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Iran nuclear talks soldier on, no breakthrough in bomb probe

Vienna - Tortuous talks towards a Iran nuclear deal ploughed on Friday with the head of the UN's atomic watchdog having apparently failed in Tehran to advance a nuclear bomb probe, a major hurdle to the accord.

Iran nuclear talks set to drag into weekend -- and beyond

Vienna - Agonising talks towards a grand bargain nuclear deal between Iran and major powers looked set Thursday to drag into the weekend and beyond, with stubborn differences still separating the two sides in Vienna.

UN watchdog chief to Iran as nuclear talks extended

Vienna - Intense talks between Iran and world powers ramped up Wednesday with the chief of the UN atomic watchdog due in Tehran seeking to resolve an impasse over a nuclear bomb probe.

Iran nuclear talks deadline extended to July 7

Vienna - Iran and six major powers on Tuesday gave themselves until July 7 to clinch a historic nuclear deal as a midnight deadline approached in marathon talks with no breakthrough in sight.

Iran-U.S. talks give foes rare window into another world

Vienna - Iran and US have not had diplomatic ties for more than three decades, yet over the past 20 months they have likely sat down together more often than any other nations on Earth.

Deal or no deal, Iran president faces headaches at home

Tehran - Iran's president has been pursuing a nuclear agreement for two years but even if a deal is reached Hassan Rouhani and his government will soon face mounting political pressure at home.

Iran's Zarif returns to nuclear talks after Tehran consultations

Vienna - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived back in Vienna on Tuesday for nuclear talks with world powers after holding consultations in Tehran, Iranian officials said.

Iran nuclear deal unlikely before deadline, criticism mounts Special

The deadline for nuclear negotiations is set to be delayed once again as it looks increasingly likely that negotiators will unable to meet the June 30 deadline. The Obama administration does believe, however, that a deal is within reach.

Iran's Zarif back at nuclear talks seeking 'just' deal

Vienna - Iran's foreign minister kept his cards close to his chest Tuesday as he returned to the fray in marathon nuclear talks with major powers after consultations in Tehran, saying only he wants a "just" deal.

U.S. says there's a way to give UN access to Iran sites

Vienna - Global powers negotiating with Iran have put forward proposals to give the UN atomic watchdog access to all suspect Iranian sites as part of the outlines of a deal, a senior US official said Monday.

In Iran, morale fragile as nuclear talks stumble

Tehran - For Amir Moghtader the waiting has become a torment. Uncertainty is the cause, but as the clock ticks down he still hopes there can be a nuclear deal for Iran.

Lavrov going to Vienna amid tough Iran talks

Moscow - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he planned to meet his US counterpart John Kerry on Tuesday in Vienna where global powers are engaged in make-or-break nuclear talks with Iran.

Obama sent Iran message ahead of nuclear deadline: Report

Tehran - US President Barack Obama recently sent a private message to Iran's leadership via Iraq's prime minister, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday on the eve of a deadline for a nuclear deal.

Kerry says 'too early' to tell if Iran deal sealed

Vienna - US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Monday it was too soon to tell if a nuclear deal with Iran is possible as he awaited the return of Iran's foreign minister from consultations in Tehran.

All sides showing 'political will' for Iran deal: EU

Vienna - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Sunday all sides had shown the political will needed to strike a nuclear deal with Iran, praising the "good results" despite a day of tough talks."I would say that the political will is there.

All parties in Iran talks set to stay past deadline: US

Vienna - Negotiators in Vienna for make-or-break nuclear talks with Iran are all "planning to stay past" a June 30 deadline for a deal, a US official said Sunday, echoing comments from Iran.

Iran nuclear talks enter 'critical phase'

Vienna - Talks between Iran and major powers entered Sunday a "critical phase" with tensions rising days from a deadline to nail down a deal thwarting any Iranian nuclear arms drive.

Iran, US warn of 'hard work' at tough nuclear talks

Vienna - Iran and the US showed little sign Saturday of an early breakthrough in last-ditch nuclear talks with both sides warning of "hard work" ahead and France stressing key issues remain unresolved.

Saudi seeks nuclear deals, alliances to counter Iran

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia is pursuing its own nuclear projects and building alliances to counter Iran, which is days away from a potential atomic deal Riyadh fears could further destabilise the region.

Iran says still 'major problems' in nuclear talks

Vienna - Iran warned Friday that "some major problems" need to be resolved before a historic nuclear deal can be agreed, as US Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to fly to Vienna for crunch weekend talks.

US says Iran nuclear deal deadline may 'slip'

Vienna - High-stakes talks to nail down a historic deal with Iran to curtail its nuclear programme may "slip" past a June 30 deadline, a top US official admitted Thursday ahead of crunch weekend negotiations in Vienna.

Reformist Iranian minister survives impeachment vote

Tehran - Iran's parliament voted overwhelmingly Wednesday against impeaching the education minister, in a victory for President Hassan Rouhani over hardliners.

Iran lawmakers pass bill to protect nuclear programme

Tehran - Iran's parliament approved a controversial bill Tuesday that it said would protect the country's nuclear programme, but which could also hinder final negotiations on a deal with world powers.

One week to finalise historic Iran nuclear deal

Vienna - The gruelling diplomatic marathon towards an historic deal putting an Iranian nuclear bomb out of reach entered the final furlong Tuesday with one week left for Iran and six major powers to finalise the accord.

Iranian opposition group claims widespread support

As nuclear negotiations in Iran approach the June 30 deadline, the Iranian government is finding itself under the ever increasing scrutiny of critics and opposition groups.

Iran lawmakers curtailed on power to veto nuclear deal

Tehran - Iran's parliament curtailed its own power to block a nuclear deal with world powers Sunday, effectively removing a longstanding threat that a final accord could be torn up by lawmakers.

Leading public figures urge U.S. to engage Iranian opposition Special

Thirty-eight leading public figures, many of them former government officials, urged the White House, State Department, and presidential candidates to engage with opposition groups opposed to the Iranian regime.

Iran allows some women to watch male volleyball

Tehran - There will be no general admission for Iranian women at two upcoming male international volleyball matches but a small number will be granted special permission to watch, a security official said Tuesday.

Iraq PM to visit Iran for 'talks on anti-IS war'

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will travel to Iran on Wednesday for talks on the war against the Islamic State jihadist group, his office said.

Western 'haggling' a risk to nuclear deadline: Rouhani

Tehran - Iran's president warned Saturday that haggling by world powers could jeopardise the June 30 deadline for a nuclear agreement, admitting many differences remain on the details of the potentially historic deal.
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