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Iran's Zarif says legal experts advising nuclear negotiators TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that Tehran's negotiators were being assisted by experts in international law during the "difficult" nuclear talks being held in Vienna.The Vienna meeting, which began on Tuesday, is aimed at reaching a lasting accord to end a decade-long standoff over Iran's nuclear programme."In the next round, we will start writing the text of a final agreement which will be a complicated, difficult and slow task," Zarif, who leads the Iranian negotiating team, wrote on his Facebook page."Therefore, I formed an advisory group in legal affairs which comprises many prominent and well-known professors specialised in international law ... to assist the negotiating team in that important matter," he said.Western nations and Israel have long suspected Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons capability alongside its civilian programme, charges denied by Tehran.Iran and the five UN Security Council permanent members plus Germany want to ...

Iran nuclear talks to intensify VIENNA: Iran and world powers begin a new round of nuclear talks Tuesday hoping to make enough progress to move up a gear and start drafting a historic final deal next month.This will however require Iran and the five UN Security Council permanent members plus Germany to delve ever deeper into issues that will severely test their willingness to give ground.Both sides want to transform an interim deal struck in November by foreign ministers in ...
Polls open in India's marathon general election DIBRUGARH: Polls opened on Monday in six northeastern constituencies on the first day of voting in India's six-week general election, the world's biggest exercise in democracy.The elections are expected to sweep the opposition Hindu nationalists to power and bring an end to the centre-left Congress party's decade-long rule.The election ends on May 12 and the results should be announced four days later.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
India's Hindu nationalists tipped to win as poll looms NEW DELHI: Indian politicians hit the campaign trail for a final day Saturday before the start of a marathon nine-phase election, expected to vault the right-wing Hindu nationalist opposition to power. Newspapers carried full front-page ads with a photograph of Narendra Modi, the fiery prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) carrying the party's slogan: "Time for a Change, Time for Modi."Politicians had their last chance to woo voters Saturday with the next ...
AP says photographer killed, reporter wounded in Afghanistan KABUL: The Associated Press said that one of its photographers was killed and a reporter wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan."Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed instantly... Kathy Gannon, the reporter, was wounded twice and is receiving medical attention," the news agency said in a report from Kabul.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
India's opposition lacks manifesto four days from polling NEW DELHI: India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), frontrunner to form the next government, faced criticism Thursday for failing to release its manifesto just days before polls open.Reports earlier this week claimed the Hindu nationalists' programme would be unveiled on Thursday, but a party source told AFP it was now highly unlikely to be before Saturday -- two days before the first voters cast their ballots.Some political observers have attributed the delay to internal differences ...
16 killed in China storms BEIJING: At least 16 people were killed in rain and hailstorms that triggered flooding and landslides in southern China, officials said Monday.The severe weather, which began last Friday, has affected seven provinces and municipalities, China's ministry of civil affairs said in a statement, leaving 16 people dead and two missing.The storms are the first round of heavy rainfall this spring, the ministry said.In Guangdong province, one of the hardest-hit areas, flights at major airports ground ...


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