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Iran nuclear talks begin with rare mood of optimism

The first talks between Iran and the world’s leading powers for over a year have opened on a rare note of optimism, with a diplomat hailing the ‘completely different’ atmosphere of the first session. Saeed Jalili, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, has so far made no specific suggestions for how to resolve the confrontation Photo: AFP tag –> ...

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LIVE: Titanic 100th anniversary commemorations

Key points • On 14 April 1912, 740 km from Newfoundland, the Titanic hit an iceberg at 2340 (Ship's Time) • The iceberg scraped the ship’s starboard side • The Titanic took two-and-a-half hours to sink • At approximately 0218 the Titanic broke in two, with the bow going underwater • Titanic’s 20 lifeboats could carry only 1,178 people 1,512 ...

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Secure despite rocket fiasco, N.Korea’s Kim lauds military

PYONGYANG (Reuters) – North Korea’s new leader delivered his first major public speech on Sunday as the impoverished state celebrated the centenary of its founder’s birth, calling for a push to “final victory” despite a failed rocket launch two days ago. A jowly Kim Jong-un, clad in black and the third of his line to rule North Korea, read monotonously ...

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Will the World Bank change direction?

The next president of the World Bank is expected to be named next week, and for the first time the US is facing a real challenge over the bank’s leadership. The World Bank is made up of 187 nations. It distributes billions of dollars in loans each year to developing countries for projects to develop healthcare, education and infrastructure. Its ...

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Syria truce largely holds but at least six killed in protests 

Activists said security forces killed at least six people Friday, a lower-than-usual toll. The rallies, described as some of the largest in months, stretched from the suburbs of Damascus to the central province of Hama, Idlib in the north and the southern province of Daraa, where the uprising began in March 2011. "Come on, Bashar, leave!" the crowd shouted in ...

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The Summit of the Americas, WikiLeaks and the failed war on drugs

– Back in the 1990s, when many Latin American governments were aligned with Washington’s wider political and economic goals in the hemisphere, the so-called “Summits of the Americas” rarely displayed any contentious fireworks. Yet times have changed and this year’s summit, to be held in Cartagena, Colombia, could prove to be highly combustible. Unhappy with the Obama administration’s failed war ...

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Bahrain GP will go ahead, says FIA

Shanghai: The Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix will go ahead as scheduled next week, the governing FIA said on Friday, despite continuing anti-government protests like those which forced the cancellation of the race last year. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement that it had received regular security briefings from senior diplomatic officials in the Gulf kingdom and ...

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