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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks outside the hotel during a break after a bilateral meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for a new round of Nuclear Talks with Iran, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott)

Iran says U.S. and allies lack ‘political will’ for final nuke deal

- The Washington Times

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.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tours the city of Tikrit after it was retaken by the security forces in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Iraq declared a "magnificent victory" over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds. (AP Photo)

Iraq declares victory over Islamic State group in Tikrit

- Associated Press

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 former Gen. Muhammadu Buhari speaks to journalists in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat to Buhari, a 72-year-old former military dictator, who was elected in a historic transfer of power following the nation's most hotly contested election ever. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Buhari promises new era, praises defeated rival after Nigeria vote

The Washington Times

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.

moving in: Iraqi fighters on Tuesday went house to house and street by street in search of snipers and booby traps to liberate the city from the Islamic State. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said security forces reached the heart of the city. (Associated Press)

Iraqi forces take Tikrit, but victory celebration may be premature

- The Washington Times

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.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, and provided by the French Interior Ministry, French emergency rescue services work among debris of the Germanwings passenger jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. The heads of Lufthansa and its low-cost airline Germanwings are visiting the site of the crash that killed 150 people amid mounting questions about the co-pilot and how much his employers knew about his mental health. (AP Photo/Yves Malenfer, Ministere de l'Interieur)

Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa CEO, at crash site: ‘Long, long time’ to understand

- Associated Press

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.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Fatah revolutionary council in the West Bank city of Ramallah in this Oct. 18, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

Palestinians want leverage on Israel in international court

- Associated Press

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.

Opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari holds his ballot paper in the air before casting his vote in his home town of Daura, northern Nigeria Saturday, March 28, 2015. Nigerians went to the polls Saturday in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Muhammadu Buhari, the challenger, scored decisive victory in Nigerian vote

- The Washington Times

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.

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Security forces stand in front of protesters against the recent election in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Voting in Nigeria's elections continued in certain areas on Sunday after technical problems prevented some people from casting their ballots on Saturday and despite extremist violence in the northeast and protests in the south. (AP Photo)

Hope, fear as Nigerians await results of presidential vote

- Associated Press

Nigerians are waiting in hope and fear for results of the tightest and most bitterly contested presidential election in the nation's turbulent history. Collation of results starts at noon (1100 GMT) and winner could be named later Monday or Tuesday, electoral officials say.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert smiles as he waits in a court room in Jerusalem's District Court on Monday, March 30, 2015. The court later found Olmert guilty of accepting bribes in a retrial of corruption charges, (AP Photo/Abir Sultan, Pool)

Ehud Olmert, former Israeli prime minister, convicted in corruption case

- Associated Press

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.

This aerial image made from a video provided by NBC10 shows the scene of a small plane crash in Chester County, Pa., near the Brandywine airport, Sunday, March 29, 2015. The crash took the lives of the only two people aboard the aircraft, authorities said. (AP Photo/NBC10)

Investigators focus on German co-pilot's mental state

Associated Press

A French police official says European investigators are focusing on the psychological state of the 27-year-old German co-pilot who deliberately smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

Cliffhanger in early returns from Nigeria presidential vote

- Associated Press

In a cliffhanger of an election, early returns Monday night from half the states showed Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari almost even. The U.S. and Britain warned of "disturbing indications" that the tally could be subject to political interference.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, left, shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Monday, March 30, 2015. Lew said he pressed Chinese leaders Monday over proposed curbs on the use of foreign security products by banks and other restrictions on access to China's technology market. (AP Photo/Parker Song, Pool)

U.S. allies humiliate Obama, rush to join China's new bank

- The Washington Times

The rush to join the China's new development bank for Asia has become a stampede, with even longtime U.S. allies such as Georgia, South Korea, Australia and even Taiwan now saying they are ready to join despite the clear reservations of the Obama administration.

From left, U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz wait to start a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and others at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Sunday, March 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Officials: Iran nuke talks solving some issues, not others

- Associated Press

Iran is considering demands for further cuts to its uranium enrichment program but is pushing back on how long it must limit technology it could use to make atomic arms, Western officials involved in the nuclear talks said Sunday.

Arab heads of state meet as King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, seen on screen, speaks, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Embattled Yemeni President Abdel Rabbo Mansour Hadi called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "stooges of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic republic for the chaos there and demanding that airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. Saudi King Salman has vowed that the military intervention in Yemen will not stop until the country is stable. (Associated Press)

Arab League to forge NATO-like military alliance of Sunni powers

- The Washington Times

Seeking to combat threats from Iran and the Shiite rebels it is supporting in the Middle East, Arab leaders meeting in the resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, agreed in principle Sunday to forge a NATO-like alliance of Sunni powers to engage in regional military action with or without leadership from the U.S.