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Iran ducks away from nuclear talks as Moscow says the Mid East is at a boiling point. According to DEBKAfile, Iranian spokesmen are maneuvering for a postponement of the nuclear negotiations with world powers set to take place on April 13-14 in Istanbul. It is feared in Washington and Jerusalem that Tehran is working toward two goals: To have the venue removed from Istanbul and to buy a couple more months before the diplomatic crunch, considering that the US and Israel are treating the April talks as the last chance for diplomacy to reverse Iran's drive for a nuclear weapon. A postponement would therefore delay any military option that Israel or possibly America would choose to exercise.
Floods in Fiji leave thousands homeless. According to the AFP, flooding and landslides in the South Pacific nation of Fiji killed seven people and left thousands homeless on Viti Levu, the country's largest island. More than 3,500 people were forced to flee their homes last week to 74 makeshift evacuation centres established in schools, military bases and government buildings. Water levels reached between four and six feet in the western city of Nadi, a popular tourist destination, and along parts the island's north coast. The northern towns of Tavua and Ba were reportedly the hardest hit.
Muslim extremists attack Christian revival meeting in Kenya. According to Compass Direct News, Kenyan Internal Security Minister George Sai-to-ti said Islamic extremists from the rebel al-Shabaab militia in Somalia were suspected of carrying out the deadly blast, although the group has not claimed responsibility. The government, which began military operations against al-Shabaab in Somalia last October, today issued a warning of a possible attack by al-Shabaab during Easter celebrations in Kenya this weekend.
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