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Kerry says demanding Iran's 'capitulation' is no way to secure nuclear deal

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 negotiat

U.S., Europe weighing potential deeper Russia sanctions: Nuland

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. sanctions team is in Europe this week discussing possible deeper sectoral penalties against Russia if a ceasefire deal with Ukraine is further violated, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday. Victoria Nuland, U.S. assistant secretary of state for European affairs, told a congressional hearing there were new concerns about heavy she

Alien abduction? Stolen by Russia? MH370 theories keep coming

By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - A year on from the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, an extraordinary amount of key data remains unknown - fuelling conspiracy theories and heated online debate about one of aviation's biggest mysteries. The resulting theories range from the wild - alien abduction, MH370 and its doomed fleetmate MH17 were the same plane - to sober, science-based

U.S. ambassador to South Korea slashed in face by assailant

By James Pearson and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was slashed in the face by a Korean assailant at a breakfast forum in the capital early on Thursday, police and a witness said, but was not seriously wounded. A White House official in Washington said Lippert's injuries were not life-threatening. U.S. President Barack Obama called Lippert to wish him a

Despite Netanyahu claim, cheap oil not seen swaying Iran behavior

By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States this week to take a tough line against Iran, he argued that world powers could always push for a better nuclear deal because the Islamic Republic was vulnerable to low oil prices. They noted that Iran has withstood extreme fluctuations in crude prices before and that sanctions have bl

China premier vows to fight pollution, corruption

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday his government would do everything it could to fight pollution and pledged zero tolerance for corruption, two highly sensitive topics that have become lightning rods for public discontent. Li, speaking at the opening of the annual full session of the National People's Congress, the country's largely rubber-stamp parliament, called pollution a "blight o

Mexico nabs Zetas drug cartel leader 'Z-42'

Mexican authorities captured Zetas drug cartel leader Omar Trevino, dealing a blow to the feared gang and giving the embattled government a second major arrest in a week. The suspect, known as "Z-42," was detained without a shot being fired by federal police and soldiers in San Pedro Garza Garcia, an upper-class suburb of the northern industrial city of Monterrey, officials said. Trevino, who ha

Mexican police grab latest Zetas leader in wealthy suburb

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday captured Omar Trevino Morales, widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel that once carved a path of brutal bloodshed along the country's northern border with the U.S.

US ambassador attacked in Seoul

The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was slashed on his face and arm by a blade-wielding assailant shouting anti-war slogans in an attack in Seoul Thursday, police and television reports said. The United States strongly condemned the "act of violence" which left the ambassador bleeding profusely as he was taken to hospital, and said that President Barack Obama had spoken with him. "Th

Top Asian News at 1:00 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a weapon with a 10-inch blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said Thursday. Media images showed a stunned-looking Lippert staring at his blood-covered left hand and holding his right hand over a cut on the right side of his face, his pink tie splatt

China premier vows to fight pollution, corruption

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday his government would do everything it could to fight pollution and pledged zero tolerance for corruption, two highly sensitive topics that have become lightning rods for public discontent. Li, speaking at the opening of the annual full session of the National People's Congress, the country's largely rubber-stamp parliament, called pollution a "blight on

Australia floats prisoner swap to save Indonesia pair

Australia on Thursday suggested a prisoner swap with Indonesia in an 11th hour bid to save two drug smugglers facing execution, while voicing "deep concern" about Jakarta's international reputation if they are killed. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug trafficking gang, could be shot within days after being moved on Wednesday to the Indonesian isl

Swansea striker Gomis collapses during Premier League match

LONDON (AP) — Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis collapsed during an English Premier League game at Tottenham on Wednesday and was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure.

Rights groups slam 'repressive' Azerbaijan ahead of European games

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on Wednesday condemned the persecution of dissidents in Azerbaijan as the country prepares to host the first European Games, urging the release of imprisoned journalists and activists. The watchdogs criticised efforts by the oil-rich ex-Soviet nation to present a squeaky-clean image to the international community ahead of the Games in June, while it w

Fraud office probes Bank of England auctions

Britain's Serious Fraud Office is investigating auctions by the Bank of England designed to inject cash into the banking system during the financial crisis, the central bank said on Wednesday. The bank said it had commissioned an inquiry into "liquidity auctions during the financial crisis in 2007 and 2008", and had referred the results to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in November. "Given the S

France gets rap on knuckles over smacking children

A top rights body said Wednesday that France was in violation of a European treaty because it did not fully ban the smacking of children, reigniting debate over the divisive issue. The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe said France's laws on corporal punishment for children were not "sufficiently clear, binding and precise". France bans violence against children but does allow parents the "right

Mexico captures Zetas drug kingpin in another blow to cartels

By Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican security forces on Wednesday arrested the leader of the bloody Zetas drug cartel, the second high-profile capture of a kingpin in the past week and a boost to President Enrique Pena Nieto's efforts to battle organized crime. Omar Trevino, brother of captured ex-Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevino, was caught by soldiers and federal police in the northe

Swansea's Gomis 'well' after on-pitch collapse

Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis moved to reassure concerned onlookers that he was "feeling well" after collapsing during his side's 3-2 Premier League defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. "I wanted to reassure you concerning my health, it actually looks much more scary than physically dangerous and I am feeling well now," Gomis wrote on Twitter after the match at White Hart Lane. Gomis

US ambassador to SKorea slashed on face and wrist in attack

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean media say U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert has been attacked while giving a lecture and taken to a hospital for treatment.

Blatter: Sanctions against racism need to be stiffer

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter urged South America's football associations on Wednesday to hand out tougher sanctions for acts of racism by soccer fans.

U.S. ambassador to South Korea attacked during speech

The U.S. State Department said the American ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was injured in an assault during a breakfast speech in Seoul but that his injuries were not life threatening. "We strongly condemn this act of violence," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, adding Lippert was being treated at a hospital. President Barack Obama called Lippert to wish him a speedy recovery

China sets growth target of about 7 percent for coming year

BEIJING (AP) — China has set an official economic growth target of about 7 percent for this year, according to a work report to be delivered Thursday by the country's premier.

In crisis-hit Venezuela, even opponents miss Chavez

Since Hugo Chavez died two years ago, Venezuela's economy has tanked and the government has lurched toward more repressive tactics, triggering nostalgia among the late leftist firebrand's supporters and even his opponents. Chavez's hand-picked successor, President Nicolas Maduro, has largely followed his mentor's script for "21st-century socialism," right down to the hours-long diatribes against

Del Potro of Argentina given wild card at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Former U.S. Open winner Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, along with 10 Americans, has been given wild cards into the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open next week.

Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man's death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon.

Obama has called U.S. ambassador to South Korea: White House

President Barack Obama has called Mark Lippert, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, to wish him a speedy recovery, White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said on Wednesday after the envoy was slashed in the face in Seoul. "The President called U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Mark Lippert, to tell him that he and his wife Robyn are in his thoughts and prayers,

California man charged with trying to join Islamic State

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man previously charged with passport fraud now faces more serious terrorism-related charges.

Libya declares force majeure on 11 oilfields due to insecurity: state oil co

Libya has declared force majeure on 11 of its oilfields due to the deteriorating security situation after several oil installations and ports were targeted by attacks, the state-run National Oil Corporation said in a statement on its website on Wednesday. Libya is caught up in a conflict between two rival governments, and several of its oil ports and oilfields have been hit in battles or taken ove

UN urges Mali rebel groups to sign peace deal

The UN Security Council on Wednesday urged Mali's Tuareg rebel groups to sign on to a peace deal that it welcomed as an important step towards lasting peace in Mali. "We encourage the armed groups of the Coordination to initial the agreement," said French Ambassador Francois Delattre, who chairs the 15-member council this month. "We welcome this draft peace agreement as an important step towards

China is setting an official economic growth target of about 7 percent for the coming year

BEIJING (AP) — China is setting an official economic growth target of about 7 percent for the coming year.


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