World News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505 World News 2015-06-30T02:44:38Z World News U.S., Iran presidents issue warnings as nuclear talks extended By Parisa Hafezi and John Irish VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and world powers gave themselves an extra week to reach a nuclear accord, extending a deadline due to expire on Tuesday, while U.S. President Barack Obama said there would be no deal if all pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon were not cut off. With talks in the final stretch, Iran's president Hassan Rouhani also spoke out, saying his country would resume suspended atomic work if the West breaks its promises. Iran and six world powers are working towards an accord that would see Tehran halt sensitive nuclear work for at least a decade in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, potentially the biggest breakthrough in decades of hostility between Washington and Tehran. More than 100 feared dead after Indonesian military plane crashes By Roni Bintang MEDAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - More than 100 people were feared dead after a military transport plane ploughed into a residential area shortly after take-off in northern Indonesia on Tuesday, in what may be the deadliest accident yet for an air force with a long history of crashes. It looks like there are no survivors," Air Marshal Agus Supriatna told Metro TV in the Sumatra city of Medan, adding that some of the passengers were air force families. The crash of the C-130B Hercules aircraft, which went into service half a century ago, is bound to put a fresh spotlight on Indonesia's woeful air safety record and its aging planes. Around 1,200 escape from Yemen prison, among them Qaeda suspects: officials Around 1,200 prisoners escaped during clashes at a jail in central Yemen on Tuesday, among them al Qaeda suspects, officials and security sources said. "Groups of al Qaeda supporters ... today attacked the central prison in the city of Taiz and more than 1,200 of the dangerous prisoners escaped," state news agency Saba quoted a security official as saying. Another local official told Reuters some of the escapees were "suspected of belonging to al Qaeda" but said they left amid heavy clashes between warring militias in the city. Tunisia hotel attack gunman trained in Libya: official The Tunisian gunman who carried out the hotel attack last Friday that killed 38 people, mostly British tourists, trained in a jihadist camp in Libya at the end of last year, Tunisian prime minister's spokesman Dafer Neji said on Tuesday. Neji said investigations showed Saif Rezgui, a student who was shot by police during Friday's attack on the resort town of Sousse, was in Libya at the same time as the two Tunisian gunmen who attacked the Tunis Bardo museum in March. Islamic State scores up gains and losses in Syrian fighting By Sylvia Westall and Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters stormed the Syrian town of Tel Abyad on the Turkish border on Tuesday and captured a neighborhood from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, but suffered setbacks in the northeastern city of Hasaka, a monitor and the army said. Islamic State has launched simultaneous attacks against Syrian government and Kurdish militia this past week in the multi-sided Syrian civil war after losing ground to Kurdish-led forces near the capital of its "caliphate". Egypt's Sisi promises tougher legal system as prosecutor buried By Stephen Kalin CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's president told mourners on Tuesday at the funeral of the country's top prosecutor, killed by a car bomb, that he would unveil tough new security policies in the coming days, vowing that death sentences would be carried out. Monday's killing of public prosecutor Hisham Barakat, the most senior Egyptian official to die in such an attack in years, cast doubt on Egypt's ability to contain an Islamist insurgency that is picking increasingly high-profile targets. In his address at the funeral, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said: "The hand of justice is tied by laws ... We will not wait for that. Suspect handed preliminary charges over beheading in France PARIS (AP) — French investigators on Tuesday handed preliminary murder and terrorism charges to a man accused of beheading his boss at a French gas factory and suspected of ties to Islamic State extremists. Yemen fighting allows 1,200 prisoners to flee SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni security official says some 1,200 inmates fled a prison in a southwestern city after guards deserted their posts amid fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents. Top Asian News at 7:00 p.m. GMT MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers with heavy machinery searched a shattered residential neighborhood Tuesday for any survivors from an Indonesian air force transport plane that crashed shortly after takeoff and killed more than 70 people. The C-130 Hercules, carrying military personnel and their families, went down in Indonesia's third-largest city of Medan, striking a building. Witness accounts suggested the plane suffered an engine fire before crashing. White House says U.S. welcomes China's climate change plan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday welcomed China's announced commitment to halt the rise in its greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the carbon intensity of its economy. President Barack Obama's senior adviser, Brian Deese, said in a statement that the move would pave the way for "a successful climate agreement" at international talks in Paris later this year. [ID:nL8N0ZG2SN} (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler) Leicester fires manager Nigel Pearson LEICESTER, England (AP) — Leicester says it has sacked manager Nigel Pearson after the team narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League last season. Iran's new 5-year plan focuses on defence, economy Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday unveiled the main points of the Islamic republic's next five-year plan, with the focus on the military and economic growth. Iran says its military is purely defensive, but it is under an arms embargo and international sanctions over its missile programme which is suspected of being prepared to carry a nuclear warhead. Protecting the IT infrastructure is also highlighted over the next five years after Iran was hit in 2010 by several computer attacks including the Stuxnet virus targeting its nuclear programme. The Latest: EU talks to focus on new plan for Greece ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local): Major counter-terror drill unfolds in heart of London In the heart of London three masked men armed with assault rifles descend on a Tube station, firing at civilians. Around 1,000 police officers, special forces, ambulance and fire crews took over the disused Aldwych station in London's West End theatre district on Tuesday for the drill, dubbed "Strong Tower". Only a handful of officials at London police headquarters in Scotland Yard were made aware in advance about what was to unfold in order to make the mock terror attack as realistic as possible. US stocks rebound from slump as investors follow Greek drama NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks gained on Tuesday afternoon, rebounding from big losses a day earlier, as investors followed the latest negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors. Greece's international bailout program was set to expire later in the day. Israel deports Gaza flotilla activists JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has deported a group of pro-Palestinian activists, including a former Tunisian president, who tried to breach its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. Burkina parties challenge electoral law change Seven political parties from Burkina Faso went to a regional court on Tuesday to challenge a recent change to the country's electoral law barring those linked to deposed leader Blaise Compaore from running for office. The parties, which include the former ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress, and 13 individuals brought the case to an Abuja-based court that deals with complaints of rights violations in the 15 member countries of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS). The court said Tuesday it would rule on the complaint on July 13 -- a decision that will be legally-binding to Burkina Faso, which belongs to the regional grouping. France's Orange prepares possible split from Israeli partner PARIS (AP) — French telecommunications group Orange has reached a deal with its Israeli partner that could lead the way to their split, amid controversy and growing calls for companies to boycott Israel. Obama: verification regime necessary for Iran nuclear deal U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledged on Tuesday that Iranian negotiators have talked about backtracking from a framework agreement on its nuclear program, endangering ongoing negotiations to finalize the deal. "There has been a lot of talk on the other side from the Iranian negotiators about whether, in fact, they can abide by some of the terms that came up in Lausanne," Obama said at a news conference, referring to the framework deal reached in the Swiss city in April. Obama said Iran's failure to abide by the initial agreement would be a problem and said he would walk away from a bad deal. EU official: no deal for Greece, talks to focus Wed on new plan after bailout expires BRUSSELS (AP) — EU official: no deal for Greece, talks to focus Wed on new plan after bailout expires. Romania's opposition wins spy agency vote as Ponta government limps on By Radu-Sorin Marinas BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's opposition secured its first parliamentary victory on Tuesday after the UNPR junior coalition party temporarily switched sides, raising the chances that any new no-confidence motion might topple the leftist government. UNPR lawmakers, whose leader, acting premier Gabriel Oprea, backed centrist President Klaus Iohannis's nominee, Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, as spy chief, helped secure a 278-6 victory for the opposition Civic Force party senator and former prime minister. The absence of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, in Istanbul for up to a month for medical treatment, has prompted feverish speculation and concern among some of his supporters about his political future and the stability of the government. US opening market to Argentina, Brazil beef imports BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina is greeting news that it will soon be able to export fresh beef into the United States after a longtime ban. British coal mine closed suddenly with 430 jobs cut An employee-owned British coal mine has been forced to close with the loss of 430 jobs, following a plunge in coal prices and the switch to renewable energy sources, a spokesman told AFP on Tuesday. The Hatfield Colliery in Yorkshire, northern England, which opened in 1916, was one of only three deep coal mines remaining in operation in England. "A perfect storm worked against Hatfield, because in addition of the coal prices falling through the floor, at the same time gas prices have been at their lowest for many years, which allowed the switch to renewables," he said. Suspect handed preliminary charges of murder, terrorism over beheading at French gas factory PARIS (AP) — Suspect handed preliminary charges of murder, terrorism over beheading at French gas factory. Eurogroup refuses Greece bailout extension, talks to continue Eurozone finance ministers declined to extend Greece's bailout Tuesday just hours before its expiry and a possible IMF default, but talks will continue Wednesday after Athens asked for a new aid plan, officials said. "Last deadline for Greece program extension was weekend. Due to parliamentary procedures, unable to extend program beyond today," Slovakia's Finance Minister Peter Kazimir wrote on Twitter following a conference call to discuss the last-minute proposal. EU to help 'frontline' Hungary cope with migrant wave: official The European Commission has pledged to send financial aid and experts to Hungary to help it cope with a surge in illegal immigration this year, a senior Brussels official said in Budapest Tuesday. "Hungary will receive nearly eight million euros ($9 million) of support to help it cope with the migration issue," said Dimitris Avramopoulos, the commission's senior official for migration issues, told journalists after a meeting with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto. Calling European Union member Hungary a "frontline" state like Italy and Greece, Avramopoulos said "Europe will always support frontline member states". Rights group says airstrikes in Yemen killed many civilians UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition on Saada City in northern Yemen which is controlled by Shiite rebels killed dozens of civilians in an apparent violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said in a report Tuesday. Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks in Israeli spy expo TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks and mini-drones were among the gadgets on display Tuesday at an exhibition of Israeli surveillance technology, offering a rare peek into the secretive world of Israeli espionage. Kerry, Zarif had 'productive' meeting in Vienna: State Department WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, held a "productive" meeting in Vienna on Tuesday, the State Department said, as negotiations on curbing Iran's nuclear program were extended. The two diplomats had a lengthy one-on-one discussion amid negotiations between Iran and six major powers. "I'm told it was a productive meeting," State Department spokesman John Kirby told a daily briefing in Washington. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Sandra Maler; Editing by) Will latest inflammatory comments tarnish Trump's brand? NEW YORK (AP) — Is Donald Trump's business empire as Teflon-coated as his hair appears to be? Le Pen announces run for French regional polls Far-right French leader Marine Le Pen announced Tuesday she would compete in regional elections due later this year considered a key test ahead of presidential polls in 2017. "I am throwing myself into the fight for the regionals here in Nord-Pas-de-Calais/Picardie," she said, referring to the northeastern region where she will top her National Front party's list. "Our region is hit by all the country's problems, even more strongly than the rest of the country," Le Pen told a gathering of 300 supporters at a hotel in the town of Arras. Tunisia says resort gunman was trained in Libya The gunman who killed 38 tourists in Tunisia received weapons training from jihadists in Libya, a top official said Tuesday, as the president admitted security services were unprepared for the attack. On Friday, a student identified as 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui pulled a Kalashnikov assault rifle from inside a beach umbrella and went on a bloody rampage at the five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba hotel in Port El Kantaoui near Sousse. Secretary of state for security Rafik Chelli told AFP Rezgui had been in Libya at the same time as the two authors of a March attack at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis that killed 21 tourists and a policeman. US says Chad diplomat took bribes from Canadian oil firm The US Justice Department on Tuesday moved to seize $34 million from a senior Chad diplomat who it said took bribes from a Canadian oil company. The department filed a civil suit in US court to reclaim funds paid by then-Griffiths Energy International in 2009 to Mahamoud Adam Bechir, at the time Chad's ambassador to the United States, and his deputy Youssouf Hamid Takane, to help the company acquire oil rights in Chad. The case says Griffiths -- which later changed its name to Caracal and is now a unit of British mining giant Glencore -- issued four million shares to the wives of the two men, and paid a $2 million consulting fee to Bechir's wife, for help in the deal. Greek official: eurozone finance ministers' teleconference over, will continue Wed morning ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek official: eurozone finance ministers' teleconference over, will continue Wed morning . Wimbledon champions advance with ease; Bouchard, Halep out LONDON (AP) — It looked all too easy for the champions at the All England Club. It was another story, though, for one of last year's finalists and for one of the highest seeded women in the draw. Angry protesters whitewash rainbow flag on West Bank barrier RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian protesters whitewashed a rainbow flag of gay rights that was painted by a Palestinian artist on six slabs of the West Bank separation barrier. Injured Usain Bolt pulls out of Diamond League meetings PARIS (AP) — Slowed by an injured left leg, Usain Bolt withdrew Tuesday from this month's Diamond League meetings in Paris and Lausanne, dealing a blow to his title defense preparations for the world championships in August. 1 year after Mexico army slayings, calls for justice mount MEXICO CITY (AP) — One year after soldiers killed as many as 15 suspects at a grain warehouse in southern Mexico, many say justice has still not been done. 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