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Iran says nuclear deal 'impossible' by November 24 deadline: ISNA

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif arrives at the Iranian embassy for lunch with former European Union foreign policy chief Ashton in ViennaVIENNA (Reuters) - Iran says it will not be possible by a November 24 deadline to reach a comprehensive deal with world powers aimed at resolving the stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA reported on Sunday. "Considering the short time left until the deadline and number of issues that needed to be discussed and resolved, it is impossible to reach a final and comprehensive deal by Nov. 24," ISNA quoted an unnamed member of Iran's negotiating team in Vienna as saying. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:58:02 -0500
Iraqi forces battle Islamic State in towns north of Baghdad
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi soldiers backed by Shi'ite militia and Kurdish peshmerga forces attacked two towns northeast of Baghdad held by Islamic State fighters on Sunday, trying to clear a main road linking the capital to the border with Iran. Peshmerga and army officers said they advanced into Jalawla, 115 km (70 miles) from Baghdad, and the nearby town of Saadiya, which they have been trying to recapture from Islamic State since the radical Islamists seized them in August. ...
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:29:24 -0500
Putin says Russia is not isolated over Ukraine crisis: TASS

Russian President Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council at the Kremlin in MoscowMOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin denied Moscow would be isolated internationally over the Ukraine crisis and said Russia's economy would not be the only one to suffer from Western sanctions and falls in oil prices and the rouble. The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and its backing for separatists in the east opposed to Kiev's rule. "We understand the fatality of an 'Iron Curtain' for us," Putin was quoted as saying the TASS news agency in an interview published on Sunday. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:42:25 -0500
Israeli forces kill Palestinian along Gaza border: Palestinian ministry
GAZA (Reuters) - The Palestinian Health Ministry said Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, the first such fatality since a 50-day Gaza war ended in August. The Israeli military had no immediate comment. The ministry identified the man as Fadel Mohammed Halawa, 32, and said he was shot by soldiers east of Jabalya refugee camp. One of Halawa's relatives said he had been searching for song birds, which nest in trees near the Israeli border and command high prices in Gaza markets. ...
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:19:58 -0500
Italy regional votes to test public mood on Renzi

Italy's Prime Minister Renzi gestures during a news conference at Chigi Palace in RomeBy Isla Binnie and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italians voted on Sunday in regional ballots which will test whether the country, tired of economic stagnation and austerity, is also wearying of Matteo Renzi's nine-month old coalition government. Renzi's popularity peaked in June shortly after a landslide victory in European parliament elections, but his ruling party has been steadily slipping lower in opinion polls since, as the economy stutters and joblessness remains stubbornly high. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:58:08 -0500
Islamic State has lured 550 Germans into fighting: spy agency

A member loyal to the ISIL waves an ISIL flag in RaqqaBERLIN (Reuters) - The number of Germans fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq has increased sharply to 550 and around 180 have returned, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday. "We are concerned about the high number of departures. Especially in the last six weeks, it has risen further," Hans-Georg Maassen told Welt am Sonntag. "By now we are counting 550 people, that is how many have left Germany to go to Syria and Iraq," he added. The previous number was 450 people. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:17:32 -0500
Kerry to 'update' Saudi foreign minister on Iran nuclear talks
VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal on Sunday to "update" him on the nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers in Vienna, a U.S. official said. The official did not give details about the meeting. Iran and Saudi Arabia, a close U.S. ally which is worried about the implications of any rapprochement between Washington and Tehran, are regional rivals vying for influence in the Middle East. (Reporting by Fredrik Dahl and Jonathan Allen; Editing by Alison Williams)
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:37:58 -0500
Police find mom of baby abandoned in Sydney drain

This photo released by New South Wales Police shows a newborn baby who was found Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 abandoned in a drain in the Sydney suburb of Quakers Hill, Australia. Police are questioning a 20-year-old woman whose newborn baby was found abandoned in a drain next to a busy freeway by a group of cyclists. The baby, who is only a few days old, was in a serious but stable condition in Sydney's Westmead Children's Hospital, police said in a statement.(AP Photo/NSW Police)SYDNEY (AP) — Police in Australia questioned but have not charged a 30-year-old woman whose newborn baby boy was found Sunday abandoned in a drain near a Sydney freeway.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:35:57 -0500
Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's parliament approved agreements Sunday with the U.S. and NATO allowing international troops to remain in the country past the end of this year amid a renewed offensive by Taliban militants. The international combat mission in Afghanistan, begun after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban, was to conclude at the end of this year. The new agreements ratified by parliament allow the U.S. and NATO to keep a total of 12,000 troops in Afghanistan next year to support local forces.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:32:13 -0500
Australia beats South Africa by 2 wickets

Australia's Shane Watson plays a hook shot during their one-day International cricket match against South Africa's in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)SYDNEY (AP) — Shane Watson scored 82 runs and opener Aaron Finch added 76 as Australia beat South Africa by two wickets Sunday under the Duckworth-Lewis method in the final game of a five-match one-day international series.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:20:17 -0500
Guam private hospital won't open until '15
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Bogged down by construction delays, Guam's first private hospital is unable to open next month as previously planned.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:18:13 -0500
Matsuyama wins Dunlop Phoenix in playoff
MIYAZAKI, Japan (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama of Japan beat compatriot Hiroshi Iwata in the first playoff hole to win the Dunlop Phoenix on Sunday.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:16:40 -0500
Polish opposition questions election results
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main opposition leader suggested Sunday that local election results were falsified and said he will ask his supporters to protest them at a rally Dec. 13.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:16:25 -0500
Spain club Rayo vows to help elderly evicted woman
MADRID (AP) — Spanish club Rayo Vallecano says it will help an elderly woman who was evicted from her apartment located near its stadium.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:14:36 -0500
Pope canonizes 2 Indians, 4 Italians

A faithful holds an Indian flag and a statuette of priest Elias Chavara prior to the start of a Canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has canonized six new saints, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony in St. Peter's Square.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:05:38 -0500
Israel charges cop with manslaughter in Palestinian youth's death

The mother of Palestinian man Nuwara, who was shot dead by Israeli forces on Thursday, mourns during his funeral in the West Bank city of RamallahJERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli prosecutors charged a policeman on Sunday in the fatal shooting of a teenage Palestinian protester, accusing him of deliberately switching his rubber bullets with the live round that killed the youth. The prosecutors' decision to level a charge of manslaughter rather than murder drew criticism from the boy's father, who said the evidence showed the killing was pre-meditated. Nadim Nuwara, 17, was shot during a demonstration in May at which Palestinians hurled stones at Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:01:33 -0500
Putin says he will not be president for life

Russian President Vladimir Putin lays flowers at a monument to Russian Czar Alexander I during an unveiling ceremony in Alexander Gardens at the Kremlin wall in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Czar Alexander I reigned as Emperor of Russia from March 23, 1801 to 1 Dec. 1, 1825. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin says he will not remain Russia's president for life, but will step down in line with the Russian constitution.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:01:06 -0500
Australia defeats South Africa in final ODI
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia defeated South Africa by two wickets in the final one-day international Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, taking the five-match series four games to one.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:00:28 -0500
Tunisians vote for first freely elected president

Beji Caid Essebsi, leader of Tunisia's secular Nidaa Tounes party and a presidential candidate, casts his vote at a polling station in TunisBy Tarek Amara and Patrick Markey TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to vote for their first directly elected president, in the final step to be taken to full democracy after the 2011 revolution that ended the rule of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. More than three years since overturning Ben Ali's one-party rule, Tunisia has become a model of transition for the region by adopting a new constitution, the politics of compromise and avoiding the turmoil facing its neighbors. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:42:13 -0500
Prospects rise for a 2015 U.N. climate deal, but likely to be weak
By Alister Doyle OSLO, (Reuters) - A global deal to combat climate change in 2015 looks more likely after promises for action by China, the United States and the European Union, but any agreement will probably be too weak to halt rising temperatures. Delegates from almost 200 nations will meet in Lima, Peru, from Dec. 1-12 to work on the accord due in Paris in a year's time, also spurred by new scientific warnings about risks of floods, heatwaves, ocean acidification and rising seas. After failure to agree a sweeping U.N. ...
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:40:44 -0500
Team Brunel takes 2nd leg lead in Volvo Ocean Race
ALICANTE, Spain (AP) — Dutch skipper Bouwe Bekking, who has been trying to win the Volvo Ocean Race for nearly 30 years, snatched the second leg lead on Sunday.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:37:29 -0500
Israel mulls hard-line legislation after attacks
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli lawmakers on Sunday called for a series of hard-line measures, including a proposal to strip Palestinian attackers of their residency rights, in response to a wave of deadly violence.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:35:07 -0500
2009 massacre haunts Philippines as trial slows

Edita Tiamzon, right, widow of slain journalist Daniel, breaks into tears as she views an art exhibit to mark the 5th anniversary of the massacre of 58 people, 32 of them journalists, in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Five years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars and massacred all 58 occupants, including scores of journalists, in Maguindanao southern Philippine province, the body count continues to rise. The Ampatuan clan is tagged as the prime suspects in the carnage. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Five years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars in a southern Philippine province and massacred all 58 occupants, including scores of journalists, the body count continues to rise.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:31:08 -0500
Migrants rescued off Cyprus' north coast
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — About 228 migrants, apparently refugees from Syria, have been rescued after their damaged ship drifted for hours in rough seas off Cyprus' northern coast, an official said Sunday.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:26:48 -0500
Gasquet replaces Tsonga in Davis Cup final

France's Julien Benneteau, left, points to Richard Gasquet as they plays Switzerland's Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka during their doubles match for the Davis Cup final in Lille, northern France, Saturday, Nov.22, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)LILLE, France (AP) — Richard Gasquet will play the first reverse singles match of the Davis Cup final against Roger Federer Sunday as France looks to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Switzerland.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:19:13 -0500
Iran: Nuclear talks may focus on extension soon

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, looks from the balcony of Palais Coburg during closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Iran and six world powers have “never been closer” to agreement on a nuclear deal since they started negotiating more than six years ago, but it is up to Tehran to close the gap, Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Saturday. High-level comings and goings since Fridayhave seen US Secretary of State, John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and other participants in the negotiations. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)VIENNA (AP) — Iran says that if obstacles remain in the talks about its nuclear program, the discussion will have to shift to extending them beyond Monday's deadline.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:12:22 -0500
Islamic State group recruits, exploits children

FILE - In this Monday, June 23, 2014 file photo, an Islamic militant group fighter stands with two children posing with weapons as they watch other members of the group parade in commandeered Iraqi security forces vehicles down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, more than two weeks after IS took over the country's second largest city. Across the vast region in Syria and Iraq that is part of the Islamic State group's self-declared caliphate, children are being inculcated with the extremist group's radical and violent interpretation of Shariah law. (AP Photo, File)BEIRUT (AP) — Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:09:54 -0500
Iraqi premier, US look to aid Islamic State battle

An Islamic State group fighter loads a mortar shell during clashes with Iraqi security forces in Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Iraqi soldiers backed by Sunni fighters launched a major operation Saturday to retake a section of the city of Ramadi seized by Islamic State group militants, an official and residents said. (AP Photo)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group focused their offensive Sunday on the city of Ramadi, backed by Sunni tribal fighters that the U.S. plans to arm.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:03:02 -0500
Detained Portugal ex-premier awaits fraud ruling

News photographers and cameramen take pictures of a Portuguese police car where former Prime Minister Jose Socrates is brought into a court, in Lisbon, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Socrates has been detained by police as part of an investigation into corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud, Portugal's Attorney-General's office said Saturday. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates remains in police detention while an investigating magistrate decides whether he should answer charges of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:00:29 -0500
Tunisians hold first fair presidential election
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia took another step forward in its peaceful transition to democracy on Sunday by holding its first free presidential election, with voters hoping for more stability and a better economy.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:54:41 -0500
Official: 60 extremist backers from Germany dead

FILE - In this June 11, 2013 file picture he head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency Hans-Georg Maassen. attends a news conference in Berlin. Maassen says authorities now know of 550 people from the country who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, and about 60 of them have died. The number given by Hans-Georg Maassen in an interview with Sunday’s Nov. 23, 2014 Welt am Sonntag newspaper is up from the figure of 450 authorities previously used. (AP Photo/dpa, Stephanie Pilick,file)BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says authorities now know of 550 people from the country who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, and about 60 of them have died.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:41:54 -0500
Bangladesh 251-7 vs Zimbabwe in 2nd ODI
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Openers Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal both struck half-centuries to steer Bangladesh to a challenging 251-7 in the second one-day International against Zimbabwe on Sunday.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:35:21 -0500
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Scores
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Scores Sunday after Bangladesh's innings against Zimbabwe in the second one-day international at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium:
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:11:29 -0500
Russia's Lavrov to join Iran talks in Vienna: TASS
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will arrive in Vienna on Sunday evening to take part in international talks on Iran's nuclear program, TASS news agency quoted a source with Russian delegation as saying. Lavrov earlier canceled his meetings planned for Monday in Moscow as world powers and Iran hold the final round of talks in Vienna before a self-imposed deadline on Nov.24. (Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Alison Williams)
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:56:53 -0500
Strong quake in west China kills 5; 54 hurt

In this Saturday, Nov. 23, 2014 photo, injured people receive medical treatment at a hospital in Kangding County, Sichuan province, China. A strong earthquake that hit a sparsely populated, mountainous area of western China killed at least five people and injured more than 50 others, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Li Qiaoqiao) NO SALESBEIJING (AP) — A strong earthquake that hit a sparsely populated, mountainous area of western China killed at least five people and injured 54 others, officials said Sunday. The injured included schoolchildren in a stampede.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:53:27 -0500
 

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