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By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina's Senate passed legislation Tuesday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol's grounds, where it has flown for five decades despite being viewed by many as a symbol of slavery. A bill to banish the flag from the State House grounds to a museum easily passed a third and final 36-3 vote in the Senate. It was headed to the state House of Representatives, which voted to bring it to the floor for debate on Wednesday.
South Carolina prosecutors announced additional charges Tuesday against a 21-year-old white supremacist accused of killing nine blacks in an historic Charleston church. In addition to nine previously announced counts of murder, Dylann Roof is now also charged with three attempted murder charges related to survivors of the June 17 massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The new charges were announced by the South Carolina district prosecutor for Charleston, Scarlett Wilson.
Global powers wrestling for a deal to curtail Iran's suspect nuclear programme failed to meet another deadline Tuesday, with all sides vowing to now keep working until the end of the week. "We are continuing to negotiate for the next couple of days," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters during a break in negotiations in Vienna. Negotiators were taking the talks "day by day" as they seek to slot into place the last pieces of a complex negotiation which has lasted almost two years now to deny Iran a nuclear bomb in return for sanctions relief.