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NEW YORK (AP) — Firefighters on Friday used high-powered water towers to extinguish pockets of fire at the site of an apparent gas explosion in Manhattan's trendy East Village as authorities reported that two people were missing and six others might be, too.
France urged Iran Friday to make "new efforts" to clinch a long-sought nuclear deal with global powers, as Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius prepared to join marathon talks hurtling towards a deadline. "We wish to have an agreement and it is possible, but there has to be new progress," Fabius told reporters ahead of his trip to Lausanne, Switzerland, intending to join the negotiations early Saturday. The negotiations in Lausanne aim to agree by Tuesday the contours of a deal that world powers leading the effort -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States -- hope will thwart any Iranian drive to develop nuclear weapons. They've been difficult since the beginning and they still are," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told AFP before going into a second meeting of the day with top US diplomat John Kerry.