Top news: Ahead of the resumption of negotiations in Geneva between Iran and Western powers, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared that his country will not back down "one iota" on its right to enrich uranium.
Iranian and Western negotiators are thought to be close to a deal that would allow partial sanctions relief for restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program, and while talks earlier this month nearly produced an agreement, the tentative consensus broke down amid objections about which parts of the Iranian nuclear program would be completely halted. But according to British Foreign Minister William Hague, the differences that remain among the Western powers at the table are minor and a historic deal is well within reach of the negotiators. "It is the best chance for a long time to make progress on one of the gravest problems in foreign policy," Hague said while in Istanbul.
If a nuclear deal could be struck, it would represent a diplomatic breakthrough with Iran, but whether Iranian negotiators can strike an agreement with the West remains far from certain. "We want to have friendly relations with all nations and peoples. The Islamic system isn't even hostile to the nation of America, although with regards to Iran and the Islamic system, the American government is arrogant, malicious and vindictive," Khamenei said.
Venezuela: The Venezuelan legislature granted President Nicolas Maduro the right to rule by decree in order to mount what he described as "economic offensive" against rampant shortages and inflation, which have hobbled the country's economy. Maduro's decree powers give him the power to pass laws without legislative approval for up to one year.
- As part of negotiations to keep a residual American force in Afghanistan after 2014, President Hamid Karzai demanded that President Obama admit in writing that the American military had made mistakes in its war there.
- Indonesia suspended military cooperation with Australia, including efforts to combat human trafficking, amid a row over allegations that Australian spies attempted to intercept the phone calls of a former Indonesian president.
- A Thai court struck down an effort by the country's ruling party to have the Thai senate be selected by direct election and not partially appointed.
- FP Exclusive: The Stuxnet virus that attacked Iranian nuclear centrifuges was in fact far more sophisticated than many thought.
- A wave of bombings in Baghdad targeting mostly Shiite neighborhoods killed 37 and wounded another 80.
- American officials are considering destroying the Assad regime's stockpiles of chemical weapons using a barge at sea.
- The EU paved the way for Ukraine to sign a gas deal with Slovakia, a move that would cut Ukraine's heavy dependence on Russian supplied gas.
- Several additional Greenpeace activists were granted bail by a Russian court after they were charged with hooliganism following a protest at an oil platform.
- A huge manhunt in Paris entered its third day as police search for a man who carried out shootings at a newspaper office and outside a major bank.
- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner reshuffled her cabinet in a series of moves seens as deepening her commitment to economic interventionism.
- With the 2016 Olympics fast approaching, Rio de Janeiro's waterways remain highly polluted and clogged with trash.
- A top Republican on Capitol Hill is denying her association with a controversial Indian politician with partial responsibility for 2002's bloody communal violence.
- Al Shabab militants attacked a police station north of Mogadishu, leaving 28 dead.
- Rescue efforts have been briefly suspended at a mall in South Africa that was under construction and collapsed.
- The four militants thought to be responsible for the brutal attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi travelled into Kenya by car.