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Fabius: Iran talks a 'few metres from the finishing line'

French Foreign Secretary Laurent Fabius returned for more Iran nuclear talks after flying back to Paris the previous day because progress had been too slow.

He said: "We are a few meters from the finishing line, but it's always the last metres that are the most difficult. We will try and cross them. "It's not done yet. We want a robust and verifiable agreement and there are still points where there needs to be progress especially on the Iranian side," he said.

One diplomat close to the talks said late on Wednesday that a deal could be announced within hours but had not yet been reached, and the talks could still fall apart.

Iran nuclear talks extended to second day beyond deadline

World leaders and Iran stretched marathon talks on Tehran's nuclear program into a second day past their deadline, with diplomats saying prospects for a preliminary agreement were finely balanced between success and collapse in the coming hours, according to Reuters.

Iran nuclear talks extended to second day beyond deadline. Credit: Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said they would stay at least until Thursday in an effort to seal the "political" agreement, a milestone toward a final pact due by the end of June.

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Burkina Faso government confirms Bird Flu outbreak

The government of Burkina Faso has confirmed that an outbreak of H5N1 avian flu was responsible for the deaths of large numbers of chickens in two regions of the country in recent weeks.

Jean Paul Rouamba, minister for livestock, said tests had been carried out by the United Nations experts after a wave of deaths in traditional and modern poultry farms in February and March.

The deaths occurred in Kadiogo province in Centre region and Sanguie in Centre-West region, Rouamba said on state radio. Burkina Faso last battled an outbreak of avian flu in 2006.

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French foreign minister: Iran must do more in talks

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. Credit: PA

The foreign minister of France said that Iran still had to make more effort to reach a preliminary political accord, but Tehran and the six powers were in the final and most difficult stages.

We are a few metres from the finishing line, but it's always the last metres that are the most difficult. We will try and cross them.

It's not done yet. We want a robust and verifiable agreement and there are still points where there needs to be progress especially on the Iranian side.

– French foreign minister Laurent Fabius

Party leaders arrive in Salford ahead of leaders' debate

Party leaders have been arriving at hotels near the venue of tomorrow's ITV leaders' debate - which was tonight revealed to be the studios at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Hosted by presenter Julie Etchingham, the debate will be broadcast live on ITV at 8pm, and streamed through the website.

Read: Revealed: Set and location for political leaders' debate showdown

ITV News deputy political editor Chris Ship reports on the build up to - and the risks of - tomorrow's event:

Four children among Brits held trying to get into Syria

A group of nine British nationals arrested on Turkey's border allegedly trying to cross illegally into Syria, is believed to include four children ranging in age from 10 to two-years-old.

The Foreign Office said it is in contact with the Turkish authorities and is investigating.

ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner reports:

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