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US, Russia arms talks start with little hope of accord

Vienna - The United States and Russia meet Monday in Vienna for talks on their last major nuclear weapons agreement against a backdrop of growing tensions and differences over whether they see any value in arms control at all.

EU top diplomat holds talks in Iran to de-escalate tensions

Tehran - Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell on Monday held talks in the Iranian capital during a mission aimed at lowering tensions over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.

EU top diplomat holds talks in Iran 'to de-escalate tensions'

Tehran - Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell on Monday held talks in the Iranian capital on a mission aimed at lowering tensions over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.

Iran's Khamenei slams 'cowardly' European governments

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday accused the governments of Britain, France and Germany of being "American lackeys" in the face of US pressure over the nuclear accord.

Audit raps French energy giant EDF over nuclear project

Paris - An official report rapped French energy giant EDF on the knuckles Monday for lacking a "culture of quality," as reflected in huge delays and price overruns at a nuclear plant it has been building for more than a decade.

Macron spearheads pressure on Bolsonaro over Amazon fires

Paris - France's Emmanuel Macron led a growing wave of international pressure on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest Friday, telling him Paris would block efforts to seal a major trade deal.

Macron seeks lead EU role in Iran crisis

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to lead European diplomatic efforts to find a face-saving solution to the latest crisis between Tehran and Washington, with the EU looking to buy time and soothe tensions, diplomats and experts say.

Iraq warns of 'danger of war' as Iranian FM visits

Baghdad - Iraqi leaders have warned of the risks of war during a visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, whose country is locked in a tense standoff with the United States.

Trump insists relations with Kim are 'very good'

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Friday insisted that his relations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were "very good" even though their Hanoi summit spectacularly failed to produce a nuclear deal.

Trump's 'great chemistry' with Kim Jong Un put to test at summit

Washington - Convinced he has forged a budding friendship with Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump frequently boasts that he has made history with the North Korean leader.

Dropping weapons treaty would let US update its nuclear arsenal

Washington - The US scrapping of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia could launch a new arms race, but will also allow the United States to update its nuclear arsenal, a publicly stated goal for the past year.

Moscow wants UN resolution to preserve nuclear arms treaty

New York - The US pushed back Thursday against a Russian draft resolution to the UN General Assembly that proposed to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) that the US plans to pull out of, according to diplomatic sources.

French MPs warn of nuclear safety 'failings'

Paris - A French parliamentary inquiry on Thursday flagged up "failings" in the defences of the country's nuclear power plants, days after activists crashed a drone into a facility to underscore safety concerns.

France vows to seek stronger Iran deal, with or without US

Paris - Paris will continue to push for a broader deal aimed at ensuring Iran complies with a landmark 2015 deal curbing its nuclear programme, "whether the United States participates or not", France's defence chief said Tuesday.

Trumps host Macrons for a glitzy Mount Vernon evening

Mount Vernon - The French and American presidents walked in step as they approached George Washington's historic Mount Vernon mansion overlooking the Potomac River, their stiletto-clad wives following as a harpist serenaded the glamorous double date.

Trump prepares for visit by Saudi prince who has rocked the kingdom

Washington - Donald Trump will host Saudi Arabia's crown prince in Washington Tuesday, giving the president a receptive audience to denounce rival Iran and a chance to take stock of significant changes the prince is engineering in the kingdom.

Police tear gas anti-nuclear protesters in France

Mandres-en-barrois - Police used tear gas during clashes with anti-nuclear protesters at a waste site in northeastern France on Saturday.

Police tear gas anti-nuclear protesters in France

Mandres-en-barrois - Police used tear gas during clashes with anti-nuclear protesters at a waste site in northeastern France on Saturday.

Police tear gas anti-nuclear protesters in France

Mandres-en-barrois - Police used tear gas during clashes with anti-nuclear protesters at a waste site in northeastern France on Saturday.

Nobel winning anti-nuclear group urges Trump not to quit Iran deal

New York - The nuclear weapons disarmament campaign group that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on Monday urged US President Donald Trump to uphold the Iran nuclear deal to "avoid causing any more conflict.

N. Korea could nuke US, Europe 'within months': France

Paris - France's foreign minister warned Friday that North Korea could have the capacity to deliver a nuclear strike on the United States and even Europe "within months".
 

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