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U.S. No. 2 diplomat Burns to retire this fall

Deputy U.S. Secretary of State William Burns, a veteran career diplomat known for his work dealing with Iran's nuclear programs, will retire in October, the U.S. State Department said Friday. President Barack Obama said in a separate statement, "Since I took office, I have relied on him for candid advice and sensitive diplomatic missions." In his statement accepting Burns' resignation, Secretary of State John Kerry praised Burns as "a diplomat's diplomat with this terrifically rare mix of strategic vision and operations skill."

Nuclear talks to focus on centrifuges, reactor

An Iranian negotiator said nuclear talks with world powers this week would focus on advanced centrifuges and the unfinished Arak heavy water reactor, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday. Iran is due to resume talks Tuesday in Vienna with the P5+1 -- Britain, France, the United States, Russia and China plus Germany -- aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord on its controversial nuclear programme following November's landmark interim deal.

Iran nuclear talks to resume February in New York

Iran and world powers will resume talks next month in New York on reaching a long-term nuclear deal, a senior US official said Monday. "It is our understanding that those talks will be in New York in mid-February, with dates still being confirmed on schedule, but it will be around that time period," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Iran says to halt 20% enriched uranium by noon Monday

Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said the Islamic republic would halt production of 20 percent enriched uranium by noon (0830 GMT) on Monday, the official IRNA news agency reported. "Voluntarily halting the production of 20 percent uranium enrichment is the major measure that we are undertaking on Monday by noon," Salehi said, referring to a landmark nuclear deal clinched between Iran and world powers.

European stocks climb after Iran deal

European stock markets climbed on Monday after Iran struck a landmark deal on its nuclear programme that will see sanctions eased on the key oil exporter. The accord reached over the weekend in Geneva sent oil prices down, weighing on the share prices in energy groups but boosting airlines facing huge fuel costs. London's benchmark FTSE 100 index added 0.30 percent to 6,694.62 points, Frankfurt's DAX 30 climbed 0.88 percent to a new record close of 9,299.95 points, while the CAC 40 in Paris rose 0.55 percent to 4,301.97 points.

AFP Europe News Agenda

What's happening in Europe on Sunday: + World powers react to landmark Iran deal + Kerry discusses security with Libya PM + Syria envoys in push for 'Geneva 2' + Ukrainians rally over scrapped EU deal GENEVA/LONDON/PARIS/BERLIN/MOSCOW: World powers react to the accord reached to curb Iran's nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief after marathon talks in Geneva.

AFPTV Advisory 2000 GMT

We will file the following videos: -- TOP WORLD NEWS -- + IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS Coming up: GENEVA: Rolling news coverage of international talks on Iran's nuclear programme. RAW. TBA Filed over past 12 hours: - Iranian and Swiss foreign ministers hold photo-call. RAW. VID573648_EN - Chinese FM Wang Yi arrives. RAW. VID573570_EN - British Foreign Secretary arrives, says talks 'remain difficult'. RAW. VID573553_EN - German FM Guido Westerwelle statement on arrival. RAW. VID573537_EN

AFPTV Advisory

We will file the following videos: -- TOP WORLD NEWS -- + IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS Coming up: GENEVA: US Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts from other world powers gather in Geneva hoping to put the finishing touches to a landmark nuclear deal with Iran. Rolling news coverage. RAW Filed over past 12 hours: - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives. RAW. VID573517_EN / VID573523_EN - French FM Laurent Fabius arrives. RAW. VID573512_EN

AFPTV Advisory 2200 GMT

We will file the following videos: -- TOP WORLD NEWS -- + IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS Filed over past 12 hours: GENEVA: World powers and Iran begin nuclear talks. RAW. VID572651_EN (arrivals, meeting) ROME: France says Iran must not provoke but give answers. RAW. VID572658_EN WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry vowed that the United States would not let any deal with Iran become a ploy to buy time to increase its nuclear capability RAW. VID572667_EN

US at odds with Iran over right to enrich uranium

The United States said Monday no state has the existing right to enrich uranium, as Iran and the UN watchdog agreed on a "roadmap for cooperation" over its nuclear programme. As France said world powers were still close to an agreement with Iran on its disputed nuclear drive, US Secretary of State John Kerry accused the Islamic republic of scuttling the latest efforts to end the deadlock.
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