The international negotiations in Switzerland meant for preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons are running out of time and Iran has rejected what Western negotiators consider a critical part of the deal, NBC News reported. Iran’s lead negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, said Sunday that sending its nuclear stocks abroad, a key demand by the so-called P5+1 — the U.S., the United Kingdom, Russia, China, France and Germany — was “not in our program,” though officials on both side said a deal was still possible. Iran has said that it has no intention of building a nuclear weapon, but it has not been as forthcoming as the United Nations would like about its warhead development. The March 31 deadline is to reach a basic deal, with three more months scheduled in to craft a more detailed agreement.
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As thousands of Tunisians marched to denounce extremist violence, the prime minister said a leading suspect in a deadly museum attack on foreign tourists has been killed in anti-terrorist operations. Khaled Chaieb, also known as Abou Sakhr Lokman, was one of the nine terrorist suspects killed in the overnight operation near the Algerian border. Chaieb is believed to be a prominent player in al Qaeda's North Africa branch and suspected of leading the attack on the National Bardo Museum, which left 22 people dead.
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A Fresno firefighter has been badly burned after falling through a roof while battling a house fire.
The pilot of the doomed Germanwings plane desperately struggled to get into the cockpit that the co-pilot had locked him out of before the plane crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 on board, a German newspaper reported Sunday. "For God's sake, open the door," the captain, Patrick Sonderheimer, can be heard demanding in cockpit voice recordings salvaged by investigators probing Tuesday's crash, according to the German publication Bild am Sonntag. The 27-year-old co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, didn't reply, even as the pilot's pleas are accompanied by screams of terrified passengers, Bild am Sonntag reported. Lubitz also ignored bangs on the door, as Sonderheimer apparently fought to break down the cockpit door.
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A Germanwings co-pilot is believed to have deliberately crashed his plane into a mountain in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing 150 people, including a mom and her daughter from northern Virginia and an American man reportedly living in Barcelona. Germanwings flight 4U 9525 was less than an hour into its route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, alone in the cockpit, locked the pilot out of the cockpit and crashed it, officials said Thursday. He appeared to want to “destroy the plane,” a prosecutor said. Here is a brief look at the crash by the numbers.
Officials are warning that hazardous tsunami waves could hit some coastlines in the Pacific after a powerful earthquake struck near the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea.
Search and rescue workers sifting through mounds of rubble Sunday found two bodies believed to be those of the men missing since the explosion and fire that razed three East Village buildings last week.
FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro said during a news conference that the bodies are believed to be the two men who were reported missing: Moises Lucon and Nicholas Figueroa. Both were found in the rubble of what had been a ground-floor sushi restaurant.
"They were found about 20 feet from one another," Nigro said. "The families of these people have been notified."
One body was discovered at about 1 p.m., about 20 feet from what had been the sushi restaurant's entrance, he said. The second body was recovered at about 3:40 p.m., about 20 feet further into the rubble.
A Chicago woman was killed in a fiery crash Saturday morning after her husband drove off a barricaded bridge in northwest Indiana.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a rare interview dismissed claims that his regime is using chlorine gas and barrel bombs on the Syrian people as "propaganda" but rather, blames the media. Assad said that reports of chlorine gas and barrel bombs used by the government are "part of the malicious propaganda against Syria...because, as you know, in the media when it bleeds, it leads." Syria's civil war has entered its fifth year earlier with over 200,000 people killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Another 3.9 million people have fled the country, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency.
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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Sunday continued to try to counteract the deluge of criticism against a controversial law aimed at protecting people's religious freedoms, saying it was not intended to make it easier for them to discriminate against same-sex couples, NBC News reported. "There's been shameless rhetoric about my state and about this law and its intention all over the Internet," Pence said on ABC's "This Week."
"We are determined to make it clear that what Indiana has done here is strengthen the foundation and the constitutional First Amendment religious rights of our people." The new measure prohibits legislation that "substantially burdens" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. Opponents argue the law could give legal cover to businesses that refuse service to members of the LGBT community.
Ford Motor Co. is resurrecting the Continental with a concept car debuting at this week's New York Auto Show. The full-size sedan goes on sale next year.
A 27-year-old knife-wielding man who broke into his mother's home in central Illinois and tied her up in an attempted robbery has been arrested.
A Southern California woman was allegedly thrown out of a moving car in downtown Los Angeles after getting into an argument with her boyfriend Sunday, officials from the Los Angeles Police Department said. Officials who responded to the scene found the injured 19-year-old on the ground and her unharmed dog by her side. The dog was not thrown from the car, officials said.