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U.N. nuclear chief suggests progress slow in Iran investigation

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has still not implemented all the nuclear transparency measures it had agreed to carry out by late August, the head of the U.N. atomic energy agency said on Monday, suggesting little headway in an inquiry into suspected bomb research.

Afghan presidential candidate rules out coalition deal

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani ruled out a coalition government with his rival Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday, quashing hopes for a power-sharing deal to defuse tensions that have threatened to split Afghanistan along ethnic lines.

EU monitors urge Afghanistan to widen election fraud probe

KABUL (Reuters) - European observers urged Afghanistan to deepen its investigation into vote-rigging on Thursday as candidates held closed-door meetings to try to resolve a deadlock threatening to split the country along ethnic lines.

El Salvador presidential runner-up wants vote annulled

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - The runner-up in El Salvador's presidential election asked the electoral tribunal on Tuesday to annul the tight contest and threatened to go to the Supreme Court if necessary.

Panama Canal expansion in doubt yet again as saga grinds on

PANAMA CITY/MADRID (Reuters) - A deal to resume work on the multibillion-dollar Panama Canal appeared in doubt on Thursday, just hours after an apparent breakthrough, in the latest twist in a protracted dispute over massive cost overruns.

North Korea to pay Panama fine for seamen's release

PANAMA CITY: North Korean authorities will pay a fine next week to ensure the return of a ship stopped near the Panama Canal with military weapons from Cuba onboard, officials said Thursday.

Loser in disputed Madagascar vote appeals to Africa states

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - The defeated candidate in Madagascar's disputed presidential election appealed to African states to investigate alleged fraud in last month's vote, the first since a coup plunged the island into crisis five years ago, an aide said on Tuesday.

Wenger banking on Arsenal solidarity and spirit

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal can complete a quick double over managerless Cardiff City and consolidate their position at the top of the table when the relentless Premier League holiday schedule continues on New Year's Day.

Iran deal removes need for U.S. missile shield, Russia says

WARSAW (Reuters) - A successful deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme would remove the need for the United States to build an anti-missile shield in Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

Russia hopes for nuclear talks with Iran next month

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hopes the next round of six-power talks with Iran to resolve a protracted dispute over its atomic programme will take place in January, RIA news agency reported on Thursday.