In a sign that a nuclear deal may be further off than the Obama administration is willing to admit, Iranian negotiators said Wednesday that they are holding out for a complete end to sanctions and accused the U.S. and its allies of lacking the “political will” to go along. And officials in Tehran are already trying pin the blame for failure on the Obama administration.
Iraq declared a “magnificent victory” Wednesday over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds.
Nigerian President-elect Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari praised his defeated rival Goodluck Jonathan for overseeing smooth elections and said his victory over the incumbent president in Sunday’s vote signaled a new era of democracy and reconciliation for Africa’s most populous country.
Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest person, died on Wednesday at age 117. She was born on March 5, 1898, in Osaka, Japan.
Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that Russia has been supplying Syria with weapons since 2011, which contradicts Moscow’s earlier assertion that deals were only made prior to the nation’s civil war.
Lufthansa was made aware several years ago that the co-pilot who crashed the Germanwings plane into the French Alps last week had suffered from severe depression, the airline said in a statement Tuesday.
Iraqi forces celebrated progress in Tikrit on Tuesday, but analysts cautioned that securing the city that Islamic State fighters have controlled since June is not complete and warned that the next step, to retake Mosul, would be even more difficult than the weekslong battle in Tikrit, which required U.S. aid.
Lufthansa’s chief executive said Wednesday it will take “a long, long time” to understand what led to a deadly crash in the French Alps last week — but refused to say what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the plane.
The Palestinians formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, as part of a broader effort to put international pressure on Israel and exact a higher price for its occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state.
Muhammadu Buhari, who briefly ruled Nigerian in a military coup in the 1980s, will again become the leader of Africa’s biggest nation, this time through the ballot box. The former general with a political base in the country’s largely Muslim north scored an unexpectedly decisive victory over incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan as the final tallies from the weekend vote were released Tuesday.