Fellow Nobel Peace laureates joined thousands of followers of the Dalai Lama to celebrate the Tibetan spiritual leader's 80th birthday, kicking off a three-day honorary bash in California. A string of minor celebrities also paid tribute to the crimson-robed 14th Dalai Lama ahead of his birthday Monday, although protesters also gathered outside the event south of Los Angeles. "He always says he is just a simple Buddhist monk," said anti-landmines campaigner Jody Williams, who won the Nobel Peace prize in 1997, who sang a snippet of Happy Birthday to him.
By Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) - A dispute over U.N. sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program and a broader arms embargo were among issues holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers on Monday, the day before their latest self-imposed deadline. "The Iranians want the ballistic missile sanctions lifted. The foreign ministers of the six powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Mohamed Zarif on Monday to try to strike a deal with Iran by Tuesday night.