Thursday, February 22, 2018
News Roundup

Iran nuclear talks extended amid slim hopes

Iran nuclear talks extended amid slim hopes

Negotiators from Iran and six world powers decided Tuesday to extend nuclear talks for a second day as diplomats weighed competing plans for addressing international anxieties over Iran's rapid gains in nuclear technology. The unscheduled extension came after a day of private exchanges that one Western diplomat characterized as useful. The United States and five other powers started the talks with a new proposal calling on Iran to give up parts of its nuclear program in exchange for partial relief from economic sanctions. Western officials offered few details about the discussions, which began early Tuesday in the snow-blanketed Kazakh city of Almaty. But Iranian news media pointedly denied that any deal had been reached on suspending Iran's production of enriched uranium.

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Two police officers, suspect are killed

Two Santa Cruz police officers were shot and killed Tuesday while investigating a sexual assault, and a suspect was also fatally shot, authorities said. The shooting in the community 60 miles south of San Francisco took place as police were investigating a report of a sexual assault, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak said. He said a suspect fired, hitting the officers. The suspect was shot while police were in pursuit, he said.

Egypt

Opposition will boycott elections

Egypt's main opposition coalition said Tuesday that it would boycott parliamentary elections scheduled for April. The move all but ensures that Islamists will continue to dominate the legislature and that their rivals will continue to question their legitimacy.

Elsewhere

Israel: A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck in southern Israel early Tuesday. The strike threatens to escalate tensions that have been mounting since Saturday, when a Palestinian prisoner died in an Israeli jail.

Mexico: The number of people who disappeared during the six years of former President Felipe Calderon's crackdown on domestic drug cartels stands at 26,121, officials said Tuesday.

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Two male students arrested for threatening their schools; no weapons found

Two male students arrested for threatening their schools; no weapons found

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Former Florida Rep. Robert Wallace jumps from Tampa overpass

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Two male students arrested for threatening their schools; no weapons found

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Updated: 7 hours ago
Hillsborough commissioners ask CareerSource chief to step down or be fired

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Physician seeks Pasco Times building for rehab center

Physician seeks Pasco Times building for rehab center

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CareerSource jobs chief Edward Peachey could soon be out of work

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