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Kerry extends Switzerland stay amid troubled Iran talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry Credit: PA Wire

The US Secretary of State John Kerry has cancelled plans to return to the USA to continue Iran nuclear talks in Switzerland amid signs of troubled negotiations.

He was due to return to the USA to attend an event honoring his late colleague Edward Kennedy, the dedication of the Kennedy Institute in Boston with the late senator's family.

But the State department said that "given the ongoing nuclear negotiations in Switzerland, the secretary regrets he will not be able to share this special time with them in person."

His decision to stay comes as the talks appear to have hit obstacles ahead of a March 31 target for the outline of a final deal to be negotiated by the end of June.

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Air Canada plane wrecked after crash

Pictures have emerged of the wreckage of an Air Canada plane that left the runway at Halifax after making an abrupt landing in the early hours of this morning.

Reports that Flight AC624 from Toronto to Halifax, Nova Scotia, slammed into a power line, causing the crash and a mass power outage at the airport have not been confirmed by airport officials.

The airline said all of the 132 passengers and five crew were evacuated and 22 people have been taken to hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries.

Tunisian forces kill nine militants in a raid

An interior ministry official has said that Tunisian forces killed nine militants during a raid in a southern region as part of crackdown following the attack on the Tunis Bardo museum that targeted foreign tourists.

The operations late on Saturday in Gafsa region came hours before thousands of Tunisians were expected to join world leaders including French President Francois Hollande in a march of solaridity in Tunis.

Two gunmen killed 20 tourists at the Bardo Museum nearly two weeks ago, in one of the worst attacks in the North African country that mostly avoided violence since its 2011 uprising against autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

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