Iran-six power nuclear talks go nowhere again Kerry eyes new Mideast talks 5 die in Egypt sectarian violence
ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Iran and six world powers failed to reach agreement Saturday on how to reduce fears that Tehran might use its nuclear technology to make weapons, extending years of inconclusive talks and adding to concerns the diplomatic window on reaching a deal with Tehran may soon close.
Expectations the negotiations were making progress rose as an afternoon session continued into the evening. But comments by the two sides after they ended made clear that they fell far short of making enough headway to qualify the meeting as a success.
Catherine Ashton, the European Union's head of foreign policy, said negotiators would now consult with their capitals. She made no mention of plans for new talks -- another sign that the gap dividing the two sides remains substantial.
ISTANBUL -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Turkey early Sunday on the first leg of a 10-day trip to Europe and Asia that would also seek to unlock long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Kerry was expected to encourage Turkish leaders to continue improving ties with Israel. The two countries were once allies, but relations spiraled downward after Israel's 2010 raid on a Turkish flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip. Eight Turks and one Turkish-American died.
Kerry planned to fly from Turkey to Jerusalem for meetings with the presidents and prime ministers of both Israel and the Palestinians.
CAIRO -- At least five people were killed Saturday in clashes between Muslims and Christians, raising new questions over whether President Mohamed Morsi's Islamist-led government can calm sectarian tensions amid Egypt's broader political unrest.
Violence between Muslims and Coptic Christians over the last year has been a troubling subplot, especially in the provinces, to the nation's post-revolutionary political division and faltering economy. There were conflicting accounts over what ignited the latest fighting in Khousous, an impoverished town north of Cairo.
Muslims set a church on fire and both sides began shooting at each other. Officials said five people were killed.