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Iran says nuclear talks with Europeans 'promising' but no progress
Iran said talks with France, Germany and Britain on Thursday on its nuclear program were "promising" but more work was needed to settle the 12-year standoff, the official IRNA news agency reported. Political directors from Iran and the three European countries held talks in Istanbul in an effort to overcome the remaining gaps on a long-term nuclear deal by a self-imposed June 30 deadline. "The ...
Senate panel approves Iran sanctions bill
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A bill that would levy tough new sanctions on Iran if it fails to sign an agreement to curb its nuclear program cleared a Senate committee on Thursday. But lawmakers are holding off on a full Senate vote to see whether diplomatic negotiations yield a deal.
Iran, Europe negotiators to meet Thursday in Istanbul
Iranian officials will meet with European members of the P5+1 group in Istanbul on Thursday under the ongoing diplomatic effort to secure a deal over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme. The meeting with British, French and German diplomats was announced by Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham during a weekly press briefing in Tehran. The EU, which has chaired the P5+1 talks, said ...
Justin Bieber fans will have the opportunity to bid on some of the pop star's childhood possessions during an online auction on eBay that begins on Saturday, with proceeds going to support a charity in Stratford, Ont.
CBC News has learned the Commissioner of Canada Elections has cleared the organizers of an event that raised nearly $40,000 to pay some of former MP Dean Del Mastro's legal fees. Robocalls investigator Al Mathews probed the fundraiser but found nothing improper.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was nearly flat in early trade. On Thursday, major U.S. indexes surged almost 1 percent or more as Apple Inc and Boeing Co extended their gains after strong earnings reports this week. U.S. jobless claims figures also helped, with the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week marking its biggest weekly decline since November 2012, falling to its lowest since April 2000. Japan's Nikkei stock average rebounded about 1 percent in early trade, a day after shedding 1.1 percent to mark its biggest one-day drop in two weeks.
By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's revenue grew 15 percent in the fourth quarter but fell short of Wall Street's target on declining online ad prices and unfavorable foreign exchange rates. Shares of Google edged up 0.1 percent to $510.66 in extended trading after an initial dip on the news. Google's advertising revenue has come under pressure as more consumers access its online services on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, where ad rates are typically lower. The growing popularity of mobile devices has made No. 1 social network Facebook Inc a greater threat in the battle for advertisers.
Shares of the company, which has won a cult following for its rich milkshakes and hormone- and antibiotic-free burgers, priced at $21 each, an underwriter said, valuing the chain that started as a hotdog cart in a park at about $745 million. The IPO market has been particularly fruitful recently for so-called fast-casual restaurant operators hoping to replicate the scorching growth of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc . Shares of Habit Restaurants Inc , another gourmet burger chain, have risen more than 80 percent since their market debut two months ago. Customers in Manhattan and Chicago often wait in long lines to get into Shake Shack's restaurants.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Thursday offered an upbeat assessment on the U.S. economy in a meeting with Senate Democrats, even as she noted risks from overseas, according to media reports. According to The Wall Street Journal, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia told reporters after a private luncheon with Yellen that she said "things are going well" for the U.S. economy. New York Senator Chuck Schumer told Bloomberg: "Her message is that the economy?s getting better but there?s still a ways to go in terms of job creation.