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Reaching N-deal with Iran before deadline difficult: US

US Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken has told lawmakers that it will be "difficult" for Washington and other powers to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran before next Monday, the deadline set for finalising the negotiations.

World powers hunker down ahead of Iran talks finale

Senior negotiators from six world powers were to gather in Vienna Friday to kick off a flurry of final meetings before a November 24 deadline to strike a landmark nuclear deal with Iran.

Iran`s current uranium enrichment `not acceptable`: US

 Iran cannot convince the world that its current ability to enrich uranium is acceptable, the top US negotiator said on Tuesday ahead of new nuclear talks with global powers.

EU, Iran to hold fresh nuclear talks

EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif on Wednesday in New York for further talks on Tehran`s contested nuclear programme, her spokeswoman said.

Iran FM heads to New York for nuclear talks

Iran`s foreign minister headed to New York Tuesday to resume nuclear talks with major powers but it was unclear if there would be a repeat visit by President Hassan Rouhani, who launched Tehran`s opening a year ago.

EU`s Ashton, Iran FM hold talks in Istanbul

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran`s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met behind closed doors Monday in Istanbul to discuss the path toward a final nuclear deal, an Iranian source said.

EU to back Serbia`s difficult reforms: Catherine Ashton

The European Union will help Serbia`s new EU-hopeful government implement ambitious economic reforms, the bloc`s foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said Monday.

Israel PM slams world `hypocrisy` on Iran

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday lashed out at the international community for its "hypocrisy" in ignoring Israel`s discovery of a shipload of weapons allegedly sent from Iran to Gaza.

In Iran, EU`s Ashton says no guarantee on nuclear deal

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Sunday a final accord on Iran`s nuclear programme cannot be guaranteed, during a landmark visit underscoring a thaw in Tehran`s ties with the West.

Ashton says no guarantee of final Iran nuclear accord

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said today there is "no guarantee" that talks with Iran on its disputed nuclear programme will lead to a comprehensive agreement.

EU foreign policy chief holds `useful` talks with Lavrov over Ukraine

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton held "useful" talks in Madrid with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over the spiralling crisis in Ukraine, a European source said.

Russia`s Lavrov says Feb agreement must be basis for Ukraine peace

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton an EU-brokered agreement signed on February 21 should be the basis for stabilising the situation in Ukraine, the ministry said on Wednesday.

EU`s Ashton calls urgent Ukraine talks Monday

European Union foreign ministers will hold a new round of crisis talks in Brussels on Monday.

EU plans to deploy 1,000 troops in CAR: Ashton

The European Union plans to send around 1,000 troops to the Central African Republic to help restore order, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Friday.

Ashton to meet Ukraine leader in fresh push to resolve crisis

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was set on Wednesday to meet Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych amid opposition accusations the embattled leader was dragging his feet over proposals to resolve a crisis.

Ukraine MPs fail to strike constitution deal

Ukrainian lawmakers failed to agree on curbing the president`s powers at a stormy debate on Tuesday as international pressure grew for ending the two-month crisis with the expected arrival of the EU foreign policy chief.

EU`s Ashton to hold Middle East `Quartet` talks

EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton will chair a meeting of top international officials working on the Israel-Palestinian peace process Saturday, saying "bold" decisions are needed.

EU`s Ashton advances Ukraine trip to Tuesday

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is to fly to Ukraine on Tuesday, 48 hours earlier than previously scheduled, to help defuse the country`s crisis, she announced Monday.

EU`s Ashton to meet Yanukovych, opposition in Kiev next week

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday she will meet Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders in Kiev next week in an effort to promote dialogue.

EU `s Ashton invited to visit Iran

Iranian government has invited the European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to visit Tehran, the country`s foreign minister said here Saturday.