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Jun 27, 2015

Disputes linger as Iran, powers push for nuclear deal – France

VIENNA (Reuters) – An accord to curb Iran’s nuclear programme 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.

Laurent Fabius spoke to reporters upon arrival in the Austrian capital after top U.S. and Iranian diplomats said hard work was still needed for what could be their final negotiations to bridge significant differences.

Jun 27, 2015

Kerry, Zarif see hard work ahead as nuclear talks begin

VIENNA (Reuters) – Senior U.S. and Iranian officials said much hard work still needs to be done to bridge significant differences on an agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear programme.

With a deadline approaching on Tuesday, each side sought to place the onus on the other to finalise a deal under which Iran would cut back its nuclear programme in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

Jun 26, 2015

Kerry, Zarif to discuss Iran nuclear deal as deadline approaches: U.S. official

VIENNA (Reuters) – 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.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will sit down in the Austrian capital ahead of Tuesday’s self-imposed deadline, which many officials expect to slip.

Jun 25, 2015

Kerry cautiously hopeful before Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he was hopeful about nuclear negotiations with Iran but that he did not wish to convey optimism ahead of a June 30 deadline for a deal.

“I am always hopeful. Yes, I am hopeful, but I am not conferring optimism,” Kerry told reporters in response to a question after presenting an annual U.S. report on human rights.

Jun 25, 2015

U.S. official sees way to Iran deal but no guarantees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. negotiators can see a way to a very good nuclear agreement with Iran and are hopeful, but it remains to be seen whether a pact will be reached, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said all seven nations involved in the talks were committed to a self-imposed June 30 deadline but it could slip “by a short bit” if necessary to get the substance of any agreement right.

Jun 24, 2015

For Kerry, Iran deal would be a legacy hit after many misses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pulls off a nuclear deal with Iran, it will be a singular achievement in a long career in which the grand prize has eluded him.

His 2004 presidential election loss, lack of legislative monuments despite 28 years in the Senate, and failure, like many before, to bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians have contributed to a view that he struggles to seal major successes.

Jun 23, 2015

U.S. has begun to fix visa problems, big backlog to be processed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on
Tuesday it has begun to fix a technical problem that had
disrupted U.S. visa issuance around the globe, but it will take
time to work off a big backlog.

About 45,000 visas were issued on Monday, State Department
spokesman John Kirby said, adding that the department typically
issues around 50,000 per day. He declined to predict when the
department would clear its backlog.

Jun 15, 2015

Sex, lies and debt potentially exposed by U.S. data hack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When a retired 51-year-old military man disclosed in a U.S. security clearance application that he had a 20-year affair with his former college roommate’s wife, it was supposed to remain a secret between him and the government.

The disclosure last week that hackers had penetrated a database containing such intimate and possibly damaging facts about millions of government and private employees has shaken Washington.

Jun 9, 2015

U.S. State Department will not meet Brotherhood group on Washington visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department said on Tuesday it will not meet a Muslim Brotherhood group visiting Washington for a private conference but said its policy remained to engage Egypt’s entire political spectrum.

The department announced the decision a day after sources told Reuters that the U.S. ambassador to Egypt had been summoned by Egyptian authorities because of their unhappiness about the private visit by Brotherhood figures to Washington.

Jun 9, 2015

Egypt summons U.S. ambassador over Muslim Brotherhood

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Egypt summoned the U.S. ambassador in Cairo to show displeasure at Muslim Brotherhood figures coming to Washington for a private conference, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

One source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said U.S. officials did not intend to meet the group although they had met some Brotherhood figures that came to Washington in January.

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      "I cover U.S. foreign policy for Reuters from a base at the State Department. I joined Reuters in 1988 and have worked as a correspondent in New York, Paris, Algiers and Washington, where I have covered the White House (1996-2002) and the State Department (2002-2005, 2006-present)."
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