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Jun 17, 2014

Iran, six powers push to salvage momentum for nuclear deal

VIENNA, June 17 (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers
re-launched talks on Tuesday to try to salvage a deal on
Tehran’s nuclear activity by a July deadline, striving to
prevent a long-time standoff from descending into a wider Middle
East war.

With time running short if a risky extension of the nuclear
talks is to be avoided, negotiators face formidable challenges
to bridge gaps in positions over the future scope of Iran’s
nuclear programme in less than five weeks.

Jun 17, 2014

Iran, 6 powers seek to salvage momentum for nuclear deal

VIENNA, June 17 (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers
re-launched talks on Tuesday to rescue prospects for a deal on
Tehran’s nuclear activity by a July deadline, striving to
prevent a long-time standoff from descending into a wider Middle
East war.

With time running short if a risky extension of the nuclear
talks is to be avoided, negotiators face huge challenges to
bridge gaps in positions over the future scope of Iran’s nuclear
programme in less than five weeks.

Jun 16, 2014

Iran and six powers seek to recover momentum for nuclear deal

VIENNA, June 17 (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers will
try in talks in Vienna this week to narrow differences and keep
alive hopes of ending a decade-old nuclear dispute by late July,
despite doubts the self-imposed deadline can be met.

On the sidelines of the five-day meeting in the Austrian
capital, the fast-moving crisis in Iraq could also require the
attention of U.S. and Iranian diplomats. The two countries share
concern over the ascendancy of militant Sunni rebels there.

Jun 11, 2014

EU court annuls asset freeze on Syria International Islamic Bank

BRUSSELS, June 11 (Reuters) – The European Union’s second
highest court said on Wednesday it had annulled an EU asset
freeze on Syria International Islamic Bank, dealing
another blow to EU sanctions following legal victories last year
by several Iranian companies.

The EU imposed sanctions on SIIB in 2012, alleging that it
had acted on behalf of two other banks, Commercial Bank of Syria
(CBS) and Syrian Lebanese Commercial Bank (SLCB), that were both
under EU sanctions.

Jun 3, 2014

Exclusive: Iran’s reactor fuel demand emerges as sticking point in nuclear talks

BRUSSELS/VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has said it should be able to produce fuel for its Bushehr nuclear power plant, a demand that world powers are unlikely to agree to and which may put a July deadline for a deal to end its nuclear standoff with the West in jeopardy.

Diplomats from the major powers negotiating with Tehran said Iranian negotiators expressed the demand at the latest talks in May – identifying one reason little progress was made towards a nuclear deal that could end Tehran’s economic isolation.

Jun 3, 2014

EU open to working with Palestinian unity government

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will work with the new Palestinian unity government, on condition it sticks to the principle of peace with Israel based on a two-state solution, it said on Tuesday.

The U.S. administration has already said it would work with the unity government that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in on Monday under a reconciliation deal with Hamas, an Islamist group that advocates Israel’s destruction.

May 26, 2014

Ukraine vote slows momentum for further Russia sanctions in EU

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Sunday’s election in Ukraine, deemed a success by the European Union, is likely to ease pressure for far-reaching sanctions against Russia as Europe worries about how punitive steps might hurt its own economy.

Hours after political veteran Petro Poroshenko won an overwhelming election victory to claim the presidency, Ukraine launched air strikes and a paratrooper assault on Monday in a defiant response to pro-Russian rebels who seized an airport.

May 24, 2014

Three people killed in shooting at Brussels Jewish Museum

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Two women and a man were killed and one person seriously injured during a shooting at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels on Saturday, with Belgian officials saying anti-Semitic motives could not be ruled out.

A spokeswoman for Brussels prosecutors office said there was no clear information about the perpetrator, although a fire brigade official said earlier that the shooter had driven up to the museum, gone inside and fired shots.

May 20, 2014

End of mandate for EU’s Ashton raises questions over Iran talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – As Iran and international negotiators work towards a July deadline to complete an accord with Tehran on its nuclear program, a practical issue may be on their minds: the looming changeover of the European Union’s foreign policy chief.

Catherine Ashton, the British baroness who has held the EU’s top foreign policy post for the past five years, may not be the critical decision-maker in the talks, but she has been the prime coordinator of the negotiations since 2010.

May 17, 2014

U.S. warns ‘time is short’ as Iran nuclear talks make little progress

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers made little progress this week in talks on ending their dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program, U.S. and Iranian officials said on Friday, raising doubts over the prospects for a breakthrough by a July 20 deadline.

After three months of mostly comparing expectations rather than negotiating compromises, the sides had intended to start drafting a final agreement that could end more than a decade of enmity and mistrust and dispel fears of a wider Middle East war.

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      "Justyna covers EU foreign policy in Brussels with a focus on Balkans and Turkey, as well immigration, security and human rights in the European Union. Previously she was a bureau chief in Romania and Bulgaria, and wrote about financial markets in London and economic policy in Poland."
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