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Loyalists pull support for NI peace deal over Brexit rules

LONDON (AP) — Outlawed Loyalist paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland say they are temporarily withdrawing their support for the historic 1998 peace accord because of the disruption caused by new post-Brexit trade rules. The groups say they are not planning a return to violence, but the announcement underscores rising tensions over the trade deal agreed … Read more

New WTO chief pushes for vaccine access, fisheries deal

GENEVA (AP) — The new head of the World Trade Organization called Monday for a “technology transfer” when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines and urged member nations to reach a deal to reduce overfishing after years of fruitless talks as she laid out her top priorities after taking office. Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian economist … Read more

deal with Iran key to full inspections

BERLIN (AP) — A temporary agreement with Iran to allow United Nations inspectors continued access to the country’s atomic facilities lays the groundwork for the return to full verification measures if and when Tehran allows it, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday. Iran began restricting international inspections last week, but under … Read more

Pakistan hopes to save $3 billion in new gas deal with Qatar

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s landmark, new deal with Qatar for liquefied natural gas at lower rates will save Islamabad a total of about $3 billion over the next 10 years, an adviser to the country’s prime minister said Monday. The agreement, signed last Friday, will save the state $317 million annually due to the reduced … Read more

Iran rejects European Union’s invitation to discuss nuclear deal with U.S.

The Daily Beast Team Biden About to Start Its First Talks With the Taliban GettyPresident Biden’s Afghanistan negotiator has begun a diplomatic trip that will include the first meeting of the new administration with the Taliban, sources familiar confirmed to The Daily Beast.The State Department did not immediately provide comment on the agenda Zalmay Khalilzad … Read more

Iran says it will not meet US for informal talks on saving nuclear deal

Iranian flag – Leonhard Foeger/REUTERS Iran said Sunday it does not consider the time to be “suitable” for an informal meeting – proposed by Europe and involving the US – on the embattled 2015 nuclear deal. The European Union’s political director earlier this month proposed the informal meeting involving Iran and the United States. US … Read more

Iran takes a new, very cautious step away from nuclear deal

Iran said Tuesday that it had abandoned another key tenet of the nuclear agreement that President Joe Biden is trying to resuscitate after his predecessor reneged on the landmark deal aimed at stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons. The move increased the pressure on Washington as both countries engage in a game of chicken over … Read more