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Image released by the Philippines government the alleged reclamation by China on what is internationally recognised as the Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea

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US Secretary of State John Kerry waits for the talks to begin at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne yesterday. There is a deadline of midnight tonight for an agreement

Iran nuclear talks: Prospect of deal with Iran pushes Saudi Arabia and Israel into an unlikely alliance

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Iran has always insisted that it has acquired and processed uranium for a peaceful nuclear programme

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US and Iranian officials in Lausanne including John Kerry, second left, and Mohammad Javad Zarif, second right

Nuclear deal with Iran is 'within reach' as obstacles are overcome, US says

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