The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov (L), and members of his delegation during Iran nuclear talks. Photograph: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty
Officials say negotiations over Iran’s nuclear plans have stalled on the issue of lifting UN security council sanctions
Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, will leave international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme on Monday afternoon, officials said, as talks in Switzerland stumbled over a pair of particularly difficult problems.
Russian foreign ministry officials said that Lavrov had to conduct bilateral talks with unnamed neighbouring countries but added he would return to the talks venue at Lausanne as soon as Tuesday, if needed. Foreign ministers from Iran, the US, UK, France, Germany and China all indicated they would continue to negotiate in the runup to Tuesday night’s deadline for agreeing the political framework for a deal.
The central outstanding problems are the extent to which Iran would be allowed to carry out research and development on new centrifuge models in the last years of a deal, and – the stickiest problem by far – the lifting of UN security council sanctions.
“There are still some quite important gaps,” said a western diplomat at the talks. “The core difference is on the UN security council sanctions. The UN security council resolutions have special meaning for [the Iranians].”…………………….
The negotiations in Switzerland are stuck on two stubborn problems as the tension ramps up ahead of a 31 March cutoff date, writes Julian Borger in Lausanne
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Doug Ducey, a Republican who has been in office for less than three months, has until the end of Monday to sign or veto a controversial bill that has passed the Republican-controlled state legislature…………………………..
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed into law a religious objections bill that allows discrimination against gay people. Photograph: Michael Conroy/AP
Governor Mike Pence signed a bill into law that would allow business owners to refuse service to customers they disapprove of. Like the LGBT community
Religious freedom in the United States is protected by the Constitution. It’s strange to have to state the obvious, but the Indiana legislature and Governor Mike Pence seem to need a refresher on basic civics. On 26 March, Pence signed SB 101 into law, a bill which supposedly protects religious freedom, though in this instance, that freedom largely applies to business owners who want the right to refuse service to customers they disapprove of. As with the Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby, the state of Indiana is giving businesses the same rights as people. Mitt Romney would be so proud of what he hath wrought.
The first amendment makes it clear that we are free to practice religion without government interference. The Constitution also establishes the separation of church and state so that the laws we live by our never guided by religious zeal. It was quite a sight, then, to see a picture of Governor Pence signing SB 101 while surrounded by various religious figures. His flagrant disregard for the separation of church and state was proudly posted to Twitter and why not? He is nothing, if not committed to this course of action.
Of course, Indiana is not alone in drafting such legislation. There are 19 other states with similar laws on the books. The ongoing fight for marriage equality and feminism are probably to blame. There are pesky people all across the country simply wanting the freedom to live their lives; they clearly must be stopped.