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John Kerry, Mohammad Javad Zarif try to lessen N-talk gaps

Washington and Tehran’s top diplomats sat down again Monday for talks on Iran’s nuclear programme as they struggled to narrow gaps ahead of a key deadline.

Nuclear talks: Kerry, Zarif meet as deadline looms

US secretary of state John Kerry arrived in Geneva Sunday for fresh talks with his Iranian counterpart on Tehran’s nuclear programme, after warning “significant gaps” remain ahead of a key deadline.

US farm bodies seek action on India, China

Big developing countries such as China and India are routinely breaking international trade rules on agriculture and the US government sho-uld take action to stop them, representatives of US corn and

UN probe ready to release Syria ‘war criminals’ list

UN investigators said Friday they were prepared to publish secret lists of alleged war criminals in Syria to help stem an “exponential rise” in rights violations in the war-ravaged country.

Swiss officials raid HSBC in stash case


Geneva’s public prosecutor searched HSBC’s lakeside Swiss office on Wednesday after opening a criminal inquiry into allegations of aggravated money laundering, the second probe to hit the bank this we

Swiss raid HSBC over laundering allegations

Swiss authorities Wednesday raided the offices of British banking giant HSBC’s Swiss unit as part of a money laundering probe into the bank that has been accused of helping clients dodge millions of d

Sri Lanka war crimes report deferred by six months

The UN Human Rights Council has delayed by six months the release of a report into alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war, following reque-st by the country’s newly-elected governme

Climate pact blueprint is adopted: United Nations

Negotiators in Geneva adopted a climate blueprint Friday, a symbolic milestone in the fraught UN process that must culminate in a universal pact in Paris in December.

US move to make climate changes rejected

A US move to make changes in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has been rejected by developing nations, including India which has argued in favour of its “forceful implementati

‘WFP alarmed over ISIS logos on its food parcels’

The UN World Food Programme has declared itself “extre-mely concerned” by photographs showing its food parcels being handed out in Syria with ISIS logos on them.

The devil, they say, is in the details. There is a world of difference between the Budget speech of Arun Jaitley, peppered with smart announcements, and the real numbers in the Budget documents.

“It’s always time to say goodbye Said the spider to the fly As he wove his tangled web With a crocodile tear in his eye. It’s easier jumping over the moon Sang the cow to a feline tune