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Iran and powers set to extend nuclear talks if final push fails

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, Iranian FM Zarif and EU envoy Ashton pose for photographers in ViennaBy Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers looked set to miss Monday's deadline for resolving a 12-year stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and are already looking at a possible extension of the negotiations. The talks in Vienna aim for a deal that could transform the Middle East, open the door to ending economic sanctions on Iran and start to bring a nation of 76 million people in from the cold after decades of hostility with the West. The cost of failure to reach a deal could be high. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:40:55 -0500
Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match in Afghanistan
By Samiullah Paiwand GARDEZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 45 people, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting. Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, said at least 50 more were wounded in the attack in Yahya Khel district, where residents had gathered to watch a tournament final. He said most of the casualties were civilians. ...
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:06:25 -0500
Iraqi forces say retake two towns from Islamic State
By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces said on Sunday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran. There was no independent confirmation that the army, Shi'ite militia and Kurdish peshmerga forces had completely retaken Jalawla and Saadiya, about 115 km (70 miles) northeast of Baghdad. Many residents fled the violence long ago. At least 23 peshmerga and militia fighters were killed and dozens were wounded in Sunday's fighting, medical and army sources said. ...
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:32:06 -0500
Iraqi Kurds prepare Sinjar mountain offensive

A general view shows Sinjar town which is controlled by forces loyal to the Islamic State as seen from Mount SinjarBy Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish forces in northern Iraq are drawing up plans to break Islamic State's siege of Sinjar mountain, where hundreds of minority Yazidis remain stranded months after fleeing their homes. Seeking to regain territory and repair pride in his military forces, Masoud Barzani, president of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, is overseeing efforts to retake the mountain, senior party members said. Islamic State attacked the Sinjar area in August, sending thousands of Yazidis fleeing up the mountain, a craggy strip some 40 miles (65 km) long. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:51:39 -0500
British banker's murder trial in Hong Kong adjourned until July

Jutting, a British banker charged with two counts of murder, sits in prison bus as he arrives at the Eastern Law Courts in Hong KongHONG KONG (Reuters) - A court in Hong Kong on Monday adjourned the trial of a 29-year-old British banker charged with killing two women until July because of the length of time needed for prosecutors to prepare their case. Rurik Jutting, who had worked at Bank of America Corp in Hong Kong, was charged earlier this month after police found the bodies of the women in his apartment. One was put inside a suitcase on his balcony, authorities have said. Local media have described the two victims as prostitutes from Indonesia. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:25:34 -0500
Low voter turnout could erode Japan PM Abe's call for fresh mandate

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his party's lawmakers raise their fists as they pledge to win in the upcoming lower house election in TokyoBy Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese voters, puzzled as to why Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is calling an election now and unimpressed by opposition alternatives, may shun a Dec. 14 election in record numbers. That could help Abe's ruling coalition win the poll for parliament's lower house, but also erode any claim of a new, strong mandate for his economic revival plan. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:07:04 -0500
US judge to sentence reputed drug-lord lieutenant
CHICAGO (AP) — A reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman was to be sentenced Monday for his part in a $1 billion conspiracy to traffic narcotics to Chicago and cities.
Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:06:07 -0500
Australian leader's 'shirtfront' gets new meaning
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian prime minister's threat to "shirtfront" Russia's president during an international summit this month has prompted a dictionary to broaden its definition of the word beyond an Australian football term for a shoulder charge to an opponent's chest.
Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:05:22 -0500
Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy docked Monday with the International Space Station, less than six hours after launching from Russia's manned space facility in Kazakhstan. The Russian capsule roared into the pre-dawn darkness just after 3 a.m. Monday (2100 GMT Sunday) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Russian Anton Shkaplerov, NASA's Terry Virts and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy aboard.
Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:02:25 -0500
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) waves to fans as he walks off the field after the Cowboys beat the New York Giants 31-28 in an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:00:10 -0500
Vettel and Ferrari face tough future rebuilding

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, right, stands on the grid with Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain before the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sebastian Vettel's move to Ferrari seems a fitting one, bringing together motor sport's most prestigious team and the most successful driver in the current era.


Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:54:26 -0500
Philippine court convicts 9 Chinese of poaching
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court convicted nine Chinese fishermen Monday of poaching and taking hundreds of endangered giant sea turtles from a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, fining each of them nearly $103,000 but imposing no jail term.
Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:53:45 -0500
Israel police: Palestinian youth attacked by Jews
JERUSALEM (AP) — Three young Israelis attacked a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem on Monday, police say, the latest sectarian incident in the increasingly tense city.
Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:52:12 -0500
Sydney mother dumps new-born in 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) — A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son who was allegedly abandoned in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday.


Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:49:42 -0500
Dozens take refuge from Japan quake aftershocks

Map locates where a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Japan.; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm;TOKYO (AP) — Dozens of villagers remained in shelters Monday as aftershocks rattled a region in central Japan hit by a weekend earthquake that injured at least 41 people and destroyed more than 50 homes.


Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:47:46 -0500
British banker can plea in HK murder case: Judge

In this photo taken through a tinted glass, Rurik George Caton Jutting, a 29-years-old British banker, sitting in a prison bus arrives at a court in Hong Kong Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. The British banker is in his trial over the deaths of two Indonesian women he is suspected of killing. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong judge on Monday deemed a British banker charged with murdering two Indonesian women fit to enter a plea in his case based on the results of psychiatric reports.


Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:41:13 -0500
Chilean moms growing support for medical marijuana

In this Nov. 16, 2014 photo, Paulina Bobadilla, water plants of medicinal marijuana at her home in Santiago, Chile. Despite the risk of jail time, about 100 parents, including Bobadilla, have formed a group, Mama Cultiva or “Mama Grows,” to share knowledge about cultivating marijuana to extract cannabis oil for their seizure-stricken children. Bobadilla cultivates marijuana and then processes it by hand, to turn it into an oil which is used as a medicine to treat her daughters's epilepsy. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo).SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Paulina Bobadilla was beyond desperate. The drugs no longer stopped her daughter's epileptic seizures and the little girl had become so numb to pain, she would tear off her own fingernails and leave her small fingers bleeding.


Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:33:24 -0500
Kiwis pin hopes on bowlers to challenge Pakistan
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New Zealand hopes its seam and spin bowlers will once again prove a challenge for Pakistan's strong batting lineup in a bid to level the three-test series when the third and final match begins at Sharjah from Wednesday.
Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:28:36 -0500
Clarke included in test squad pending fitness test

Australia's cricket team poses for a photo after winning their one-day international cricket series against South Africa in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Australia won the series 4-1.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Michael Clarke has been selected to lead Australia in the first test against India despite concerns over back and hamstring injuries that forced him out of the limited-overs series win over South Africa.


Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:20:46 -0500
British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

British banker Rurik Jutting (L), charged with the grisly murders of two women, sits in a prison van as he arrives at the eastern court in Hong Kong on November 24, 2014Hong Kong (AFP) - A British banker accused of killing two Indonesian women was Monday ruled fit to stand trial, but there will be a delay of months as prosecutors comb over forensic evidence found with the victims' mutilated bodies in his Hong Kong apartment.


Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:55:44 -0500
Afghan official: suicide attack toll at least 50
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a volleyball tournament has risen to at least 50, with more than 60 wounded.
Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:35:31 -0500
One Direction, Taylor Swift shine at American Music Awards

Taylor Swift with the Dick Clark Award for Excellence at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on November 23, 2014Los Angeles (AFP) - Boy band One Direction took home top prizes at the American Music Awards as chart-topper Taylor Swift used the platform to deliver a staunch defense of traditional album buying.


Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:35:30 -0500
Thijssen named caretaker coach at Brisbane Roar
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ex-Netherlands international Frans Thijssen will take over as caretaker head coach at the defending A-League champion Brisbane Roar after Mike Mulvey was fired suddenly on the weekend.
Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:34:17 -0500
Racing beats River to claim Argentine lead
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Racing Club beat River Plate 1-0 to replace it atop of the Argentine first-division standings on Sunday.
Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:25:51 -0500
Illinois State hands Old Dominion 1st loss 64-45
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell and Bobby Hunter scored 12 points apiece as Illinois State's balanced attack toppled Old Dominion 64-45 on Sunday night, advancing the Red Birds to the championship game of the Paradise Jam tourney.
Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:15:27 -0500
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

In this Nov. 20, 2014 photo, Keyling Enamorado, a friend of slain beauty queen Maria Jose Alvarado, cries on Maria's coffin in Santa Barbara, Honduras. Grieving family members laid to rest the Honduran beauty queen and her sister, Sofia, after the women were shot to death in what police say was a jealous rage by the sister's boyfriend. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in Mexico City to demand that authorities find 43 missing college students. The march was held on a day traditionally reserved for the celebration of Mexico's 1910-1917 Revolution. Protests turned violent when demonstrators clashed with riot police near the capital's international airport and later when they tried to storm the national palace. Demonstrators were arrested and photojournalists attacked.


Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:07:29 -0500
AP Photos: Refuge takes smuggled monkeys in Chile

Elba Munoz touches the hand of a monkey at a rescue and rehabilitation center in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Munoz was working as a midwife when she took in her first monkey in 1994. Then she took in another and another, and now her shelter for illegally smuggled primates in Chile has 160 inhabitants. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Elba Munoz was working as a midwife when she took in her first monkey in 1994. Then she took in another and another, and now her shelter for illegally smuggled primates in Chile has 160 inhabitants.


Date Posted : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:04:45 -0500
1D, Katy Perry win big at American Music Awards

Jennifer Lopez, left, and Iggy Azalea perform at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)American girls love British boys: One Direction won artist of the year at the American Music Awards, taking home three honors and was the night's big winner next to Katy Perry, who didn't attend the show.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:35:49 -0500
Multi-national crew reaches space station

ISS crew Shkaplerov matches palm with his daughter Kira from a bus window before the launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket at the Baikonur cosmodromeBy Irene Klotz (Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan on Sunday to deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station, including Italy's first female astronaut. A Soyuz capsule carrying incoming station commander Terry Virts from U.S. space agency NASA, Soyuz commander Anton Shkaplerov from the Russian Federal Space Agency and first-time flier Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency lifted off at 2101 GMT (4.01 p.m. EST) Sunday. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:34:07 -0500
Mexico summons Uruguay ambassador over president's comments on missing students

A demonstrator dressed as a revolutionary carries signs on his hat during a protest in support of 43 missing Ayotzinapa students in Mexico CityMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico said on Sunday it was summoning Uruguay's ambassador after Uruguayan President Jose Mujica said that the disappearance of 43 students in southwest Mexico suggests the country is a failed state. The students, who were likely murdered, were abducted by rogue Mexican police in league with gangs in September, fueling nationwide protests and creating a political crisis for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:22:34 -0500
One Direction wins artist of the year at AMAs

Liam Payne, from left, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles of the musical group One Direction arrive at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)One Direction has won the American Music Award for artist of the year.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:11:58 -0500
Asian stocks gain after China rate cut
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose Monday after China's surprise interest rate cut as investors looked ahead to European inflation data due out this week and OPEC meeting to discuss oil production levels.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:00:36 -0500
Turnovers doom No. 17 UConn in loss to W. Virginia

West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins yells out instructions to his players during a NCAA college basketball game against UConn in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Defending national champion Connecticut came to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off this week hoping to get an idea of what it needed to work on to be in a position to defend its title.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:46:29 -0500
Crew docks at International Space Station

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-15M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Terry Virts, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy docked Monday with the International Space Station, less than six hours after launching from Russia's manned space facility in Kazakhstan.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:38:00 -0500
Mexico summons Uruguay's ambassador over comment

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014, file photo, Uruguay's President Jose Mujica meets with Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff at the Planalto presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. The Mexican foreign office has called in Uruguay’s ambassador on Nov. 23, to ask for an explanation about the words of Uruguayan President Mujica when he said in an interview that Mexico is beginning to feel like a failed state. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico summoned Uruguay's ambassador on Sunday after the South American country's president described Mexico as a kind of "failed state" in a magazine interview.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:36:36 -0500
West Virginia too much for No. 17 UConn, 78-68

West Virginia forward Devin Williams, center, and teammate forward Jonathan Holton, left, battle for a rebound against UConn center Amida Brimah during a NCAA college basketball game in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — If West Virginia can be disruptive on the defensive end of the court this season, Bob Huggins thinks it will mean good things for his team in the long run.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:32:56 -0500
Afghan women excluded from peace talks with Taliban: aid agency

An Afghan woman walks with her daughter during a wind storm in KabulBy Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan women are excluded from efforts to negotiate peace with the Taliban and hard-won rights could be bargained away unless more is done to include them in the process, aid agency Oxfam said in a report on Monday. In 23 rounds of peace talks tracked by Oxfam since 2005, not one Afghan woman participated in discussions between the Taliban and international negotiators. In talks between the Taliban and the government, only one Afghan woman was present on two occasions, Oxfam said. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:28:43 -0500
Police chief claims '4 or 5' terror plots foiled

Police warned that the threat posed by extremists has "evolved" and that they are now home grownLondon (AFP) - Police have foiled four or five suspected terror plots this year, the country's most senior police officer said ahead of a week-long campaign to enlist the public's help in countering the threat.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:43:42 -0500
UK police chief claims '4 or 5' terror plots foiled

Police warned that the threat posed by extremists has "evolved" and that they are now home grownLondon (AFP) - British police have foiled four or five suspected terror plots this year, the country's most senior police officer said ahead of a week-long campaign to enlist the public's help in countering the threat.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:42:36 -0500
Nepal bus crash death toll reaches 47
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers recovered 42 more bodies from the wreckage of a bus that plunged into a river in west Nepal raising the confirmed death toll to 47, police said Monday.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:42:22 -0500
 

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