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U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and German Foreign Minister Steinmeier pose for photographers before a meeting in ViennaVIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday there were still serious gaps in talks over Iran's nuclear program despite signs of some progress two days before a deadline to reach a deal between Tehran and major powers. "We're working hard," Kerry said ahead of a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. "We hope we’re making careful progress, but we have big gaps, we still have some serious gaps, which we’re working to close." (Reporting By Fredrik Dahl; editing by John Irish)


Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov speaks during a news conference after a meeting with his Saudi Arabian counterpart al-Faisal in MoscowBy Polina Devitt MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West on Saturday of trying to use sanctions imposed on Moscow in the Ukraine crisis to seek "regime change" in Russia. His comments stepped up Moscow's war of words with the United States and the European Union in their worst diplomatic standoff since the Cold War ended. ...


By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have killed 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe during their assault on a provincial capital west of Baghdad, local officials said on Saturday, in apparent revenge for tribal opposition to the radical Islamists. They said the bodies of the men from the Albu Fahd tribe were discovered after the army launched a counter-offensive on Saturday against the Islamic State in a village on the eastern edge of Ramadi, capital of Anbar province. ...

Thick smoke rises over Kobani after an air-strikeBEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces in Syria have killed 910 people, including 52 civilians, since the start of the campaign against Islamic State and other fighters two months ago, a group monitoring the conflict said on Saturday. The majority of the deaths, 785, were Islamic State fighters according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Islamic State, a hard-line offshoot of al Qaeda, has seized land in Syria and neighboring Iraq, where it has also been targeted by U.S.-led strikes since July. ...


Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif arrives at the Iranian embassy for lunch with former European Union foreign policy chief Ashton in ViennaBy Fredrik Dahl and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) - World powers will press Iran to cease stonewalling a U.N. atomic bomb investigation as part of a wider nuclear accord, but will likely stop short of demanding full disclosure of any secret weapon work by Tehran to avoid killing an historic deal. Officially, the United States and its Western allies say it is vital that Iran fully addresses the concerns of the U.N. nuclear agency if it wants a diplomatic settlement that would end sanctions severely hurting its oil-based economy. ...


By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somalia's al Shabaab Islamists said they staged an attack in Kenya on Saturday in which gunmen ordered non-Muslims off a bus and shot 28 dead, while sparing Muslim passengers. Three of the group led out to be killed saved their lives by reciting verses of the Koran for the militants, a local security official said. Al Shabaab said its men had ambushed the Nairobi-bound bus outside Mandera town, near Kenya's border with Somalia and Ethiopia, and killed the non-Muslims in retaliation for raids on mosques in the port city of Mombasa. ...

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, who captured the pole position, waves his hands to spectators after the qualifying session ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Nico Rosberg edged out title rival Lewis Hamilton on Saturday to take pole position for the season-ending Abu Dhabi, where the two will fight for the Formula One world championship.


Mercedes-AMG's German driver Nico Rosberg drives during the third practice session at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix on November 22, 2014Abu Dhabi (AFP) - Nico Rosberg survived intense pressure and several nervous errors on Saturday to claim what may be a vital pole position for the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, edging out his Mercedes teammate and arch-rival Lewis Hamilton.


TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake struck central Japan on Saturday night, causing at least one building to collapse and injuring several people, according to Japanese media reports. No tsunami warning was issued. The magnitude-6.8 earthquake hit parts of Nagano city and surrounding areas the hardest, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake's magnitude at 6.2.

Elena Radionova of Russia, competes in the Ladies' Free Skating event, during the ISU figure skating 2014 Eric Bompard Trophy competition, at Bordeaux's skating arena, western France, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)BORDEAUX, France (AP) — Two-time junior world champion Elena Radionova of Russia landed all her jumps in the free skate to win the Trophee Bompard on Saturday and qualify for the Grand Prix Final.


TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Tens of thousands of Albanians are protesting the government's economic policies, claiming they are leading to rising taxes and energy prices and high unemployment.

Wigan Athletic's new manager Malky Mackay and Chairman Dave Whelan background pause, during a press conference at the DW Stadium, in Wigan, England, Wednesday Nov. 19, 2014. Wigan was condemned by English football's anti-discrimination organization for hiring Malky Mackay as its manager on Wednesday while he is still under investigation for offensive comments. Since August, the English Football Association has been looking into a dossier from Mackay's time as Cardiff manager, including text messages he acknowledged were "completely unacceptable, inappropriate." (AP Photo/PA, Barrington Coombs) UNITED KINGDOM OUTWIGAN, England (AP) — The owner of English football club Wigan says he will quit his position if found guilty by the country's Football Association of making racist remarks about Jewish and Chinese people.


BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali has confirmed a new case of Ebola and identified two new suspected cases, raising concern about further spread of the disease which has already killed at least five people in the country.

Former EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, left, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, third left, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, rear center, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, second right, wait for the start of closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned of "serious gaps" in the talks about a nuclear deal with Iran, but as Monday's deadline approached his German counterpart said Tehran and six world powers have "never been closer" to agreement since they started negotiating more than six years ago.


MADRID (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have taken part in a demonstration in Madrid to protest against the conservative government's decision to scrap plans to restrict the availability of abortion.
TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake struck central Japan on Saturday night, causing at least one building to collapse and injuring several people, according to Japanese media reports. No tsunami warning was issued.
AMPHIPOLIS, Greece (AP) — Officials say the vast ancient burial mound at Amphipolis in Greece could contain more than one dead.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defending champion Henrik Stenson and Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello opened up a three-shot lead after the third round of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship on Saturday.
YEREVAN (Reuters) - The bodies of three pilots have been removed from a crash site in a special military operation after their helicopter from a region controlled by ethnic Armenians was shown down by Azeri forces earlier this month, officials from the region said. The downing of the helicopter was the first such incident since a ceasefire was agreed in 1994 following a war over the tiny mountainous territory in the South Caucasus and has ratcheted up tensions between Armenia and oil-producing Azerbaijan. ...
TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.8 jolted central Japan on Saturday evening, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, adding that no tsunami warning had been issued. High-speed trains were halted and there were reports of damage to homes and some unconfirmed injuries after the quake, which was felt in the capital Tokyo 180 km (110 miles) away, NHK public TV said. ...

Switzerland's Roger Federer, right, holds his hair, followed by coach Severin Luthi, after losing to France's Gael Monfils during the Davis Cup final in Lille, northern France, Friday, Nov.21, 2014. Monfils won 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 to give France a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)LILLE, France (AP) — Roger Federer is fit enough to play the Davis Cup final doubles with Stan Wawrinka against French pair Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau on Saturday.


Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak delivers a speech during a meeting with members of the ministry in MoscowMOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow will seek new partners in countries that have not imposed sanctions on it if Western oil and gas companies pull out of projects with Russia, RIA news agency quoted Energy Minister Alexander Novak as saying on Saturday. The sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis have targeted the delivery of oil technology, goods and services, aiming to make it harder for Moscow to access new oil sources. ...


WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's largest opposition party has called for a rerun of regional elections held last Sunday because a computer failure has left the country with no word of the final results. President Bronislaw Komorowski dismissed the suggestion as the height of insanity. The state election commission, the PKW, said on Saturday it did not know when the final results would be announced. The votes are being counted manually. Poland, known in recent years for its political stability in an otherwise volatile region, has been shaken by the failure of the computer system. ...

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, locals stand outside after a quake hit Kangding County in Sichuan Province, China Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China on Saturday, killing at least one person and causing minor damage to buildings, officials and state media said. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Liu Guoqian) NO SALESBEIJING (AP) — A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China on Saturday, killing at least one person and causing minor damage to buildings, officials and state media said.


SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Kodai Sato and Shu Kurata scored late goals as Gamba Osaka beat Urawa Reds 2-0 on Saturday to extend the J-League title chase for at least another week.

Bahrainis vote at a polling station in a pro-government area in Riffa, Bahrain, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Voters in Bahrain cast ballots Saturday in the island kingdom's first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted four years ago, but a boycott called by the country's opposition threatens to overshadow the poll. Pictures on the wall are Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, from left, Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the late emir Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Voters in Bahrain cast ballots Saturday in the island kingdom's first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests nearly four years ago, but a boycott by the country's opposition overshadowed the vote and highlighted the sectarian-charged divisions gripping this strategic U.S. ally.


the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, CubaMIAMI (AP) — A Saudi citizen who has spent the past 12 years detained at Guantanamo Bay has been released, the Pentagon said Saturday, amid a push to whittle down the prison population at the U.S. base in Cuba.


Tunisia's President Moncef Marzouki speaks during a presidential electoral campaign rally in TunisBy Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisians vote on Sunday in a presidential election pitting an ex-official from the days of autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali against a rights activist appealing to the spirit of the 2011 revolt that ousted him. Beji Caid Essebsi, an 87-year-old former Ben Ali official, prefers to invoke the memory of Habib Bourguiba, Tunisia's first post-independence leader, as a reference for the secular, modern state-building he advocates for the North African country. ...


TOKYO (AP) — Strong quake strikes Nagano city in central Japan; no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, second right, speaks during a press conference with Investment Minister Ashraf Soliman, right, Finance Minister Hani Qadri, second left, and Minister of International Cooperation Naglaa El-Ahwany in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Mahlab said his government will host a three-day international economic conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik starting March 13 to support the country's economy. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's prime minister says his government will host a three-day international economic conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh starting March 13 to support the country's economy.


Members of the Iraqi security forces check a truck as followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr attend nearby open-air Friday prayers in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi soldiers backed by Sunni fighters launched a major operation Saturday to retake a section of the city of Ramadi seized by Islamic State group militants, an official and residents said.


Former French president Sarkozy delivers a speech at a campaign rally for the leadership of the UMP political party in MulhousePARIS (Reuters) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has lost support in the race for head of the conservative party and could miss the landslide victory that would guarantee his party's nomination for the 2017 presidential election, a poll showed. Sarkozy, who lost his bid for a second mandate in 2012 to Socialist President Francois Hollande, made his comeback when he announced in September he would seek to be elected party chief on Nov. 29. His comeback is being clouded by several legal cases that involve Sarkozy and the party. ...


By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish soldiers are training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq and will give similar assistance to a new national army unit in Baghdad as part of the struggle against Islamic State, a senior Turkish official said on Saturday. Turkish soldiers began special forces training with Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq three weeks ago, peshmerga spokesman Brigadier General Halgurd Hikmat said. The Turkish official said similar assistance would be given to Iraq's National Guard. "Turkey has already started training peshmerga forces in northern Iraq ... ...

Pope Francis kisses a child as he meets with the participants at the missionary meeting of the Italian bishops' conference in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has called for an end to the isolation and stigma of people living with autism spectrum disorders and their families during an audience aimed at raising awareness about the condition.


FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. Suspected Islamic extremists from Somalia hijacked a bus at dawn near Mandera in Kenya's north near the border with Somalia, and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, Al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for a Saturday dawn attack on a bus in which 28 non-Muslims were singled out and killed.


FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The first wave of volunteers from Britain's National Health Service arrived in Sierra Leone Saturday amid what the World Health Organization has described as an "intense" surge in cases.

The scene outside the Churchill Hyatt Regency Hotel in central London following an explosion at the hotel, believed to be caused by a gas leak, Saturday Nov. 22, 2014. London fire officials say a suspected gas leak late Friday touched off an explosion in the basement of the London hotel, injuring 11 people and forcing the evacuation of some hundreds of guests. (AP Photo / Olivia Rudgard, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVESLONDON (AP) — A suspected gas leak touched off an explosion in the basement of the Hyatt Regency Churchill in London, injuring 14 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of hotel guests, authorities said Saturday.


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