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· Iran nuclear talks extended seven months after failing to meet deadline

Officials pose for a family picture during their meeting in ViennaBy Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and six powers failed on Monday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, and gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that prevented them from clinching an historic deal. Western officials said they were aiming to secure an agreement on the substance of a final accord by March but that more time would be needed to reach a consensus on the all-important technical details. ...


· Ukraine leader, under pressure from West, pledges new government soon

Ukraine's President Poroshenko and U.S. Vice President Biden walk into a hall before a news conference in KievBy Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine will take the first steps this week towards forming a new government, President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday, seeking to assuage concern among his Western allies that the delay is holding up reform and imperiling Western assistance. The U.S. and other Western governments are criticizing Kiev's tardiness in putting together a government following October elections - with suspicions that the delay is due to rivalry between Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk over control of key portfolios. ...


· Turkey, U.S. ease strains on Islamic State but differences remain

U.S. VP Biden shakes hands with Turkey's President Erdogan in IstanbulBy Nick Tattersall and Dasha Afanasieva ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey and the United States smoothed over some differences in the fight against Islamic State during a weekend visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, but the talks heralded little in the way of deeper military cooperation between the NATO allies. Turkey has been a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, refusing to take a frontline military role despite its 1,200 km (750-mile) border with Iraq and Syria and thereby intensifying Western concern that it is a weak link in the struggle against the insurgents. ...


· Colombia rebel chief says peace talks suspension destroyed confidence

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos speaks with journalists after a meeting with his Portuguese counterpart Anibal Cavaco Silva (not pictured) at Belem presidential palace in LisbonBy Helen Murphy BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos "destroyed" confidence in the peace process by suspending talks and violated the terms of an agreement that brought the rebels to the negotiating table, FARC guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono said. Londono, known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, said in a statement published on Monday that Santos had "overturned the board game" when he halted talks last week and breached terms that allowed the negotiations to start in 2012. ...


· Baghdad car bomb kills 8 people, fighting west of capital
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in a market in northern Baghdad's Shaab neighborhood on Monday, killing eight people and wounding 22, police and medics said. Another bomb in the capital's southeast killed two people, sources said. They were the latest explosions to shake the mainly Shi'ite city. Many of the bombings have been claimed by radical Sunni Islamic State fighters who have seized control of large parts of north and west Iraq, as well as a belt of land around Baghdad. ...
· Saudi Arabia says Islamic State ordered attack on Shi'ites in al-Ahsa
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has arrested the four main suspects in an attack on Shi'ite Muslims this month and believes it was ordered by Islamic State militants from abroad, the state news agency cited an Interior Ministry security spokesman as saying on Monday. Seven members of the Sunni-ruled kingdom's Shi'ite minority were shot dead in the Eastern Province district of al-Ahsa on Nov. 3 as they marked their holy day of Ashoura. ...
· Israel resumes razing homes to punish attackers

File - In this Nov. 19, 2014 file photo Palestinians hang national flag inside the demolished apartment of Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi in east Jerusalem on. Israeli authorities demolished the apartment as a punitive measure after al-Shaludi's deadly attack with his car on a Jerusalem train station last month which left two people dead. Israel says it is resuming demolitions because it needs more tools to stop a recent wave of Palestinian attacks on Jews. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)JERUSALEM (AP) — Enas Shalodi, a Palestinian mother of six, has been severely punished by Israel for something she didn't do.


· Russia's Putin, Iran's Rouhani say substantial progress in nuclear talks: Kremlin
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani discussed Iran's nuclear program on the phone on Monday, with the Kremlin saying "substantial progress" was made at talks in Vienna. The Kremlin said the importance of further "constructive cooperation" with the aim of reaching a final agreement on Iran's nuclear program was underlined during the talks. ...
· 2018 World Cup host city Kaliningrad could be cut
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says the city of Kaliningrad could lose the right to host 2018 World Cup matches unless it resolves a dispute over the site of its stadium this week.
· Survey concludes Internet access should be a human right

An estimated one third of the world's population (or 2.3 billion people) is onlineAffordable access to the Internet should be a human right, as it represents hope for political freedom and economic prosperity to many around the world, according to a survey Monday. Most people also do not want any one nation or organization to manage this global network of computers, in order to prevent crackdowns on free speech and political expression. The CIGI-Ipsos survey of 23,376 people in 24 countries was unveiled at the start of a two-day meeting in Ottawa on Internet governance. According to the Global Commission on Internet Governance, which is hosting the Ottawa conference, the world is at a crossroads, with competition for power and influence of all aspects of the Internet heating up.


· Nigeria's opposition condemns raid on their office
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's main opposition party has condemned the State Security Service for raiding its Lagos office over the weekend.
· Top Asian News at 7:30 p.m. GMT
TOKYO (AP) — When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan's surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country's economic heyday, frets that putting off tough decisions now could make the future even worse. Despite Abe's unprecedented stimulus efforts — almost everything short of dropping money from helicopters — Japan has slipped into recession less than two years after the last one. With the country's debt rising, population aging and job security fading, young people in particular wonder when, and if, Japan will bounce back.
· Role of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to shift to training: White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The role of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will shift in 2015 to training Afghan security forces and counter-terrorism activities, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday. Earnest said the new role doesn't represent an expansion and that there would be 10,000 boots on the ground if Afghanistan by the end of this year and the military would be back into an embassy protection role by the end of 2016. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Susan Heavey)
· Islamic State group recruits, exploits children

FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, June 19, 2014, Islamic State group militants stand by a captured Iraqi army Humvee at a checkpoint outside Beiji refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Across the vast region in Syria and Iraq that is part of the Islamic State group's self-declared caliphate, children are being inculcated with the extremist group's radical and violent interpretation of Shariah law. (AP Photo, File)BEIRUT (AP) — Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police.


· Kerry says progress in Iran talks with major powers, tough road ahead
By Louis Charbonneau and Jonathan Allen VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Iran and the six world powers had made substantial progress toward a final deal over its nuclear program, but the talks would remain difficult in coming months despite new ideas being presented. "If we can do it (get a deal) sooner, we want to do it sooner," Kerry told reporters. "These talks are not going to get easier just because we extend them. They're tough. They've been tough. And they're going to stay tough. ...
· Further sanctions on Iran could be counterproductive, White House says
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday Iran should be given more time to answer concerns about its nuclear program and that imposing fresh sanctions on the Iranians could be counterproductive. White House spokesman Josh Earnest made the comments after Iran and six powers including the United States gave themselves seven more months to overcome a deadlock over the Iranian program. "The president has also been clear that no deal is better than a bad deal. ...
· Pope Francis meets Egyptian leader on Europe trip

Pope Francis shakes hand with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during a meeting at the Vatican, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys, Pool)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and the Egyptian president exchanged warm greetings during a private meeting Monday in which the pontiff emphasized Egypt's role in establishing peace in the Middle East.


· Iran nuclear talks stumble, extended until July

Delegations of US Secretary of State John Kerry, Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, , left side from left, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center right, and former EU foreign pilicy chief Catherine Ashton, center,sit around the negotiations table during their talks on Iran, in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Klamar, Pool)VIENNA (AP) — Still facing significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the deadline Monday and extended their talks for seven more months.


· Sinn Fein delivers list of suspected IRA rapists
DUBLIN (AP) — Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams says his Irish nationalist party has delivered a list of suspected IRA rapists and child abusers to police as the government considers mounting a fact-finding inquiry into the scandal.
· FARC: Colombia govt position hurting peace effort
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The chief military commander of Colombia's largest rebel group is accusing the government of "destroying confidence" in the country's peace process by suspending talks in response to the guerrillas' capture of an army general.

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