Deadlock as Iran-EU nuclear dialogue fails

Updated 08 April 2013
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Deadlock as Iran-EU nuclear dialogue fails

Iran and six world powers failed to reach agreement yesterday on an approach to reducing fears that Tehran might use its nuclear technology to make weapons, with the EU’s foreign policy chief declaring that the two sides “remain far apart on substance.”
Expectations that the negotiations were making progress rose as an afternoon session was extended into the evening.
But comments by the two sides made clear that they failed to make enough headway to qualify the meeting as a success.
“What matters in the end is substance, and ... we are still a considerable distance apart,” Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s head of foreign policy, told reporters at the end of the two-day talks.
Ashton said negotiators would now consult their capitals. She made no mention of plans for a new meeting — another sign that the gap dividing the two sides remains substantial.
Chief Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili spoke of “some distance between the positions of the two sides.” He suggested Iran was ready to discuss meeting a key demand of the other side — cutting back its highest-grade uranium enrichment production and stockpile — but only if the six reciprocated with concessions far greater than they are now willing to make.


Emiratis investigate joke video of baby government employee

Updated 40 min 29 sec ago
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Emiratis investigate joke video of baby government employee

DUBAI: Prosecutors are investigating a United Arab Emirates government agency’s release of an online video that was meant as a joke and that suggested an 8-month-old baby is its youngest employee.
The Abu Dhabi public prosecutor’s office tweeted on Wednesday that it was investigating after the release of the video by the country’s General Civil Aviation Authority.
The video shows an 8-month-old baby in traditional clothing described as the agency’s “happiness executive.”

. بالفيديو.. "الطيران المدني" تعين أصغر موظف سعادة في العالم عمره 8 أشهر الطفل محمد الهاشمي الذي ينشر البهجة والسعادة لكل من يراه ويلقاه، عينه المدير العام للهيئة العامة للطيران المدني، سيف محمد السويدي كأصغر تنفيذي سعادة في الهيئة بهدف نشر الإيجابية والسعادة. وقالت الهيئة لـ"الإمارات اليوم"،إن الطفل محمد الهاشمي الذي يبلغ من العمر 8 أشهر وابن احدى موظفات الهيئة يزور مكاتب الهيئة العامة يومياً في أوقات الدوام الرسمية ليبث روح السعادة والإيجابية. وذكرت الهيئة أن لديها مبادرات عديدة لزيادة السعادة والإنتاجية بين الموظفين منها صحية، رياضية واجتماعية وذلك بهدف نشر السعادة والإيجابية داخل الهيئة.

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The child was enrolled at the agency’s daycare program for staff, but after the video was posted, complaints started to roll in. The agency later removed the video.
Prosecutors said in their tweet they launched the investigation because of their “responsibility to protect children.”