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Senior officials from Iran and six powers negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear program will hold more talks in Montreux, Switzerland, on March 5, the European Union said on Friday. The talks between political directors will be preceded by a series of bilateral meetings between Iran and some of the six powers - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - starting on Monday, March 2. "The EU is making every effort to facilitate the negotiations: we cannot miss the opportunity of a good agreement," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement.
LONDON (AP) — The unmasking of Islamic State militant "Jihadi John" as a London lad who had repeatedly been questioned by security services sent shock waves through Britain Friday, with Prime Minister David Cameron stepping in to defend British spy craft.
By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans on Friday hoped to avoid a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency by finding votes to pass a three-week-long stopgap funding bill, which the White House said President Barack Obama would sign if it came to his desk. A short-term bill would only postpone the threat of the Department of Homeland Security curtailing operations, moving lawmakers no closer to a permanent solution to their impasse, which arose when Republicans added an attempt to undo Obama's unilateral orders on immigration. With only hours remaining before the agency's funding expires at midnight, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives were working hard to try to line up support for a vote on the stopgap funding extension. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama would sign a three-week extension for the agency if Congress approves it.