What we’re watching Saturday
Iranian flag at (IAEA) in Vienna. Photo credit: DIETER NAGL/AFP/GettyImages.
Good morning. Here are some of the top stories we’ll be keeping an eye on throughout the day.
Iran – Nuclear
Secretary of State Kerry has joined the talks in Geneva. Diplomats say that there is a “realistic chance” for a deal, but no guarantee.
There are reports of a possible compromise on the sticking point of Iran’s demand for a “right to enrich” uranium.
The fate of the Arak plutonium reactor (now under construction) remains a point of contention.
Talks go into extra day in Warsaw, Poland, but delegates are deadlocked over climate aid. Rich nations are resisting demands for firm targets on how to meet pledge of $100 billion a year for developing nations.
The only concrete agreement so far is on new rules to protect tropical forests through the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) Program which provides monetary compensation to developing nations who can prove they have cut emissions by curbing deforestation.
Islamist rebels of al-Nusra Front have reportedly captured the largest oil field in eastern Syria, al-Omar, in what could be a serious blow to Bashar al-Assad.
Activists say government air strikes in the north have killed at least 29.
Egypt – Turkey
Cairo expels Turkish ambassador over “interference” in Egyptian affairs. Turks have condemned the coup that ousted Morsi.
A powerful storm that killed four in California and Arizona is now moving into New Mexico and Utah with snow, high winds and flooding.