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Feb 24, 2015

U.S., Iran positive after nuclear talks, say much left to do

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States made some progress in talks with Iran on its nuclear program and managed to “sharpen up some of the tough issues”, a senior U.S. official said on Monday, but both sides said much remained to be done.

Negotiators from Iran and six major powers agreed to resume talks next Monday at a venue to be decided, the official said, speaking after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held two-day talks in Geneva.

Feb 23, 2015

U.S. and Iran positive after nuclear talks, but say much left to do

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States made “some progress” in talks with Iran on its disputed nuclear programme and managed to “sharpen up some of the tough issues”, a senior U.S. official said on Monday, but both sides said much remained to be done.

Negotiators from Iran and six major powers agreed to resume talks next Monday at a venue to be decided, the official said, speaking after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held two-day talks in Geneva.

Feb 23, 2015

Kerry and Iran’s Zarif meet for two hours in nuclear talks

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif met for two hours in Geneva on Sunday in another round of nuclear talks to try to narrow gaps as they pressed against a March 31 deadline to reach a political agreement.

The meeting included for the first time U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi, who spent most of the day separately negotiating technical details of curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

Feb 22, 2015

Kerry and Iran’s Zarif to try narrow gaps in nuclear talks

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif will try to narrow gaps in another round of nuclear talks in Geneva on Sunday as they press to meet a March 31 deadline for a political framework agreement.

The talks will be joined for the first time by U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, who agreed to attend after Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said he would take part.

Feb 22, 2015

U.S., allies discuss new sanctions, Obama weighs next steps on Ukraine – Kerry

LONDON (Reuters) – The United States and its European allies are in talks about harsher sanctions against Moscow, while U.S. President Barack Obama will evaluate next steps in dealing with the conflict in eastern Ukraine in coming days, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday.

Kerry was speaking after meetings with his British counterpart Philip Hammond in London. He said among options being considered by Obama was whether to arm Ukrainian forces and to impose deeper sanctions against the Kremlin for breaches of a Feb. 12 European-brokered truce.

Feb 21, 2015

U.S. and allies discuss new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine – Kerry

LONDON (Reuters) – The United States and its allies are discussing imposing more sanctions against Russia for undermining a European-brokered truce in eastern Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday.

Kerry made the comments as he began talks with his British counterpart Philip Hammond in London, accusing Moscow of “extraordinarily craven behaviour at the expense of the sovereignty and integrity of a nation”.

Feb 21, 2015

Ukraine conflict to dominate talks as Kerry lands in London

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in London on Saturday for meetings with his British counterpart, and a senior official said they would discuss possible penalties that could be imposed against Russia if violence in eastern Ukraine continues.

The senior U.S. official said the Ukrainian conflict was expected to dominate the talks between Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. The discussions would also cover the fighting in Syria and Iraq, Nigeria’s upcoming election as well as the Israeli-Palestinian situation, the official said.

Feb 20, 2015

U.S. names special envoy to Colombian peace process

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States named a special envoy to Colombian peace talks on Friday, responding to requests from both the Colombian government and leftists rebels for Washington to take a more active role in ending Latin America’s longest-running war.

U.S. President Barack Obama named Bernard “Bernie” Aronson, a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for Inter-American Affairs from 1989 to 1993, to the role.

Feb 19, 2015

Obama rejects as ‘ugly lie’ notion that West is at war with Islam

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday urged countries to tackle violent Islamist militancy around the world and rejected as “an ugly lie” suggestions that the West was at war with Islam.

Obama said there was a complicated history between the Middle East and the West and no one should be immune from criticism over specific policies.

Feb 8, 2015

Leaders scramble to avert “dramatic spiral” in Ukraine

MUNICH, Feb 8 (Reuters) – The leaders of Russia, Ukraine,
Germany and France agreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try
to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence
there and signs of cracks in the transatlantic consensus on
confronting Vladimir Putin.

The four leaders held a call on Sunday, two days after
Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande
travelled to Moscow for talks with Putin that produced no
breakthrough in the nearly year-long conflict that has claimed
over 5,000 lives.