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Oct 31, 2013

EU, IMF coordinate on Ukraine as Russia threat looms

BRUSSELS, Oct 31 (Reuters) – The European Union is in
advanced discussions with the International Monetary Fund on
providing standby financing to Ukraine should the country come
under economic pressure from Russia later this year, senior EU
officials have told Reuters.

Ukraine is expected to sign a free trade and association
agreement with the European Union at a summit in Lithuania on
Nov. 28-29, as long as it meets remaining conditions, including
releasing former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko from prison.

Oct 25, 2013

Iran, powers to have expert-level nuclear talks in Vienna October 30-31

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Experts from Iran and six world powers will meet in Vienna on October 30-31 to prepare the next round of high-level talks on the contested Iranian nuclear program with hopes of a breakthrough rising thanks to a diplomatic opening from Tehran.

Western diplomats say the meeting, scheduled to take place a week before the next round of negotiations in Geneva in November, could be instrumental in defining the contours of any preliminary agreement on Iran’s uranium enrichment campaign.

Oct 25, 2013

EU leaders rebuff calls for action on Europe’s migration crisis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders rebuffed calls from southern European states on Friday for emergency action to tackle a wave of illegal migration from Africa despite the deaths of hundreds of people in Mediterranean boat disasters.

EU leaders meeting in Brussels expressed “deep sadness” at the drownings, which have killed up to 550 migrants this month alone, but postponed any new action until December.

Oct 24, 2013

EU may re-impose sanctions on Iran ship line despite court order

BRUSSELS, Oct 24 (Reuters) – European governments have taken
preliminary steps to re-impose sanctions against Iran’s main
cargo shipping line, potentially complicating a new diplomatic
push to settle the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Diplomats told Reuters the governments had agreed this week
to send letters to Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines
(IRISL) and some of its subsidiaries to inform them of their

Oct 22, 2013

EU revives membership talks with Turkey after three-year hiatus

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will launch a new round of accession talks with Turkey next month following a three-year hiatus after Germany dropped opposition prompted by Ankara’s crackdown on street protests.

Turkey began negotiations to join the EU in 2005, 18 years after applying, but a series of political obstacles, notably over Cyprus and resistance to Turkish membership in Germany and France, have slowed progress.

Oct 16, 2013

Iran offers concessions in nuclear talks, no deal yet

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran has indicated a readiness to scale back its most sensitive nuclear activity in a clear signal that it is willing to compromise with the West to win relief from harsh economic sanctions, diplomats said on Wednesday.

But the details of Iran’s proposals, put forward during negotiations with six world powers in Geneva, have not been made public, and Western officials were cautious whether the Islamic state was willing to go far enough to nail down a deal.

Oct 15, 2013

Big powers, Iran seek progress at “nitty-gritty” nuclear talks

GENEVA, Oct 16 (Reuters) – World powers will press Iran on
Wednesday for details of its proposal on resolving their
decade-old nuclear dispute during a second day of talks in

Western diplomats stress they want Tehran to back up its
newly conciliatory language with concrete actions by scaling
back its nuclear programme and allaying their suspicions it is
seeking the capability to make atomic bombs.

Oct 15, 2013

Iran says “too soon to judge” if progress made at Geneva nuclear talks

GENEVA, Oct 15 (Reuters) – A senior Iranian negotiator
cautioned it was too early to say whether the Islamic Republic
and six world powers made progress on Tuesday towards resolving
the decade-old standoff over Tehran’s disputed nuclear

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi had told reporters
earlier that Iran – now with a moderate president committed to
easing its international isolation – had presented a proposal
capable of achieving a breakthrough in the deadlock.

Oct 15, 2013

Iran says makes proposal aimed at breakthrough in nuclear standoff

GENEVA, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Iran said it presented “logical”
proposals in talks with six world powers on Tuesday aimed at
achieving a breakthrough
in a decade-old standoff over its disputed nuclear programme
that has heightened the risk of a new Middle East war.

Tehran launched negotiations in earnest with the United
States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, reflecting
the election in June of a relative moderate, Hassan Rouhani, as
new Iranian president, raising hopes for an end to the deadlock.

Oct 14, 2013

U.S. ready to ease Iran sanctions if Tehran acts

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States held out the prospect of quick sanctions relief for Iran on Monday if Tehran moves swiftly to allay concerns about its nuclear program, although both countries said any deal would be complex and take time.

Six world powers – the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – hold talks with Iran on its nuclear program in Geneva on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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