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Britain warns of nuclear arms race if Iran deal fails LONDON: Failure to secure a deal with Iran could mean a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, Britain's foreign minister warned in comments released on Thursday."I remain clear that no deal is better than a bad deal. But we should also be clear-eyed about the alternative," Foreign Minister Philip Hammond said in a speech in London."No deal means no restrictions on enrichment, no restrictions on research and development, and no independent monitoring or verification. It means a fundamentally more unstable Middle East, with the prospect of a nuclear arms race in the region."His comments came as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Switzerland for down-to-the-wire talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.The negotiations, which include Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, aim to stop Tehran developing nuclear weapons in return for an easing of crippling sanctions. Iran insists it nuclear ambitions are peaceful.US officials on Wednesday ...

Bill Clinton to lead US delegation to Lee Kuan Yew funeral WASHINGTON: Former president Bill Clinton will lead a delegation from the United States to the state funeral of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founding leader who died at age 91 on Monday.Henry Kissinger, a former US secretary of state, will also be in the party sent by President Barack Obama, a White House statement said Wednesday.Lee, who oversaw the city-state's transformation from a poor British colonial outpost into one of the world's richest societies, will be ...

England's Richard III finally gets burial fit for a king LEICESTER: England's slain king Richard III, exhumed from an undignified grave beneath a car park, will finally be buried with honour on Thursday in an unprecedented ceremony filled with pageantry and poignancy.Some 530 years on from his brutal demise, the last English monarch killed in battle will be laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral, across the street from where his remains were located in 2012 in a feat of archaeology.The story of the king in ...

Japan launches replacement spy satellite TOKYO: Japan on Thursday successfully launched a replacement spy satellite, its aerospace agency said, as an existing device comes to the end of its working life.Tokyo put spy satellites into operation in the 2000s after its erratic neighbour North Korea fired a mid-range ballistic missile over the Japanese mainland and into the western Pacific in 1998.The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launched the H-2A rocket from Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern ...

US officials in Cuba on telecoms follow-up HAVANA: A US delegation was in Cuba, following up on the reestablishment of normal telecommunications links as part of their bid to normalize relations, authorities said on Wednesday.The team was being led by Daniel Sepulveda, deputy assistant secretary of state and coordinator for international communications and information policy, the communications ministry said.Deputy Communications Minister Jose Luis Perdomo briefed Sepulveda and his colleagues on Cuba's computer systems and cybersecurity, a ministry statement added.Earlier this month, Cuba's ...

14 dead in scaffolding collapse at Vietnam steel plant HANOI: At least 14 workers were killed and dozens more injured after scaffolding collapsed at a steel plant in central Vietnam, officials said, as rescue teams on Thursday searched for bodies still trapped in the wreckage.The labourers were building concrete blocks as part of a seawall project when the accident took place late Wednesday in the coastal province of Ha Tinh, said Le Minh Dao, office manager of the provincial People's Committee."We have pulled out ...

Canada says won't tell railways where to ship grain for now OTTAWA: The Canadian government will not, for now, start telling railways where to ship farmers' grain but it will decide within days whether to extend its requirements on how much grain they must haul, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said on Wednesday. In an interview in her parliamentary office, Raitt said farmers and shippers have questioned whether the government's grain-shipment minimums are still required and whether Ottawa should tell the country's two dominant railways, Canadian National ...


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