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Feb 7, 2015
Feb 7, 2015

Iran warns West that pragmatist Rouhani at risk from talks failure

ANKARA/NEW YORK, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign minister
has warned the United States that failure to agree a nuclear
deal would likely herald the political demise of pragmatist
President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian officials said, raising the
stakes as the decade-old stand-off nears its end-game.

Mohammad Javad Zarif pressed the concern with U.S. Secretary
of State John Kerry at several meetings in recent weeks,
according to three senior Iranian officials, who said Iran had
also raised the issue with other Western powers. Zarif’s warning
has not been previously reported.

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Feb 6, 2015
Feb 6, 2015
Feb 6, 2015

Corrected – U.N. sets sights on Syria antiquities, Islamic State oil, ransoms

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council appears set to ban all trade in antiquities from war-torn Syria, threaten sanctions on anyone buying oil from Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front militants and condemn paying kidnap ransoms to the groups.

The United States worked with its veto-wielding counterparts on the council – Russia, China, Britain and France – to draft a resolution that was to be circulated to the remaining members of the 15-nation council on Friday, a U.S. official said.

Feb 6, 2015

UN sets sights on Syria antiquities, Islamic State oil, ransoms

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 6 (Reuters) – The United Nations
Security Council appears set to ban all trade in antiquities
from war-torn Syria and threaten sanctions on anyone buying oil
from Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front militants or
paying kidnap ransoms to the groups.

The United States worked with its veto-wielding counterparts
on the council – Russia, China, Britain and France – to draft a
resolution that was to be circulated to the remaining members of
the 15-nation council on Friday, a U.S. official said.

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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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