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A resident of Alden, New York, shovels snow from atop his car.
A resident of Alden, New York, shovels snow from atop his car.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS STALL
As talks on Iran’s nuclear program continue in Vienna ahead of a Nov. 24 deadline to reach an agreement, Iran’s nuclear chief told reporters that his delegation saw “no more room for further negotiations” on the design of its controversial Arak nuclear reactor, AFP reports. This reactor, which the West fears could provide Iran with weapons-grade plutonium, is a thorny issue that almost derailed initial negotiations last year. Iran insists that the Arak reactor is for research purposes only.

SNAPSHOT
A resident of Alden, New York, shovels snow from atop his car. Up to six feet of the white stuff fell on the region Tuesday, stranding dozens of motorists on roadways and causing at least seven deaths.

FARC AGREES TO RELEASE GENERAL
Colombia’s rebel group FARC has agreed to release an army general and four other people abducted over the weekend “as soon as possible” after reaching common ground with Colombian government representatives,El Espectador reports. Peace talks between the faction and the government, which started two years ago, are also likely to resume in the Cuban capital of Havana. For more on the five-decade-long conflict, we offer this El Espectador/Worldcrunch op-ed, FARC Understands Nothing About The "People" Of Colombia.

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An average of 13 people a day have been killed in conflict-torn Ukraine since the Sept. 5 ceasefire agreement, a UN official revealed Thursday.

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War In Ukraine, Day 114: Kyiv Targeting Crimea Bridge

The Ukrainian Defense intelligence says it has obtained documents containing detailed technical information about the bridge, which connects Crimea to the Russian mainland since it was built after the 2014 annexation. Kyiv sees it as a key target for its role in Russian logistics.

Crimea bridge

Cameron Manley and Emma Albright

Keep your eye on the Crimea bridge. It was Moscow’s signature infrastructure project after it had annexed Crimea in 2014, connecting the peninsula to Russia. The double structure is nearly 12 miles (19 km) across, making it the longest bridge in all of Europe. And now it is on Kyiv’s list of prime targets.

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The Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Intelligence Directorate reported that it had obtained documents containing detailed technical information about the bridge, which been identified as a key target for Ukrainian forces as it is key for Russian logistics.

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