Tuesday, March 31, 2015

World News Briefs -- March 31, 2015

The Guardian: Iran nuclear talks reportedly close to statement on partial agreement

Unclear whether statement would qualify as political framework, the goal that ministers from seven states set themselves to reach by Tuesday at midnight

Foreign ministers in Lausanne are reported to be close to a joint statement on a partial agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme that would leave some difficult areas to be negotiated in the coming months.

According to the Associated Press, a vague declaration would be accompanied by texts outlining what has been agreed and what has not. It is unclear whether those documents would qualify as a political framework, the goal that the ministers from seven states set themselves to reach by the Tuesday midnight deadline.


Iran, powers push for nuclear deal as clock ticks toward deadline.

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.

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.

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.


Opposition leader Buhari ahead in tight Nigeria poll. Nigeria election: Muhammadu Buhari leads Goodluck Jonathan. Nigeria's Buhari builds unassailable lead in historic vote.

Chad army says 54 Islamist militants killed in Nigeria fighting.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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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