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Tehran and Washington may meet for first time since 1979 at UN

 An exchange of letters between Barack Obama and the Iranian president, Hassan Rowhani, has set the stage for a possible meeting between the two men at the UN next week in what would be the first face-to-face encounter between a US and Iranian leader since Iran’s 1979 revolution. Julian Borger reports.

Snowden’s anonymous life in Russia

Edward Snowden is living under guard at a secret location in Russia, but is able to travel around the country freely without being recognised, according to the former NSA contractor’s Russian lawyer.

India-born keeps powerful portfolios in Danish govt

India-born Danish politician Manu Sareen (46) continues to hold some of the most powerful and sensitive portfolios in the new Danish cabinet announced by incumbent Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

Iraq's disarmament 'absolutely certain': UK

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said it was "absolutely certain" that Iraq would be disarmed of weapons of mass destruction.

EU wants 'central role' for UN in Iraq

The European Union on Thursday adopted a statement calling for a 'central role' for the United Nations in rebuilding Iraq.

Near-hit of embassy angers Russia

Russia handed the US ambassador to Moscow a protest on Wednesday after bombs fell near the Russian embassy in Baghdad.

EU allows GM foods, but with labels only

European Parliament has replaced a ban on new biotech foods with rules that allow genetically modified products that are clearly labelled.

Blair says war may not end soon

Tony Blair warned his Cabinet that they should not expect the war in Iraq to end soon, though it was clear Saddam Hussein would be ousted.

Britain starts scaling back Gulf forces

Britain is beginning to scale back its military deployment in the Gulf by bringing back warships, planes, helicopters and a submarine.

NRI lawyer is accredited conflict mediator

Sarosh Zaiwalla has been appointed an accredited conflict mediator by the London-based international mediation institute Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.

Russia reasserts UN role in post-war Iraq

'No one is doubting the role and importance of the UN as a central organization on questions of guaranteeing world peace and security,' Ivanov said.

'Blair needs to distance himself from Bush'

Prime Minister Blair must start to distance himself from President Bush if he wants Britain to have a real voice in Europe, Robin Cook said on Wednesday.

Chirac hails fall of Saddam Hussein

President Jacques Chirac on Thursday hailed the fall of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and said that full sovereignty must be returned to the nation.

Austria's Haider offers Iraqi minister asylum

Austrian far-right leader Joerg Haider has offered asylum in his Alpine province to Iraq's foreign minister in an interview published on Thursday.

Britain says Iraq war could wrap in weeks

The US-led invasion of Iraq is 'going well', but it might be weeks before the guns fall silent, a junior British defence minister said on Monday.
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