KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko won't be attending the World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday, a government statement said, denying assertions by Brazilian officials that he would be there.
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Vienna Sunday to face off with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, seven days before a deadline to strike a historic but elusive-looking deal on Tehran's suspect nuclear programme. Kerry and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany also plan to use their presence in the Austrian capital to discuss an international push for a ceasefire in Gaza. Fresh from brokering a breakthrough in Afghanistan to end its election crisis, Kerry will also seek to ease a major row over spying with Germany, which saw the CIA chief in Berlin expelled from the country. Iran's talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are aimed at a grand bargain to reduce the scope of Iran's nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.
By Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) - It has taken a quarter of a century longer than hoped but Berlin is now glimpsing the prosperity that was supposed to land in its lap after the Wall came down in 1989 and it was restored as the jubilant capital of Germany. Twenty five years after reunification, Berlin remains a work in progress: with higher unemployment and lower income than the likes of Frankfurt and Hamburg, it will take years to catch up. Berlin does not dominate decentralized, federal Germany the way London or Paris do in their own countries. "We won't be making cars like Stuttgart or Wolfsburg - but the bases of the technology," said the city's economy minister, Cornelia Yzer, referring to the headquarters of the German auto giants Daimler and Volkswagen.