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Iran and powers set to extend nuclear talks if final push fails

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, Iranian FM Zarif and EU envoy Ashton pose for photographers in ViennaBy Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers looked set to miss Monday's deadline for resolving a 12-year stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and are already looking at a possible extension of the negotiations. The talks in Vienna aim for a deal that could transform the Middle East, open the door to ending economic sanctions on Iran and start to bring a nation of 76 million people in from the cold after decades of hostility with the West. The cost of failure to reach a deal could be high. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:40:55 -0500
Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match in Afghanistan
By Samiullah Paiwand GARDEZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 45 people, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting. Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, said at least 50 more were wounded in the attack in Yahya Khel district, where residents had gathered to watch a tournament final. He said most of the casualties were civilians. ...
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:06:25 -0500
Iraqi forces say retake two towns from Islamic State
By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces said on Sunday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran. There was no independent confirmation that the army, Shi'ite militia and Kurdish peshmerga forces had completely retaken Jalawla and Saadiya, about 115 km (70 miles) northeast of Baghdad. Many residents fled the violence long ago. At least 23 peshmerga and militia fighters were killed and dozens were wounded in Sunday's fighting, medical and army sources said. ...
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:32:06 -0500
Iraqi Kurds prepare Sinjar mountain offensive

A general view shows Sinjar town which is controlled by forces loyal to the Islamic State as seen from Mount SinjarBy Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish forces in northern Iraq are drawing up plans to break Islamic State's siege of Sinjar mountain, where hundreds of minority Yazidis remain stranded months after fleeing their homes. Seeking to regain territory and repair pride in his military forces, Masoud Barzani, president of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, is overseeing efforts to retake the mountain, senior party members said. Islamic State attacked the Sinjar area in August, sending thousands of Yazidis fleeing up the mountain, a craggy strip some 40 miles (65 km) long. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:51:39 -0500
Low voter turnout could erode Japan PM Abe's call for fresh mandate

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his party's lawmakers raise their fists as they pledge to win in the upcoming lower house election in TokyoBy Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese voters, puzzled as to why Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is calling an election now and unimpressed by opposition alternatives, may shun a Dec. 14 election in record numbers. That could help Abe's ruling coalition win the poll for parliament's lower house, but also erode any claim of a new, strong mandate for his economic revival plan. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:07:04 -0500
No easy 'plan B' for Iran if nuclear talks with major powers collapse

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, Iranian FM Zarif and EU envoy Ashton pose for photographers in ViennaBy Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi VIENNA (Reuters) - Iranian officials say they can turn to Beijing and Moscow if talks in Vienna fail to end Western sanctions, but with oil prices falling, China's economy slowing and Russia in its own sanctions-induced slump, Tehran's "plan B" hardly looks ideal. Talks between Iran and six powers, which include China and Russia as well as the United States and three big EU countries, are expected to fail to reach a deal to lift U.S. and EU sanctions by a deadline on Monday. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:01:01 -0500
West Virginia too much for No. 17 UConn, 78-68

West Virginia forward Devin Williams, center, and teammate forward Jonathan Holton, left, battle for a rebound against UConn center Amida Brimah during a NCAA college basketball game in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Juwan Staten had 23 points and West Virginia held off several second-half runs to beat No. 17 Connecticut 78-68 in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:07:47 -0500
Azalea wins 1st ever award, One Direction take 2

Taylor Swift performs on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt SaylesInvision/AP)Breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea won her first award ever at the American Music Awards, taking down rap heavyweights Eminem and Drake.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:07:23 -0500
Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy has blasted off for the International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule roared into the pre-dawn darkness just after 3 a.m. Monday (2100 GMT Sunday) from the Russian manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:02:22 -0500
Sydney mom charged with attempted murder of baby

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) — A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son who was allegedly abandoned in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:45:29 -0500
Police chief claims '4 or 5' terror plots foiled

Police warned that the threat posed by extremists has "evolved" and that they are now home grownLondon (AFP) - Police have foiled four or five suspected terror plots this year, the country's most senior police officer said ahead of a week-long campaign to enlist the public's help in countering the threat.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:43:42 -0500
UK police chief claims '4 or 5' terror plots foiled

Police warned that the threat posed by extremists has "evolved" and that they are now home grownLondon (AFP) - British police have foiled four or five suspected terror plots this year, the country's most senior police officer said ahead of a week-long campaign to enlist the public's help in countering the threat.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:42:36 -0500
Nepal bus crash death toll reaches 47
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers recovered 42 more bodies from the wreckage of a bus that plunged into a river in west Nepal raising the confirmed death toll to 47, police said Monday.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:42:22 -0500
British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

Hong Kong (AFP) - A British banker accused of the murder of two women whose mutilated bodies were found in his Hong Kong apartment was on Monday ruled fit to stand trial after undergoing psychiatric tests.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:41:08 -0500
Seton Hall pulls away from Gardner-Webb 85-67
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Sterling Gibbs scored 16 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, to help lift Seton Hall to an 85-67 win over Gardner-Webb in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam on Sunday.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:32:58 -0500
Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy has blasted off for the International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule roared into the pre-dawn darkness just after 3 a.m. Monday (2100 GMT Sunday) from the Russian manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:32:26 -0500
Genoa's Perin won't be dropped for drunk driving
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini has announced the club will fine Mattia Perin but retain him in the squad after the Italy goalkeeper was stopped for drunk driving.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:32:09 -0500
Real Madrid to play at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his goal against SD Eibar, during their La Liga soccer match, at Ipurua stadium in Eibar, northern Spain, Saturday Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Real Madrid has been confirmed as one of three European teams to contest the International Champions Cup Australia tournament at the Melbourne Cricket Ground next July.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:28:09 -0500
Death toll rises to 3 from bombing in Philippines
KIDAPAWAN, Philippines (AP) — The death toll from a bomb blast in a billiard hall near a crowded town carnival in the southern Philippines has risen to three, officials said Monday.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:15:59 -0500
Rodgers under pressure to lift shattered Liverpool

Liverpool's Rickie Lambert during the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on November 23, 2014London (AFP) - Brendan Rodgers admits he must restore Liverpool's shattered morale quickly after a dismal 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace raised questions about his job security.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:07:02 -0500
Messi eyes another record in Champions League

El jugador argentino del Barcelona Lionel Messi manteado por sus compañeros tras marcar ante el Sevilla en un partido de Liga, proclamándose máximo goleador histórico de la competición en el Camp Nou, en Barcelona, el 22 de noviembre de 2014. (Foto AP/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi will chase yet another record when the Champions League returns on Tuesday from a three-week break. The Argentine is poised to take sole possession of the competition's all-time scoring record just three days after he rewrote the Spanish league's record books.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:03:05 -0500
Clarke included in test squad pending fitness test

Australia's cricket team poses for a photo after winning their one-day international cricket series against South Africa in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Australia won the series 4-1.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Michael Clarke has been selected to lead Australia in the first test against India despite concerns over back and hamstring injuries that forced him out of the limited-overs series win over South Africa.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:49:00 -0500
'Mad Men' creator to receive honorary Int'l Emmy

FILE - In this June 20, 2011, file photo, Matthew Weiner, creator of "Mad Man," accepts the award for best drama series at the inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Weiner will be receiving the honorary International Emmy Founders Award, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at the International Emmys Gala ceremony at the Hilton New York. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)NEW YORK (AP) — "Mad Men" stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery will be presenting a special award at the International Emmys Gala to the show's creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner who's preparing the final episodes of the 1960s Madison Avenue ad agency saga slated to air in spring 2015.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:33:18 -0500
Mexico summons Uruguay's ambassador over comment

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014, file photo, Uruguay's President Jose Mujica meets with Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff at the Planalto presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. The Mexican foreign office has called in Uruguay’s ambassador on Nov. 23, to ask for an explanation about the words of Uruguayan President Mujica when he said in an interview that Mexico is beginning to feel like a failed state. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has summoned Uruguay's ambassador for talks after the South American country's president described Mexico as a kind of "failed state" in a magazine interview.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:12:29 -0500
Hundreds attend memorial for US aid worker
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An American aid worker behead by Islamic State militants in Syria was praised for his humanitarian work Sunday during a memorial service attended by hundreds that included readings from the Bible and the Quran.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:05:22 -0500
Band Aid Ebola single tops charts in Britain

U2 frontman Bono leaves a west London studio after recording the new Band Aid 30 single on November 15, 2014London (AFP) - A new Band Aid single featuring stars One Direction, Bono and Chris Martin stormed to the top of the UK singles chart on Sunday after its release.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:43:28 -0500
Dayton hangs on to beat Boston College, 65-53

Dayton forward Devon Scott, right, goes to the basket against Boston College center Dennis Clifford during a NCAA college basketball game in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — When Dayton makes shots, it's proven to be a tough team to beat.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:40:34 -0500
British press crown Hamilton 'king' of Formula One

Mercedes-AMG's British driver Lewis Hamilton races during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 23, 2014London (AFP) - The front pages of British newspapers were splashed with photos of a champagne-soaked Lewis Hamilton dubbed the king of Formula One on Monday, after he claimed a second world title.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:40:06 -0500
Mexico summons Uruguay ambassador over president's comments on missing students

A demonstrator dressed as a revolutionary carries signs on his hat during a protest in support of 43 missing Ayotzinapa students in Mexico CityMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico said on Sunday it was summoning Uruguay's ambassador after Uruguayan President Jose Mujica said that the disappearance of 43 students in southwest Mexico suggests the country is a failed state. The students, who were likely murdered, were abducted by rogue Mexican police in league with gangs, fueling nationwide protests and creating a political crisis for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:31:07 -0500
Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York

Erie County Holding Center corrections officer carries sandbags as he directs inmates to create sandbags to prepare for possible flooding following a massive snow storm in WilliamsvilleBy Mark Blinch BUFFALO (Reuters) - Emergency workers filled thousands of sandbags on Sunday as the area around Buffalo, New York braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to seven feet (2 meters) of snow. Creeks appeared to be flowing smoothly and no flooding had been reported as the sun began to go down, county officials said. More than 775 members of the New York National Guard were in Erie County and Buffalo to help with flood prevention after days of work to clear roads and dig homes and cars out of the record snow from a storm that killed 13 people. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:28:28 -0500
Vatican prosecutor didn't report abusive priest
BOSTON (AP) — An American priest named by Pope Francis as the Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor in September was among church officials who failed to report an abusive priest to law enforcement before the now-jailed and defrocked man committed other acts of sexual abuse, according to legal documents reviewed by The Boston Globe.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:27:15 -0500
Calleri double gives Boca win in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Jonathan Calleri scored twice as Boca Juniors defeated Independiente 3-1 on Sunday to remain in contention near the top of the Argentine first-division standings.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:22:51 -0500
Liverpool's Premier League woes continue at Palace

Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard, left, and Rickie Lambert stand with their hands on their hips during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park stadium in London, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)Liverpool's rapid downfall since losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona in the summer continued Sunday with a fourth consecutive loss, as Crystal Palace added to Brendan Rodgers' woes with a 3-1 victory.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:55:39 -0500
AC Milan draws 1-1 against city rival Inter

AC Milan's Jeremy Menez, left, celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Inter Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MILAN (AP) — Roberto Mancini's first game back in charge of Inter ended with a 1-1 draw against city rival AC Milan in front of a sellout crowd on Sunday.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:48:29 -0500
Obama defends moves on immigration

President Barack Obama signs two presidential memoranda associated with his actions on immigration in his office on Air Force One as he arrives at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, before traveling to Del Sol High School to speaks about the steps he will be taking on immigration. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)HENDERSON, Nevada (AP) — President Barack Obama is shrugging off Republican criticism of his actions to lift the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:46:00 -0500
IOC condemns suicide bomb at volleyball tournament

Bodies of civilians are laid out a hospital after a suicide attack in the Yahyakhail district of Paktika province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. A suicide bomber attacked a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing dozens of people, officials said. Dozens more were wounded when the bomber, who was on foot and mingling with the crowd, detonated his explosives, said Mokhis Afgha, the spokesman for the governor of Paktika province. (AP Photo)LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The president of the International Olympic Committee has condemned the suicide attack on a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan which killed at least 45 people on Sunday.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:29:47 -0500
UConn suspends 4 prior to Puerto Rico title game
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Connecticut has suspended four players in advance of its matchup with West Virginia in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:28:23 -0500
Landmark Tunisian presidential election seen heading for run-off

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 and Patrick Markey TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisians voted on Sunday to pick their first directly elected president, with the two major parties expecting a run-off as the final step in the North African state's transition to full democracy following a 2011 revolution that ousted long-time ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Official results were yet to be announced, but shortly after polls closed, the parties of two front-runners said initial tallies showed they had passed to a second round run-off next month. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:01:14 -0500
Marseille rallies to beat Bordeaux 3-1

Marseille's players celebrate after Marseille's Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi, second left bottom, scored against Bordeaux, during their League One soccer match, at the Velodrome Stadium, in Marseille, southern France, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)PARIS (AP) — Marseille restored its one-point lead over Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the French league after coming from a goal down to beat Bordeaux 3-1 on Sunday.


Date Posted : Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:01:12 -0500
 

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