'Framework' for final deal reached at Iran nuclear talks

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img Iran and world powers reached a framework on curbing Iran's nuclear program at marathon talks in Switzerland on Thursday that will allow further negotiations towards a final agreement.

A Western official said it would include limits on Iran's enrichment of uranium for 10 years.

Western and Iranian officials at the talks said they would conclude with a joint statement announcing that enough progress had been reached to allow further negotiations until a final deadline of June 30.

"Agreement on framework for final agreement reached. Press conference following," Germany's foreign ministry said on Twitter.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted: "Found solutions, ready to start drafting immediately".

President Hasan Rouhani made a similar announcement on Twitter and phoned Zarif and chief negotiator Ali Akbar Salehi to thank them for their work.

It was not clear how much of the framework's details would be officially announced. Its details are highly sensitive to bo

Iran Negotiators Reach Outline Nuclear Deal After Marathon Talks

Posted by Forexsq 187 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Iran and world powers said they reached an outline accord that keeps them on track to end a decade-long nuclear dispute, allowing three more months to resolve differences that couldn’t be bridged in the past week’s diplomatic marathon.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Twitter that solutions to the nuclear issue had been found and the process of drafting an accord can begin. Germany’s Foreign Ministry also said on Twitter that a framework solution has been reached.

Further details weren’t immediately clear. The Islamic Republic’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini were due to hold a press conference late Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, venue for more than a week of talks. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is also set to speak.

The sides now have three months until the end of June to bridge gaps and draft a detailed technical agreement that would ease the international sanctions imposed on Iran, i

Pilot hid health condition that would have banned flying

Posted by Forexsq 193 days ago (http://www.reuters.com)
img The pilot who crashed a plane in the French Alps had received a sick note from doctors showing he suffered a health condition that would have prevented him flying the day of the crash, which he apparently hid from his employer, German prosecutors said.

French prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus A320 on Tuesday and deliberately steered it into a mountain, killing all 150 people on board.

"Documents with medical contents were confiscated that point towards an existing illness and corresponding treatment by doctors," said the prosecutors' office in Duesseldorf, where the co-pilot lived and where the doomed flight from Barcelona was heading.

"The fact there are sick notes saying he was unable to work, among other things, that were found torn up, which were recent and even from the day of the crime, support the assumption based on the preliminary examination that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and hi

Saudis break from U.S. in Yemen strikes

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img Saudi Arabia kept some key details of its military action in Yemen from Washington until the last moment, U.S. officials said, as the kingdom takes a more assertive regional role to compensate for perceived U.S. disengagement.

The Middle East's top oil power told the United States weeks ago it was weighing action in Yemen but only informed Washington of the exact details just before Thursday's unprecedented air strikes against Iran-allied Houthi rebels, the officials said.

U.S. President Barack Obama's Middle East policy increasingly relies on surrogates rather than direct U.S. military involvement. He is training Syrian rebels to take on the government of President Bashar Assad and this week launched air strikes to back up Iraqi forces trying to retain the city of Tikrit.

To Obama's Republican critics, he is ceding the traditional U.S. leadership role. The White House denies it is disengaging from the region and says it has been in close contact with the Saudis over their pl

Hoping for answers to Germanwings jet crash within hours

Posted by Forexsq 195 days ago (http://www.reuters.com)
img French investigators on Wednesday searched for the reason why a German Airbus plowed into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 on board including 16 teenagers returning from a school trip to Spain.

Helicopters flew over the site where the A320 operated by Lufthansa's (LHAG.DE) Germanwings budget airline disintegrated after it went down in a remote area of ravines en route to Duesseldorf from Barcelona. Police investigators made their way across the mountains on foot.

No distress call was received before the plane crashed on Tuesday, but French authorities said one of the two "black box" flight recorders, the cockpit voice recorder, has been recovered from the site 2,000 meters (6,000 feet) above sea level.

"The black box has been damaged. We will have to put it back together in the next few hours to be able to get to the bottom of this tragedy," French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told RTL radio, adding the box was still viable.

Cazeneuve said the fact debris was

Russia urges Germany, France to safeguard peace in Ukraine

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img Russia appealed to Germany and France on Saturday to ensure Kiev does not try to incite violence in east Ukraine to encourage the United States to send Ukrainian forces lethal weapons.

Paris and Berlin helped mediate a peace deal in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Feb. 12 to try to end fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine but the truce remains fragile.

In an interview with Russian television, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he was concerned Kiev might stage "provocations" to try to persuade the United States that it should aid Kiev by sending it lethal weapons.

"Provocateurs in Kiev ... could try to 'whip something up' in the expectation that this will influence the world public and weapons will flow into Ukraine," he told the new program Vesti on Saturday with Sergei Brilev.

"I am convinced that Berlin and Paris, as the most important players ..., should prevent such a turn of events."

Lavrov also repeated Russi

Hard right shift delivers upset election win for Netanyahu

Posted by Forexsq 202 days ago (http://uk.reuters.com)
img Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a come-from-behind victory in Israel's election after tacking hard to the right in the final days of campaigning, including abandoning a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state.

In a pre-election blitz, Netanyahu made a series of promises designed to shore up his Likud base and draw voters from other right-wing and nationalist parties. He pledged to go on building settlements on occupied land and said there would be no Palestinian state if he was re-elected.

With 99.5 percent of votes counted on Wednesday, Likud had won 29-30 seats in the 120-member Knesset, comfortably defeating the centre-left Zionist Union opposition on 24 seats, Israel's Central Election Committee and Israeli media said. A united list of Arab parties came in third.

It amounted to a dramatic and unexpected victory - the last opinion polls published four days before the vote had shown the Zionist Union with a four-seat advantage.

Although Netanyahu must still put

Two Ferguson Officers Shot Outside Police Station Amid Protests

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img Two officers were seriously injured in a shooting outside a police station in Ferguson, Missouri, during protests after the resignation of the city’s police chief.

At least three shots were fired from across the street, hitting a 32-year-old officer from nearby Webster Groves in the face and a 41-year-old policeman from St. Louis County in the shoulder, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said in a televised briefing. The officers are at a local hospital and conscious, he said.

“They were shot just because they were police officers,” Belmar said. “I don’t know who did this shooting.”

The incident follows riots in the city after the fatal shooting last year of an unarmed black teenager. Protesters were gathered outside the police station after an announcement Wednesday that Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson had reached a “mutual decision” with the city to leave March 19.

Ferguson is embarking on an administrative shakeup after the U.S. Justice Department concluded i

Jeremy Clarkson 'punch': Top Gear episodes to be dropped

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img The BBC is expected to scrap the remainder of the current Top Gear TV series after allegations that presenter Jeremy Clarkson punched a producer.

The broadcaster said Clarkson, 54, had been suspended after what it called a "fracas" and has confirmed Sunday's episode of Top Gear will not be shown.

It is understood the two final episodes in the series will also be dropped.

An online petition calling for the BBC to "reinstate" Clarkson has been signed by almost 250,000 people.

It was started on Tuesday afternoon by political blogger Guido Fawkes.

Clarkson has not issued a statement, but has been joking on Twitter about films that could replace Sunday's show.

The Sun newspaper, in which Clarkson writes a regular column, quotes him as saying: "I'm having a nice cold pint and waiting for this to blow over." It also quotes a "source close to the star" denying Clarkson punched anyone.

The BBC had announced Clarkson's suspension in a statement which said: "Following a frac

Russia and Ukraine: Pressure points loom

Posted by Forexsq 209 days ago (http://www.cnbc.com)
img The battle to shape Ukraine and Russia's future is far from over, with further key events expected later this week.

"This crisis still does not show much evidence of moderating, just moving into new and different phases," according to Timothy Ash, head of emerging markets research at Standard Bank.

Here, we take a look at what's driving events forward.

Military activity

There have been ominous signals of future military activity, with more Russian troops and military equipment crossing Ukraine's border, according to the U.S., and the arrival of additional NATO tanks in the Baltics. This comes ahead of Friday's deadline for Ukraine's parliament to grant separatist-held areas a special status under the Minsk ceasefire agreement.
Russia’s economy

Andrey Kostin, chief executive of VTB, Russia's second-largest bank, told CNBC the low oil price, sanctions imposed on the country following its incursions into Crimea, and the structure of Russia's economy were to blame for its

13 things to know about the Apple Watch

Posted by Forexsq 210 days ago (http://money.cnn.com)
img Any last questions we had about the Apple Watch were answered Monday afternoon.

During an event in San Francisco, CEO Tim Cook and other executives announced key details about the Apple Watch, including when it will go on sale, where it will be available, and exactly how much it costs.

Here's what we now know about Apple's first wearable device:

1. The Apple Watch will go on sale online and by reservation in Apple stores on April 24.

Pre-orders begin April 10.

2. The Watch will be available to customers in nine markets, including the U.S. The others are Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the United Kingdom.

3. The cheapest Apple Watch -- the 38mm sport model -- will cost $349, as expected. The 42mm (which is the height from top to bottom of the watch) will cost $399. The most expensive version of the Apple Watch, called the Apple Watch Edition, will start at $10,000 and cost as much as $17,000.

4. On a full charge, the Apple Watch bat

Apple Watch has 18-hour battery, starts at $349

Posted by Forexsq 210 days ago (http://www.cnbc.com)
img Apple launched new products and services Monday, revealing new details on the Apple Watch, and announcing both a thinner MacBook, and a lower-priced Apple TV.

The Apple Watch—the company's most anticipated product in years—allows users to receive calls, communicate by tapping on the interface, and features a variety of apps promoting and measuring the wearer's health.

CEO Tim Cook said the Watch will have an 18 hour battery life, and will start at $349, with mid-range Watches at $549. Pre-orders start on April 10.

The company's stock was mostly unchanged, up 0.2% on the day.

How Will Gold Smartwatches Change Apple Stores ?

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img Apple has finally released more details about its hotly anticipated line of smartwatches and how it plans to sell them.

While the entry-level Apple Watch Sport starts at $349, the luxury Apple Watch Edition will go for $10,000 or more.

The company's first foray into wearable tech could also have ramifications for their iconic retail stores, and there has been much speculation about how the stores may be redesigned to attract buyers to the luxury version of the watch.

The current setup of open space, bare wood floors, and communal tables doesn’t provide the discretion and exclusive air that buyers of expensive timepieces expect. In a recent New Yorker profile by Ian Parker, Jony Ive, Apple’s design guru, hinted that the company could designate a VIP room for luxury customers. Parker tells how Ive overheard a man saying, “I’m not going to buy a watch if I can’t stand on carpet.” Apple appears to be making such moves. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple is c

Russia's economic crisis 'will end Putin regime'

Posted by Forexsq 211 days ago (http://www.cnbc.com)
img In spite of Russia's political isolation and the uproar over the death of Putin critic Boris Nemtsov, domestic support for Russian President Vladimir Putin remains strong. But one of the Kremlin's most vocal critics believes Putin's ultimate downfall could come at the hands of the unfolding economic crisis.

"I don't think the Nemtsov murder is going to touch the vast proportion of Russians but it's going to touch people like me profoundly and other people hoping for a liberal democracy," Kremlin critic Bill Browder told CNBC Monday.

"But what will, and what always does in these situations, is an economic crisis. Why was there an Arab Spring (in 2011) – it wasn't because of a wave of democracy, it was because food prices went up and prices of fuel went up for people (living) below the subsistence level and they couldn't stand it anymore."

"There's going to be some catalyst related to the economics that will end Putin's regime. He doesn't know and we don't know what that cataly

CLINTON COMMENDED: Obama 'glad' Hillary asked for disclosure of emails

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img President Obama says he found out that Hillary Clinton used a private, nongovernment email account during her tenure as secretary of state through media reports.

Obama said in an interview with CBS News Saturday that he was glad Clinton decided to disclose those emails, while maintaining his stance that his administration is the most transparent in the nation's history, while saying Clinton “has been an outstanding public servant.”

“The policy of my administration is to encourage transparency, and that's why my emails -- the BlackBerry that I carry around -- all those records are available and archived and I'm glad that Hillary has instructed that those emails that had to do with official business had to be disclosed.”

Obama’s revelation comes after the White House struggled Friday to respond to questions over Clinton’s private email use. The heat was turned up after Politico reported that top White House officials knew in August that Clinton was conducting official governmen

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