KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko won't be attending the World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday, a government statement said, denying assertions by Brazilian officials that he would be there.
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Vienna Sunday to face off with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, seven days before a deadline to strike a historic but elusive-looking deal on Tehran's suspect nuclear programme. Kerry and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany also plan to use their presence in the Austrian capital to discuss an international push for a ceasefire in Gaza. Fresh from brokering a breakthrough in Afghanistan to end its election crisis, Kerry will also seek to ease a major row over spying with Germany, which saw the CIA chief in Berlin expelled from the country. Iran's talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are aimed at a grand bargain to reduce the scope of Iran's nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi parliament's Sunni blocs have agreed on a candidate for the post of parliament speaker, paving the way for the legislature to take the first formal step toward forming a new government.