US shutdown threatens defense contractors
Washington (AFP) Oct 04, 2013 – Defense companies warned Friday they are days away from placing thousands of workers on unpaid leave if the US government shutdown drags on and halts arms manufacturing. Failure by Congress to approve a budget for the new fiscal year has dramatically disrupted military contract work because the Pentagon has no money to cover compulsory inspections and audits. Without inspections, defense … more

Iran says major powers must make new nuclear proposals
Tehran (AFP) Oct 06, 2013 – Iran on Sunday called for fresh proposals from the major powers in talks on its nuclear programme set to resume next week, the first since the election of moderate President Hassan Rouhani. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the previous offer, made by the P5+1 group at two meetings in Kazakhstan in February and April, before Rouhani’s June election, was no longer valid. “The pre … more