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Iran open to new negotiation with U.S. over nuclear program

Iran announced on Sunday fresh talks with world powers on its nuclear drive and said it was open to a US offer for two-way discussions if Washington’s intention was “authentic”. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said the six world powers planned to resume talks in Kazakhstan on February 25…

Iraq says 3,000 inmates freed amid demonstrations

A top Iraqi minister said on Sunday that the authorities had released 3,000 prisoners over the past month in a bid to appease weeks of angry demonstrations in Sunni-majority areas of the country. Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani’s announcement is the latest in a series of government steps to curb…

Outrage in Egypt over video of naked man beaten by police

Video footage of a man beaten and dragged naked by policemen in Cairo triggered an outrage in Egypt on Saturday and prompted calls for Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim to resign. But hours after the presidency expressed disappointment over the incident and Ibrahim offered to resign, the man told state television…

Nuclear safety chief quizzed over Fukushima

Japanese police have questioned a former head of the nuclear safety body regarding possible criminal charges over the Fukushima nuclear crisis, news reports said Sunday. Prosecutors have interviewed Haruki Madarame, former chief of the Nuclear Safety Commission who was responsible for giving the government technical advice about the crisis, national…

Johnny Depp to star as gangster in ‘Black Mass’

US star Johnny Depp will play notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in the film “Black Mass”, to be directed by Barry Levinson, the producers announced. The film recounts the fate of the godfather of Boston’s underworld who became an FBI informant to get rid of a gangster rival but was…

Former Navy SEAL and author of ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle shot to death at firing range

The man hailed as the deadliest military sniper in US history has been shot to death at a Texas firing range, allegedly by a former soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder. The death of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, 38, was confirmed Sunday by FITCO Cares, a foundation he helped start…

Jared Diamond in controversy over claim tribal peoples live in ‘state of constant war’

Respected author’s book condemned by Survival International as ‘completely wrong, both factually and morally’ A fierce dispute has erupted between Pulitzer prize-winning author Jared Diamond and campaign group Survival International over Diamond’s recently published and highly acclaimed comparison of western and tribal societies, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We…

Elderly man dies as torrential rains lash Jordan

A flash flood in southern Jordan killed an elderly man on Saturday as torrential rains and heavy snowfall swept the desert country, trapping 300 people who had to be rescued, officials said. The kingdom’s civil defence office reported “the death of a citizen in his 70s who was swept away…

New privacy app pushing to help bring about ‘geek utopia’

Wickr co-founder Nico Sell is working toward “geek utopia,” a world where people hold the power when it comes to who sees what they share on the Internet or from their phones. The startup’s services — giving users of Apple gadgets uncrackable communications that can self-destruct — were beefed up…

Hackers attack embattled Iraqi PM’s website

Hackers attacked the official website of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday, posting a message critical of the leader who has faced weeks of protests demanding he quit. The message, posted by a group calling themselves “Team Kuwait Hackers”, described Maliki as a “tyrant” and warned him that he…

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