Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants Tuesday holed up in downtown Tikrit as the country's prime minister announced security forces reached the city's center. In a statement Tuesday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said security forces already have retaken neighborhoods on the southern and western edges of the city and are moving to control the entire city. But Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, the commander of the Salahuddin operation, said his forces fighting in from the west were...

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Some of the world's biggest names in music including Beyonce, Cold Play's Chris Martin and Rihanna are backing Jay Z's new global streaming music service Tidal, which launched on Monday, and is billing itself as the first of its kind owned by artists. Co-owners Kanye West, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Madonna and other musicians were in New York Monday to sign a declaration of a "whole new era.'' Still, Tidal is entering a crowded space, with stiff competition from...

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Major Power Outage Leaves Turkey in Darkness

March 31, 2015

A major power outage hit cities and provinces across Turkey on Tuesday, including the capital of Ankara and the biggest city, Istanbul, where parts of the subway and tram system shut down and shopping malls plunged into darkness.

Prime Minister Ahmet …

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Psychological Profiling, Doors Focus of French Germanwings Probe

March 31, 2015

French air accident authority BEA said its probe into the Germanwings crash would study “systemic weaknesses” that might have led to the disaster, such as psychological profiling and cockpit door locks.

Also on Tuesday, lawyers representing some o…

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India Skips Iran Oil Imports in March Under US Pressure

March 31, 2015

India halted oil imports from Iran for the first time in at least a decade in March as New Delhi responded to U.S. pressure to keep its shipments from Tehran within sanction limits during the last month of negotiations on a preliminary nuclear deal.

I…

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India Skips Iran Oil Imports in March Under US Pressure

March 31, 2015

India halted oil imports from Iran for the first time in at least a decade in March as New Delhi responded to U.S. pressure to keep its shipments from Tehran within sanction limits during the last month of negotiations on a preliminary nuclear deal.

I…

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Questions Remain After NSA Shooting

March 31, 2015

The warnings are strong and security is always tight, but most drivers are versed in the daily routine as thousands of employees and contractors stream through the closely guarded entrance to the National Security Agency.
 
The ordinary start to the w…

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Close Race in Nigerian Election as Vote Tally Continues

March 31, 2015

A Buhari victory would end the 16-year rule of Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party and return Buhari to power after a 30-year absence.

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Syria Donor Event Opens With More Than $1 Billion in Pledges

March 31, 2015

The United States pledged $507 million and Kuwait promised $500 million toward humanitarian aid for Syria as the United Nations issued its largest yet appeal for $8.4 billion in commitments this year for the war-ravaged country.

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-A…

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Rise in Illegal Fishing Threatens to Revive Somalia Piracy

March 31, 2015

A rise in illegal fishing off Somalia could spark a resurgence in piracy, United Nations and Somali fishing officials have warned, nearly three years after the pirates’ last successful hijacking in the Indian Ocean.

The last outbreak of Somali piracy …

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