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Kerry says significant gaps remain in Iran talks

GENEVA (Reuters) - Significant gaps and important choices remain in talks on Iran's nuclear programme, U.S. Secretary of Stat…

  • Hacker or spy? In today's cyberattacks, finding the culprit is a troubling … 56 minutes ago

    What's both amazing – and perhaps a bit frightening – about that dispute over who hacked Sony is that it happened in the first place. In 2012, then US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said publicly that the US – presumably the NSA – has “made significant advances in ... identifying the origins” of cyberattacks. More »

  • Goulart leads Evergrande past Western Sydney
    Goulart leads Evergrande past Western Sydney 1 hour 7 minutes ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Ricardo Goulart's hat trick led Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande to a 3-2 win over titleholder Western Sydney in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday. More »

  • US says Iran far off from a working nuke, others differ
    US says Iran far off from a working nuke, others differ 1 hour 12 minutes ago

    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — One burning question in the global effort to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power is this: How long would it take for the Islamic Republic to build a bomb? More »

  • AP Analysis: Speech fallout could determine Netanyahu's fate
    AP Analysis: Speech fallout could determine Netanyahu's fate 1 hour 16 minutes ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing a tough re-election fight in two weeks, the U.S. Congress has handed him an unprecedented boost with its effusive welcome to a message that resonates at home: Iran cannot be trusted as a threshold nuclear state. More »

  • US and Iran ignore Netanyahu and press on with talks
    US and Iran ignore Netanyahu and press on with talks 1 hour 22 minutes ago

    Officials claim progress in talks in Switzerland, a day after Israeli PM called for nuclear negotiations to be ditched. More »

  • Iran demands Pakistan extradite suspected Iranian militant 1 hour 24 minutes ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has demanded the extradition of a suspected Iranian Sunni militant arrested over the weekend in a lawless border area in neighboring Pakistan, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported on Wednesday. More »

  • US says  aim is March 'understanding' with Iran on nukes
    US says aim is March 'understanding' with Iran on nukes 1 hour 28 minutes ago

    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — A senior U.S. official spoke of some progress Wednesday in reaching a nuclear deal with Iran but tamped down expectations of a formal, preliminary deal this month outlining constraints on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic. More »

  • Day after Netanyahu warning, U.S. and Iran make 'some progress' on nuclear …
    Day after Netanyahu warning, U.S. and Iran make 'some progress' on nuclear … 2 hours 6 minutes ago

    By Arshad Mohammed MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - The U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers wrapped up three days of talks over Iran's nuclear programme on Wednesday, a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal being negotiated was a serious mistake. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif have negotiated for more than 10 hours since Monday in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux, hoping to work out a framework deal by late March. "We expect that we (and the Iranians) will regroup bilaterally, with the European Union present as well, on the 15th of March, location to be confirmed but most likely Geneva." Asked if he thought they had made progress, Zarif told reporters: "We have, but a lot of work remains." However, Netanyahu's controversial speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, where he harshly criticised the diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute, may make it harder for the Obama administration to sell the potential deal back home. More »

  • U.S. urges faster Iran cooperation with U.N. nuclear watchdog 2 hours 11 minutes ago

    The United States called on Iran on Wednesday to step up cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog to resolve concerns its atomic programme might have had military dimensions, in remarks delivered to the body's board of governors. Echoing comments by the head of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency this week, the United States said the U.N. investigation into Iran's nuclear programme, which the country has been stalling, should not be open-ended. The U.N. investigation runs parallel to negotiations between Iran and six world powers to reach an interim agreement on its nuclear programme by the end of the month. More »

  • Kerry, Iran FM in new nuclear talks
    Kerry, Iran FM in new nuclear talks 2 hours 19 minutes ago

    The US and Iran ignored a passionate plea from the Israeli prime minister to ditch their nuclear negotiations and held a third straight day of talks Wednesday seeking a framework deal in a few weeks. More »

  • Zarif cites progress in Iran nuclear talks but 'a lot of work remains&# … 2 hours 23 minutes ago

    MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that progress had been made in talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, but that much work remained. Zarif, walking along Lake Geneva in the Swiss town of Montreux after the final session with Kerry, was asked whether a lot of progress had been made. "We have, but a lot of work remains," Zarif told reporters. (Reporting by Lucien Libert; writing by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Tom Miles) More »

  • U.S.-Iran talks make some progress, challenges remain - U.S. official 2 hours 35 minutes ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry finished a round of nuclear talks with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday and are likely to meet for a further round on March 15, probably in Geneva, a senior U.S. official said. More »

  • Reports: Afghan Shiite commander killed in Syrian battle 2 hours 44 minutes ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and Iranian media are reporting that the commander of a Shiite Afghan faction has been killed in a battle against Syrian rebels. More »

  • Kerry heads to Saudi Arabia to consult on Iran nuke talks 2 hours 53 minutes ago

    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Saudi Arabia to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen and other Mideast nations. More »

  • Netanyahu rejects Obama criticism of Iran speech
    Netanyahu rejects Obama criticism of Iran speech 3 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday brushed aside criticism from US President Barack Obama of his speech to Congress, in which he warned Washington was paving the way to a nuclear-armed Iran. More »

  • Netanyahu says he gave 'practical alternative' to Iran deal
    Netanyahu says he gave 'practical alternative' to Iran deal 3 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday his speech to the U.S. Congress offered a "practical alternative" to a possible Iranian nuclear deal and that lawmakers now "understand better" why the deal is bad. More »

  • U.N. nuclear watchdog to discuss Iran nuclear programme in Tehran
    U.N. nuclear watchdog to discuss Iran nuclear programme in Tehran 3 hours ago

    (Reuters) - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) representatives will meet Iranian officials in Tehran on March 9 to discuss technical details of Iran's nuclear work, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Wednesday. The IAEA says Iran has been stalling its investigation while negotiations between Tehran and six world powers are continuing ahead of a March deadline for a framework agreement on Iran's nuclear programme. (Reporting by Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Robin Pomeroy) More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today 4 hours ago

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: More »

  • Netanyahu is nothing if not a performer
    Netanyahu is nothing if not a performer 4 hours ago

    What keeps Bibi awake at night is the prospect of a strategic rebalancing in the region when a nuke deal is signed. More »

  • Standard Chartered net profit falls 37%
    Standard Chartered net profit falls 37% 4 hours ago

    Asia-focused Standard Chartered bank said net profit came in at $2.51 billion for the year, down from $3.99 billion in 2013 and described the result as "disappointing" More »

  • Netanyahu says gave 'practical alternative' to Iran deal 4 hours ago

    Pushing back against criticism from U.S. President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he had presented a practical alternative for an international nuclear agreement being negotiated with Iran. Upon landing in Israel after addressing the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, a speech which Obama said the Israeli leader had offered "no viable alternatives" to a deal being worked out with Iran, Netanyahu voiced satisfaction that he had made his own message heard around the world. "I proposed a practical alternative at my speech in Congress, one that on the one hand prolongs by years the time it would take Iran to break out to a nuclear weapon, if it decides to breach the agreement, by imposing tougher sanctions," he said. More »

  • Israel, Iran, and the struggle for US favour
    Israel, Iran, and the struggle for US favour 5 hours ago

    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu delivers anti-Iran speech - but which way will Washington sway? More »

  • Netanyahu: He came, he delivered, he failed
    Netanyahu: He came, he delivered, he failed 6 hours ago

    Netanyahu has been outmanoeuvred by Iran and this may mean he will fail to instigate yet another war in the region. More »

  • Iran and Obama dismiss Netanyahu speech to US Congress
    Iran and Obama dismiss Netanyahu speech to US Congress 6 hours ago

    Iran's vice president describes Israeli PM's speech criticising US policy towards Tehran as "deceitful and desperate". More »

  • Tug of war: Obama, Congress at odds over who's in control
    Tug of war: Obama, Congress at odds over who's in control 7 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Since Republicans took control of Congress two months ago, an elaborate tug of war has broken out between GOP lawmakers and President Barack Obama over who calls the shots on major issues for the next two years. More »

  • Iran FM rejects Obama's 10-year nuclear-freeze demand
    Iran FM rejects Obama's 10-year nuclear-freeze demand 7 hours ago

    Foreign minister taking part in talks with US in Switzerland said to have described demand as "excessive and illogical". More »

  • Excerpts from Netanyahu's speech and rejoinder from Obama
    Excerpts from Netanyahu's speech and rejoinder from Obama 8 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a major address to Congress on Tuesday and warned against making a deal that could leave Iran on the path toward nuclear weapons. At the White House, President Barack Obama offered a pointed rebuttal during a brief Oval Office photo opportunity. Obama said he had read a transcript of the prime minister's remarks and that Netanyahu had offered no viable suggestions on how to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. More »

  • FACT CHECK: Did Netanyahu go too far in US speech?
    FACT CHECK: Did Netanyahu go too far in US speech? 8 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overstated Iran's domination of the Middle East and understated the timespan of the nuclear deal taking shape with Tehran, while neglecting the role of Congress in lifting Iranian sanctions, in his speech to U.S. lawmakers Tuesday. More »

  • Iraq jihadists slow Tikrit advance with bombs and snipers
    Iraq jihadists slow Tikrit advance with bombs and snipers 9 hours ago

    Iraqi forces closed in on Tikrit, their progress slowed by jihadist snipers and booby traps, on the second day of Baghdad's largest operation yet against the Islamic State group. More »

  • Yemeni leader proposes Riyadh as venue for talks with rebels 12 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's president on Tuesday proposed the Saudi capital of Riyadh as a possible venue for the resumption of U.N.-sponsored talks with Shiite rebels who have seized Yemen's own capital, Sanaa. More »

  • Netanyahu warns US 'bad deal' would put Iran on nuclear path
    Netanyahu warns US 'bad deal' would put Iran on nuclear path 12 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before Congress on Tuesday and bluntly warned the U.S. that an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran "paves Iran's path to the bomb." President Barack Obama pushed back sternly, saying the U.S. would never sign such a deal and Netanyahu was offering no useful alternative. More »

  • Democrats upset with effort to fast-track Iran bill 13 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican effort to quickly pass legislation allowing congressional oversight on any Iran nuclear agreement is angering Democrats. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Wednesday
    10 Things to Know for Wednesday 13 hours ago

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: More »

  • Democrats upset with GOP effort to fast-track Iran bill 13 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican effort to quickly pass legislation allowing congressional oversight on any Iran nuclear agreement is angering Democrats. More »

  • Four things Netanyahu's Congress speech accomplished
    Four things Netanyahu's Congress speech accomplished 13 hours ago

    The Israeli PM set out to warn American lawmakers about a nuclear Iran, but may have hurt relations with the US. More »