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Apr 10, 2015

U.N. wants ‘understanding’ of Western Sahara human rights situation

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for an “independent and impartial understanding” of human rights in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara, according to a report seen by Reuters on Friday.

Ban’s annual report on Western Sahara stopped short of recommending the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the territory (MINURSO) monitor rights, which the African Union has urged.

Apr 10, 2015

Iran deal could stumble on sensitive nuclear monitoring

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Beefing up international monitoring of Iran’s nuclear work could become the biggest stumbling block to a final accord between Tehran and major powers, despite a preliminary deal reached last week.

As part of that deal, Iran and the powers agreed that United Nations inspectors would have “enhanced” access to remaining nuclear activity in Iran, where they already monitor key sites.

Apr 7, 2015

African Union urges U.N. rights monitoring role in Western Sahara

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The head of the African Union has urged the United Nations to add human rights monitoring to the tasks of its peacekeeping mission in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara.

The request came in a letter from African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. A copy of the letter was seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

Apr 3, 2015

Iranians celebrate, Obama hails “historic” nuclear framework

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 3 (Reuters) – Iranians
celebrated in the streets after negotiators reached a framework
for a nuclear deal that could bring their country in from the
cold, hailed by U.S. President Barack Obama as an “historic
understanding” with an old adversary.

The tentative agreement, struck on Thursday after eight days
of talks in Switzerland, clears the way for negotiations on a
settlement aimed at allaying Western fears that Iran was seeking
to build an atomic bomb and in return lift economic sanctions on
the Islamic Republic.

Apr 3, 2015

Iran, world powers reach initial deal on reining in Tehran’s nuclear program

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Thursday on curbing Iran’s nuclear program for at least a decade, a step toward a final pact that could end 12 years of brinkmanship, threats and confrontation.

The tentative agreement, after eight days of marathon talks in Switzerland, clears the way for negotiations on a settlement aimed at allaying Western fears that Iran was seeking to build an atomic bomb and in return lift economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Apr 2, 2015

Iran nuclear talks went to the wire and beyond

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – When Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Wednesday that a framework nuclear deal had been reached between Iran and major world powers, the French delegation to the talks thought it was an April Fool’s Day joke.

In the end, a deal was reached a day later. But after eight days of talking, with a Tuesday midnight deadline already history, it had gone to the wire and beyond.

Apr 2, 2015

Reporting Iran talks: stampedes, dirty shirts and $72 cocktails

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Hundreds of journalists have been crammed into a pair of large lounges at a 19th century hotel for over a week now, eager for any scrap of information on closed door negotiations between Iran and six world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Reporters from dozens of American, European, Israeli and Iranian television outlets are confined to the press rooms, which have becoming increasingly filthy after seven days of deadlocked negotiations. Most Iranian reporters are in one room, with Western, Chinese and Arabic teams in the other.

Apr 2, 2015

Iran talks stretch into another day; deal seen close but elusive

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Major powers and Iran stretched marathon talks on Tehran’s nuclear program into a second day past their deadline, with diplomats saying prospects for a preliminary agreement were finely balanced between success and collapse in the coming hours.

The negotiations, aimed at blocking Iran’s capacity to build a nuclear bomb in exchange for lifting sanctions, have become bogged down over crucial details of the accord, even as the broad outlines of an agreement have been reached.

Apr 1, 2015

Despite progress, Iran nuclear talks hit impasse on details

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 1 (Reuters) – Major powers and
Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on Tehran’s nuclear
programme as marathon talks ran into Wednesday, but were stuck
over key details such as lifting U.N. sanctions and Iran’s
future atomic research.

After missing a self-imposed March 31 deadline for a deal,
the negotiators ended talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne in the
early morning hours with an air of chaos, disunity and cacophony
as delegations scrambled to get contradictory viewpoints across.

Apr 1, 2015

Ancient battle on UN Security Council ‘trigger’ bogs down Iran talks

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – It is one of those concepts that is particularly odious to Russia — an automatic trigger mechanism under which the U.N. Security Council would be forced to do something.

Now a dispute over that issue threatens to wreck marathon negotiations on a preliminary political framework for a future comprehensive deal that would end the 12-year standoff over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The other major sticking point is Tehran’s demands to continue pursuing nuclear centrifuge research and development

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      "I am Reuters' United Nations bureau chief based in New York. My previous postings were in Berlin, Vienna, Hong Kong and Prague. I have reported from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the United States."
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