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News: International

US-EU meeting aims to boost economic ties

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2007 (AFP) - US and EU leaders gather Monday at the White House to boost economic ties but harbor little hope of striking an accord on the increasingly divisive issue of global warming and how to combat it.

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Non-proliferation conference to open in Vienna

Today on line.com-The United States wants to make it harder for nations to withdraw from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a US official said as an NPT conference was to open Monday amid increasing tension over Iran.

Washington is also hoping to avoid bickering between developed and developing nations at the 188-nation, two-week conference in Vienna, US head of delegation Christopher Ford told AFP in an interview Sunday.

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How Rice Plans to Tackle Iran

By ELAINE SHANNON-Time
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice never once used the word "isolate" in connection with Iran during her three appareances on Sunday political talk shows. That may be some kind of a record, since Rice rarely misses an opportunity to call for isolating Tehran until it abandons its uranium-enrichment activities and its support for radical groups in the Middle East. But it would be hard for Rice to demand the isolation of Iran when, in a dramatic course correction approved by President Bush, the Secretary of State plans to sit across a table with her Iranian counterpart, Manoucher Mottaki, at a conclave of Middle Eastern foreign ministers focused on stabilizing Iraq.

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US may meet with Iran at Iraq conference: Rice

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2007 (AFP) - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday she would not rule out meeting with her Iranian counterpart on the sidelines of a multinational conference on Iraq security next week.
"I will not rule out that we may encounter each other," she said.

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Analysis: Austria courts Iran, angers U.S.

By STEFAN NICOLA
UPI Energy Correspondent
BERLIN  (UPI) -- Washington has protested an Austrian oil and gas firm's investment plans in Iran. However, the Americans won't have much influence on the deal, observers say.
OMV, Central Europe's largest oil and gas firm, announced last Saturday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Iran to jointly develop parts of the gigantic South Pars gas field and cooperate with Iran in producing liquefied natural gas.

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japan's Abe due in Saudi for start of Mideast tour

RIYADH, April 28, 2007 (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is due in Saudi Arabia on Saturday on the first leg of a Middle East tour, as the world's second-largest economy aims to bolster its presence in a region crucial for its energy needs.

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