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Iran nuclear talks approach conclusive deadline

Iran and its interlocutors have until 24 March to reach an agreement on the country's nuclear programme. Failure to do so would not mean an end to diplomacy, but would add to pressure in Washington for new sanctions to be imposed, while also increasing Tehran's desire to pursue technological advances.

France's nuclear conservatism

Those who were hoping that French President François Hollande would use a recent speech to break with France's nuclear traditions will have been disappointed.

Japan's defence budget bolsters altered military roles

Japan's defence spending is an effort by Abe to carve out a greater regional security role.

Greek defiance raises questions for Europe

Although a Greek exit from the eurozone is undesirable for all sides, a great deal is at stake for both the Greek and German governments, making it hard for them to compromise.

Libya's civil war: the essential briefing

Libya has been in a state of civil war since July 2014. We attempt to make sense of the politics, the conflict and the economics – and potential future scenarios.

Fighter sale talks: new era for Sino-Russian cooperation?

If the Su-35 jet deal is agreed, it could be the last fighter purchase China makes from Russia.

Nicaragua's canal project stirs concerns

A vast canal project, which will link Nicaragua's Atlantic and Pacific coasts and rival the Panama Canal, has courted controversy since its formal approval 18 months ago.

Lima climate accord: positive steps on the road to Paris

Pledges made at the United Nations climate-change negotiations in Lima suggested a higher degree of commitment to agreeing crucial emissions reductions than has been previously on display. There is a chance that a substantive deal may yet be reached in Paris.