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Iran says nuclear talks set for this week

IRAn

Nuclear Talks REPORTEDLY Set For This Week

Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, are slated to begin Friday in Istanbul, Turkey, Iranian state media said Sunday. Iran's official English-language Press TV quoted an unnamed official at Iran's Supreme National Security Council, which handles the country's nuclear program, as setting the date and place of the talks. Reuters quoted a spokeswoman for the European Union foreign policy chief confirming that the talks would take place this week in Istanbul. The site had been in question after Iranian politicians declared that Turkey, a key negotiator in the talks, was no longer neutral ground because it actively opposes Syria, an Iranian ally. The uncertainty about the location had prompted Western worries that Iran was not planning to seriously engage the world powers — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — in the first talks since January 2011. The six nations are expected to press Iran to accept curbs on its nuclear program that would make it far more difficult for Tehran to build a nuclear weapon.

NEW YORK

Contracts expire for many at AT&T

About 40,000 AT&T landline workers are staying on the job this week without a contract, their union said Sunday. The workers' contracts expired over the weekend, raising the possibility of a strike. But the Communications Workers of America and AT&T Inc. said that they'll keep working on a new deal. At issue are job protection clauses and health care premiums and copayments.

Gunman wounds four police officers

Four New York City police officers were shot and wounded Saturday night in a close-range encounter with a gunman who had barricaded himself in his apartment in Brooklyn, police and city officials said. All four officers were expected to fully recover, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday at a news conference at a hospital where the officers were being treated. The mayor said the shootings underscored his ongoing campaign for Congress to enact tougher gun laws.

INDIA

Pakistani president visits New Delhi

In the first visit to India by a Pakistani head of state in seven years, President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India held talks in New Delhi on Sunday and expressed a mutual desire to improve relations between their rival nations. Singh announced that he would at some point visit Pakistan for the first time since taking office. The meeting was not a formal summit, and diplomats tried to tamp down expectations.

Elsewhere

England: A cruise ship carrying relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died aboard the Titanic nearly 100 years ago set sail from England on Sunday to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank.

Pakistan: The United States sent a team of experts Sunday to help Pakistan search for 135 people buried a day earlier by a massive avalanche that engulfed a military complex in a mountain battleground close to the Indian border.

Russia: Authorities let demonstrators wearing white ribbons take to the cobblestones of Moscow's Red Square to protest the rule of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Sunday.

Times wires

Iran says nuclear talks set for this week

04/09/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 9, 2012 12:31am]

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