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Oil eases as big powers negotiate with Iran

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LONDON - Oil prices slipped on Monday as officials from Iran and six world powers discussed a possible deal over Tehran's nuclear programme that could bring an end to sanctions and allow an increase in Iranian oil exports.

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Teva to buy U.S. drug developer Auspex Pharma for $3.5 billion 2:54pm BST

TEL AVIV - Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said it would buy U.S. biopharmaceutical firm Auspex Pharmaceuticals Inc for an equity value of $3.5 billion (2.36 billion pounds) to boost its portfolio of treatments for the central nervous system.

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Setbacks and progress as Iran, six powers meet to end nuclear impasse 2:23pm BST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The foreign ministers of Iran and six world powers met on Monday in a final push for a preliminary nuclear accord less than two days before their deadline as Tehran showed signs of backing away from previous compromise offers. | Video

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Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin - Reuters/Ipsos poll 1:53pm BST

WASHINGTON - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. | Video

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Syria gets Russian arms under deals signed since conflict began - Assad 11:33am BST

MOSCOW - Russia is supplying weapons to Damascus under contracts signed since the conflict in Syria began in 2011, as well as under earlier deals, President Bashar al-Assad said.

Pakistan defence team heads for Saudi to discuss support 10:14am BST

ISLAMABAD - A high-level Pakistani defence delegation was about to leave for Saudi Arabia on Monday as the government in Islamabad considers whether to join a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.

China still needs to evacuate 400 nationals from Yemen 10:11am BST

BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday it had already evacuated 122 of its nationals from strife-torn Yemen to Djibouti, with 400 more still to go, as it repeated a call for a political resolution to the crisis.

India to fly out more nationals from Yemeni capital 8:10am BST

NEW DELHI - India was readying the evacuation of up to 500 nationals from the capital of Yemen on Monday, after four nights of Saudi-led air strikes against Iranian-backed forces whose advances forced the president to flee.

Clashes with Taliban halt supply of power in south Afghanistan 6:22am BST

KABUL - Clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban have cut off the main supply of power to Afghanistan's Helmand and Kandahar provinces, according to residents and the chief of the national power company.

Yemen strikes will continue until Hadi can rule - Saudi spokesman 1:47am BST

RIYADH - Air strikes in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia will continue until Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who left the country on Thursday, is able to rule, a Saudi military spokesman said on Sunday.

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