Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar.  Qatar has called the charges baseless and says the demands are so severe that they seem intended to be rejected. Photograph: Kamran Jebreili/AP

Qatar has handed over its response to a list of extraordinary demands made by Saudi Arabia and three allies after they imposed an embargo on the Gul(...)

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (left) laughs with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva today. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Pool/Reuters

Iran said it presented “logical” proposals in talks with six world powers in Geneva today aimed at achieving a breakthrough in a decade-old standoff (...)