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The United States warned Tuesday that a midnight deadline to agree the outlines of a deal aimed at stopping Iran obtaining nuclear weapons may be missed, saying marathon talks in Switzerland may stretch into Wednesday. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued his third broadside against the deal in as many days, saying it will "pave the way" to an Iranian nuclear bomb. As Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov returned to the negotiations in Switzerland, an Iranian negotiator said progress was being made, but "slowly". With an army of technical and sanctions experts having beavered away late into the night, the two sides are hoping to lay the groundwork for ending the 12-year-old crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions.
A deal on Greece's bailout is possible before the end of April, EU Council President Donald Tusk said Tuesday as Athens continued tough talks with its creditors on a disputed list of reforms. Experts from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union are scrutinising a list of economic reforms proposed by Athens in a bid to unlock another 7.2 billion euros ($7.8 billion) in loans to stave off possible bankruptcy and a euro exit. Orthodox Easter, traditionally a slow period in Greece, is a week later.