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PBC News & Comment: Iran Talks Extended for 2 Days

In Iran talks, arbitrary deadline is extended by 2 days as conflicting accounts suggest progress is being made in Switzerland….

--Russia’s Lavrov says a deal is within reach, as other diplomats continue negotiations

--Palestine officially joins International Criminal Court, but its ability to seek justice is limited by many factors

--US lifts hold on arms shipments to Egypt, despite the 2013 coup and US human rights law

--Thai general who took control in May 2014 coup claims sweeping powers

--US governors in the news:

--Arkansas’ Neanderthal governor, Asa Hutchinson, tries to fix his new religious discrimination law before signing it, as Walmart and other companies object

--Indiana’s Mike Pence asks his legislature to clarify the law he says is not discriminatory

--Arizona governor Doug Ducey signs a doozy of a bill into law, requiring doctors to tell women that pharmaceutical abortion is reversible

--on snowless Sierra peak, California Gov. Jerry Brown announces 25% reduction in water use, with penalties

--in Colorado, state officials scramble to avoid refunding $60 million in marijuana tax revenue

--defense rests in Boston bomber trial, jury will get the case next week

--Interior Dept. approves Shell Oil’s lease in Alaska’s Chuckchi Sea

--Rev. Billy reports that all charges have been dropped after his recent arrest for preaching in public in NYC