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March 28, 2015

A final push for an Iran nuclear deal ahead of the March 31 deadline.

  Negotiators from six countries and Iran are huddled in Switzerland to try to hammer out the framework for an accord over Iran’s nuclear program. As negotiators reportedly closed in on a 2-3 page accord, some thorny issues remain. A White House spokesman said the talks have a 50/50 chance of success.
March 28, 2015

Nigerians vote in the closest election since independence.

  Following an intense campaign season, and a postponement caused by the Boko Haram insurgency, incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan finally faced his challenger, Muhammadu Buhari. Delays, technical problems—as well as some violence—led to a second day of voting in places, but counting finally got underway. The election commission hopes to announce the winner Monday.
2 hours ago

France’s ruling socialists take a beating in local elections.

  Right-wing parties led by former president Nicholas Sarkozy’s UMP and Marine LePen’s National Front made big gains in the run-off polls. Voters are fed up with president Francois Hollande’s policies and showed it in this test of sentiment ahead of 2017’s national election. Exit polls projected that left-wing parties would win around a third at most of councils.
6 hours ago

The Arab League agrees to create a joint military force.

  Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi got the heads of the 22 states on board with the plan, which could take months to become reality. 10 Arab nations have already banded together to carry out air strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen, as part of a Saudi-led coalition. They bombed Yemen’s main international airport Sunday.
March 29, 2015

Europol’s chief rails against the dark net.

  In an interview, Rob Wainwright joined the chorus of security bosses warning that data encryption is enabling terrorists to communicate in secret, and shielding them from detection. He urged companies like Apple to reconsider offering sophisticated encryption software in their products.
March 27, 2015

The Germanwings co-pilot may have suffered from a psychosomatic illness.

  Andreas Lubitz, thought to have deliberately crashed a plane, killing 150, had a doctor’s note excusing him from work that day, and may have been hiding a medical condition. He had a psychosomatic illness, an unnamed source told Bloomberg, and the New York Times reports that he had vision problems (paywall).
March 28, 2015
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March 28, 2015

Hillary Clinton wiped her email server clean, a Republican congressman says.

  Clinton deleted all emails from her home server and did not comply with requests for additional documents, said Rep. Trey Gowdy. Clinton’s lawyer says she has handed over all work emails from her tenure as secretary of state. Current secretary of state John Kerry has initiated a review of state department record-keeping.
March 29, 2015

Greece’s creditors are considering yet another reform plan from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government.

  This one will raise €3bn ($3.3bn) and includes more privatizations, higher excise taxes and steps to clamp down on tax evasion. Greece says it will run out of money sometime in April if its creditors don’t agree to release more bailout funds.
March 28, 2015

Giant pandas aren’t as reclusive as we thought.

  In the wild and away from human interference, it turns out pandas have pretty robust social and sex lives, new research using GPS tracking has shown.

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