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Iranian nuclear talks to resume in New York

Iranian nuclear talks to resume in New York

NEW YORK, Sept. 18 (UPI) --The latest round of Iranian nuclear negotiations is scheduled to begin Friday with a plenary session at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
JC Finley
Following talks with Poroshenko, Putin insists Russia has no role in Ukraine cease-fire

Following talks with Poroshenko, Putin insists Russia has no role in Ukraine cease-fire

MINSK, Belarus, Aug. 27 (UPI) --Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met Tuesday in Minsk to discuss the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine.
JC Finley
Iranian nuclear negotiations underway as July 20 deadline looms

Iranian nuclear negotiations underway as July 20 deadline looms

VIENNA, July 3 (UPI) --The latest round of Iranian nuclear talks are underway in Vienna.
JC Finley
Iran sending drones, military equipment to Iraq, U.S. says

Iran sending drones, military equipment to Iraq, U.S. says

BRUSSELS, June 25 (UPI) --Iran is covertly supplying military equipment to Iraq, as well as using surveillance drones to monitor Sunni militants in the country, U.S. officials said.
Ed Adamczyk
Foreign ministers from EU and League of Arab States gather in Athens

Foreign ministers from EU and League of Arab States gather in Athens

ATHENS, Greece, June 11 (UPI) --Foreign ministers from the European Union and the League of Arab States met for a two-day summit in Athens to discuss a range of geo-political issues.
JC Finley
P5+1 Iran nuclear talks underway in Vienna

P5+1 Iran nuclear talks underway in Vienna

VIENNA, May 14 (UPI) --Delegates from the P5+1 countries were in Vienna on Wednesday to work toward a comprehensive Iranian nuclear agreement.
JC Finley
Ukrainian separatists impose travel ban on Barack Obama

Ukrainian separatists impose travel ban on Barack Obama

DONETSK, Ukraine, May 13 (UPI) --The pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk region of Ukraine imposed travel sanctions Tuesday on U.S. President Barack Obama and other western leaders.
Aileen Graef
EU announces new sanctions against Russian individuals

EU announces new sanctions against Russian individuals

BRUSSELS, April 29 (UPI) -- The European Union issued new sanctions Tuesday against 15 Russian individuals.
JC Finley
Secretary Kerry applauds agreement to defuse Ukraine crisis and warns Russia not to renege

Secretary Kerry applauds agreement to defuse Ukraine crisis and warns Russia not to renege

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 17 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry expressed support for an agreement reached with Russia and Ukraine to de-escalate the crisis, and cautioned Russia not to renege.
JC Finley
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov announces agreement reached to de-escalate Ukrainian crisis

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov announces agreement reached to de-escalate Ukrainian crisis

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 17 (UPI) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday from Geneva that an agreement had been reached with Ukraine, the U.S., and EU to "de-escalate" the crisis.
JC Finley
EU, Ukraine, U.S. and Russia come together for de-escalation talks

EU, Ukraine, U.S. and Russia come together for de-escalation talks

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 17 (UPI) -- Four-party talks focused on de-escalating the crisis in Ukraine are underway in Geneva.
JC Finley
Iranian nuclear negotiations still require "intensive work," say Ashton and Zarif

Iranian nuclear negotiations still require "intensive work," say Ashton and Zarif

VIENNA, April 9 (UPI) -- The third round of Iranian nuclear talks concluded in Vienna, Austria on Wednesday.
JC Finley
Start of third round of Iranian nuclear talks both "detailed and substantial"

Start of third round of Iranian nuclear talks both "detailed and substantial"

VIENNA, April 8 (UPI) -- The third round of Iranian nuclear talks are underway in Vienna, with initial reports that the discussions have been both "detailed and substantial."
JC Finley
Ashton and Zarif meet on eve of 3rd round of Iranian nuclear negotiations

Ashton and Zarif meet on eve of 3rd round of Iranian nuclear negotiations

VIENNA, April 7 (UPI) -- EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Monday evening in Vienna.
JC Finley
EU foreign ministers meet to discuss Ukraine and Russia

EU foreign ministers meet to discuss Ukraine and Russia

ATHENS, Greece, April 4 (UPI) -- Foreign ministers from European Union member states gathered in Athens Friday for an informal meeting known as the Gymnich.
JC Finley
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European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton (in green), visits with Palestinian youths, at an U.N. Relief and Works Agency in Gaza (UNRWA) day camp in Gaza City, July 18, 2010. UPI/Shareef Sarhan/U.N. Office
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Catherine Margaret Ashton, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, PC (born 20 March 1956) is a British politician belonging to the Labour Party who has been the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union (EU) since 1 December 2009 when the post was created. She is also the First-Vice-President of the European Commission (since February 2010). She prefers to be known as Cathy Ashton.

A British Labour politician, Ashton was made a life peer in 1999 by the Labour government and held junior ministerial appointments in three government departments. She was later appointed Leader of the House of Lords and, in that role, was instrumental in steering the Treaty of Lisbon through Britain's Upper House. In 2008, she succeeded Peter Mandelson as Commissioner for Trade in the European Commission. In December 2009 she became the first person to take on the newly enlarged High Representative role for the EU as created by the Treaty of Lisbon.

Catherine Ashton was born in Upholland, Lancashire on 20 March 1956. Her father, Harold, was a civil engineer and came from a working class family, with a background in coal mining going back generations. She attended Upholland Grammar School in Billinge Higher End, Lancashire, then Wigan Mining and Technical College in Wigan. Ashton graduated with a BSc in sociology in 1977 from Bedford College, London (now part of Royal Holloway, University of London). She was the first woman in her family to attend a university.

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