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Iran nuclear talks go down to wire as Israel lashes out

Lausanne - High-stakes negotiations to rein in Iran's suspect nuclear programme looked set to go down to the wire Sunday with only three days left until a midnight deadline for the outlines of a deal.

Guarded optimism as Iran nuclear talks enter 'endgame'

Lausanne - World powers appeared Saturday to be narrowing in on a deal to stop Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb, with marathon talks stretching into the evening as Iran's foreign minister voiced confidence the final hurdles can be overcome.

Iran talks reach fever pitch amid calls for compromise

Lausanne - Tough negotiations to end a decade-long standoff over Iran's suspect nuclear programme move into top gear Saturday, seeking to overcome stubborn hurdles as both sides urged painful compromises.

UN criticises N.Korea for 'systematic' abductions of foreigners

Ginebra - The UN Human Rights Council on Friday strongly criticised North Korea for the "systematic abduction" of foreigners, after a UN investigation found the country had snatched up to 200,000 foreign nationals.

What an Iran nuclear deal could look like

Lausanne - US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart meet in Switzerland on Thursday for a final round of talks before a March 31 deadline to agree the outlines of an elusive nuclear deal.

Rouhani writes to Obama as Iran talks near deadline

Lausanne - Iran's president Thursday appealed to global leaders including Barack Obama as negotiators raced against the clock to agree the outlines of a deal that puts an Iranian nuclear bomb out of reach.

US sees 'path' to long-elusive Iran deal

Lausanne - A nuclear deal with Iran capping over a decade of talks is in sight by a March 31 deadline, US officials said, but they remained cautious as top diplomat John Kerry prepared Thursday for down-to-the-wire negotiations.

UN ask for $30mn to help cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu

Ginebra - The United Nations on Tuesday launched an urgent appeal for nearly $30 million to provide life-saving assistance in Vanuatu after the island nation was ravaged by cyclone Pam.

Assange demands rape case files before Sweden questions him

Ginebra - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will agree to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in London over rape allegations, but only if he is given access to the investigation files, his defence said Monday.

UN sanctions emerge as possible Iran talks 'deal breaker'

Lausanne - On US Secretary of State John Kerry's Swiss bike rides last week to unwind from intense Iran nuclear talks, one emerging tricky issue may well have been going round his head: UN sanctions.

S. Sudan govt, rebels kidnapping children to fight: UNICEF

Ginebra - South Sudan's army and rebels have stepped up the kidnapping of children to fight in the country's civil war, with hundreds snatched from villlages in the last month alone, the UN children's agency said Friday.

'Intensive' Iran nuclear talks head for deadline

Lausanne - Marathon talks towards an Iran nuclear deal looked likely Friday to go down to the wire of a March 31 deadline, with negotiations in Switzerland set to break up and resume next week.

Kerry, Zarif see progress in 'tough' Iran nuclear talks

Lausanne - US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Thursday hailed "progress" in marathon nuclear talks but Washington denied a draft deal was already being circulated.

IS likely committing genocide against Yazidi minority in Iraq: UN

Ginebra - Islamic State jihadists appear to be committing genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq, UN investigators said Thursday, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice at the International Criminal Court.

Iran downplays chances of nuclear deal this week

Lausanne - Marathon talks to draw up the outlines of a landmark Iran nuclear deal by a March 31 deadline looked set Wednesday to go down to the wire as Tehran played down chances of finishing the job this week.

White House says chances of Iran deal 50/50 'at best'

Lausanne - The chances of clinching a nuclear deal with Iran are 50/50 "at best", the White House said Tuesday as negotiators in Switzerland raced against the clock to close the gaps.

'Ways to go' in Iran nuclear talks as time runs short

Lausanne - The US hunkered down Tuesday with Iran for crunch talks while warning that key disagreements remain ahead of a March 31 deadline to agree the outlines of a major nuclear deal.

Kerry, Zarif in crunch round of Iran nuclear talks

Lausanne - Iran nuclear talks entered a critical week Monday with US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart sitting down in Switzerland seeking an elusive breakthrough after 18 months of intense negotiations.

Anti-IS fighter faces charges in Switzerland

Ginebra - A Swiss man of Syrian Christian origin who battled the Islamic State group faces charges after returning home, raising the issue of how Europe handles citizens fighting IS.

Swiss firm sells camouflage nets to sanctions-hit Russia

Ginebra - Russia has acquired high-tech camouflage netting from Switzerland for a record 85 million euros, having placed the order before Bern imposed sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict, reports said Sunday.
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