Tornadoes pound the midwestern United States leaving at least five dead (Second Coming Watch #73)

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Tornadoes pound the midwestern United States leaving at least five dead. According to Reuters, dozens of tornadoes tore through parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa overnight and one twister killed at least five people early on Sunday as storm sirens failed to sound in an Oklahoma town and caught people unaware. Storms skipped across what is often called "Tornado Alley" in the U.S. Central and Southern Plains and more were forecast. But casualties appeared limited because many of the twisters hit sparsely populated areas, and during daylight hours or evening when people were still awake.

Iran and world powers agree to keep talking. According to Reuters, after a year of sanctions and sabre-rattling over Iran's nuclear programme, negotiators from Tehran and six world powers finally resumed talks and found at least enough common ground to agree to meet again next month. With threats of war hanging over an already unsettled Middle East, U.S. and other Western diplomats welcomed an Iranian willingness in Istanbul on Saturday to discuss their nuclear activities -- something they had refused since early last year.

Strong earthquake hits western Indonesia. According to the Associated Press, officials say a strong earthquake measuring magnitude 6.2 has struck off the coast of western Indonesia but there is no danger of a tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey says Sunday's quake was centred about 400 miles southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, at a depth of 9 miles. Indonesian meteorological officials says there is no threat of a tsunami. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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