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Iran's Khamenei says could accept fair nuclear compromise

Iran's KhameniIran's supreme leader said on Sunday he could accept a compromise in nuclear talks and gave his strongest defense yet of President Hassan Rouhani's decision to negotiate with the West, a policy opposed by powerful hardliners at home.

As his foreign minister met counterparties in the talks at a conference in Munich, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he "firmly" backed a fair nuclear deal.


Officials: 25 people killed in Egyptian soccer match riot

25 dead Egypt soccer matchA riot broke out Sunday night outside of a major soccer game in Egypt, with a stampede and fighting between police and fans killing at least 25 people, authorities said.

The riot, only three years after similar violence killed 74 people, began ahead of a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at Air Defense Stadium east of Cairo. Such attacks in the past have sparked days of protests pitting the country's hard-core fans against police officers in a nation already on edge after years of revolt and turmoil.


Druze IDF soldier beaten in nightclub ‘for speaking Arabic’

Druze soldier beaten for speaking arabicA Druze IDF soldier was beaten over the weekend in a nightclub in northern Israel, apparently after the assailants heard the young man speaking in Arabic.

Razzi Houseysa, 19, a soldier in the Golani Brigade from the Druze village of Daliyat al-Karmel, said he was out with friends overnight Thursday-Friday in Kibbutz Yagur southeast of Haifa when he was attacked by a group of Jewish men.

“Razzi was on leave from the army, he was out with a friend who is also an IDF soldier when the two noticed a group of guys eyeing them in the club,” Amer Houseysa, Razzi’s cousin, told The Times of Israel.


Slovak vote on gay rights curbs not binding due to turnout

Slovakia vote on gay rightsA nationwide referendum on restricting gay rights in Slovakia has failed to produce a legally binding result after the required number of eligible voters did not turn out.

In Saturday's vote, Slovaks were asked whether they agree to three points: that marriage can only be called a union between a man and a woman; that same-sex partners must be barred from adopting children; and that it's up to parents to decide whether their children receive sex education.


Ahead of curfew ending, bombs kill 37 in Iraq's capital

Iraq bombingAhead of Baghdad ending a decade-old nightly curfew, bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital Saturday, killing at least 37 people in a stark warning of the dangers still ahead in this country torn by the Islamic State group.

The deadliest bombing happened in the capital's New Baghdad neighborhood, where a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a street filled with hardware stores and a restaurant, killing 22 people and wounding at least 45, police said.


Islamic State claims U.S. hostage killed in Jordanian airstrike

Kayla MuellerThe Islamic State says U.S. hostage Kayla Mueller was killed in a Jordanian airstrike in Syria, though neither U.S. nor Jordanian officials are confirming the claims.

The terror group's claims of Mueller's death were posted to social media Friday. The posts included photos of a collapsed building in Raqqa, Syria, along with text saying the 26-year-old was inside the building when it was fired upon.

Unlike previous announcements when captives have been killed, IS did not post photos or videos of Mueller to prove her death.


Internet surveillance illegal, British tribunal rules

UK bans internet surveillanceMass Internet surveillance by a British government intelligence agency was ruled illegal Friday by an investigative court.

Britain's Investigative Powers Tribunal (IPT) said access and use of information gathered from the Internet by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) between 2007 and 2014 and shared in bulk with Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the government and military intelligence and security agency, was unlawful.


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