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  • NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. stocks retreated on Tuesday from the previous session's rally, though major indexes were headed for a positive first quarter, while the euro was on track for its biggest quarterly fall as worries about Greece kept the currency under pressure. The European Central Bank's one-trillion-euro economic stimulus program, launched this month,...

  • BELGRADE, March 31- The vista of rusting boats and drab wasteland that greets visitors passing over the river Sava into Belgrade is set to be transformed into a futuristic forest of skyscrapers under ambitious redevelopment plans that have left Serbs deeply split. The project marks the first foray into central and eastern Europe by Abu Dhabi- based Eagle Hills...

  • CAIRO, March 31- The public tranche of Egyptian foodmaker Edita's secondary share issue on the Cairo bourse was 4.5 times oversubscribed, the company said in a statement on the stock exchange on Tuesday. The company launched a private institutional offering of shares on the Egyptian stock exchange and global depository receipts on the London Stock Exchange...

  • LONDON, March 31- Littlebrook power station, which towers grimly over the lower Thames near Dartford in Kent, ceases operations today after almost 35 years, the last of Britain's big oil-fired power plants to close. Now its closure marks the impact of higher oil prices and EU-wide policies, agreed by Britain's major political parties, to move away from fossil...

  • DUBAI/ ABU DHABI, March 31- Tourism Development& Investment Co has delayed fundraising plans to build Abu Dhabi's largest shopping mall in collaboration with a unit of French luxury goods firm LVMH, three sources aware of the matter told Reuters. The move by the Abu Dhabi state-owned investment fund, coupled with management changes at the joint venture and lower...

  • BAGHDAD, March 31- Iraqi troops aided by Shi'ite paramilitaries and Sunni tribal fighters have reached the center of Tikrit after securing the Sunni city's southern and western sections from Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday. "Our security forces have reached the center of Tikrit and they have liberated the southern and...

  • IRAQI PM'S SPOKESMAN SAYS SECURITY FORCES HAVE LIBERATED WESTERN AND SOUTHERN TIKRIT AND REACHED THE CENTRE OF THE CITY.

  • GENEVA, March 31- Members of the Saudi-led coalition conducting air strikes in Yemen are preventing a Red Cross plane from delivering medical supplies in Sanaa, an ICRC spokeswoman said on Tuesday. In a statement, the independent aid agency "called for the urgent removal of obstacles to the delivery to Yemen of vital medical supplies needed to treat casualties...

  • KUWAIT, March 31- Iran wants all parties in Yemen to return to talks, Tehran's deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Tuesday, adding the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia could work together to solve the conflict there. "Iran and Saudi Arabia can cooperate to solve the Yemeni crisis," Abdollahian told reporters in Kuwait, speaking through a...

  • GENEVA, March 31- Members of the Saudi-led coalition conducting air strikes in Yemen are preventing a Red Cross plane from delivering urgent medical supplies in Sanaa, an ICRC spokeswoman said on Tuesday. In a statement, the independent aid agency "called for the urgent removal of obstacles to the delivery to Yemen of vital medical supplies needed to treat...

  • GENEVA- SAUDI-LED COALITION MEMBERS BLOCKING PLANE CARRYING RED CROSS MEDICAL SUPPLIES FROM LANDING IN SANAA, YEMEN- ICRC SPOKESWOMAN.

  • KUWAIT, March 31- Iran wants all parties in Yemen to return to calm and dialogue, Tehran's deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Tuesday, adding the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia could work together to solve the conflict there. "Iran and Saudi Arabia can cooperate to solve the Yemeni crisis," Abdollahian told reporters in Kuwait, speaking...

  • Iran nuclear talks intensify as deadline approaches

    David Gordon, International Capital Strategies, provides insight on the developing situation in Iran, as negotiations hit a snag.

  • *Iran negotiations in Lausanne enter last 24 hours. LONDON, March 31- Brent crude oil dropped towards $55 a barrel on Tuesday as Iran and six world powers entered a final day of talks over a nuclear deal that could see the energy-rich country increase oil exports to world markets. With a self-imposed deadline set for the end of the day, the United States, Britain,...

  • *Oil imports from Iran at 220,000 bpd in year to March 31. *U.S. pressured India not to raise annual Iran oil imports. NEW DELHI, March 31- India halted oil imports from Iran for the first time in at least a decade in March as New Delhi responded to U.S. pressure to keep its shipments from Tehran within sanction limits during the last month of negotiations on a preliminary...

  • LONDON, March 31- The euro remained on track for its biggest quarterly fall and European shares for their best first quarter of the euro era on Tuesday as worries about Greece's finances kept the single currency under pressure. It is up a whopping 16 percent since Jan. 1, with Germany's DAX up 23 percent and France's CAC 19 percent higher, compared to a more modest 5...

  • KUWAIT CITY— International donors committed $3.8 billion in aid for Syrians affected by the grinding civil war at a donors' conference in Kuwait on Tuesday, less than half of what the U.N. requested for this year to cope with the growing humanitarian crisis. More than a quarter of the total came from two countries: Kuwait, which hosted the third annual conference...

  • *FACTBOX on Iran oil sanctions. DUBAI/ NEW DELHI/ HONG KONG, March 31- A possible surge in Iranian oil exports from an end to sanctions will reboot a struggle between top Middle East producers for Asian buyers, with Iraq looking the most vulnerable. Under sanctions Iran became adept at offering discounts, easy credit and free shipping to keep in the game, recalling...

  • TOKYO, March 31- Asian purchases of Iranian crude fell by a quarter in February from a year ago, led by big drops in India and South Korea, although the future of Tehran's oil exports remains murky as it and six world powers race to reach a preliminary nuclear deal. Imports by Iran's four biggest buyers- China, India, Japan and South Korea- though down on-year, bounced...

  • Despondent Gazans return to destroyed homes Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 2:12 AM ET

    The returns reflect a failure by local authorities and the international community to rebuild Gaza after a devastating war between Israel and Hamas militants last summer. An estimated 18,000 homes throughout Gaza were destroyed during the 50- day war, displacing 110,000 people, according to the United Nations. Israeli ground forces took up positions on the...