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European Union plays down deadline on Iran talks

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Monday played down Iran’s calls for a nuclear accord within a year, saying that technical work will take time. Iran’s new moderate leadership said last week that major powers had agreed to seek a deal within 12 months on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program…

Syrian chemical weapons attack a war crime and strong response is essential, says EU

European Union foreign chief Catherine Ashton says strong response is essential to make clear there is no impunity The European Union has called a chemical weapons attack in Damascus a crime against humanity and says it was probably carried out by the Syrian government. Following a meeting with the US…

EU maps out new cyber-security plan

The European Commission on Thursday launched a new cyber-security plan, aimed at safeguarding vital information systems and bolstering the bloc’s defences against a growing criminal threat. The plan calls on member states to set up specialised agencies to ensure the security of information networks and rapid intervention units to counter…

U.S. demands ‘actions’ from Iran in nuclear talks

WASHINGTON — The United States Wednesday rebuffed an Iranian warning that new nuclear talks would fail if they were used to exert pressure, demanding assurances Tehran was not building an atomic bomb. “We will demand that Iran live up to its international obligations — that it provide verifiable assurances it…

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