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Tough negotiations to end a decade-long standoff over Iran's suspect nuclear programme move into top gear Saturday, seeking to overcome stubborn hurdles as both sides urged painful compromises. Global powers are chasing a deal to rein in Iran's nuclear ambitions which have poisoned international relations for 12 years and seal 18 months of closed-door, painstaking talks which have cris-crossed the globe and involved hundreds of experts. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, seen as the most hawkish in the so-called P5+1 group of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States overseeing the talks, will be the first European minister to fly in for the crunch weekend in Lausanne, Switzerland. He will join US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's new face of diplomacy Mohammad Javad Zarif, chasing an agreement on the broad outlines of a deal by a Tuesday deadline.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The heat over Indiana's new religious objections law spread Friday across social media and to the White House as many local officials and business groups around the state tried to jump in and stem the fallout.