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Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks in Geneva on Thursday to work out how to put into practice a landmark deal obliging Tehran to curb its nuclear program in return for some relief from economic sanctions. Discussions on the details of last month's breakthrough accord were interrupted by Tehran diplomats last week, after a decision by the United States to blacklist 19 more Iranian companies and individuals. U.S. senators introduced a bill on Thursday to slap sanctions on Iran if the country breaks the terms of the interim deal struck last month in Geneva in which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program. Democratic Senators Robert Menendez, the chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Republican Senator Mark Kirk introduced the bill with 23 others that would choke funding to Iran's nuclear program by cutting off its oil sales. The bill faces an uncertain path as the Obama administration has pushed the Senate to hold off introducing another Iran sanctions bill similar to one the House of Representatives passed in July. Central African Republic will bring forward presidential elections to next year, Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye said on Thursday, bowing to pressure from former colonial power France to speed up a transition after a March coup. Interim President Michel Djotodia, leader of the Seleka rebel group that seized the capital Bangui in March, was set to remain in office until 2015 under a deal hammered out with regional African powers. France deployed troops to the resource-rich country this month in an attempt to halt a wave of killings between mostly Muslim Seleka and anti-Christian defense militias. Istanbul's powerful police chief has been dismissed, according to local media, over an anti-corruption action striking at the heart of Turkey's ruling elite and threatening the authority of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan at home and abroad. Huseyin Capkin was the most senior commander so far to be sacked following the dismissal of dozens of senior officers on Wednesday over what Erdogan has termed a "dirty operation" to tarnish the government.

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