Tough negotiations to end a decade-long standoff over Iran's suspect nuclear programme move into top gear Saturday, seeking to overcome stubborn hurdles as both sides urged painful compromises. US officials said Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his French and German counterparts on Saturday. After first meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Kerry will hold separate talks with France's top diplomat Laurent Fabius and then "have a working lunch" with him and German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a State Department official said. Global powers are chasing a deal to rein in Iran's nuclear ambitions which have poisoned international relations for 12 years and seal 18 months of closed-door, painstaking talks which have cris-crossed the globe and involved hundreds of experts.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Saturday blamed a "technical fault" for forcing two of its pilots in an F-15 to eject over waters south of Yemen during a mission amid a bombing campaign targeting Shiite rebels in the country.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali troops on Saturday took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded.