis in the record books with his title bout on Saturday but the event took a decided back seat to boxing's latest 'Fight of the Century' -- Mayweather v Pacquiao. Klitschko matched the legendary Louis by climbing into the ring for his record-tying 27th world heavyweight championship fight but the Ukrainian's win against Bryant Jennings was a mere prelude to bigger things. "This event with Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight champion of the world returning to Madison Square Garden, is the perfect hors d'oeuvre to what the main course will be next week," Peter Nelson, HBO sports programming vice president, told Reuters. More »

  • Correction: Nepal-Earthquake Warning story
    Correction: Nepal-Earthquake Warning story 5 hours ago

    In a story April 26 about a gathering of earthquakes experts a week before the Nepal quake, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of one expert. His name is Hari Kumar, not Hari Ghi. The story also misspelled the name of his company, which is GeoHazards International, not Geohazards International. More »

  • Yemeni foreign minister rejects peace talks call from ex-president 5 hours ago

    By Ahmed Aboulenein LONDON (Reuters) - Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen on Sunday rejected a call for peace talks issued by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and said a Saudi-led military campaign against Iran-allied Houthi fighters opposed to his government had not ended. "These calls are unacceptable after all the destruction Ali Abdullah Saleh has caused. Saudi Arabia said last week it was ending a month-long campaign of air strikes against the Houthis, who seized large areas of Yemen, and that it would back a political solution to bring peace to its war-ravaged neighbour. "There will be no deal with the Houthis whatsoever until they withdraw from areas under their control," such as the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. More »

  • Saudi military plane crashes during training 5 hours ago

    CAIRO (Reuters) - A Saudi pilot and a trainee were killed on Sunday when their military plane crashed during training, the official Saudi Press Agency said. The agency said the plane belonged to the King Faisal Air Academy, a military flight school in Riyadh, did not say where the crash occurred. A Saudi-led alliance has been conducting air strikes against Iranian-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen since the end of March. (Reporting By Ahmed Tolba; Writing By Maha El Dahan; Editing by Kevin Liffey) More »

  • New UN Yemen envoy looks to revive talks as fighting rages
    New UN Yemen envoy looks to revive talks as fighting rages 5 hours ago

    A new UN envoy was looking to kickstart peace talks in Yemen as battles raged Sunday between Iran-backed rebels and pro-government forces a month after the launch of Saudi-led air strikes. More »

  • Fighting rages in Yemen's 3rd-largest city, strikes continue
    Fighting rages in Yemen's 3rd-largest city, strikes continue 5 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Deadly street battles raged in Yemen's third-largest city on Sunday, as airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels struck targets in several cities, security officials said. More »

  • Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments
    Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments 6 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate proponents of a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal must first win a battle with some colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could sink it. More »

  • Air raids and ground clashes rage in Yemen
    Air raids and ground clashes rage in Yemen 6 hours ago

    Airstrikes continue across country despite Saudi claim that focus would be shifted to diplomacy and humanitarian issues. More »

  • Iran leader criticises rich kids after deadly car crashes
    Iran leader criticises rich kids after deadly car crashes 7 hours ago

    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticised fast-driving wealthy youngsters Sunday for creating "psychological insecurity" on the streets after two high-speed accidents killed five people. More »

  • Yemen militia make gains against Houthis in central city - residents 9 hours ago

    SANAA (Reuters) - A group of tribal and Islamist fighters in the strategically important central Yemeni city of Taiz on Sunday took back several districts from the Iran-allied Houthi militia amid heavy fighting, residents said. The reverses deal a blow to the Houthis in an area they have controlled largely unopposed for more than a month. They may be a sign that more than a month of Saudi-led air strikes against Houthi forces have emboldened armed opposition groups. (Reporting By Mohammed Ghobari; Writing by Noah Browning; Editing by Gareth Jones) More »

  • OFCOM's role as arbiter of good British TV
    OFCOM's role as arbiter of good British TV 9 hours ago

    With UK elections approaching, we look at the British broadcasting regulator's responsibilities and its limited remit. More »

  • Obama pokes fun at political friends and foes at White House dinner
    Obama pokes fun at political friends and foes at White House dinner 11 hours ago

    By Tanya Basu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At the gathering he jokingly called "a night when Washington celebrates itself," U.S. President Barack Obama took light-hearted aim on Saturday at a range of political friends and foes, including the people running to succeed him. Obama's comedy routine at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner included a sly dig at Hillary Clinton, the current front-runner to be the Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election. Noting that some Americans are living in a time of uncertainty, Obama said, "For example, I have one friend just a few weeks ago, she was making millions of dollars a year and she's now living out of a van in Iowa." Clinton, who as a former secretary of state, former senator and former first lady is one of America's best known figures, travelled around in a van this month in a deliberately low-key trip to the state that holds an early contest in the election primary season. More »

  • U-turn as Carlos Queiroz stays as Iran coach
    U-turn as Carlos Queiroz stays as Iran coach 13 hours ago

    The saga of Carlos Queiroz's time in charge of the Iranian national side has taken a fresh twist with the Portuguese coach making a sudden u-turn to lead the team's 2018 World Cup campaign. More »

  • Has India lost Afghanistan to Pakistan?
    Has India lost Afghanistan to Pakistan? 14 hours ago

    Ghani's first state visit to New Delhi must focus on clearing up the mixed signals Kabul has been sending. More »

  • President Obama Takes Aim In Stand-Up Routine
    President Obama Takes Aim In Stand-Up Routine 15 hours ago

    US President Barack Obama had political friends and foes alike in his comedy sights during a joke-packed speech at a star-studded event in Washington. The American leader's traditional stand-up routine at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, also included his own anger translator to vent his frustrations, played by comedian Keegan-Michael Key. Mr Obama made a light-hearted jest at Hillary Rodham Clinton who is the current front-runner to be the Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election. The White House hopeful recently made a road trip to a key early-voting state in her bid to win the party's nomination. More »

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  • Experts gathered in Nepal a week ago to ready for earthquake
    Experts gathered in Nepal a week ago to ready for earthquake Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Nepal's devastating earthquake was the disaster experts knew was coming. More »

  • Angst about Iran deal at GOP Jewish meeting Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican luminaries and presidential hopefuls reiterated their support for Israel and skepticism about President Obama's proposed nuclear deal with Iran as an influential group of Republican Jews gathered Saturday at the casino of GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson. More »

  • UN chief appoints new Yemen special envoy Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief appointed a new special envoy to Yemen as pressure grows to return to peace talks while fighting continues in the Arab world's poorest country. More »

  • Clashes rage in Yemen as calls for peace talks grow
    Clashes rage in Yemen as calls for peace talks grow Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Fierce fighting raged Saturday in south Yemen between Iran-backed rebels and loyalists of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, as pressure mounted for the warring factions to hold political talks. More »

  • The Latest on GOP's 2016 hopefuls: Perry calls for strong US
    The Latest on GOP's 2016 hopefuls: Perry calls for strong US Sat, Apr 25, 2015

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  • Aden hit by coalition airstrikes amid fierce street battles
    Aden hit by coalition airstrikes amid fierce street battles Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led coalition warplanes launched dozens of airstrikes on Yemen's southern port city of Aden Saturday, as Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies mobilized hundreds of reinforcements in an effort to wrest control of the city from militias supporting embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, security officials and eyewitnesses said. More »

  • Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan
    Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a prominent women's rights activist in Pakistan just hours after she held a forum on the country's restive Baluchistan region, home to a long-running insurgency, police said Saturday. More »

  • Chokehold case questions follow NY congressional candidate
    Chokehold case questions follow NY congressional candidate Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even if Dan Donovan prefers to talk about Iran, immigration or taxes, there's another topic the Republican congressional hopeful can't avoid: the death of Eric Garner at the hands of a police officer. More »

  • Deadliest earthquakes of the past 30 years
    Deadliest earthquakes of the past 30 years Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    At least 1,170 people are known to have died in Nepal, officials say, after a powerful 7.8 magnitude quake rocked the country on Saturday. Below is a list of some of the world's deadliest earthquakes in the past 30 years. More »

  • Syria's former spy chief dies in unclear circumstances - source
    Syria's former spy chief dies in unclear circumstances - source Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Rustom Ghazali, Syria's last chief of intelligence in Lebanon who was a suspect in the killing of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, has died in Damascus, Lebanese media reported. A Lebanese source with ties to Damascus also said that Ghazali had died on Friday. Ghazali, in his 60s, succeeded Ghazi Kanaan as head of military intelligence in Lebanon in 2002 during Syria's tutelage over Lebanon, which lasted until Damascus pulled its troops from the country in 2005. More »

  • Iran moves ships, reducing tensions near Yemen - Pentagon's Carter
    Iran moves ships, reducing tensions near Yemen - Pentagon's Carter Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    A flotilla of nine Iranian naval and cargo ships that U.S. officials feared was carrying arms to strife-torn Yemen sailed northeast in the direction of Iran on Friday, and this should ease U.S. concerns, a Pentagon spokesman said. The Iranian state news agency IRNA, however, quoted Iran's top navy commander, Admiral Habibollah Sayyari as saying on Saturday that the flotilla was still carrying out its mission in the Gulf of Aden. On Friday, U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter told a small group of journalists travelling with him after a trip to California: "The (Iranian) ships have turned around ... Obviously what their onward plans are, we don't know. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said earlier the flotilla was in international waters about midway along the coast of Oman on Friday and still headed northeast. More »

  • Former Yemeni president calls for political dialogue to end war Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Friday on all Yemenis to return to political dialogue to find a way to end the country's spiralling conflict. Saleh's loyalists have been fighting alongside Iranian-allied Houthi rebels who toppled the central government, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put the onus for peacemaking on the Houthis and their supporters to cease fire. Saleh also called for talks between Yemenis and Saudi Arabia, which has led a nearly month-long bombing campaign against the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi militia, to be held under United Nations auspices in Geneva. He also urged the Houthis to accept an April 13 U.N. Security Council resolution calling on them to drop their weapons and quit cities they have seized, after Saudi-led forces stop their intervention in Yemen. More »

  • Fresh fighting flares in Yemen as dialogue hopes dim
    Fresh fighting flares in Yemen as dialogue hopes dim Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    At least 28 killed in fighting between Houthis and Hadi loyalists near Aden despite appeals by ex-president for calm. More »

  • South Africa, xenophobia and the media
    South Africa, xenophobia and the media Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    The politics and coverage of xenophobia in South Africa; and TV regulation in the UK ahead of a contentious election. More »