Renewed U.S.-Iran talks to salvage nuclear deal are ‘serious’ -Russian envoy
Russia’s envoy to talks on reviving Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal said on Friday they had resumed in a “serious” atmosphere even as few expect a breakthrough compromise while Tehran’s disputed uranium enrichment program surges forward. Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington restarted in Vienna on Thursday with a meeting between Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator and European Union coordinator Enrique Mora.
Snickers maker apologizes for advert suggesting Taiwan is a country
Mars Wrigley, makers of the Snickers candy bar, apologized on Friday for a Snickers product launch which Chinese social media users said suggested that Taiwan was a country.Videos and pictures of an event promoting a limited edition Snickers bar that was said to be only available in the “countries” of South Korea, Malaysia, and Taiwan went viral on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo on Friday.
After Griner gets jail, Russia ready to discuss swap with U.S
Russia said on Friday it was ready to discuss a prisoner swap with the United States in private, a day after a Russian court jailed U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner for nine years for a drugs offense.The case against Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star, plunged her into a geopolitical maelstrom after Russia sent troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24.
Berlin munitions dump blaze still active as explosion risk impedes fire crews
Emergency services have stopped a fire at an ammunitions dump in a western Berlin forest from spreading further, but fire crews on Friday were still unable to approach the source of the blaze due to the risk that World War Two bombs might explode.The blaze at the Grunewald forest dump broke out on Thursday and spread across 15,000 square meters. An armored vehicle provided by the German army cut a 5 km (3 mile) fire break through the area overnight, said an army spokesperson, helping to stop the fire from growing.
At flashpoint Jerusalem holy site, whispered prayers defy unwritten accord
After weeks of relative calm in Jerusalem, friction between Israel and Palestinians over unauthorized prayers by Jewish visitors in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound is raising the stakes at one of the Middle East’s most volatile holy sites.At the compound, Islam’s third holiest site after Mecca and Medina and Judaism’s most sacred, only Muslim worship is allowed. Jews may not pray there. But some do. And increasingly so, stoking anger among Palestinians.