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Iran nuclear talks get down to business VIENNA: Nuclear negotiators from Iran and six world powers got down to business Tuesday seeking to strike a momentous deal before a July 20 deadline but with significant differences still to bridge.On Monday the United States and Iran briefly discussed the crisis raging in Iraq, US officials said, but the focus in Vienna on the second day of talks was the mooted atomic agreement.The hugely complex accord would see the Islamic republic scale down its nuclear programme to ease concerns that it wants atomic weapons -- something Iran has long denied.In return Iran is demanding a lifting of all UN and Western sanctions that are hitting its vital oil exports, clogging up its financial system and causing major economic problems.Such a deal is aimed at resolving one of the trickiest geopolitical problems of the 21st century after a decade of rising tensions, threats of war -- and of nuclear expansion ...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi rejects election commission warning KATHMANDU: Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday accused her country's election commission of bias and rejected warnings to modify her language towards the military ahead of next year's polls.Since she became a lawmaker two years ago, the former political prisoner-turned-politician has been campaigning to amend a military-drafted constitution that bars her from becoming president.But the country's top election body last month warned her against using language that "challenges the army" during her ...
Afghan police kill Taliban who cut off voters' fingers HEART: Afghan police hunted down and killed two Taliban insurgents who cut off the fingers of 11 elderly men who voted in the presidential election run-off, officials said on Tuesday."Insurgent commander Mullah Shir Agha and one of his officers were killed in a police operation yesterday in Herat," a statement from the interior ministry said."The pair was accused of having cut off the ink-dyed finger of 11 voters."The ministry said another insurgent involved in the ...
Bus crash in northern India kills 11 tourists SHIMLA: A bus carrying tourists plunged off a mountain road into a gorge in a Himalayan region in northern India, killing 11 people, police said Tuesday."All the 11 dead are tourists, the toll could rise," said B.S. Thakur, a senior state police officer.Around 40 others were injured in the accident that happened late Monday in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh state, around 150 kilometres (90 miles) from the state capital Shimla.Local villagers said they ...
Curfew in Sri Lanka resorts after Buddhist mob violence ALUTGAMA: Sri Lankan police extended a curfew in a popular tourist region Monday after at least 80 people were injured and dozens of Muslim-owned shops and homes torched when a Buddhist mob went on the rampage.Authorities said the curfew would stay in place for a second night running in the neighbouring resorts of Alutgama and Beruwala as community leaders accused police of doing little to contain Sunday night's violence."At least 80 people have been wounded ...
Iran's Rouhani does not rule out US cooperation on Iraq TEHRAN: Iran may consider cooperating with the United States in fighting Sunni extremist fighters in Iraq if Washington acts against them, President Hassan Rouhani told journalists Saturday.He was responding to questions of whether mutual interests in fighting terrorism could possibly bring together Tehran and Washington -- traditional foes that have had no diplomatic relations in more than three decades."If we see that the United States takes action against terrorist groups in Iraq, then one can ...
Afghan front-runner on brink of power, again KABUL: Former ophthalmologist and resistance fighter Abdullah Abdullah stands one step away from becoming the president of Afghanistan -- the final part of a plan hatched five years ago, when he believes the job was stolen from him.Abdullah, 53, has plotted to avenge defeat since the 2009 election when he came second to Hamid Karzai in the first-round vote and then dramatically pulled out of the run-off, alleging that fraud would again be used to ...


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