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US secretary of state John Kerry walks with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton before their meeting with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zari in Geneva yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Reed

Iran was close to signing a historic deal with western powers last night that would see it limit its nuclear activity in exchange for an easing of EU (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton before their meeting with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva this evening. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry said today that important gaps needed to be bridged in high-stakes talks with Iran on curbing its nuclear programme -(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry is to join the talks on Iran’s nuclear programme in Geneva today. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Israel utterly rejects a mooted world powers deal with Iran aimed at ending a long-running row over its nuclear ambitions and will not be bound by suc(...)

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif before the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Iran is making progress in negotiations with six world powers aimed at ending a decade-long nuclear standoff between Tehran and the West, but the disc(...)

Kosovo police secure the area in front of the Sveti Sava elementary school polling station in the northern part of the ethnically divided Kosovo town of Mitrovica today. Photograph: Reuters/Marko Djurica

Violence, voter intimidation and a widespread Serb boycott have marred local elections in Kosovo, which were closely watched by the European Union for(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore during a press conference with former US Diplomat Dr Richard Haass at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin today. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has today condemned the US for eavesdropping on the telephone conversations of European leaders.Mr Gilmore was speaking at the (...)

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton speaks with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif last night in Geneva, after he gave an hour-long presentation on Iran’s proposals to end the nuclear deadlock. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Reuters

Negotiations in Geneva are due to go into a second day today after the first “very detailed” technical discussions between Iran and major powers ov(...)

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 (...)

International Atomic Energy Agency  chief nuclear inspector Herman Nackaerts speaks to journalists as he arrives for a meeting about Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme

It is quite an experience to listen to an Israeli, an Iranian, an Egyptian and a Finn discuss nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament efforts in the(...)

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani takes questions from journalists during a news conference in New York yesterday. Photograph: Adrees Latif /Reuters

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani ended his week in New York with a striking offer to work fast to defuse tensions with America, hailing the US as “a g(...)

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