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Libya tells Arab summit arms embargo must be lifted to fight IS

Libya tells Arab summit arms embargo must be lifted to fight IS

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Libya told an Arab summit yesterday that a UN arms embargo on the country must be lifted to help prevent the advance of Islamic State militants .

Islamist groups seize Syrian city Idlib for first time

BEIRUT  (Reuters) - Islamist groups including al Qaeda’s Nusra Front have seized the city of Idlib for the first time in Syria’s civil war, fighters and a monitoring group said on yesterday .

US, allies target Islamic State in Tikrit, other Iraqi cities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US and coalition forces conducted 18 air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq during a 24-hour period, with eight strikes near militant-held Tikrit, the US military said yesterday .

Diplomats and UN staff flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden

ADEN (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen yesterday and the United Nations pulled out international staff after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters .

UK and Switzerland follow Brazil to China-backed Asia investment bank

SHANGHAI/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - China’s Finance Ministry said yesterday that the UK and Switzerland had been formally accepted as founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a day after Brazil accepted China’s invitation to join the AIIB .

Iran, powers struggle to overcome disputes in push for nuclear deal

Iran, powers struggle to overcome disputes in push for nuclear deal

LAUSANNE, Switzer-land (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of France and Germany joined the top US and Iranian diplomats yesterday to help break an impasse in nuclear negotiations as major powers and Iran closed in on a two- or three-page accord that could form the basis of a long-term deal .

Police fire tear gas on crowd during Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas at an angry crowd fighting over food supplies in Sierra Leone yesterday, while other residents defied a three-day national lockdown that the government hopes will accelerate the end of the Ebola epidemic .

Somalia hotel siege ends, 14 dead – government

MOGADISHU, (Reuters) - A hotel siege by al Shabaab militants in the Somali capital has ended and the final death toll from the attack stands at 14, a senior government official said today .

Yemen Houthi rebels advance despite Saudi-led air strikes

ADEN, (Reuters) - Yemen’s Houthi rebels made broad gains in the country’s south and east yesterday despite a second day of Saudi-led air strikes meant to check the Iranian-backed militia’s efforts to overthrow President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi .

Torn-up sick notes show crash pilot should have been grounded

Torn-up sick notes show crash pilot should have been grounded

DUESSELDORF, Germany, (Reuters) - German authorities said yesterday they had found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy .

Modi government puts brakes on India’s universal health plan

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious health care plan after cost estimates came in at $18 .

U.S. Republican lawmaker says Clinton wiped clean email server

 WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of a U .

German pilot in Alps crash said to have suffered from depression, anxiety

German pilot in Alps crash said to have suffered from depression, anxiety

MONTABAUR, Germany, (Reuters) - The German pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps killing 150 people broke off his training six years ago due to depression and spent over a year in psychiatric treatment, a German newspaper reported today .

Yemeni leader Hadi leaves country as Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes

SANAA/ADEN, Yemen, (Reuters) - Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden for Saudi Arabia yesterday as Houthi rebels battled with his forces on the outskirts of the southern port city .

Co-pilot suspected of deliberately   crashing Germanwings jet

Co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing Germanwings jet

PARIS/SEYNE-LES-ALPES, (Reuters) - A young German co-pilot barricaded himself alone in the cockpit of Germanwings flight 9525 and apparently set it on course to crash into an Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board including himself, French prosecutors said yesterday .

New York buildings collapse in possible gas blast, 19 hurt

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - Four apartment buildings in New York’s East Village neighborhood caught fire from an apparent gas explosion on Thursday and three collapsed, causing 19 injuries, authorities said .

Saudi Arabia, allies launch air campaign in Yemen against Houthi fighters

Saudi Arabia, allies launch air campaign in Yemen against Houthi fighters

ADEN/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia announced yesterday it had launched military operations in Yemen, carrying out air strikes in coordination with a 10-country coalition seeking to beat back Houthi militia forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the country’s president had taken refuge .

Cockpit voice tape studied in Airbus crash; NYT says pilot locked out

SEYNE-LES-ALPES/PARIS, (Reuters) - Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the German Airbus plane that crashed into the Alps, killing everyone onboard, officials said yesterday .

New Ebola infections continue to drop, Guinea still a concern

ABIDJAN, (Reuters) - The three nations hardest hit by West Africa’s Ebola epidemic recorded the lowest weekly total of new cases so far this year in the week leading up to March 22, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday .

U.S.-led coalition, Iraqis pound Islamic State in Tikrit

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Global Fund redirects $574 mln from Malawi AIDS council

LILONGWE, (Reuters) - The Global Fund has redirected $574 million in HIV/AIDS funding away from Malawi’s National Aids Council (NAC) after allegations of financial mismanagement, including the purchase of vehicles that were not budgeted for, it said yesterday .

Liberian ex-president must serve out sentence in Britain – court

AMSTERDAM, (Reuters) - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor must spend the rest of his life in a British jail after judges at an international court in The Hague denied his request to serve out his 50-year prison sentence in Rwanda .

German Airbus crashes in French Alps with 150 dead, black box found

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, (Reuters) - An Airbus operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airline crashed into a mountainside in the French Alps yesterday, killing all 150 people on board including 16 schoolchildren .

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and U.S. singer Joan Baez get Amnesty’s top rights award

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and U.S. singer Joan Baez get Amnesty’s top rights award

BEIJING, (Reuters) - Amnesty International has given its top 2015 human rights award to both Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, a fierce critic of Beijing who has been banned from leaving China after an 81-day detention in 2011, and U .

Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border – U.S. officials

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U .

India’s top court ditches “Facebook” arrest rules

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) - India’s top court struck down a law yesterday that gave authorities powers to jail people for offensive online posts, a verdict hailed as a victory for free speech in the world’s largest growth market for the Internet .

Police official fired amid outcry over lynching of woman in Kabul

KABUL, March 24 (Reuters) - A prominent Afghan police official was sacked yesterday as hundreds of men and women marched in the capital to protest the lynching of a 27-year-old woman in central Kabul last week .

Germanwings Airbus crashes in France, 148 feared dead

MARSEILLE, (Reuters) - An Airbus operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France today and all 148 on board were feared dead .

Pentagon notifying 100 US troops threatened by Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said yesterday it was notifying 100 US troops that a group claiming ties to Islamic State militants had posted their names, addresses and photos on the Internet and was calling for American sympathizers to kill them .

How Obama outmaneuvered hardliners and cut a Cuba deal

WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) - The December breakthrough that upended a half-century of US-Cuba enmity has been portrayed as the fruit of 18 months of secret diplomacy .

Obama, Clinton meet for hour-long chat at White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US President Barack Obama met with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, for about an hour yesterday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said .

Daughter of jailed Mexican Mafia kingpin sentenced to prison

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The daughter of an imprisoned Mexican Mafia kingpin who pleaded guilty to racketeering and drug trafficking charges and admitted carrying out her father’s orders in running a brutal Los Angeles street gang was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison .

Yemen foes square off as fears of war, Saudi-Iran rivalry grow

Yemen foes square off as fears of war, Saudi-Iran rivalry grow

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen’s top factions are squaring off for battle after months of skirmishes, turning respectively to neighbouring Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran for help in what may become all-out war .

Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of modern Singapore, dies at 91

Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of modern Singapore, dies at 91

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, died yesterday aged 91, triggering a flood of tributes to the man who oversaw the tiny city-state’s rapid rise from a British colonial backwater to a global trade and financial centre .

Modern Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

Modern Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

SINGAPORE, (Reuters) - Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, died yesterday aged 91, triggering a flood of tributes to the man who oversaw the tiny city-state’s rapid rise from a British colonial backwater to a global trade and financial centre .

U.S. proposes cooperation between new China-led bank and Western institutions -WSJ

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - President Barack Obama’s administration is proposing that a new Chinese-led development bank over which Washington has voiced concerns work collaboratively with Western development groups like the World Bank, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday .



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