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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: TASS

Russian President Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council at the Kremlin in MoscowMOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was not and would not be isolated on the international scene and dismissed the risk of "catastrophic consequences" for the Russian economy of Western sanctions combined with a oil price fall and rouble slide. "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. "We will not go down this path in any case and no one will build a wall around us. That is impossible!" (Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Alison Williams)


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:32:54 -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 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. "Another distinguished day in the history of Tunisia," said Mouna Jeballi, voting in Soukra district in Tunis. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:11:15 -0500
Bangladesh arrests nine in crackdown on militant groups
By Ruma Paul DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh has arrested four members of an outlawed militant group, including the chief of its women's wing, as well as five suspects in a southern city, police said on Sunday, as authorities stiffen a crackdown on militants. The arrest follows Indian security officials' exposure of a plot last month targeting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Two members of a banned Bangladesh group were killed in an explosion while building bombs in India's eastern state of West Bengal, just over the border with Bangladesh. ...
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:00:03 -0500
For many young British Muslims tug of peace is stronger than pull of war

Waseem Iqbal poses for a photograph in BirminghamFrom an office in Britain's second largest city, Waseem Iqbal and a friend are planning a trip to the Middle East. Iqbal, 27, chose charity work not violence. "How do you save innocents in Syria? Iqbal knows others who have taken a different path.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:14:00 -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 05:30:59 -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 were questioning a 20-year-old woman whose newborn baby was found Sunday abandoned in a drain near a Sydney freeway.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:22:49 -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 05:15:44 -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
Top Asian News at 10:00 a.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 05:02:10 -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
Iraq premier orders aid for Islamic State fight

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 Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered more aerial support and weapons for fighters battling the Islamic State militant group in Anbar province as a curfew took effect Sunday in the provincial capital, Ramadi, amid intense clashes.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:56:12 -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
Saudi's Mobily suspends CEO amid accounting errors
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Telecommunications company Etihad Etisalat, known as Mobily on the Saudi stock exchange, said Sunday it has suspended its chief executive officer after accounting errors forced the operator to restate 18 months of earnings.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:30:03 -0500
Hakuho ties legend Taiho with 32nd Emperor's Cup
FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) — Mongolian grand champion Hakuho beat compatriot Kakuryu at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday to win his 32nd Emperor's Cup, tying him for the all-time lead with sumo legend Taiho.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:22:26 -0500
2009 massacre haunts Philippines as trial slows

In this Nov. 21, 2014 photo, Roman Catholic priests bless the wooden markers at the site where 58 people, 32 of them journalists, were massacred at a remote village in Ampatuan township, Maguindanao province in southern Philippines. Sunday Nov. 23, 2014 marks the fifth anniversary of the massacre, in Maguindanao, southern Philippines with the Ampatuan clan tagged as the prime suspects in the carnage. The massacre of 58 people is the country's worst election-related violence. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)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 04:10:37 -0500
Afghan parliament approves US, NATO agreements

A member of the Afghan National Army stands guard as new members attend their graduation ceremony at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)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.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:05:34 -0500
Officials say car bomb kills 7 people in Iraq

Iraqi Shiite fighters with the Peace Brigades search a taxi before open-air Friday prayers in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say a car bomb explosion at an outdoor market south of Baghdad has killed seven people.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:03:04 -0500
Migrants rescued off Cyprus' north coast
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An official says 228 migrants, apparently refugees from Syria, have been rescued after their damaged ship drifted for hours in rough seas off Cyprus' northern coast.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:59:38 -0500
37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Japan quake

This aerial photo shows collapsed houses after a strong earthquake hit Hakuba, Nagano prefecture, central Japan, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. The magnitude-6.7 earthquake shook on Saturday night the mountainous area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics destroying more than half a dozen homes in the ski resort town. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORYTOKYO (AP) — Helicopter surveys on Sunday showed more extensive damage than earlier thought from an overnight earthquake in the mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:54:29 -0500
Sanchez leads Adelaide to 2-0 win in A-League
SYDNEY (AP) — Spanish forward Pablo Sanchez twice in a two-minute span at the start of the second half Sunday to lead Adelaide United to a 2-0 away win over the Central Coast Mariners in Australia's A-League.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:34:49 -0500
Brisbane coach fired after poor A-League start
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey was fired Sunday just six months after leading the club to its second consecutive A-League title.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:29:13 -0500
European tour announces 6 new tournaments for 2015
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The European Tour schedule will feature six new tournaments and seven new venues in a 47-tournament season in 2015.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:01:11 -0500
Jewish settlers blamed in Palestinian house fire
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian family says their West Bank home was torched in an attack they blamed on Jewish settlers.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:57:25 -0500
Cullen wins Aussie Masters, Scott bid falls short
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian lefthander Nick Cullen shot a 3-under 69 Sunday to win the Australian Masters by one stroke over Adam Scott, ending Scott's attempt for a third consecutive victory in the tournament.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:57:02 -0500
Tunisians vote for a new president
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians have lined up at polling stations to vote in their North African country's first free and open presidential election.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:32:56 -0500
De Kock scores century for S Africa in final ODI

South Africa's Quinton de Kock points his bat towards his team as he celebrates hitting a century during their One Day International cricket match against Australia's in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)SYDNEY (AP) — Opener Quinton de Kock scored 107 and Farhaan Behardien added a late-innings 63 to lead South Africa to 280-6 after it won the toss and elected to bat in the fifth and final one-day international against Australia on Sunday.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:30:20 -0500
South Africa scores 280-6 in 5th ODI vs Australia
SYDNEY (AP) — South Africa has scored 280-6 in its 50 overs after winning the toss and batting first in the fifth and final one-day international against Australia on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:17:08 -0500
Pacquiao knocks Algieri down 6 times, dominates

WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of the United States sits on the mat after being knocked down by WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO welterweight boxing match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)MACAU (AP) — Manny Pacquiao couldn't resist having a little fun after getting the signature win he desperately needed for the fight boxing fans desperately want to see.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:09:14 -0500
Report: Gunman shot Danish citizen in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The state news agency of Saudi Arabia is reporting that a gunman has shot and wounded a Danish citizen in the capital, Riyadh.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:56:25 -0500
6% of Sun readers say Miliband would be good PM

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband addresses delegates at the annual Confederation of British Industry conference in London, on November 10, 2014London (AFP) - A poll in The Sun on Sunday found that just six percent of people who read Britain's biggest-selling newspaper think Labour leader Ed Miliband is prime ministerial material.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:27:57 -0500
Bangladesh wins toss, bats in 2nd ODI vs Zimbabwe
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza won the toss and elected to bat first Sunday in the second limited-overs International against Zimbabwe.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:18:51 -0500
Pacquiao dominates Algieri on unofficial scorecard

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines lands a right on the face of WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of the United States during their welterweight boxing title fight at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)MACAU (AP) — Unofficial scorecard by AP Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:08:12 -0500
Gordon Brown to step down as MP: reports

Former prime minister Gordon Brown is to announce he is standing down as an MP at the May general election, reports sayLondon (AFP) - Former prime minister Gordon Brown is to announce he is standing down as an MP at the May general election, reports said Sunday.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:03:16 -0500
Zou wins before home crowd on Pacquiao undercard

Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo, left, of Thailand gets a punch from Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine during their WBO world featherweight boxing title match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)MACAU (AP) — Zou Shiming treated the home crowd to an entertaining win Sunday, knocking down Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym three times on his way to a foul-plagued unanimous decision on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri title fight.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:17:11 -0500
Injured Maqsood ruled of ODI series against NZ
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan middle-order batsman Sohaib Maqsood has been ruled out of next month's one-day series against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates due to wrist injury.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:10:22 -0500
 

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