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Iran nuclear talks end in uncertainty

RUSSIA

Iran nuclear talks end in uncertainty

High-level nuclear talks in Moscow between Iran and six world powers fizzled Tuesday, creating increased opportunity for Israel to use the setback to argue military force is the only way to stop Tehran from developing atomic arms. As she announced the indefinite pause in negotiations, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said they could be resumed — but only if a low-level July 3 meeting of technical experts in Turkey finds enough common ground to warrant such a step. Officials involved in the talks from Western nations acknowledged huge differences between the two sides but insisted the diplomatic track had not been derailed. The talks involve Iran, the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.

PAKISTAN

High court ousts prime minister

The Pakistani Supreme Court ousted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday, leaving an important U.S. ally without a chief executive. The high court's ruling was triggered by Gilani's contempt conviction in April for failing to revive an old corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari. The crisis is likely to further complicate efforts to reopen Afghanistan-bound NATO supply routes through Pakistan that were down after U.S. airstrikes mistakenly killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November.

BRITAIN

WikiLeaks founder seeks asylum

WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has taken refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, seeking asylum in the Latin American nation. Less than a week ago Britain's Supreme Court re-endorsed its decision to allow Assange's extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over allegations of sex crimes. Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said the leftist government of President Rafael Correa — an administration often at odds with Washington — was weighing the request.

NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J.

Ex-Rutgers student released from jail

Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student convicted of using a webcam to spy on his roommate having sex with another man, left jail on Tuesday, 20 days after beginning a 30-day jail sentence. Ravi earned early release for his work and good behavior behind bars. He did not speak with the media. The roommate, Tyler Clementi, killed himself after discovering Ravi encouraged others to watch the two men have sex.

SAN DIEGO

Captain of Navy ship is relieved

The Navy relieved the commanding officer of the USS Essex of his position, saying Tuesday that officials lost confidence in his abilities after his ship collided with a tanker at sea. Capt. Chuck Litchfield had only been the commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship for a few weeks when the crash occurred about 120 miles off the coast of Southern California on May 16. There were no injuries or fuel spills.

Elsewhere

Colorado: Firefighters are making progress on a 93-square-mile wildfire in northern Colorado, but more residents were warned Tuesday to be ready to leave because of a spot fire that ignited near the main blaze.

Myanmar: President Thein Sein announced reforms Tuesday that are aimed at rolling back decades of state control over the dysfunctional economy.

Times wires

Iran nuclear talks end in uncertainty

06/20/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:30am]

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