UN should stop funding Iran anti-drugs operations: Rights groups

Six rights groups urged the United Nations anti-drugs agency on Wednesday to stop funding counter-narcotics police operations in Iran until Tehran ends the death penalty for such offences.

Austria orders `anti-Semitic` Saudi school closed

Austrian authorities said Tuesday they have ordered a Saudi-financed school to close due to allegations of anti-Jewish teachings and for failing to give the names of staff.

UN atomic watchdog seeks funds for Iran inspections

The head of the UN atomic watchdog went cap in hand to member states Thursday seeking 4.6 million euros ($5.7 million) to pay for additional inspections of Iran`s nuclear facilities.

Vienna conference on impact of nuclear weapons concludes

The two-day Vienna conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons concluded Tuesday in the Austrian capital Vienna with setting the goal of working toward a world free of nuclear weapons.

Austrian police launch mass raids against jihad recruiters: Report

 Austrian police raided homes, prayer rooms and mosques around the country early Friday in a mass operation targeting suspected jihad recruiters, the Austria Press Agency reported, citing police sources.

Child trafficking on the rise: UN

One in three victims of human trafficking worldwide is a child, many of them subject to sexual exploitation or forced labour, a UN report said Monday.

World powers, Iran discuss extending nuclear deal deadline: US

Iran and world powers are now discussing a possible extension of their deadline for a nuclear deal, a senior US State Department official said Sunday for the first time.

Iran open to extending nuclear talks up to one year

Iran signalled on Sunday it is open to having nuclear talks with world powers extended by up to a year if no real progress toward a deal is achieved later on Sunday, the eve of a deadline.

Iran considers extending nuclear talks up to one year: Iranian source

Iran is prepared to have nuclear negotiations with world powers extended by up to a year if no agreement is struck later Sunday, an Iranian source told AFP.

Israeli strike threat `diplomatic card` against Iran: Experts

 Despite Israeli threats of a strike on Iran if world powers fail to halt its nuclear drive at talks entering an endgame in Vienna, experts see the sabre-rattling as largely diplomatic brinkmanship.

Deadlocked Iran nuclear talks enter cliffhanger final weekend

Iran and world powers appeared set on Saturday for a fresh round of cliffhanger nuclear talks in a bid to break the deadlock two days ahead of a deadline.

Major powers, Iran racing against time for nuke deal

The world`s major powers and Iran are racing against time to reach a deal over Tehran`s nuclear programme, with another extension of the negotiations not being the focus.

Iran minister cancels plan to leave nuclear talks for Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday canceled plans to depart from nuclear talks with six world powers in Vienna and return to Tehran for consultations with top officials in Iran four days ahead of a deadline for a final agreement.

Kerry to leave Iran talks in Vienna for Paris later Friday: US

 US Secretary of State John Kerry will return Friday to Paris for consultations amid talks in Vienna aimed at settling a dispute over Iran`s nuclear programme, days before a deadline.

Iran, US, French officials to leave nuclear talks as deadline looms

Iran`s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif may return later Friday to Tehran for consultations on the nuclear talks he is having in Vienna with world powers, an Iranian source told AFP.

'Concerned' Kerry joins troubled Iran nuclear talks
'Concerned' Kerry joins troubled Iran nuclear talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Vienna today to join troubled nuclear talks four days before a deadline, with Russia warning that getting a deal will be "very difficult".

French foreign minister to travel to Vienna Friday for Iran nuclear talks

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will travel to Vienna on Friday, joining his US counterpart John Kerry to participate in the last-ditch talks on Iran`s nuclear programme, his office announced Thursday.

Powers 'not discussing' extending Iran nuclear deadline: Kerry

World powers negotiating with Iran over its nuclear programme are united in their search for an agreement and are not discussing an extension of the deadline, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

Ukraine peace outlook is bleak: OSCE official

Prospects for peace in eastern Ukraine are "bleak", underscoring the need to uphold a shaky ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels, a senior official from the OSCE security watchdog said on Thursday

Russian and Saudi foreign ministers to meet in Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet his Saudi counterpart, Prince Saud al-Faisal, in Moscow on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, as Iran and world powers seek to reach a deal on nuclear talks.