General

Gas-line blast closes California highway, 3 critically injured

A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people

General

Ford to spend $2.5 billion on plants in Mexico, angering UAW

Ford Motor Co (F.N) said on Friday it will spend $2.5 billion (1.67 billion pounds) to build a new generation of fuel-efficient engines and transmissions in Mexico, creating 3,800 jobs.

General

Muslims threw Christians overboard during Med voyage

Palermo police said they had detained 15 people suspected in the high seas assault, which they learned of while interviewing tearful survivors from Nigeria and Ghana who had arrived

Politics

Islamic State, security forces clash in Iraq's largest refinery

Islamic State militants clashed with security forces inside Iraq's largest refinery on Thursday and held on to recent gains in the west of the country.

Politics

New Yemen VP says he hopes to avert Saudi invasion

Yemen's newly-appointed Vice President Khaled Bahah said on Thursday he hoped to avert a Saudi-led invasion to restore unity to the country.

Politics

Iraq signals unease with Iran general's battlefield prominence

Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday that he welcomed Iranian assistance in Iraq's battle against Islamic State but suggested unease with the prominence of a top Iranian general.

General

Search area for Flight 370 to be doubled if plane not found

The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be expanded by another 60,000 square kilometers (23,000 square miles) in the Indian Ocean if the jetliner is not found

Politics

U.S. Iran bill makes nuclear deal harder, but not impossible

A compromise allowing the U.S. Congress to vote on a nuclear deal with Tehran may prompt Iranian negotiators to drive a harder bargain, but does not drastically weaken the final agreement.

General  

Iran puts forward Yemen peace plan as Houthis suffer battlefield setbacks

Iran proposed a peace plan for Yemen on Tuesday and called for an end to Saudi-led air strikes against Houthi rebels allied to Tehran

Oil prices rise on expected dip in U.S. shale output

Crude prices rose on Tuesday on expectations U.S. shale oil output will record its first monthly decline in over four years

Fighting in eastern Ukraine rages on overnight despite talks

Fighting raged overnight and in the early hours on Tuesday on the outskirts of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine despite an agreement reached by the Ukrainian and Russian

U.S.-Japan defense guidelines to specify islands' defense

Japan and the United States will likely include an explicit reference to defence of far-flung Japanese islands in an update of security cooperation guidelines

India protest at Pakistan bail for Mumbai attack suspect

India has formally protested to Pakistan over its decision to release on bail the suspected mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

4 dead in home; carbon monoxide eyed, car running in garage

Four elderly people were found dead in a home Friday in an apparent carbon monoxide poisoning after a car was left running in an attached garage, police said.

Politics  

Mideast's arch-survivor stands in way of Saudi success in Yemen

Three weeks of Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen have led to defections of army units loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, dealing a blow to his efforts to stage a comeback.

Iraq says Islamic State still fierce; eyes Baiji, Anbar fights

Iraq's PM said that the Islamic State remains a fierce adversary as he outlined plans during a trip to Washington to prioritize battles in the refinery city of Baiji and Anbar province.

One year on, Thailand's testy coup leader battles dictator label

The last two times Thailand's army grabbed control, in 2006 and 2014, fortune teller Warin Buawiratlert called it, informing the would-be junta ahead of time that they were destined for powe

Russia confirms Iran oil-for-goods swap, no signs seen

Russian traders, analysts & industry players questioned Moscow's announcement that oil-for-assets barter deal with Iran was already being implemented, saying they saw no signs of extra trade

Egypt and Saudi Arabia discuss maneuvers as Yemen battles rage

The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday imposed an arms embargo targeting the Iran-allied Houthi rebels who now control most of Yemen as battles in the south of the country intensified.

In setback, Obama concedes Congress role on Iran deal

U.S. President Barack Obama conceded that Congress will have the power to review a nuclear deal with Iran, reluctantly giving in to pressure from Republicans and some in his own party.

Environment  

Flood alerts issued in Kashmir as rivers cross danger mark

Authorities in Kashmir issued alerts and asked people to move to higher ground Monday after heavy rain flooded several parts of the Himalayan region.

Health  

Mystery kidney killer spreads fear in Sri Lanka

Most of the 1,000 villagers have come here on foot and have stood for hours under the hot sun — not because they feel sick, but out of fear.

Entertainment  

Oscars 2015: Full list of winners

British actor Eddie Redmayne has won the best actor Oscar for The Theory of Everything, while Julianne Moore picked up best actress for Still Alice. Dark Comedy won the best picture.

Security  

Germanwings plane evacuated after bomb scare

A Germanwings flight bound for Italy from Germany was evacuated late on Sunday due to a bomb threat, the airline said.

Colorado moving to allow pot use by people on probation

A Colorado proposal to allow people on probation or parole to use medical marijuana won unanimous approval Thursday in its first test in the state Legislature.

U.S. expedites arms shipments to coalition bombing Yemen

The United States is speeding up arms supplies and bolstering intelligence sharing with a Saudi-led alliance bombing a militia aligned with Iran in neighboring Yemen.

Netanyahu seeks better deal on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States on Sunday to seek a better deal to curb Iran's nuclear program.

Iran nuclear talks miss deadline; Russia says 'key aspects' agreed

Six world powers and Iran missed a Tuesday deadline to reach an outline accord reining in Tehran's nuclear program, extending talks into an extra day as they edged toward a deal.

Islamic State releases Bangladeshi hostages in Libya oilfield attack

Two Bangladeshi citizens, among a group of foreign workers taken hostage by the Islamic State militant group in an attack on a Libyan oilfield, have been released after more than two weeks.