IRAN AND SIX WORLD POWERS EXPLORING POSSIBLE COMPROMISES TO BREAK AN IMPASSE IN NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS *

OFFICIALS TELL REUTERS IRAN HAS INDICATED A WILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT FEWER THAN 6,000 NUCLEAR CENTRIFUGES AND TO SEND MOST OF ITS ENRICHED URANIUM STOCKPILES FOR STORAGE IN RUSSIA *

WESTERN POWERS, MEANWHILE, WERE CONSIDERING THE IDEA OF ALLOWING IRAN TO CONDUCT LIMITED, CLOSELY-MONITORED ENRICHMENT-RELATED WORK FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES AT AN UNDERGROUND FACILITY CALLED FORDOW *

A MAIN STICKING POINT IS IRAN'S DEMAND THAT IT CONTINUE WITH RESEARCH INTO ADVANCED CENTRIFUGES *

HEADS OF ARAB LEAGUE COUNTRIES MEETING IN EGYPT AGREE TO CREATE A JOINT ARAB MILITARY FORCE, EGYPTIAN PRES ABDEL-FATTAH EL-SISSI SAYS *

LEAGUE HAS BEEN MEETING AMID A CRISIS IN YEMEN AND THE THREAT OF JIHADISTS WHO HAVE MADE MAJOR GAINS IN IRAQ, SYRIA AND LIBYA *

10-NATION, SAUDI-LED COALITION IS CURRENTLY CARRYING OUT AIR STRIKES AGAINST REBELS IN YEMEN *

STRIKES ARE IN SUPPORT OF PRES ABD-RABBU MANSOUR HADI, WHO FLED LAST WEEK AFTER GAINS BY IRAN-BACKED HOUTHI REBELS *

CO-PILOT WHO CRASHED A PASSENGER JET INTO THE FRENCH ALPS LAST WEEK MAY HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FROM A DETACHED RETINA, REPORT IN GERMAN NEWSPAPER BILD SAYS *

INVESTIGATORS ARE UNSURE WHETHER ANDREAS LUBITZ'S VISION PROBLEMS HAD PHYSICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL CAUSES, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT *

BUT REPORTS SAY INVESTIGATORS FOUND EVIDENCE THAT 27-YR-OLD LUBITZ FEARED LOSING HIS EYESIGHT AND WORRIED THE CONDITION COULD COST HIM HIS JOB *

MEANTIME, POPE FRANCIS PRAYS FOR VICTIMS OF FLIGHT 9525, AND FRENCH AUTHORITIES SAY THEY'RE MAKING PROGRESS RECOVERING BODIES *

THE AIRBUS A320 WAS TRAVELING FROM BARCELONA TO DUSSELDORF WITH 150 PEOPLE ON BOARD WHEN IT CRASHED *

INDIANA GOV MIKE PENCE (R) DEFENDS NEW "RELIGIOUS FREEDOM" LAW THAT HAS SPARKED WIDESPREAD CRITICISM OVER CONCERNS IT COULD SANCTION DISCRIMINATION *

PENCE ON ABC'S THIS WEEK: LAW IS "ABOUT EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO CONFRONT GOVERNMENT OVERREACH" *

BILL PROHIBITS STATE LAWS THAT "SUBSTANTIALLY BURDEN" THE ABILITY TO FOLLOW RELIGIOUS BELIEFS *

OPPONENTS SAY IT COULD FOSTER DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GAY PEOPLE; SUPPORTERS SAY IT KEEPS GOVT FROM COMPELLING PEOPLE TO PROVIDE SERVICES THEY FIND OBJECTIONABLE ON RELIGIOUS GROUNDS *

FMR HEWLETT-PACKARD CEO CARLY FIORINA SAYS CHANCES ARE "VERY HIGH" SHE'LL MAKE A RUN AT THE WH IN 2016 *

FIORINA TELLS FOX NEWS SUNDAY CHANCES ARE "HIGHER THAN 90%" SHE'LL RUN FOR THE GOP NOMINATION *

FIORINA, WHO RAN UNSUCCESSFULLY FOR SEN BARBARA BOXER'S (D-CA) SEAT IN 2010, SAYS SHE'LL MAKE HER FINAL DECISION IN LATE APRIL OR EARLY MAY *

VOTING CONTINUES IN SOME AREAS OF NIGERIA AFTER TECHNICAL PROBLEMS PREVENTED PEOPLE FROM CASTING THEIR BALLOTS IN THE PRES ELECTION SAT *

NIGERIA EXTENDED VOTING IN ABOUT 300 OF THE COUNTRY'S 150,000 POLLING STATIONS, INCLUDING PARTS OF CAPITAL LAGOS, BECAUSE OF PROBLEMS WITH VOTING EQUIPMENT *

VIOLENCE ALSO DISRUPTED VOTING IN THE COUNTRY'S NE, AS BOKO HARAM EXTREMISTS KILLED 41 PEOPLE, INCLUDING A LEGISLATOR, AND FORCED PEOPLE TO ABANDON POLLING STATIONS *

RACE PITS INCUMBENT PRES GOODLUCK JONATHAN AGAINST FORMER MILITARY DICTATOR MUHAMMADU BUHARI *