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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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Two people were confirmed dead after a small plane crashed near a suburban Philadelphia airport Sunday afternoon, police said.
The plane crashed into a wooded area near Saunders Ln. and Andrews Dr. in West Goshen, Chester County, about two miles from the Brandywine Airport.
Smoke could be seen billowing from the plane.
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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The legendary Coney Island Cyclone gave passengers a scare Sunday when it got stuck on one of its first runs of the year, forcing a number of riders to climb down the wooden structure on foot. All the passengers - attending what were to have been leisurely festivities to mark the reopening of Luna Park for the season - appeared to have escaped the roller coaster unharmed. But some said the slow climb from high up on the open structure left them feeling shaken.
Germanwings crash co-pilot Andrea Lubitz was suffering from a "psychosomatic" illness and police found numerous prescription medications in searches of his home, local media reported Sunday, according to NBC News. The Sunday edition of Germany's leading Die Welt newspaper reported that police found "clear" evidence of the illness and quoted a high-ranking investigator as saying that Lubitz, 27, had been treated by several psychiatrists and neurologists. NBC News was not immediately able to confirm the report. An illness that is psychosomatic is caused by mental or emotional irregularity rather than a physical problem. French investigators have said they believe Lubitz deliberately slammed Flight 479525 into the French Alps while his captain was locked out of the cockpit on Tuesday, killing all 150 aboard.
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A University of Minnesota student and member of a sorority has gone missing, and Minneapolis police have now asked for the public's help in finding her.