Weekend: Chance of Precipitation: Fri: 30% / Sat: 30% / Sun: 60%.
Al-Qaida in Syria seizes large parts of northern city
BEIRUT (AP) Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, seized control of large parts of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces Saturday, sweeping into neighborhoods close to the city center, opposition activists and the group said.Sat, 28 Mar 2015 07:58:42 -0400
Hamilton on pole for Malaysian Grand Prix
Peerless Lewis Hamilton waited out a torrential downpour before snatching pole position at the Malaysian Grand Prix in a wet and wild qualifying session on Saturday. The Mercedes driver and reigning world champion set a fastest time of 1min 49.834sec, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, after rain halted qualifying for 35 minutes. The commanding drive from Hamilton, hit by mechanical problems this week, will fuel his charge towards a second race win after he dominated the season-opener in Australia. Vettel was the day's other big winner and he whooped and hollered to his team as he seized second place from Mercedes' Nico Rosberg in the dying seconds.
Uzbekistan to vote to extend veteran leader's rule
Police on trial: Tears, anger resurge over 2005 French riots
Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'stooges of Iran'
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "stooges of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender.
Nigerians turn out en masse to vote in presidential election
Russia 'to join China-led development bank'
Russia is to sign up to the Chinese-led development bank AIIB, first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov said Saturday at an international forum in China, cited by Russian news agencies. "I'd like to inform you that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken the decision that Russia will participate in the capital of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)," Shuvalov said at China's Boao Forum, quoted by RIA Novosti state news agency.
UN chief says he's angry, shamed by failure to end Syria's war; vows to step up diplomacy
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) UN chief says he's angry, shamed by failure to end Syria's war; vows to step up diplomacy.Sat, 28 Mar 2015 07:07:53 -0400
Lights out in Australia as Earth Hour kicks off
The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the sails on the nearby Opera House went dark Saturday, as lights on landmarks around Australia were switched off for the global climate change awareness campaign Earth Hour. Millions are expected to take part around the world in the annual event organised by conservation group WWF, with hundreds of well-known sights including the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Seattle Space Needle set to plunge into darkness. "It's almost like the thing vanished," said Tony Jennings from Earth Hour after standing under the Harbour Bridge as the lights went off at 8:30pm (0930 GMT).
Iran nuke talks expand as deadline for deal looms
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program picked up pace on Saturday with the foreign ministers of France and Germany joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Iran's top diplomat ahead of a looming end-of-March deadline for a preliminary deal.
Iran talks go into top gear in battle of wills
Tortuous negotiations aimed at laying to rest fears that Iran will acquire nuclear weapons moved into top gear Saturday with each side demanding the other give ground ahead of a looming deadline. "We're at that point in the negotiations where we really need to see decisions being made," a senior US State Department official said late Friday at the talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. The other side needs to choose between pressure and a political accord," countered Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. France's top diplomat Laurent Fabius, the most hawkish in the P5+1 group of countries negotiating with Iran since late 2013, was the first European minister to fly in for the crucial talks saying he wanted to reach a "robust deal".
Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'stooges of Iran,' directly blaming country for chaos
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'stooges of Iran,' directly blaming country for chaos.Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:52:25 -0400
Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 17 dead
Search continues for at least 2 after apparent NYC gas blast
German pilot visited glider field near crash site as a child