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Foreign ministers from major powers began crunch talks in Vienna on Monday seeking to seal a historic nuclear deal to end a 13-year standoff, one day before a final deadline, officials said. The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany want Iran to sharply curb its nuclear programme to make any push to acquire the atomic bomb all but impossible, in return for sanctions relief. Iran denies wanting nuclear weapons, saying its activities are purely for peaceful purposes such as generating electricity and treating cancer patients.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials Monday celebrated the U.N. cultural body's approval of world heritage status for 23 historic sites showing the country's transformation from feudal isolation into an industrial power at the end of the 19th century.
"Regardless of the outcome of the referendum, we do not expect an increased risk of contagion for other euro countries," the head of the BdB federation, Michael Kemmer, said in a statement. 09:50 GMT - Grexit odds - Investment firm Morgan Stanley said that its analysts now reckon there is a 60 percent chance Greece leaves the euro, Bloomberg reports. 09:23 GMT - Eurosceptics rejoice - The resounding "No" from Greece on Sunday in a vote ostensibily about more austerity, but seen by many as a vote on Greek sovereignty over European Union diktat, has been seized upon by eurosceptic politicians.