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· Iran nuclear talks extended; Russia says deal within reach

Hamid Baeedinejad, an Iranian official, speaks with the press about negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme outside the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in LausanneBy Louis Charbonneau, John Irish and Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Six world powers and Iran met again on Wednesday in a bid to reach a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran's nuclear program, after failing to agree crucial details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions by a midnight deadline. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond sounded a note of caution. The six powers - the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China - aim to stop Iran from gaining the capacity to develop a nuclear bomb in exchange for easing international sanctions that are crippling its economy.

· Explosion at Yemen factory kills at least 25: residents, medics
An explosion at a dairy factory in Yemen's Hodaida port killed at least 25 workers, medical sources said, with conflicting accounts attributing the blast to an air strike by a Saudi-led alliance or to a rocket landing from a nearby army base. The 26September website of Yemen's factionalized army, which mostly sides with the Houthis, said 37 workers were killed and 80 wounded at the dairy and oils factory "during the aggressive air strikes which targeted the two factories last night." Medical sources in the city said 25 workers at the plant had been killed at the factory, which was located near an army camp loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a Houthi ally. Residents and witnesses contacted by Reuters said the air strikes had targeted the factory shortly after midnight on Wednesday. The operation by Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Muslim states aims to prevent the Houthis and former Saleh from winning control of the country.
· Two armed people enter Turkish ruling party office in Istanbul: media
Two armed people entered an office of Turkey's ruling AK Party in an Istanbul suburb on Wednesday, the Dogan news agency reported, a day after leftist militants took a prosecutor hostage in a courthouse in the city. The intruders smashed windows on the top floor of the building in the Kartal district on Istanbul's Asian side and hung out a Turkish flag with a white sword motif added to it, footage on the private agency's website showed.
· Iraq's interior minister says most of Tikrit is liberated, fight goes on

A Shi'ite paramilitary fighter puts Iraqi flags on a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by Islamic State militants in TikritIraqi troops and Shi'ite paramilitary fighters were battling Islamic State militants in northern Tikrit Wednesday, as the government forces sought to push the extremist group from the city. Iraq's Interior Minister Mohammed al-Ghabban said security forces were fighting to clear the last Islamic State stronghold, the city's northern neighborhood of Qadissiyah. "Most of Tikrit is liberated today.

· Rockslide at Myanmar jade mine kills nine, around 20 missing
A rockslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar killed at least nine miners, and rescuers were searching for around 20 others, state media reported on Wednesday, two days after the accident. Accidents are frequent in Hpakant and victims are often "handpickers" -- independent miners who find jade fragments by combing through unstable mountains of rubble dumped by mining companies. Hpakant is the largest source of Myanmar jade, which netted $3.4 billion in sales at the annual gems emporium last October, according to The Irrawaddy, a Myanmar-focused website and magazine, which cited an official from the Mines Ministry.
· South Korea charges attacker of U.S. envoy with attempted murder

Kim Ki-jong who attacked the U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert at a public forum, is carried on a stretcher off an ambulance as he arrives at a hospital in SeoulProsecutors have formally charged a South Korean man with attempted murder after the U.S. ambassador in Seoul was slashed in the face in a knife attack last month, leaving him with wounds needing 80 stitches, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Kim Ki-jong, 55, attacked ambassador Mark Lippert with a fruit knife during a forum on Korean reunification in Seoul on March 5. Kim has been charged with attempted murder, the assault of a foreign envoy, and obstruction of duty, an official at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office told Reuters. He could face life in prison or even the death penalty, which is rarely used in South Korea, if found guilty of attempted murder.

· Yemen officials: 23 dead after airstrikes hit factory

Yemeni boys gather at their house destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near the airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say Saudi-led warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions in a western city, setting off explosions and drawing return fire from anti-aircraft guns. Airstrikes also hit a factory in the city and 23 workers died there.

· 'Dozens dead' in bombing of dairy in west Yemen

Yemenis gather near the rubble of houses near Sanaa Airport on March 31, 2015Sanaa (AFP) - At least 37 people were killed when a dairy in western Yemen was bombed overnight, an official said Wednesday after a seventh night of Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite rebels.

· Palestine joins International Criminal Court

Palestinians work on the rubble of their house that was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in 2014, in Gaza City's al-Shejaiya neighbourhood, on March 31, 2015The Hague (AFP) - Palestine formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, opening the door to the prosecution of Israelis for war crimes amid a stalled peace process.

· Buhari: Nigeria embraces democracy, 1-party state behind us

Nigerian former Gen. Muhammadu Buhari speaks to journalists in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat to Buhari, a 72-year-old former military dictator, who was elected in a historic transfer of power following the nation's most hotly contested election ever. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday it was time "to heal wounds," a day after Nigeria's president conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election.

· Libya rival government chief rejects sacking

Lawmakers in Libya's National Congress have voted to sack prime minister Omar al-HassiThe head of Libya's rival government has rejected his sacking by the Tripoli-based parliament, suggesting he retains the support of powerful militia allies. Libya has had two governments and parliaments since Tripoli was seized in August by the Islamist-backed Fajr Libya militia coalition and the internationally recognised government fled to the country's far east. On Tuesday lawmakers in the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC) voted to sack prime minister Omar al-Hassi, accusing him of failing to tackle corruption. "I will accept this decision only if my main partners in this government, the brave revolutionaries, accept it too, and we will preserve our constitutional right to object," he said.

· Mustafa Kamal resigns as ICC president in World Cup dispute
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Mustafa Kamal has resigned as ICC president, accusing India of influencing the outcome of a World Cup match against Bangladesh.
· Top Asian News at 9:00 a.m. GMT
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory were on strike for a sixth day Wednesday over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy. Several thousand people at the Taiwanese-owned Pou Yuen factory in southern Ho Chi Minh City began the stoppage last Thursday. Pou Yuen Vietnam, which employs more than 80,000 workers, is a subsidiary of Pou Chen Group and makes footwear for companies such as Nike and Adidas.
· UN rights chief: Boko Haram fighters murdered captive women
BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s human rights chief said Wednesday his office has received reports that Boko Haram fighters retreating from advancing military forces in Nigeria murdered women and girls they had taken as "wives," along with other captives.
· Nigeria vote winner Buhari praises loser's 'statesmanship'

Muhammadu Buhari says: "Our country has now joined the community of nations that have used the ballot box to peacefully change an incumbent president in a free and fair election"Nigeria's president-elect Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday called elections that will lead to the country's first democratic change of power "historic" in a victory speech. "Our country has now joined the community of nations that have used the ballot box to peacefully change an incumbent president in a free and fair election," he said at the headquarters of his All Progressives Congress party in Nigeria's capital Abuja. He also praised the "statesmanship" of the country's outgoing leader Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat in a vote that saw an incumbent lose for the time in the nation's history.

· American farmer among the winners in sanctions-hit Russia

In this handout photo taken on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, Justus Walker, center, poses with his family for a family photo near the eastern Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. A Kansas-born farmer who uses his Siberian dairy smallholding to support his missionary work, Walker is among the winners in the year since Russia was hit by US and EU sanctions. He shot to fame in August, shortly after the Russian government banned food imports from the U.S. and much of Europe in response to what Russia says are unjustified sanctions against it over the Ukraine conflict. (AP Photo/ Justus Walker/ HO)MOSCOW (AP) — Kansas-born farmer Justus Walker is prospering in Russia — one year after the U.S. and European Union began imposing sanctions against his adopted country over its aggression in Ukraine.

· Iraqi minister says Tikrit to be recaptured within 'hours'

Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite militiamen celebrate as they hold a flag of the Islamic State group they captured in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps, and the prime minister announced security forces had reached the city’s center. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's interior minister says security forces are battling the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants in Tikrit and that he expects them to gain full control of the city "within the coming hours."

· Crimea's only Tatar TV station goes off air
MOSCOW (AP) — Crimea's independent television station ATR has gone off air after Russian authorities repeatedly refused to give it a broadcasting license.
· Iran nuclear talks resume on seventh day after deadline missed

US Secretary of State John Kerry waits for the start of nuclear talks with Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 30, 2015Lausanne (AFP) - Foreign ministers from global powers resumed talks on curtailing Iran's nuclear programme Wednesday after missing a deadline to reach a framework deal, US officials said.

· International court welcomes Palestinians as 123rd member

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2014 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Fatah revolutionary council in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Palestinians formally join the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, as part of a broader effort to put international pressure on Israel and exact a higher price for its occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Palestinian Authority became a member of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, with a low-key ceremony at the court's headquarters marking the high-stakes move.

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