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Iran says U.S. oil reps headed to Tehran

US oil reps to go to IranDelegates from the U.S. oil industry are expected in Tehran to explore the possibility of conducting business there, Iran's deputy oil minister said Monday.

Iran is restricted to around 1 million barrels per day in exports to a few consuming nations. That's about half the level from before a joint arrangement with international negotiating partners went into force in late 2013. Exports are restricted to just six nations.


Islamic State: Militants 'kill 300 Yazidi captives'

ISIS kills YazidisSeveral hundred Yazidi captives have been killed in Iraq by Islamic State (IS) militants west of Mosul, Yazidi and Iraqi officials say.

A statement from the Yazidi Progress Party said 300 captives were killed on Friday in the Tal Afar district near the city.

Iraqi Vice-President Osama al-Nujaifi described the reported deaths as "horrific and barbaric".  Thousands of members of the religious minority group were captured last year.


Some 1,400 Migrants Saved By Italy, France In Sea Off Libya

Migrants saved Ships from Italy and France rescued more than 1,400 migrants on Saturday after smugglers' boats ran into trouble in the Mediterranean Sea near Libya.

Italian officials said 1,200 migrants were being taken to Italian ports after several different rescue operations by its coast guard and navy, including helping some 200 people aboard motorized rubber dinghies a day earlier south of Sicily. The smugglers' boats had set out in a spell of warm, calm weather.


William, Kate take new princess home

William, KateIt's a princess! And Britain got to see her, wrapped in a blanket, just about nine hours after her birth.

Duchess Kate of Cambridge safely delivered a baby girl at 8:34 a.m. London time Saturday.

The baby arrived after less than three hours of labor. At 5:30 p.m. London time, Kensington Palace announced that mother and baby would be leaving the hospital Saturday evening local time.


Nigeria Frees Hundreds from Boko Haram

Nigerians releasedNigeria has freed another 234 women and children from the Sambisa forest, considered a bastion of armed group Boko Haram, the military has said.

The defence headquarters said in a statement on social media website Twitter on Friday that the hostages were rescued on Thursday in the Kawuri and Konduga end of the forest located in the country's north east neighbouring Chad.

The army released the first photos of what it said were some of the hundreds of women and children that troops freed earlier this week in the Sambisa Forest amid heavy combat with Boko Haram.


Israel eases Gaza blockade, hopes for Hamas stability

Israel eases Gaza blockadeSlowly, quietly and under the radar, Israel recently completed a full U-turn regarding everything connected to its relations with Hamas. The same Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who declared the day after the Cast Lead operation ended that he would overthrow the Hamas regime in Gaza has in recent years become the bulwark of that exact same regime.

Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon keep their new policy under wraps for internal domestic political considerations, but as for now, the blockade on Gaza is almost nonexistent and Israel maintains ongoing if indirect contact with Hamas. Israel has no intention of operating to change this regime.


6.8 earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea

papua eathquakeA 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea, an island chain north of Australia, was recorded Friday, accompanied by a strong aftershock and a tsunami warning.

The quake's epicenter was 70 miles north of Kokopo, the capital. No reports of damage or injury, from the quake or the 7.1-magnitude aftershock, were immediately reported, but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning that a "hazardous tsunami" was possible within 186 miles of the epicenter. That alert has been lifted.


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