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Marathon Iran nuclear talks headed Friday towards a critical weekend as Britain said its foreign minister would join his US, Iranian and French counterparts in racing the clock to agree the contours of a deal. "The negotiations are very tough and complicated and there are highs and lows," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday before going into talks in Switzerland with top US diplomat John Kerry. This followed an extraordinary appeal by Iran's president to world leaders on Thursday that saw him write a letter to US President Barack Obama and phone his counterparts in Britain, China, France and Russia.
NEW YORK (AP) — An hour before an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying at a Manhattan apartment building, injuring 19 people, utility company inspectors decided the work being done there was faulty.