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    It's not all gloom and doom for start-ups and their investors in 2016, says VC Sergio Monsalve. Here are his predictions.

  • A sales assistant watches TV sets broadcasting a news report on North Korea's nuclear test, in Seoul, January 6, 2016.

    North Korea might be preparing a long-range ballistic missile launch from its northwestern launch site, Kyodo News reported.

  • ADDIS ABABA, Jan 23- The United States is not close to an agreement with China on new United Nations Security Council measures to impose on North Korea over its fourth nuclear test earlier this month, said U.S. North Korea said on Jan. 6 that it successfully tested a powerful nuclear bomb. The 15- member U.N. Security Council said at the time it would begin working...

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) holds a negotiation meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) over Iran's nuclear programme in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    International sanctions against Iran were lifted over the weekend. Here's how oil prices are likely to be impacted.

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd L) gestures next to High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (L), Iranian ambassador to IAEA Ali Akbar Salehi (2nd R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) as they pose for a family photo in Vienna, Austria 14 July, 2015.

    Iran emerged from years of economic isolation Saturday after world powers lifted crippling sanctions in return for an end to its nuclear ambitions.

  • *UN agency lifts sanctions on Iran. *Iran to release Americans, U.S. gives clemency to Iranians. VIENNA/ DUBAI, Jan 16- Iran emerged from years of economic isolation on Saturday when world powers began to lift crippling sanctions against the Islamic Republic in return for Tehran complying with a deal to curb its nuclear ambitions.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Jan 16- The United Nations' nuclear watchdog confirmed on Saturday that Iran had curbed its nuclear programme as agreed with world powers, paving the way for most international sanctions against Tehran to be lifted. The July 14 nuclear deal aims, for the next decade, to extend the amount of time it would theoretically take Iran to produce enough...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Jan 16- The United Nations Security Council received on Saturday a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog confirming Iran fulfilled commitments under a nuclear deal with world powers, triggering an automatic end to most U.N. sanctions, diplomats said. Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon welcomed the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal.

  • VIENNA/ DUBAI, Jan 16- The United Nations' nuclear watchdog on Saturday confirmed that Iran has curtailed its nuclear program as agreed with world powers, paving the way for the almost immediate lifting of crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Earlier on Saturday, Iran and the United States eased decades of tension with the announcement of a prisoner swap.

  • VIENNA, Jan 16-- International sanctions on Iran will be lifted on Saturday when the United Nations nuclear agency declares Tehran has complied with an agreement to scale back its nuclear program, Iran's foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrived in Vienna, headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. body expected to issue...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 14- A former finance director at a New York foundation accused of participating in a scheme to bribe a former United Nations General Assembly president on Thursday became the first defendant to plead guilty in the case. The guilty plea by Heidi Hong Piao to five counts, including bribery and money laundering, is a major break for U.S. prosecutors...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 14- A former finance director at a New York- based foundation accused of participating in a scheme to bribe a former United Nations General Assembly president on Thursday became the first defendant to plead guilty in the case. Heidi Hong Piao, 52, pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan to five counts arising from a conspiracy to bribe John Ashe, a...

  • *Scientists urged European Commission to discount EFSA view. That clashed with a view from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, stoked outrage among environmental campaigners and divided the scientific community. Ninety-six academics from universities around the world signed an open letter to European...

  • Only one sanction would get N. Korea's attention: Haas

    Discussing North Korea's test of a hydrogen bomb, and the potential threat to the outside world, with Richard Haass, Council on Foreign Relations President.

  • The Hermit Kingdom announced that it had successfully carried out a nuclear hydrogen bomb test, drawing worldwide criticism.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 4- A billionaire real estate developer from Macau accused by U.S. authorities of bribing a former United Nations General Assembly president has dropped his demand to go to trial immediately amid setbacks at his companies. The lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, gave no reason why Ng was no longer seeking a quick trial on charges that he bribed John Ashe, a former...

  • SAN JUAN, Dec 28- The United States is backtracking from its historic position acknowledging Puerto Rico's right to self-governance, Puerto Rico's governor says in a pending U.S. Supreme Court case over so-called double jeopardy laws. In a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon released on Sunday, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia...

  • Syrians walk on debris of collapsed buildings after the war-crafts belonging to the Russian army carried out airstrikes on the opposition-controlled neighborhoods in Aleppo, Syria on December 11, 2015.

    Syria is ready to take part in peace talks and hopes that the dialogue will help it form a national unity government, the foreign minister said on Thursday.

  • 1M migrants entered  Europe in 2015: UN

    An 'unprecedented' number of people arrived in Europe this year by sea and land.

  • GENEVA/ DUBAI, Dec 15- A ceasefire took effect in Yemen on Tuesday as parties to the civil war started United Nations- sponsored peace talks in Switzerland in a new push to end months of fighting that have killed nearly 6,000 people, a U.N. spokesman said. Fighting raged across Yemen ahead of the truce which began at 1200 local time, with residents in the northern part...