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Nigeria’s new president, an ex-military man, vows to crush Boko Haram – Washington Post

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria — When the next president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is asked how he will defeat Boko Haram militants who have terrorized this country, he is quick to remind people of his previous career. As a young man, Buhari rose through the ranks of the Nigerian military, fighting pockets of insurgents in the country’s north and repelling an incursion by Chadian troops in 1983.He later served as a military…

Arkansas governor seeks fix of religion bill seen as targeting gays – Reuters

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) – Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson told lawmakers on Wednesday to revise a bill that rights activists and U.S. businesses said allowed discrimination against gays, and home-state corporate giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc praised his action. Indiana’s governor a day earlier said lawmakers should fix a similar Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). After it was enacted last week, the state was hit with protests, threatened boycotts and warnings…

Iran Nuclear Talks Are Extended for Another Day – New York Times

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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Arkansas governor: Bill needs changes before I sign it – CNN

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Washington (CNN)Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he does not plan to sign the religious freedom bill that sits on his desk right now, instead asking state lawmakers to make changes so the bill mirrors federal law. The first-term Republican governor said he wants his state “to be known as a state that does not discriminate but understands tolerance.” His decision comes in the wake of an uproar in Indiana, where…

Iran nuclear talks reach impasse on details – Irish Times

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Major powers and Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran’s nuclear programme as marathon talks ran into Wednesday, but they hit an impasse over key details such as the lifting of UN sanctions and Iran’s future atomic research. The negotiators ended talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne in the early morning hours with an air of chaos, disunity and cacophony as delegations scrambled to get…

Obama Approves Targeted Sanctions Against Cyberattackers – NBCNews.com

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

President Barack Obama authorized the first sanctions program directed at individual or group cyberattackers that constitute “significant threats” to the interests of the United States in an executive order issued on Wednesday. Here’s what constitutes a “significant threat” to America, according to the order: A person or group that threatens the United States’ security or economy by damaging American critical infrastructure, disrupting or hijacking American computer networks, or stealing…

Iraq claims victory over ISIS in Tikrit, but US military official says ‘block-to-block … – Fox News

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Iraq’s defense minister said security forces have achieved a “magnificent victory” over Islamic State fighters in Tikrit Wednesday, but a senior defense official told Fox News that the fighting is “block to block, especially in the northern part of Tikrit where ISIS still has fighters.” Khalid al-Obeidi said Wednesday that security forces have “accomplished their mission” in the monthlong offensive to rid Saddam Hussein’s hometown of the militant group. ADVERTISEMENT…

Getty family, beset by tragedies, again in mourning – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The death of Andrew Getty, an heir to the Getty oil fortune, marks another tragic turn for the family. Here is a Q&A about the Getty family’s triumphs and setbacks, assembled from the Los Angeles Times archives.  Who was J. Paul Getty? He was an American oil magnate whose fortune built the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty family is known for his philanthropic efforts, but J. Paul Getty was also…

Indiana law draws Republican White House hopefuls into the culture wars – Washington Post

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The national debate over an Indiana religious-liberties law seen as anti-gay has drawn the entire field of Republican presidential contenders into the divisive culture wars, which badly damaged Mitt Romney in 2012 and which GOP leaders eagerly sought to avoid in the 2016 race. Most top Republican presidential hopefuls this week have moved in lock step, and without pause, to support Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) and his Religious Freedom…

Turkey detains 29 linked DHKP-C terror group – www.worldbulletin.net

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

World Bulletin / News Desk  Twenty-nine people have been detained in three provinces of Turkey for having alleged links to armed leftist group DHKP-C. The operations on Wednesday came one day after Turkish prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz was shot dead after being taken hostage by gunmen in an Istanbul courthouse. Police raided houses in western Izmir, Eskisehir and southern Antalya. In Antalya, 19 people were taken…

J. Paul Getty’s grandson found dead – USA TODAY

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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‘Broad Framework of Understanding’ in Iran Talks, Work Remains, Says UK – NDTV

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Lausanne, Switzerland:  Nuclear talks between Iran and world powers have resulted in a “broad framework of understanding” but there remains “quite a lot of work to do,” Britain’s foreign minister said today,as talks pushed beyond a March 31 deadline. “I think we have a broad framework of understanding but there are still some key issues that have to be worked through,” Philip Hammond told British media in Switzerland….

Germanwings crash video inside the cabin found by investigators – Daily Mail

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Video allegedly taken from inside the cabin moments before plane crashed Clip reportedly stored on memory card found amid crash scene wreckage Footage, which is a few seconds long, is ‘chaotic and completely shaky’ But paper which has seen footage said its accuracy ‘is beyond question’ Official involved in recovery operation denied recording had been found By Steph Cockroft and Simon Tomlinson and Darren Boyle for MailOnline Published: 15:06 EST,…

Walmart joins opponents of Ark. religion bill – USA TODAY

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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Buhari wins Nigeria vote; praises Jonathan for handing over power – Al Jazeera America

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Nigerian election winner Muhammadu Buhari congratulated outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan for peacefully relinquishing power on Wednesday, a day after becoming the first Nigerian politician to unseat a sitting leader at the ballot box. “President Jonathan was a worthy opponent and I extend the hand of fellowship to him,” Buhari told journalists and supporters to loud applause. “We have proven to the world that we are people who have embraced democracy. We have put one-party…

Germanwings crash a "reminder" of the value of health checks: employment … – The Australian Financial Review

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

“The general approach would be that the employer would be regularly assessing the capabilities of staff and as soon as there is information that suggests someone is not fit for work, an employer would then refer that person for further assessment by a medical practitioner for an opinion on whether a person can still work.” The employer could request multiple assessments to verify the person’s health, but if the employee…

US Denies Russia’s Claim On Draft Agreement At Iran Nuclear Talks – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND — U.S. diplomats at the Iran nuclear talks in Switzerland are denying claims by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that a draft framework agreement has been reached between Tehran and six world powers that includes proposals to lift economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear program. Speaking early on April 1, after the talks were extended beyond a self-imposed deadline of…

Getty family heir, Andrew Getty, found dead – Washington Post

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

A police officer outside the home of Andrew Getty, an heir to Getty oil fortune, who was found dead Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) This post has been updated. The grandson of one of the most storied American industrialists has been found dead in Los Angeles. Andrew Getty, 47, grandson of oil baron J. Paul Getty and an heir to the family’s fortune, was found dead at his home on…

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and America’s new culture war – CNN

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Washington (CNN)Mike Pence is the first victim of America’s new culture war. The Republican governor of Indiana thought he was doing what 19 other states and the federal government had done — without inciting national controversy — by signing a new religious freedom law. When charges that the law opens doors to discrimination against gays and lesbians came, his technical arguments about what is and isn’t allowed under the law…

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and America’s new culture war – CNN

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Washington (CNN)Mike Pence is the first victim of America’s new culture war. The Republican governor of Indiana thought he was doing what 19 other states and the federal government had done — without inciting national controversy — by signing a new religious freedom law. When charges that the law opens doors to discrimination against gays and lesbians came, his technical arguments about what is and isn’t allowed under the law…