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Greek reform list yet to take shape as talks with lenders continue
ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Greece and its international creditors continued talks through the weekend on reforms to unlock loans and Athens sounded an upbeat tone, but the lenders said it could take several more days before a proper list of measures was ready.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:04:40 GMT
-Fighting and air strikes across Yemen; dialogue remains distant
ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country.







Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:41:40 GMT
-Suicide attack on Afghan MP kills three in Kabul
KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan member of parliament survived a targeted suicide attack in Kabul on Sunday but three people including a child were killed and eight others injured, police and government sources said.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:31:07 GMT
-Nigeria vote runs into second day after glitches, killings
ABUJA (Reuters) - Voting in Nigeria's tensest election since the end of military rule in 1999 spilled into a second day on Sunday after technical glitches hit voter ID machines and Islamist Boko Haram militants killed more than a dozen people in drive-by shootings.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:59:12 GMT
-Sarkozy wins local election as far right makes gains: exit polls
PARIS (Reuters) - The far-right National Front strengthened its presence in France's grassroots politics on Sunday in a second round of local elections that TV exit polls showed was won by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's conservatives.







Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:55:29 GMT
-French PM says far-right gains show lasting upheaval of politics
PARIS (Reuters) - The French far-right National Front's gains in local elections on Sunday are a sign of lasting upheaval in the French political landscape, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:27:56 GMT
-Egypt lists top Brotherhood leader, 17 others as terrorists: state media
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's public prosecutor has listed the Muslim Brotherhood's leader and 17 other top members of the group as terrorists, state media said on Sunday, part of a sustained crackdown by the authorities on Islamists.







Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:17:46 GMT
-Sarkozy leads French local election, far-right makes voting gains: exit poll
PARIS (Reuters) - Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP party and its allies led in the second and final round of French local elections on Sunday, a BFMTV exit poll by pollsters CSA showed.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:11:32 GMT
-Iran, powers explore nuclear compromises, Israel alarmed
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers tried to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, but officials cautioned that attempts to reach a preliminary deal by a deadline in two days could yet fall apart.







Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:00:50 GMT
-Pakistan evacuates hundreds during pause in Yemen strikes: Saudi official
PESHAWAR (Reuters) - Pakistan evacuated about 500 of its nationals by plane from Yemen on Sunday during a brief pause in air strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition against Shi'ite Muslim Houthi forces, a Saudi military spokesman said.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:46:38 GMT
-Air Canada flight slides off Halifax runway, injuring passengers
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Reuters) - An Air Canada plane slid off a runway and suffered heavy damage while landing in the east coast city of Halifax on Sunday, sending more than 20 passengers and crew to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.







Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:17:14 GMT
-Enemy fire, booby-traps delay Iraqi forces' advance in Tikrit
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces battled Islamic State militants in central Tikrit on Sunday as the United States and its allies provided aerial support and local officials warned that the battle to retake the Sunni Muslim city would not be quick.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:46:52 GMT
-Turkey detains five Dutch people seeking to enter Syria
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish security forces have detained five Dutch citizens who were trying to cross the border illegally from Turkey into Syria, the Turkish military said in a statement on Sunday.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:35:34 GMT
-Nigeria opposition protests presidential vote in oil state
PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - Confusion and sporadic violence blighted Nigeria's tensest presidential election since the end of army rule, with opposition supporters disputing results on Sunday from a turbulent southern state even before they were announced.







Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:22:13 GMT
-Tanzania president warns of rising religious tensions before referendum
DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's president said tensions between Muslims and Christians were rising ahead of a constitutional referendum and elections and warned religious leaders against political meddling, saying this could stoke violence.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:14:08 GMT
-Fifth Kenyan minister steps aside to make way for graft probe
NAIROBI (Reuters) - A fifth Kenyan government minister vacated her post on Sunday, three days after President Uhuru Kenyatta said officials cited in a report by an anti-corruption watchdog should step aside pending investigation.







Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:13:07 GMT
-Afghan court sentences AP photojournalist's killer to 20 years in jail
KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan police officer who shot and killed a veteran Associated Press photographer during the country's 2014 presidential election has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, a Supreme Court official told Reuters on Sunday.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:53:00 GMT
-Singapore stands still as nation bids farewell to founding father Lee
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Grieving Singaporeans were joined by world leaders on Sunday to pay their final respects to the country's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, as the nation came to a near-halt to honor its "founding father".







Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:29:24 GMT
-Germanwings crash co-pilot may have had detached retina: newspaper
BERLIN (Reuters) - The co-pilot suspected of crashing a passenger jet in the Alps may have been suffering from a detached retina but investigators are unsure whether his vision problems had physical or psychological causes, a German newspaper said on Sunday.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:21:36 GMT
-Tens of thousands of Tunisians march after Bardo attack
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital in a show of solidarity against Islamist militants on Sunday, hours after the government said its forces had killed nine members of a group suspected of carrying out this month's deadly Bardo Museum attack.







Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:54:57 GMT
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