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  • VIENNA— Nine days into marathon nuclear talks, U.S. World powers and Iran are hoping to clinch a deal by Tuesday, setting a decade of restrictions on Iran's nuclear program and granting Iran significant relief from international sanctions. Kerry met for 3 ½ hours on Sunday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, as top diplomats from the five other...

  • VIENNA— World powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious issues at their negotiations, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday. Officials had described sanctions relief as one of the thorniest...

  • But with the Iran six-power talks having devolved essentially into bilateral U.S.- Iran negotiations over the past year, his comments were clearly directed at the Americans, who have been the primary drivers of the crippling economic sanctions imposed on his country over its nuclear program. The West fears Iran could develop its nuclear program to make...

  • Advertising group WPP to appoint executive in Cuba Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    LONDON, July 2- WPP, the world's biggest advertising group, is to appoint an executive in Cuba, saying on Thursday it would be the first major international communications services group to conduct business on the Communist-ruled island. The move comes a day after the United States and Cuba formally agreed to restore diplomatic relations on July 20, setting up a...

  • HAVANA/ WASHINGTON, July 1- The United States and Cuba on Wednesday formally agreed to restore diplomatic ties that had been severed for 54 years, fulfilling a pledge made six months ago by the former Cold War enemies. "Cuba is encouraged by the reciprocal intention to develop respectful and cooperative relations between our two peoples and governments," Raul...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- The Obama administration on Wednesday will announce it has reached an agreement with Cuba to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. President Barack Obama, in Washington, and Secretary of State John Kerry, in Vienna for Iran nuclear talks, will both address the...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- The Obama administration on Wednesday will announce it has reached an agreement with Cuba to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. The official said President Barack Obama, in Washington, and Secretary of State John Kerry, in Vienna for Iran nuclear talks,...

  • Political opposition groups gain money for 2016 race Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— It was the perfect loop: The Republican opposition research group America Rising finds footage of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in agriculture-loving Iowa, seeming to put down the intelligence of farmers. So does America Rising, which used that episode in Iowa last year to show prospective clients and donors what it can do.

  • VIENNA, June 28- Iran is backtracking from an interim nuclear agreement with world powers three months ago, Western officials suggested on Sunday, as U.S. and Iranian officials said talks on a final accord would likely run past a June 30 deadline. Securing an historic agreement would end a more than 12- year nuclear standoff between Iran and the West and open the...

  • VIENNA, June 26- An accord to curb Iran's nuclear program remains elusive due to disagreements on fundamental issues, France's foreign minister said on Saturday in Vienna, just days before the June 30 deadline for a deal. "What we want is a robust deal that recognizes Iran's right to civil nuclear power, but guarantees that Iran gives up definitively the nuclear...

  • Significant differences remain, notably over the pace and timing of sanctions relief for Iran and the nature of monitoring mechanisms to ensure Tehran does not cheat on any agreement. In addition to Iran and the United States, the talks include Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia. The West fears that Iran has been trying to build a nuclear weapon but Iran...

  • VIENNA, June 26- The U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers will meet on Saturday, a senior U.S. official said, as major differences persist over an agreement under which Iran would curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. In addition to Iran and the United States, the talks include Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia. Iran wants sanctions lifted...

  • VIENNA, June 26- As a June 30 deadline for a final nuclear deal approaches, major differences remain between Iran and world powers on several key issues including sanctions relief and U.N. access to Iranian sites, a senior Western diplomat said on Friday. "The most difficult subjects need to be resolved in the coming days," the diplomat told reporters on condition of...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Iran's foreign minister in recent days to tell him that Tehran must answer questions about whether its past atomic research was arms-related if it wants a nuclear deal, officials said. A day after Kerry made those June 16 remarks, a State Department spokesman said the words of the top U.S. diplomat had been...

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- The United States and China sought on Wednesday to stress the positives in their relationship after three days of high-level talks, but failed to narrow differences on the most contentious issues of cyber and maritime security. He said it also had "a strong national interest" in freedom of navigation and overflight- a reference to concerns...

  • US sees progress on currency, cyberspace issues with China Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 12:48 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The United States claimed progress Wednesday with China on currency issues and toward negotiating a code of conduct for cyberspace after two days of high-level talks that underscored sharp differences but paved the way for a visit by China's leader in the fall. President Barack Obama rounded out the annual U.S.-China Security and Economic...

  • US chides China but avoids clouding cooperation Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 10:25 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The United States voiced deep concern Tuesday over state-sponsored cybertheft and tension in the disputed seas of East Asia but did not let the sharp disagreements with China on pressing security issues cloud the outlook for cooperation between the world powers. At high-level talks in Washington, China was intent on setting a positive tone...

  • WASHINGTON— The United States began annual security talks with China on Monday, and an official said it plans to raise directly the breach of a federal government server that resulted in the theft of personnel and security clearance records of millions of employees and contractors. China has openly denied involvement in the break-in. The U.S. has publicly...

  • WASHINGTON, June 18- The United States said on Thursday it would not "paper over" differences between the United States and China when top officials of the world's two largest economies meet to discuss financial and political strategy in Washington next week. Russel said maritime disputes in the South China Sea were "not fundamentally" between the United States...

  • WASHINGTON, June 18- The United States said on Thursday it would not "paper over" differences between the United States and China when top officials of the world's two largest economies meet to discuss financial and political strategy in Washington next week. Russel said maritime disputes in the South China Sea were "not fundamentally" between the United States...