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Jul 8, 2014

Kerry, ministers may join struggling Iran nuclear talks -diplomats

PRAGUE/PARIS, July 8 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry and other foreign ministers from the six powers
negotiating with Iran on its nuclear programme may travel to
Vienna soon to join the talks, which have failed so far to
produce a deal, diplomats said on Tuesday.

The possible arrival of the ministers ahead of a July 20
deadline for an agreement should not be seen as proof that
negotiators from Iran, the United States, Britain, France,
Germany, Russia and China are on the cusp of a deal, the
diplomats cautioned.

Jul 8, 2014

France set to prevent jihadists going to fight or train abroad

PARIS (Reuters) – France plans to ban individuals linked to radical Islamist groups from leaving the country in a bid to prevent attacks by militants returning from the Middle East, according to a draft bill set to be unveiled on Wednesday.

France has seen a sharp rise this year in citizens going to join Islamic militants in Syria and now Iraq.

Jun 10, 2014

Iran questions nuclear deal deadline as talks “hit wall”

GENEVA/PARIS, June 10 (Reuters) – Iran questioned whether a
July deadline for a nuclear deal with world powers will be met,
fuelling doubts on the outcome as France spoke out to say talks
on curbing Tehran’s uranium enrichment had “hit a wall”.

Iran’s talks with six major powers on curbing its nuclear
programme in exchange for an end to Western sanctions could be
extended for six months if no deal is reached by a July 20
deadline agreed by all parties, a senior Iranian official said.

Jun 10, 2014

France says Iran talks ‘hitting a wall’; July deadline in doubt

GENEVA/PARIS (Reuters) – France told Iran it must cut back a key part of its nuclear program and Tehran cast doubt on the chances of meeting a July deadline for a deal with world powers, highlighting the major hurdles negotiators still face.

Iran’s talks with six major powers on curbing its nuclear program in exchange for an end to sanctions could be extended for another six months if no deal is reached by a July 20 deadline, a senior Iranian official said.

Jun 10, 2014

France says Iran must budge on centrifuges for talks to succeed

PARIS (Reuters) – Iran must drop its demands to have thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium if it wants a lasting deal with major powers over its disputed nuclear programme, France’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Highlighting a big gap in negotiating positions, Laurent Fabius told French radio that Iran should only have a few hundred centrifuges, machines that spin at supersonic speed to increase the concentration of the fissile isotope.

Jun 7, 2014

Putin, Ukraine leader break crisis ice at D-Day event

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER France (Reuters) – The leaders of Russia and Ukraine held their first talks on Friday since Moscow annexed Crimea, airing ways to end their four-month conflict in a brief encounter during commemorations in France of the World War Two D-Day landings.

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought together Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko for a 15-minute meeting before they joined other dignitaries for lunch.

Jun 6, 2014

Russia, Ukraine leaders shake hands, talk at D-Day event

By John Irish and Jeff Mason

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France(Reuters) – The leaders of Russia and Ukraine met on Friday for the first time since Moscow annexed Crimea as world leaders commemorated the 70th anniversary of the World War Two D-Day landings in France.

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought together Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko for a 15-minute meeting before an official lunch for visiting world dignitaries.

Jun 6, 2014

World leaders pay tribute to D-Day fallen, seek Ukraine thaw

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France, June 6 (Reuters) – World leaders
and veterans paid tribute on the 70th anniversary of the World
War Two D-Day landings to soldiers who fell in the liberation of
Europe from Nazi German rule, as host France sought to use the
event to achieve a thaw in the Ukraine crisis.

Wreaths, parades and parachute-drops honoured history’s
largest amphibious assault on June 6, 1944, when 160,000 U.S.,
British and Canadian troops waded ashore to confront German
forces, hastening its defeat and the advent of peace in Europe.

Jun 5, 2014

World leaders gather for D-Day tribute, hope for thaw on Ukraine

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER FRANCE (Reuters) – World leaders and veterans gather by the beaches of Normandy on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied D-Day landings that helped turn the tables in World War Two, with host France hoping the event will bring a thaw in the Ukraine crisis.

Wreaths, parades, parachute-landings and fireworks will be staged in honor of history’s largest amphibian assault on June 6, 1944 when 160,000 U.S., British and Canadian troops waded ashore to confront Nazi Germany’s forces, hastening its defeat.

Jun 5, 2014

Hollande bids to use D-Day encounters for Ukraine thaw

PARIS (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande urged world leaders arriving in France on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War Two’s D-Day landings to use the occasion to ease tensions over the Ukraine crisis.

Hollande, criticised at home for a lack of initiative on Ukraine, was due to have a working dinner with U.S. President Barack Obama before dashing across Paris to join Russia’s Vladimir Putin for a second evening meal later on Thursday.