Kerry cancels plan to return to US to stay at Iran talks

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Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program picked up pace on Saturday with the French an… . German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, 2nd left, US Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, centre left, US Secretary of State, John Kerry, centre,, US Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, cen… .

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Cocoa king Ivory Coast wants to cash in on chocolate

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An employee of the CEMOI chocolate factory in Abidjan empties bags of cocoa beans onto a metal grate for cleaningIvory Coast reigns as the world's top cocoa producer but it wants to sell more than the beans, turning them into the even more lucrative chocolate, from breakfast spread to candy bars. During the 2013-14 season, Ivorian cocoa producers saw profits of 2.13 billion euros ($2.3 billion), according to Ivory Coast's coffee-cocoa council. As one local analyst in the sector put it: "It's not normal that cocoa should leave Ivory Coast and then come back, it's an aberration". In neighbourhoods of the economic capital Abidjan, cocoa beans are being converted into a paste that can be used to make chocolate bars.


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Utility found ‘hazardous situation’ in gas link before New York blast

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A car sits amongst the rubble after an explosion destroyed four buildings in New YorkBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) – Utility workers dispatched in August to one of three buildings destroyed in an explosion and fire in Manhattan last week found dangerous gas line connections that created a "hazardous situation," a Con Edison spokesman said on Saturday. The crew was sent to the building after a Con Edison worker reading gas meters smelled gas on Aug. 6 in the basement, said Con Edison spokesman Allan Drury. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday that the blast was possibly tied to someone "inappropriately" tapping into a gas line. The owner of the sushi restaurant where the explosion occurred told The New York Times that utility workers determined that gas intended for his restaurant was being siphoned off illegally for use in newly renovated apartments upstairs.


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Defense moves into spotlight in Boston Marathon bombing trial

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A still image captured from surveillance video at the Boston Marathon shows the scene moments before a second bomb exploded near the finish line of the raceBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – The Boston Marathon bombing trial shifts sharply in tone next week when prosecutors rest their case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and turn proceedings over to his lawyers, who have already admitted he planted explosives at the finish line in April 2013. One of Tsarnaev's lawyers, death penalty specialist Judy Clarke, opened the trial on March 4 with a blunt statement to the jury that "it was him" who killed three people and injured 264 in the attack. Clarke contended, however, that the 21-year-old played a secondary role to his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in planning and executing the plot. Her goal: Persuade jurors in federal court in Boston that Tsarnaev deserves a sentence of life in prison rather than the death penalty.


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Popular Nevada governor looms over fight for Reid seat

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Reid is an… . Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval stands on the front steps of the historic Fallon Old Post Office after speaking at the grand opening of Young Entrepreneurs Collective in Fallon, Nev.

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Chinese president promotes regional vision at Boao Forum

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This photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency shows a view of the Boao Forum in its opening in Boao on Hainan island in southern China, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Guo Cheng) NO SALESBOAO, China (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference.


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Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan, following House

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Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early today, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP’s goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.

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New York buildings collapse in possible gas blast, 19 hurt

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By Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) – Four apartment buildings in New York’s East Village neighborhood caught fire from an apparent gas explosion on Thursday and three collapsed, causing 19 injuries, authorities said. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference that preliminary evidence indicated it was a gas-related explosion. A Fire Department spokesman said late on Thursday that three of the four buildings had collapsed or partially collapsed. The seven-alarm blaze in the neighborhood of small businesses, restaurants and apartments involved more than 250 Fire Department personnel.

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