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Iran's foreign minister Wednesday told world powers to "seize the moment" and drop "excessive demands" as marathon high-stakes nuclear talks headed into another long bruising night of hard bargaining. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was returning to the negotiations in Switzerland, joining US Secretary of State John Kerry and their counterparts from Germany and Britain, the French foreign ministry said. "Iran has shown its readiness to engage with dignity and it's time for our negotiating partners to seize the moment," Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters late on a seventh day of talks in Lausanne. It remained unclear however if six world powers and Iran will manage to agree the main contours of a deal curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme in order to make any push to develop atomic weapons virtually impossible.
ATLANTA (AP) — In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams.