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  • The Americans Waxes Nostalgic for the '80s
    The Americans Waxes Nostalgic for the '80s 2 hours 38 minutes ago

    This is perhaps the best evidence that Elizabeth and Philip have mastered how not to act like Russian parents—they never say what they really think. No one knows what's better for you than you." Later, Paige saw Elizabeth smoking, and there was a rare moment of softness between mother and daughter. More »

  • Asia stocks slip, euro languishes at 11-year low before ECB
    Asia stocks slip, euro languishes at 11-year low before ECB 3 hours ago

    By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks slipped on Thursday after Wall Street continued to pull back from record highs ahead of Friday's closely-watched U.S. jobs data, while the nervous euro languished at an 11-year low prior to the European Central Bank's policy meeting. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shed 0.2 percent. Risk asset markets, shored up by liquidity provided by easing-minded central banks around the world, will have a chance to confirm the easing stance of the European Central Bank when it holds a policy meeting later in the session. The ECB, which starts its quantitative easing (QE), or bond-buying, programme of more than 1 trillion euros this month, is expected to detail the plan after the meeting. More »

  • U.S. considering possible Middle East missile defence - general 6 hours ago

    By David Brunnstrom and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is considering sending its THAAD missile defence system to the Middle East, a senior U.S. Army general said on Wednesday, citing what he called an urgent need to respond to foes with missile systems and the will to use them. General Vincent Brooks, head of U.S. Army Pacific Command, said no decisions had been made about deploying a U.S.-owned Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery in the Middle East or South Korea, another region where he saw an urgent need given the threat posed by North Korea. The U.S. military must weigh its options, given the high cost involved in deploying the THAAD weapon system, built by Lockheed Martin Corp , Brooks said. He said the U.S. military also continued to explore options for lower-cost systems to defend against lesser threats, but gave no details. More »

  • Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal could be close, details remain 6 hours ago

    Iran's foreign minister said in a U.S. television interview on Wednesday he believed "we are very close" to a nuclear arms deal with six major world powers, but cautioned there were details that needed to be worked out. "We are prepared to work round the clock in order to reach an agreement," Mohammad Javad Zarif told NBC News in an interview excerpt released by the network. Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry were in a second day of talks in Montreaux, Switzerland on curbing Iran's nuclear programme with the aim of securing a framework agreement by the end of March. The United States and its allies, notably Israel, suspect Iran of using its civil nuclear programme as a cover to develop a nuclear weapons capability. More »

  • U.S. Democrats back off Iran legislation while talks go on 6 hours ago

    U.S. Senate Democrats said on Wednesday they would not support bills that could influence nuclear talks with Iran in the next three weeks, essentially ensuring no such legislation will pass before negotiators' March 24 deadline for a framework agreement. Democrats objected after the Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would move to begin debate and vote next week on a bill that would force President Barack Obama to seek Congress' approval of any nuclear agreement with Iran. McConnell announced his plans on Tuesday, shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress and warned the United States that it was negotiating a "bad deal" with Tehran. More »

  • AP INTERVIEW: Reid wants Congress to delay Iran legislation
    AP INTERVIEW: Reid wants Congress to delay Iran legislation 7 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Key Senate Democrats led by Minority Leader Harry Reid announced their opposition Wednesday to fast action on a bill giving Congress final say on any nuclear deal with Iran. More »

  • Kerry arrives in Saudi for key Gulf talks
    Kerry arrives in Saudi for key Gulf talks 7 hours ago

    US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia early Thursday for talks with Gulf allies on Middle East turmoil and the battle against jihadists. More »

  • Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia to consult on Iran nuke talks 8 hours ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen and other Mideast nations. More »

  • U.S. Vice President Biden, Iraq's Abadi discuss Tikrit fight
    U.S. Vice President Biden, Iraq's Abadi discuss Tikrit fight 8 hours ago

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday about the fight against Islamic State militants including the Iraqi-led operations in Tikrit, the White House said. The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants has not played a role in the battle in Tikrit, the home town of executed Sunni president Saddam Hussein. Biden commended Abadi and Iraqi leaders for "building a national front before launching the ongoing operation near Tikrit," the White House said in a statement. More »

  • Argentina appeal revives cover-up case against president
    Argentina appeal revives cover-up case against president 8 hours ago

    Argentine prosecutors on Wednesday appealed a judge's decision to dismiss their case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly protecting Iranian officials accused of orchestrating a deadly 1994 bombing. More »

  • Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks
    Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks 9 hours ago

    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. officials sought Wednesday to tamp down expectations of a substantial preliminary nuclear deal with Iran by the March deadline while working to move past the political dust kicked up by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's criticism of an emerging agreement's contours. More »

  • Goulart leads Evergrande past Western Sydney
    Goulart leads Evergrande past Western Sydney 9 hours ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Ricardo Goulart's hat trick led Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande to a 3-2 win over titleholder Western Sydney in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday. More »

  • Stocks fall, euro hits 11-1/2-year low before ECB talks
    Stocks fall, euro hits 11-1/2-year low before ECB talks 9 hours ago

    By Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stock prices around the world fell on Wednesday on profit-taking, while the euro dropped to an 11-1/2-year low ahead of a European Central Bank meeting where policymakers are expected to offer details on their bond-purchase stimulus plan. The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 retreated further from record highs set on Monday while major gauges of European and Japanese shares were below their multi-year peaks. ... More »

  • Factbox - One year on, MH370 theories abound 9 hours ago

    Speculation about what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 ranges from sober, science-based arguments to outlandish conspiracy theories. Here are some of the most prominent: CRASHED IN SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN Official investigators used analysis from British firm Inmarsat of "pings" to its satellite from MH370, combined with data direct from the plane before it stopped transmissions, to conclude the plane had flown south after it dropped off Malaysian military radar and crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. A British captain, Simon Hardy, says the plane did a fly-by of the pilot's home island of Penang before flying repeatedly in and out of Malaysia and Thailand to confuse air traffic controllers. More »

  • Kerry says demanding Iran's 'capitulation' is no way to secure nuclear …
    Kerry says demanding Iran's 'capitulation' is no way to secure nuclear … 9 hours ago

    By Arshad Mohammed MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - Simply demanding Iran's capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kerry said he and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Jawad Zarif made some progress in their negotiations in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux and would resume them on March 15. Kerry aides said many obstacles remained before a late March deadline for an outline accord between Iran and six world powers. On Tuesday, Netanyahu said in a speech in the U.S. Congress that Washington was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that could spark a "nuclear nightmare," drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing a deepening U.S.-Israeli rift. More »

  • Exxon CEO: Get used to lower oil prices
    Exxon CEO: Get used to lower oil prices 10 hours ago

    Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson expects the price of oil to remain low over the next two years because of ample global supplies and relatively weak economic growth. "People need to kinda settle in for ... More »

  • Iran envoy says no deal yet on length of nuclear accord with powers 10 hours ago

    No deal has been reached yet on the duration of any possible final agreement with world powers on Iran's nuclear programme, Tehran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Wednesday. Iran, currently in negotiations with six powers, had rebuffed as unacceptable comments by U.S. President Barack Obama that any accord should last at least a decade. "Certainly for the time being there is no agreement on the duration," the ambassador, Reza Najafi, told reporters after an IAEA board meeting in Vienna. He did not elaborate on how long any deal would have to be for Iran to accept it. More »

  • Does Netanyahu fear new US strategy in Middle East?
    Does Netanyahu fear new US strategy in Middle East? 10 hours ago

    Calls for US Congress to block Iran nuclear deal could be sign of weakened ties between Washington and Tel Aviv. More »

  • Appeal of case returns focus to Argentine president
    Appeal of case returns focus to Argentine president 10 hours ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine prosecutor on Wednesday appealed a judge's decision to throw out an investigation that accused President Cristina Fernandez of a cover-up deal with Iran, the latest twist in a case that has rocked the South American country in an election year. More »

  • AP INTERVIEW: Senate Democratic chief wants delay on Iran
    AP INTERVIEW: Senate Democratic chief wants delay on Iran 10 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Key Senate Democrats led by Minority Leader Harry Reid announced their opposition Wednesday to fast action on a bill giving Congress final say on any nuclear deal with Iran. More »

  • US says Iran far off from a working nuke, others differ
    US says Iran far off from a working nuke, others differ 11 hours ago

    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — One burning question in the global effort to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power is this: How long would it take for the Islamic Republic to build a bomb? More »

  • UK gives oligarch 7 days to justify keeping North Sea fields
    UK gives oligarch 7 days to justify keeping North Sea fields 11 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Wednesday told Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman he had seven days to explain why he should be allowed to retain ownership of newly acquired oil and gas fields in the North Sea or face being forced to sell them. Upping the ante in a standoff that could deter other Russians from investing in Britain, Ed Davey, Britain's energy minister, wrote to Fridman saying he would accept further representations, but was considering forcing him to sell North Sea assets just acquired from German utility RWE. More »

  • Netanyahu's popularity rises after U.S. speech, polls show
    Netanyahu's popularity rises after U.S. speech, polls show 11 hours ago

    Israeli opinion polls on Wednesday showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got a slight boost in popularity after his U.S. speech slamming an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, but he is still running neck and neck with his leading rival in a March 17 election. A survey published by Channel 10 television indicated Netanyahu's Likud party would gaining two seats to 23 compared with what he had a week ago. The country's Channel 2 television had Netanyahu's right-wing party up by one seat to 23, just behind Herzog's left-of-centre list. In separate surveys conducted by the channels on each candidate's individual popularity, Netanyahu was favoured by 44 percent for the job of prime minister, up two percentage points from a week ago. More »

  • Soccer-Asian Champions League group D results and standings 11 hours ago

    March 4 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Asian Champions League Group D matches on Wednesday Wednesday, March 4 Al Ahli (Saudi Arabia) 2 Nasaf Qarsi (Uzbekistan) 1 Teraktor-Sazi (Iran) 1 Al Ahli Dubai (United Arab Emirates) 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Al Ahli 2 1 1 0 5 4 4 2 Nasaf Qarsi 2 1 0 1 3 3 3 -------------------------3 Teraktor-Sazi 2 1 0 1 2 2 3 4 Al Ahli Dubai 2 0 1 1 3 4 1 1-2: Next round More »

  • Iran Nuclear Talks: 'Significant Gaps' Remain
    Iran Nuclear Talks: 'Significant Gaps' Remain 11 hours ago

    Significant gaps remain following the latest round of talks on Iran's nuclear programme, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said. Mr Kerry wrapped up three days of negotiations on Wednesday with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif amid mounting criticism of a potential nuclear deal. He also hit back at critics, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who laid out his concerns about a nuclear deal in an address to the US Congress on Tuesday. Echoing President Barack Obama's response to the speech, Mr Kerry said: "No one has presented a more viable lasting alternative for how you actually prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. More »

  • Netanyahu says he gave 'practical alternative' to Iran deal
    Netanyahu says he gave 'practical alternative' to Iran deal 12 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday his speech to the U.S. Congress offered a "practical alternative" to a possible Iranian nuclear deal, while opinion polls showed his party received a slight bump following his address ahead of the country's March 17 election. More »

  • Al-Qaida, others attack Syrian intelligence office in Aleppo 12 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate and other radical Islamic factions launched an assault Wednesday on a government intelligence building in the northern city of Aleppo, blowing up part of it before trying to storm the facility amid heavy fighting, activists said. More »

  • Iranian president says Israel 'greatest danger'
    Iranian president says Israel 'greatest danger' 12 hours ago

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said Israel creates the "greatest danger" in the region, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned against a nuclear deal with the Islamic republic. More »

  • Israeli women protest for peace ahead of election
    Israeli women protest for peace ahead of election 12 hours ago

    Thousands of Israeli women, including Jews and Arabs, gathered outside parliament in Jerusalem Wednesday urging a peace agreement with the Palestinians, two weeks ahead of a snap general election. More »

  • Rejecting criticism, Netanyahu says Iran deal 'deeply flawed' 12 hours ago

    By Dan Williams TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Pushing back against President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he had presented a practical alternative in Washington to a "deeply flawed" nuclear accord being negotiated with Iran. Returning to Israel after addressing the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, Netanyahu voiced satisfaction with the speech that Obama said had offered "no viable alternatives" to an international deal being worked out with Tehran. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry added his own criticism on Wednesday after three days of talks in Switzerland with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Jawad Zarif, saying that "simply demanding that Iran capitulate is not a plan". "The deal currently on the table is deeply flawed," Netanyahu said upon landing in response to the criticism. More »

  • Insight - From eastern flank, Iran-backed force advances on Tikrit
    Insight - From eastern flank, Iran-backed force advances on Tikrit 12 hours ago

    By Thaier al-Sudani UDHAIM DAM, Iraq (Reuters) - Wearing military fatigues and a white turban, the Shi'ite cleric gave an eve-of-battle address to Iran-backed fighters preparing to attack Islamic State militants in Tikrit, praising them for defending their faith and urging them to fight honourably. Seated in front of him in rows, crossed-legged in the grass, were dozens of armed men from Iraq's largest Shi'ite militia, the Badr Organisation, the main element of a force now advancing on Tikrit's eastern flank against the Sunni Muslim Islamic State militants who now dominate most of northern Iraq. This week's multi-pronged attack is the biggest coordinated assault on the city, best known as the home town of executed Sunni president Saddam Hussein, since the radical Islamic State fighters seized it in June. More »

  • Argentine prosecutor appeals ruling that cleared president of cover-up 12 hours ago

    By Sarah Marsh BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The Argentine prosecutor investigating accusations that President Cristina Fernandez tried to whitewash Iran's alleged involvement in a deadly 1994 bombing on Wednesday appealed a judge's decision last week to dismiss the case. The judge "discontinued" the case instigated by star investigator Alberto Nisman, who was found dead in mysterious circumstances in January. The complaint was re-submitted last month by prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita. Many Argentines also expressed anger at judge Daniel Rafecas' decision to dismiss Nisman's claims without a trial. More »

  • Oil down as U.S. supply jumps; Saudi remarks keep prices off lows
    Oil down as U.S. supply jumps; Saudi remarks keep prices off lows 13 hours ago

    By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Wednesday after U.S. crude stock builds were more than twice levels forecast, although prices held off recent lows after Saudi Arabia's oil minister said he expected prices to recover soon from the selloff of recent months. U.S. crude stocks jumped by 10.3 million barrels last week, the government said, versus a Reuters poll calling for a build of just 4 million barrels. More »

  • Claim of 'dirty money' in politics provokes uproar in Iran 13 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Ahead of crucial parliamentary elections, Iranian lawmakers are in an uproar after the country's interior minister alleged some of the millions of dollars made by drug smugglers in the Islamic Republic fund politicians' campaigns. More »

  • Standard Chartered net profit falls 37%
    Standard Chartered net profit falls 37% 14 hours ago

    Bosses at Standard Chartered have given up their bonuses after profits at the Asia-focused bank fell by more than a third last year. More »