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Hint at dialogue on Syria

The head of Syria's main opposition coalition, Mouaz Alkhatib, has said he was ready to hold talks with representatives of President Bashar al-Assad.

Europe’s Erste Bank foresees €800-million loss

Europe's second-biggest lender says it would lose up to €800-million this year and not pay a dividend due to the eurozone's sovereign debt.

IAEA calls nuclear safety summit amid Japan crisis

The United Nations atomic energy chief called a Vienna summit to tackle mounting concerns about nuclear safety.

IAEA chief heading to Japan to face nuclear crisis

The UN atomic energy chief said he plans to fly to Japan on Thursday to seek first-hand information of what he called a "very serious" situation.

Korea’s Lee says talks the answer to nuclear crisis

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said on Wednesday the nuclear crisis on the peninsula must be tackled by negotiation.

Climate deal ‘must be wide, not overwhelming’

Nations aiming to agree on a new climate deal should focus on achieveable greenhouse gas emissions targets, said US Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Obama boost opens door for nuclear test ban pact

Backers of a global pact banning nuclear tests said on Tuesday they would seize on Barack Obama's disarmament initiatives to further their agenda.

Iran allows UN watchdog access to planned reactor

Iran has allowed United Nations nuclear inspectors access to a reactor under construction after blocking visits for a year.

Vote deadlock throws open race to head IAEA

Governors of the UN nuclear watchdog failed to agree on a successor to Mohamed ElBaradei on Friday, opening the field to new candidates.

Fritzl gets life in psychiatric ward for incest-murder

Josef Fritzl was sentenced to life in a psychiatric institution on Thursday for locking up and raping his daughter over 24 years.

Fritzl admits murder, enslavement

An Austrian who fathered seven children with a daughter he locked in a cellar for 24 years pleaded guilty on Wednesday to enslavement and murder.

US promises strong diplomacy on ‘nuclear nations’

The United States on Monday promised strong diplomacy with Iran, Syria and North Korea to help the United Nations nuclear watchdog.

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