Cleveland boy with pellet gun dies after police shoot him

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A 12-year-old boy who was shot by police after he brandished a pellet gun at a Cleveland recreation center died on Sunday from his injuries, officials said. The boy was identified as Tamir E. Rice, 12, of Cleveland by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner. Rice was shot in the [...]

No easy ‘plan B’ for Iran if nuclear talks with major powers collapse

No easy ‘plan B’ for Iran if nuclear talks with major powers collapse

By Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi VIENNA (Reuters) – Iranian officials say they can turn to Beijing and Moscow if talks in Vienna fail to end Western sanctions, but with oil prices falling, China’s economy slowing and Russia in its own sanctions-induced slump, Tehran’s "plan B" hardly looks ideal. Talks between Iran and six powers, [...]

Obama to Republican critics on immigration: ‘Pass a bill’

Obama to Republican critics on immigration: ‘Pass a bill’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration with a challenge to House of Representatives Republicans: if you don’t like it, do something. Obama was asked in an interview broadcast on Sunday about House Speaker John Boehner’s assertion that he was acting like an emperor in using [...]

Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York

Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York

By Mark Blinch BUFFALO (Reuters) – Emergency workers filled thousands of sandbags on Sunday as the area around Buffalo, New York braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to seven feet (2 meters) of snow. Creeks appeared to be flowing smoothly and no flooding had been reported as the sun began [...]

Iran and powers set to extend nuclear talks if final push fails

Iran and powers set to extend nuclear talks if final push fails

By Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers looked set to miss Monday’s deadline for resolving a 12-year stand-off over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and are already looking at a possible extension of the negotiations. The talks in Vienna aim for a deal that could transform the Middle East, open [...]

Iraqi forces say retake two towns from Islamic State

By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi forces said on Sunday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran. There was no independent confirmation that the army, Shi’ite militia and Kurdish peshmerga forces [...]

Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

By Samiullah Paiwand GARDEZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 45 people, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting. Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of [...]

Putin says Russia not isolated over Ukraine, blames West for frosty ties

Putin says Russia not isolated over Ukraine, blames West for frosty ties

By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin blamed the West for worsening relations with Russia since the Ukraine crisis and said Moscow would not allow itself to become internationally isolated behind another ‘Iron Curtain’. In an interview published by state news agency TASS on Sunday, Putin also said Western sanctions against Moscow, combined [...]

Scandal-plagued former Washington mayor Marion Barry dies

Scandal-plagued former Washington mayor Marion Barry dies

By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Marion Barry, the scandal-plagued former mayor of Washington, D.C., who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine before making a surprising return to office, died early on Sunday aged 78. Before his fall from grace, Barry had been one of the nation’s most promising black politicians. Years later, many Washingtonians [...]

Iran says nuclear deal ‘impossible’ by November 24 deadline: ISNA

Iran says nuclear deal ‘impossible’ by November 24 deadline: ISNA

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran says it will not be possible by a November 24 deadline to reach a comprehensive deal with world powers aimed at resolving the stand-off over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA reported on Sunday. "Considering the short time left until the deadline and number of issues that needed [...]