International  March 31, 2015
Agreement in principle on outlines of Iran deal: Russian media
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (C) walks in the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne on March 31, 2015, during negotiations on IranRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said early Wednesday that global powers had reached an agreement in principle on "all key aspects" of the outlines of an Iranian nuclear deal, Russian media reported."One can say with relative certainty that we at the minister level have reached an agreement in principle on all key aspects of the final settlem...  Full Story
Buhari in historic Nigeria election win
A man walks past a billboard of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari in Lagos, on March 31, 2015Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday became Nigeria's president elect after defeating Goodluck Jonathan in the first democratic change of power ever in Africa's most populous nation.The victory writes a new chapter in the country's often turbulent history after six military coups since independence in 1960 and 16 years of unbroken civilian rule by Jonathan'...  Full Story
Negotiators power past midnight deadline in Iran talks
Officials wait for a meeting with officials from P5+1, the European Union and Iran ahead of the opening of a plenary session on Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne on March 31, 2015Top diplomats worked past a midnight deadline into the early hours of Wednesday seeking to agree the outlines of a nuclear deal with Iran, insisting "enough progress" had been made to continue the marathon talks."We've made enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday. There are several difficult issues still remaining," US Sta...  Full Story
Climate pledges: Deadline sees slow but promising start
A dead tree is seen on a dried part of the shoreline near Red Hill Marina at the Salton Sea, California on March 19, 2015A rough deadline for Tuesday saw only 33 out of 195 countries submit pledges for tackling greenhouse gases under UN climate talks scheduled to conclude just over eight months from now.Analysts, though, said the commitments were generally encouraging, even if the UN's aim to curb warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) remained worry...  Full Story
Peru PM sacked in spy scandal, president faces crisis
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala (L) waves with Prime Minister Ana Jara during the swearing-in ceremony in Lima on July 22, 2014Peruvian President Ollanta Humala was left scrambling to find a new prime minister Tuesday after Congress sacked the incumbent, Ana Jara, over allegations of domestic spying.Jara was deposed in a no-confidence vote late Monday after media reports that the powerful National Intelligence Directorate, or DINI, spied on politicians, journalists, busine...  Full Story
New appeal revives case against Argentine president
Argentine President Cristina Kirchner at the Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 1, 2015Argentine prosecutors launched a new appeal Tuesday of a court's decision to dismiss their case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly protecting Iranian officials accused of orchestrating a deadly 1994 bombing.Prosecutors are seeking to relaunch the case that was being brought by their late colleague Alberto Nisman, who died mysteriousl...  Full Story
Iraq hails Tikrit 'liberation' after month-long battle
Iraq said security and allied forces backed by US-led coalition aircraft "liberated" the city of Tikrit on Tuesday, its biggest victory yet in the fight against Islamic State jihadists.The operation to retake the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein began on March 2 and had looked bogged down before Iraqi forces made rapid advances in the pa...  Full Story
Mideast powers trade blame as Yemen teeters
A Yemeni man looks at the ruins of his house in Sanaa after it was destroyed in an air strike by Saudi-led coalition warplanes, on March 31, 2015 Regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran traded accusations Tuesday over the escalating conflict in Yemen, which the UN rights chief warned was on the brink of "total collapse".Aid groups warned of a humanitarian crisis unfolding with air and sea blockades making it impossible to send desperately needed assistance as casualties mount.In the heaviest r...  Full Story