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Iran cautiously optimistic about progress in Vienna nuclear deal talks

A senior Iranian official offered a cautiously optimistic assessment of progress in talks aimed at bringing the United States back to the 2015 world powers agreement with Tehran on its nuclear program, saying that a "new understanding" appears to be taking shape.Iran has been negotiating with the five powers that remain in the deal - France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China - in Vienna for the past two weeks.An American delegation was also in Vienna, but without speaking directly to Iran.Iran's deputy foreign minister said the talks had entered a new phase, adding that Iran had proposed draft agreements that could be a basis for negotiations."We believe that the talks have reached a stage where the parties can start working on a joint draft," Abbas Araghchi told Iranian state televisi...
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The United States and China agree to cooperate on the climate crisis urgently

The United States and China, the world's two biggest carbon polluters, agreed to cooperate to curb climate change urgently, just days before President Joe Biden hosts a virtual summit of world leaders to discuss the issue.The deal was reached by US special envoy for climate John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua during two days of talks in Shanghai last week, according to a joint statement.The two countries "are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to face the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands," the statement said.China and the United States are the world's top carbon polluters, expelling almost half of the fossil fuel gases that are heating the planet's atmosphere. Their cooperation is key ...
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Myanmar junta frees thousands of prisoners from jail

The Myanmar junta has announced that it has pardoned and released more than 23,000 prisoners on the occasion of the Thingyan New Year holiday.The gesture was announced by state broadcaster MRTV, which added that Major General Min Aung Hlaing had pardoned a total of 23,047 prisoners, including 137 foreigners who will be deported from the country in the coming days. Other prisoners have had their sentences reduced. It is not yet clear whether the decision applied to any of the pro-democracy activists detained after the military took power in February.The move comes amid continued daily protests against the military's overthrow of the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and the use of lethal force by the state to quell protesters.According to the Association for the Assistance to Polit...
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Suspect in attack on Natanz nuclear facility named on Iranian state television as talks continue in Vienna

Iran named a suspect in the attack on its Natanz nuclear enrichment facility and said he fled the country hours before the incident.Last Sunday's alleged sabotage involved a power outage at the underground facility, which houses thousands of centrifuges, apparently caused by an explosion. The extent of the damage remains unclear, but it sparked a furious backlash in Tehran amid talks with world powers in Vienna about the possibility of the United States re-entering the nuclear deal. Last week, President Hassan Rouhani declared that Iran would increase nuclear enrichment to 60 percent purity, three times more than ever, in response to the incident, for which the country has so far blamed Israel.Iranian State TV Report Offers New Details On Natanz ExplosionA report by state television in ...
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Japan and the US show alliance, resolution to negotiate with China

US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga showed the alliance between their two countries, as well as their shared determination to deal with China, when they met at the White House on Friday for the first expensive talks. to face of Biden with a foreigner. leader as president.Suga and Biden, who wore masks to their meeting on a visit modified by coronavirus precautions, sought to challenge Chinese President Xi Jinping's message that the United States and democracies in general are in decline following political upheaval and international withdrawal. that marked Donald. Trump presidency.At a press conference in the Rose Garden after their meeting, Biden emphasized the United States' commitments to defending Japan, saying that the alliance - the United States is...
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Raúl Castro confirms his resignation, ending a long era in Cuba

Raúl Castro said Friday that he is resigning as head of the Communist Party of Cuba, ending an era of formal leadership by him and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution.Castro, 89, made the announcement Friday in a speech at the inauguration of the ruling party's Eighth Congress, the only one allowed on the island.He said that he was leaving with the feeling of having "fulfilled his mission and confidence in the future of the country."Castro did not say who he would endorse as his successor as first secretary of the Communist Party. But he previously indicated that he is in favor of handing over control to Miguel Díaz-Canel, 60, who succeeded him as president in 2018 and is the standard-bearer for a younger generation of loyalists who have been pushing for an eco...
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Pakistan temporarily blocks access to social media after anti-French protests

Pakistan has briefly blocked access to all social media platforms, after days of anti-French protests.in a notice to the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, the Interior Ministry said it would restrict all social media and messaging platforms for 4 hours on Friday.The ministry said the measure was taken "to maintain public order and security" and did not elaborate.Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, TikTok, and Telegram were restricted from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. local time. Telecom operators initially said that no fixed schedule had been given for restoring the data.As a result, the hashtags #SocialMediaBanInPakistan and #blocked were widely shared in the country, before access to social media apps was restored.The blockade comes just a day after the French embassy in Pakistan a...
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Residents of Bucharest’s collapsed buildings live in fear of the threat of an earthquake

Bucharest is the EU capital most at risk for earthquakes, many seismologists believe. And with hundreds of vulnerable old buildings suffering decades of neglect, many residents of the Romanian capital live in fear of losing their lives.Violeta and Asaad Hussein have been trying to reinforce the building's structure for 21 years. The works have started but have been left unfinished. Bad experiences accumulate."Once there was an earthquake a little bigger than the others," says Violeta. “It was overnight. The owners of the apartments on the fifth and sixth floors of this building, and those of the surrounding buildings, ran down the stairs in their nightgowns and met in the street. This really ... really happened to us. "Survival KitsLocal authorities distribute special earthquake s...
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China steps up vaccination campaign with free eggs for those who receive the vaccine

China's success in controlling the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in a population that seems almost reluctant to get vaccinated. The country is accelerating its vaccination campaign by offering incentives - free eggs, shopping coupons, and discounts on groceries and merchandise - to those who take a hit.After a slow start, China is now administering millions of vaccines a day. A top government doctor, Zhong Nanshan, announced a June target of vaccinating 560 million of the country's 1.4 billion people.The challenge lies in part in the scale of the effort and the need to convince a population that currently feels safe from infection.When patients first presented to Wuhan hospitals in late 2019 with fever, cough, and breathing difficulties, the government locked the city and others in...
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France Becomes Third Western European Country To Exceed 100,000 COVID Death Milestone

France has become the third Western European country to surpass the 100,000 death milestone from COVID-19.The country recorded another 296 deaths on Thursday, surpassing the threshold."We will not forget any face, no name," said French President Emmanuel Macron."Since the beginning of the pandemic, 100,000 French women and men have succumbed to the virus. We all think of their families, their loved ones, children who have lost a parent or grandparent, bereaved siblings, broken friendships."Italy and the United Kingdom are the only other Western European countries to have recorded a six-figure death toll.But other European countries, including Portugal and Belgium, have higher coronavirus death rates relative to population. The vast majority of France's 100,000 deaths occurred during the...