Tuesday, March 31, 2015

World News Briefs -- March 31, 2015 (Evening Edition)

Time: Muhammadu Buhari Wins Nigeria’s Presidency in Stunning Upset

Winning may be just the easy part in a country plagued by insurgency, corruption and economic malaise

In a radical reversal of fortune, presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari has proven that the fourth run is the charm when it comes to being elected President of Nigeria. In an election plagued by technical mishaps, Buhari has sealed victory over incumbent Goodluck Jonathan by little more than two million votes in the tightest race the country has seen since the end of military rule in 1999.


Iran, US willing to continue nuclear talks into Wednesday. Iran talks may continue past midnight deadline, officials say. Iran, powers push for nuclear deal as clock ticks toward deadline. Still unclear if Iran nuclear deal possible: German diplomats.

Mideast powers trade blame as Yemen teeters.

Heavy clashes on Saudi-Yemen border; Hadi government pleads for troops.

Saudi-led forces pound Yemen Shiite rebels as Iran sends aid. Saudi Arabia says military push will last until Yemen stable. Iran denies sending arms to rebels in Yemen.

UN, aid groups plead for Yemeni civilians' safety.

Iraq PM says Tikrit 'liberated' after month-long battle. Iraq forces retake government HQ in Tikrit. Iraqi forces seize government headquarters in battle for Tikrit.

Syrian media: Islamic State attacks government-held village. Syrian military source alleges Turkish role in Idlib offensive.

Syria donor event opens with more than $1 billion in pledges.

Anonymous hacker group threatens Israel with ‘cyber-holocaust’.

Massive power cut causes chaos in Turkey.

Turkish President warns Iran about trying to dominate Middle East.

Shots heard at building where Turkish far-left group seized hostage. Gunfire, blasts at Istanbul hostage standoff. Turkish special forces enter Istanbul courthouse after prosecutor taken hostage. Turkish prosecutor taken hostage in Istanbul. Turkish prosecutor taken hostage in Istanbul.


Pakistan to aid Saudi coalition in Yemen.

Thai leader moves to lift martial law, impose absolute power. Thai PM to lift martial law. Thailand PM 'to replace martial law' with new restrictions.

Philippine military ends campaign against Islamist rebel group. Philippines ends offensive against small Muslim rebel group.

Myanmar government, rebels sign draft peace deal. Myanmar army and rebels sign draft ceasefire agreement. Burmese government signs draft ceasefire deal with rebel groups.

India-Japan to focus on maritime security.

Indonesia launches military exercises to guard against security threats.

NGOs in China fear clampdown as Xi Jinping plans new security controls.

Vietnam hit by rare strike at major footwear factory.


Nigeria's Buhari wins historic election landslide. Nigeria's Jonathan concedes after results show Buhari near victory. Jonathan congratulates Buhari on the phone.

E. Africa braces for security fallout from Yemen conflict.

Troops repel Boko Haram raid on Niger: Chad military. Chad army says 54 Islamist militants killed in Nigeria fighting.

Head of rival govt in Libya capital sacked: MP.

Libyan government will request Arab League intervention: Libya PM.

South Sudan has become an aid-dependent entity.

Hardline Mali rebel demands stall hopes for peace.

Uganda prosecutor in al-Shabab bomb case shot dead.

Egypt court frees 68 activists in rare move.

Rise in illegal fishing threatens to revive Somali piracy.

S.Africa mining massacre report to be submitted.


US forces to hold exercises in Ukraine.

Former NATO Chief Clark predicts new offensive in Ukraine.

Forget Greece, Ukraine is now Europe's most economically unstable country.

Financing Crimea may cost Russia $6-7Bln annually - former Finance Minister.

Greece, lenders, fail to unlock aid so far - officials.

Euro bailout rebel quits senior German governing party job.

Unease about immigration at core of UK election campaign.

Germanwings co-pilot had 'suicidal tendencies' in the past.

Three arrested in connection with Paris killings.

Catalonia nationalists plan 2017 secession from Spain.


Defense resumes in trial of Boston bombing suspect.

Peru's Prime Minister Ana Jara deposed over spy row. Peru's prime minister to resign after censure vote.

Canadian Parliament backs air strikes on Islamic State in Syria.

5mn Venezuelans sign petition against US aggression & interference.

Transportation strike in Argentina shuts down country.

Argentina complains to UN over UK’s 'militarization' of Falklands.

Americans cling to claims for property seized by Cuba.

US State dept official: Cuba aims to ramp up internet access.

Panama Canal sets sights on new $17 billion expansion project.

Mexico arrests man wanted in massacre of 72 migrants.


Commencing jihad: ISIS tweets photos of military 'graduation'.

Libya calls for global task force to create anti-terrorism charter.

Jabhat Al-Nusra's win in Idlib highlights Al Qaeda's strategy to defeat President Bashar Assad.


In 20 years, the world may run out of minable gold.

Asia’s middle class changes demand for wheat grain exporters.

Jay Z promotes 'artist-owned' music streaming brand.

Russia's Gazprom: Profits plunge 70%.

Taiwan to join China-led regional bank, Japan says not now.

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