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UPDATE: Intense fighting reported in Yemen’s Aden

  Saudi-led air strikes against suspected Houthi fighters in Yemen have continued for the 15th day, with intense fighting occurring in the southern city of Aden, where rockets have reportedly landed on houses.. The World Health Organisation says at least 643 people have died and more than 2,200 have been injured in the Yemeni conflict since March 19. Tens of ...

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Yemen crisis: Rebels push into central Aden

Fresh fighting has been reported in the southern Yemeni city of Aden between Houthi rebels and militiamen loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. Several houses in the central Crater district were set on fire after being hit by rockets as the rebels advanced, residents told the Reuters news agency. Warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition, which backs the government, meanwhile bombed ...

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Iran's representatives at the talks want a "precise framework" for the lifting of sanctions

Iran nuclear talks intensify as key deadline nears

Talks have resumed in Switzerland ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran. Foreign ministers from six world powers are meeting their Iranian counterpart, amid hopes of a breakthrough after almost 18 months of negotiations. They want to impose limits that would prevent Iran from producing enough fuel for a nuclear weapon within a year. Iran, which ...

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150 die in Lufthansa’s Germanwings Airbus crash

AN Airbus operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airline crashed in a remote snowy area of the French Alps yesterday with all 150 on board feared dead. French President Francois Hollande said he believed none of those on board the A320 had survived, while the head of Lufthansa spoke of a dark day for the German airline. Germanwings confirmed its flight ...

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Relations between the White House and Benjamin Netanyahu's government have been strained

Israel denies spying on US-Iran nuclear talks

Israel has strongly denied a report that it spied on talks between Iran and the US over Iran’s nuclear programme. A senior Israeli official told the BBC that the claims, reported in the Wall Street Journal, were “utterly false”. The Journal said Israel wanted details of the talks in order to build a case against a nuclear deal with Iran. ...

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Libya peace talks appear on verge of collapse

    Peace talks between rival Libyan political factions appeared to be on the verge of collapse as fighting for control of the capital raged on for a second day. Libya’s UN-recognised government in Tobruk conducted air strikes on Saturday against airports and a military camp in the capital Tripoli, controlled by a rival government, and killed a senior commander ...

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The Pentagon said that it could not confirm the validity of the list purportedly posted by IS

Pentagon investigates ‘IS online threat’ to US military

The US defence department says it is investigating an online threat allegedly made by Islamic State (IS) to about 100 of its military personnel. A list of names and addresses was posted on a website linked to the group alongside a call for them to be killed. The group said it obtained the information by hacking servers and databases but ...

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Mr Rouhani said "shared points of view" had emerged in the latest round of talks

Iran nuclear talks: Deal can be reached, says Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says that progress made in nuclear talks means a final deal can be reached. “There is nothing that cannot be resolved,” although some differences still remain,Iranian state media quoted him as saying. US Secretary of State John Kerry also said that “substantial progress” had been made in the talks. Six world powers are negotiating a deal ...

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Negotiators are approaching the final stages of an agreement that would have Iran scale back its nuclear programme [EPA]

Obama: US and Iran have chance to mend ties

In video message directed at Iranians, US president says nuclear negotiations present a “historic opportunity”.   United States President Barack Obama has urged the people and leaders of Iran to seize the “historic” opportunity presented by nuclear talks and remake long-troubled ties between the two countries. In a video message directed at Iranians celebrating the new year festival of Nowruz, ...

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Libya army chief warns of ISIL threat against Europe

Haftar says ISIL will attack Europe if the West does not provide Libyan army fighting the armed group with weapons.   Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Libya will inflitrate Europe if the West fails to support Libyan forces with arms and ammunition, a top Libyan army officer has said. General Khalifa Haftar, the ...

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Solar eclipse set to plunge UK and Europe into darkness

Millions of people could witness the best solar eclipse in years seen from the UK and northern Europe later. A path across the Earth’s surface will be plunged into darkness as the Moon covers up the Sun. The event’s geometry means that in the UK the Sun will be between 83% and 98% covered, from about 09:23 GMT onwards. The ...

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's

Netanyahu wins elections

Prime Minister’s right-wing Likud party wins surprise victory, sweeping past rival Zionist Union, Israeli media reports.   Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won a clear victory in Israel’s Parliamentary elections, Israeli media reported, after 99 percent of the ballot boxes were counted. Netanyahu’s Likud party captured at least 29 seats in Parliament, sweeping past the rival Zionist Union alliance, which ...

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Time is running low for a deal as a full accord between the US and Iran is due by July 1 [AP]

US and Iran’s top diplomats hold nuclear talks

The US secretary of state and his Iranian counterpart have held four hours of nuclear talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne, after which the Iranian delegation headed to Brussels for meetings with European ministers. John Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif are aiming to agree the outlines of a potentially historic agreement by the end of the month. A full accord is then ...

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Iraqi forces tighten siege of Tikrit

Iraqi commanders have said that time is on their side as government forces tightened their siege of Tikrit and warned they would not be rushed into a final assault. Since the operation to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group was launched at the start of the month, thousands of troops and Shia militia ...

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Ashraf Ghani's words "contrast" with those of his predecessor, the BBC's David Loyn said

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani pays tribute to UK war dead

The Afghan president has paid tribute to UK soldiers who died fighting in the country, ahead of services to mark the end of British involvement in the war. Ashraf Ghani said the 453 UK troops had “paid the ultimate sacrifice to enable us to live in freedom, in hope for peace, prosperity and dignity”. The Queen and many veterans will ...

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The city has become the focal point of a national debate about race and policing

Ferguson police shootings condemned by Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama says there is “no excuse” for criminal acts in Ferguson, Missouri, one night after two police officers at a protest were shot. He said the protesters had “legitimate grievances” but described the shooters as “criminals” who should be arrested. Wednesday’s shootings happened during a demonstration after it was announced the Ferguson Police Chief would resign. Further ...

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An illegal market in children has developed in China , SELLING OF CHILDREN ONLINE

An illegal market in children has developed in China, in which babies are being openly sold online. Police say many of the victims are from the estimated 20,000 children abducted each year – a crime with a devastating impact on separated children and parents. It was a few days before the Chinese New Year in February 2007 and Xiao Chaohua ...

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The advance of government forces and Shia militias into Sunni Tikrit has ignited sectarian tensions [AFP]

ISIL fighters launch attack on Iraq’s Ramadi

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has launched a coordinated attack on government-held areas of the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, involving seven almost simultaneous suicide car bombs, police say. At least 10 people were killed and 30 wounded in Wednesday’s attack, according to initial reports by police and hospital sources in Ramadi, capital of Anbar ...

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Camille Muffat, Alexis Vastine and Florence Arthaud were confirmed dead by President Hollande's office

Three French sports stars die in Argentina helicopter crash

Three French sports personalities are among 10 people killed in a helicopter crash in Argentina, the French presidential office confirmed. Eight French nationals and their two Argentine pilots died when two helicopters collided in La Rioja province in the country’s north-west. Yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine all perished. Both helicopters were involved in ...

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Chad and Niger armies take two towns from Boko Haram

Troops from Chad and Niger have taken two northeastern Nigerian towns and left some 200 Boko Haram fighters dead, a Chadian security source has said. Boko Haram had held the towns of Malam Fatouri and Damasak near the Niger border since November. Ten Chadian soldiers were killed in the offensive that began on Sunday, the source told AFP news agency ...

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YouTube is releasing an Android app just for kids.

YouTube has a new app just for kids

Google is releasing a sanitized YouTube app just for kids. Called YouTube Kids, the mobile app only plays age-appropriate videos and has a simplified design that even young children who can’t read will be able to navigate. The app, which will carry ads, is available in the U.S. for Android and iOS devices. YouTube says it has seen nearly 200% ...

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Jeff Bauman was severely injured during the Boston Marathon bombings

Boston bombing victim ‘locked eyes with killer’

A man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings has testified that he locked eyes with one of the bombers just before the attack. In the second day of the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Jeff Bauman said he met the gaze of the bomber’s older brother, who was not watching the race. Mr Tsarnaev is on trial for ...

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South Korea US envoy Lippert ‘well’ after knife attack

A militant Korean nationalist has slashed the face of the US ambassador to South Korea at a breakfast meeting in Seoul, but the envoy was not seriously hurt. Mark Lippert, 42, was also cut on his left hand, with blood spattered over the breakfast table. Security officers subdued the attacker, one pinning him down with a shoe on his neck, ...

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Ebola outbreak: Liberia has no new cases for a week

The country has to have no new cases for 42 days to be declared Ebola-free. In their latest assessment of the epidemic, WHO officials also warned that disease surveillance “may not be optimal” in Liberia because of the low number of samples. They say that some communities are still resisting pleas to bring infected family members to treatment centres. Only ...

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Chad President Announces Location Of Boko Haram Leader, Demands His Surrender

  President Idriss Deby of Chad told the media during a press conference that the Chad military and government has narrowed down the location of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. “He was in Dikwa two days ago. He managed to get away but we know where he is. It’s in his interests to surrender,” President Deby said during the international ...

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Asus Republic Of Gamers G751 Review: Portable Gaming, Emphasis On The ‘Gaming’

As far as gaming computers go, there are bound to be trade-offs: bigger size means better performance, and more portability is going to naturally lead to compromises when it comes to pure gaming muscle. The Asus Republic of Gamers G751 is a top-tier gaming notebook, but it still falls prey to that essential truth about gaming notebooks, making for an ...

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Iraqi forces ramp up offensive to recapture Tikrit

There were reports that security forces were in control of a stretch of the Hamreen mountain range where ISIL forces had retreated to [AFP] Iraqi forces have continued their offensive to retake the city of Tikrit, seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last June, with troops claiming “gains” in the fighting, security forces told Al ...

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Dybala: I would swim to Barcelona to join them

The gifted attacker has attracted interest from clubs across the continent, but he seems to have set his sights on a move to Camp Nou Palermo attacker Paulo Dybala has admitted that it would be a dream come true if Barcelona made an attempt to sign him. The 21-year-old has been in sublime form in 2014-15, netting 12 goals in ...

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Daniel Craig films Bond sketch for Comic Relief

  James Bond star Daniel Craig will appear in a “special one-off sketch” for Comic Relief, to be broadcast as part of Red Nose Day on 13 March. The top secret 007 skit will feature in Face the Funny, the charity’s first show to be broadcast live from the London Palladium. Professor Stephen Hawking will appear in a new Little ...

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US police shoot homeless man dead in Los Angeles

A video has captured the moment US police shot and killed a homeless man after an altercation in central Los Angeles. The graphic film shows a violent struggle between the man and several officers in the city’s Skid Row area. As the police try to subdue him, a voice is heard shouting “Drop the gun!” Seconds later, five gunshots ring ...

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Tinubu, his cabal pushing Buhari too hard – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has called on Nigerians to appeal to the former governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Bola Tinubu and his cabal to allow the All Progressives Congress(APC) presidential candidate, Maj.Gen. Mohammadu Buhari to attend properly to his health. The governor, who said he was worried that Tinubu and his cabal were pushing Buhari too hard because ...

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Russia’s Bear: The old-fashioned plane still thriving

The Tupolev Tu-95 first thundered over Soviet parades in the mid-1950s. Why does this giant, propeller-driven bomber still make headlines nearly 60 years later? Stephen Dowling investigates.It first rumbled into the skies back in the early 1950s, an aerial giant that epitomised Soviet military might. Even its codename – ‘Bear’ – underlined its great size and strength. Tupolev’s engines power ...

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Boko Haram crisis: Regional force takes shape

Military chiefs from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Niger are finalising their strategy for a 8,750-strong regional force to tackle the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. In the last few weeks, the Multinational Joint Task Force has retaken several towns captured by the militants in north-eastern Nigeria. Now, the regional chiefs are preparing for a major ground and air offensive ...

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HIV-prevention drug Truvada approved by US

US health regulators have for the first time approved a drug to prevent HIV infection. Truvada can be used by those at high risk of infection and anyone who may engage in sexual activity with HIV-infected partners, said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Studies showed the drug reduced the risk of contracting HIV by up to 73%. Some health ...

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‘Give HIV drugs to healthy gay men’

Healthy gay men should be offered daily HIV drugs to prevent infections, say UK Medical Research Council and Public Health England scientists. Their study, on 545 high-risk men, found one case of HIV could be stopped for every 13 men treated for a year. The research team says it would be similar to the pill for women and would not ...

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