MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Phil Hughes probably needed to leave hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium, and the Minnesota Twins were desperate for proven arms to strengthen a woeful rotation. The two parties have come together, hoping to help each other out.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif assured Gulf Arab states Sunday his country's nuclear deal with the West is in their interest and also announced plans to visit Saudi Arabia. "Be assured that the nuclear deal is in favour of the stability and security of the region," Zarif said on what was his first official visit to a Gulf Arab nation. Zarif then travelled to Oman -- which hosted secret negotiations in recent months between Iran and the United States that led to the November 24 landmark deal between Tehran and major powers on Iran's disputed nuclear programme. Zarif delivered a message to Sultan Qaboos from President Hassan Rouhani on relations between the two countries and issues of common interest, the Omani news agency ONA said in a brief report.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's party has finished second in a state election seen as a test of his popularity and opposition strength, the country's electoral watchdog said on Sunday. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on its website that Jonathan's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) received 97,700 votes in the race for a new governor in southeastern Anambra state, while the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) was just behind with 95,963. Victory went to the All Progressive Grand Alliance which retained the governorship with 180,178 votes, INEC said of the election that concluded on Saturday. Voting in Anambra was being watched to determine the extent of public support for Jonathan before his expected run for re-election in 2015.
Yemen began enforcing a temporary ban on motorbikes in the capital on Sunday to prevent "shoot and scoot" attacks as Al-Qaeda suspects on a bike elsewhere killed an army officer. The interior ministry said the ban will last until December 15 and that its aim is to "preserve security and stability" as Yemen undergoes a difficult political transition. An AFP correspondent in Sanaa reported that the ban was being strictly enforced, with no motorcycles seen on the streets on Sunday. Hundreds of demonstrators protested on Saturday in Sanaa against the bike ban near President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi's residence, where the authorities used water cannon and tear gas to disperse them.
Highlights of the Obama administration's update Sunday on the status of HealthCare.gov, the website that people in 36 states were supposed to use beginning on Oct. 1 to sign up for new health insurance coverage. After much work on the troubled site, the government claimed in a new report:
NEW YORK (AP) — Florida State is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, followed by Ohio State at No. 2 and No. 3 Auburn, which shook up the national title race by upsetting Alabama.
BANGKOK (AP) — The leader of Thailand's anti-government protests said unexpectedly that he met the prime minister Sunday after daylong clashes between his supporters and police but defiantly told her he would accept nothing less than her resignation and a new government of an appointed council.
Premier League strugglers Fulham have sacked manager Martin Jol, the club announced Sunday. The London side have won just three out of 13 league games under the Dutchman this season, with only Sunderland and Crystal Palace below them in the table. Fulham said former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen, who only recently arrived at Craven Cottage as a coach to work under Jol, would assume responsibility for the first team with "immediate effect". Saturday's 3-0 loss away to London rivals West Ham was Fulham's sixth consecutive defeat and chairman Shahid Khan said "supporters deserve better" than to see the club in the relegation zone.
By Nazih Siddiq TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) - Four people were killed by sniper fire the north Lebanese city of Tripoli on Sunday, security sources said, raising to 10 the death toll in two days of violence fuelled by sectarian tensions over Syria's civil war. The clashes between Tripoli's Alawite minority, which supports Syria's Alawite President Bashar al-Assad, and majority Sunni Muslims who back the Syrian rebels, are the latest round of violence which has killed more than 100 people in the Mediterranean city this year. Gun battles have broken out five times since March, killing dozens of people, and twin car bombs at Sunni Muslim mosques in Tripoli killed 42 people in August. Tripoli residents said the sounds of heavy gunfire and rocket explosions echoed across Lebanon's second city from midnight to 6 am. The city was quieter during the day, they said, with soldiers patrolling otherwise empty streets of the rival neighborhoods, but occasional bursts of gunfire continued.
BAGHDAD (AP) — The monthly death toll in Iraq dropped by nearly a third to 659 last month, the U.N. said Sunday, but a recent spike in the number of bullet-riddled bodies found on the street has raised fears the country is facing a return to all-out warfare between Sunni and Shiite factions.