Iran nuclear talks miss deadline; U.S. threatens to walk away


LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Six world powers and Iran negotiated past a March 31 deadline into the wee hours of Wednesday, struggling to conclude an outline accord on Tehran's nuclear programme in the face of a U.S. threat to abandon the talks. | Video


Oil deepens loss on Iran talks; Brent ends March down 12 percent 31 Mar 2015

NEW YORK - Oil fell for a third straight session on Tuesday, with Brent crude tumbling 12 percent for the month, as world powers entered into intense negotiations with Iran for a nuclear deal that could bring more of its oil to an oversupplied market.

Congress, Obama head for Iran showdown, regardless of talks outcome 31 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Republicans will push ahead with legislation reflecting their deep mistrust of a nuclear deal with Iran whatever the outcome of talks between Tehran and major powers in Switzerland, setting up further confrontation with President Barack Obama.


Iran deal will allow nuclear breakout in less than a year - Netanyahu 31 Mar 2015

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators will leave Iran with the capability to develop a nuclear weapon in under a year.


More Iran oil post-sanctions, aimed at Asia, may hurt Iraq 31 Mar 2015

DUBAI/NEW DELHI/HONG KONG - A possible surge in Iranian oil exports from an end to sanctions will reboot a struggle between top Middle East producers for Asian buyers, with Iraq looking the most vulnerable.

Canada-based Iranian filmmaker 'in good shape' in Evin prison 30 Mar 2015

OTTAWA - A Canada-based Iranian writer and television producer was put into Tehran's notorious Evin prison soon after his return to his home country, but is in good shape, the filmmaker's son said on Monday.


Oil down as Iran races for Tuesday deadline on nuclear deal 30 Mar 2015

NEW YORK - Oil settled down for a second straight session on Monday as Iran and six world powers tried to negotiate a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme that could end Western sanctions and allow the OPEC member to ship more crude into an already flooded market.


Iran and six powers entrenched as clock ticks to nuclear deadline 30 Mar 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Iran and major powers were struggling on Monday to reach a preliminary nuclear accord as "gloom" set in, with both sides sticking to their positions a day before a self-imposed deadline. | Video

U.S. sees alternatives to Iran shipping stockpile abroad 30 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - Iran would not necessarily have to ship its stockpile of highly enriched uranium abroad under a nuclear pact with major powers, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Monday.

Nuclear deal with Iran may spur proxy wars, says EU official 30 Mar 2015

BRUSSELS - A nuclear deal with Iran may spur proxy wars in the Middle East as Sunni Muslims try to counter an increasingly wealthy and powerful Shi'ite Iran, the European Union’s counter-terrorism coordinator said on Monday.


Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of central Tikrit - PM

TIKRIT, Iraq - Iraqi troops aided by Shi'ite paramilitaries have driven Islamic State out of central Tikrit, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday, but the fight to retake all of Saddam Hussein's hometown continued.