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Topic - Catherine Ashton, Baroness Ashton Of Upholland
Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Geneva to join negotiations about Iran's nuclear program, the State Department announced Friday, raising expectations that a deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program could be in the works.
Under pressure from Congress and Israel to resist rushing into a hasty deal, the Obama administration reacted cautiously to news from Geneva on Wednesday of progress in the international talks with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.
A top U.S. diplomat met a jailed senior leader in the Muslim Brotherhood early on Monday as part of mediation efforts to end the standoff between Egypt's military-backed government and protesters supporting the ousted president, government officials said.
The head of the European Union's foreign policy unit, Catherine Ashton, met with Egypt's Mohammed Morsi late Monday, the first time the former president has been granted a meeting with any diplomat since the military threw him from office on July 3.
Switzerland agreed to limit the level of immigrants allowed from the European Union beginning this May, adding to caps that are already in place for eight other central and eastern states.
The EU's foreign policy chief says that nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers have failed to reach an agreement.
Governments and rights organizations are decrying raids by Russian authorities on more than 2,000 international and domestic advocacy groups, what observers say is an unprecedented campaign to silence critics of the Kremlin.
Foreign ministers with the European Union are meeting to find consensus on how the global community might stop the violence in Syria.
Iran’s foreign minister on Sunday welcomed the United States’ willingness to hold direct talks with Tehran on the standoff over its nuclear program but didn’t commit to accepting the offer — insisting that Washington must show “fair and real” intentions to resolve the issue and complaining about “threatening rhetoric.”
Iran's foreign minister on Sunday welcomed the willingness of the United States to hold direct talks with Tehran in the standoff over its nuclear program but didn't commit to accepting the offer — insisting that Washington must show "fair and real" intentions to resolve the issue and complaining about "threatening rhetoric."
Soldiers arrested Mali's prime minister and forced him to resign before dawn on Tuesday, showing that the military remains the real power in this troubled West Africa nation, even though officers made a show of handing back authority to a civilian-led government after a coup in March.
Soldiers arrested Mali's prime minister and ordered him to resign, showing that the military is still the real power in the capital of this large West African country even though soldiers made a show of returning control back to civilian leaders several months after launching a coup in March.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton toured a Serbian Orthodox church in Kosovo on Wednesday as she pressed America's close ally to step up its minority outreach while trying to convince ethnic Serbs that they have a home in Europe's youngest nation.
The United States and the European Union said Tuesday they'll press on with sanctions against Iran, even as they hope the promise of new negotiations could lead to a diplomatic solution ending the nuclear standoff.
Proposals from both Iran and the group of six world powers will be on the table at the next round of talks in Moscow next week, not just the West's demand to halt Iran's highest-level uranium enrichment, Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Wednesday.
"We can't lose Ukraine," Ms. Ashton was quoted by the Estonian news service.
Ashton said he was well and had access to TV and newspapers.