World Powers And Iran Pause Nuclear Talks For Christmas

"We expect that technical talks will resume before the New Year." Ashton spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday to discuss the talks, she said. Diplomats have said although the task is complicated, there is real political will on both sides to carry out the agreement. Zarif was quoted by Iran's semi-official Fars news agency, however, as saying that the talks in Geneva were "moving forward slowly". <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Champagne widows stamped grand legacy on wine, broke boundaries in male-dominated world

The powerful English queen, also a widow, had a weakness for Champagne's delicate effervescence and was counted among these two houses' top clients. Shrewd widow Pommery invented the world's first brut Champagne the dry Champagne we know today in response to requests from Queen Victoria for variations of what had been a cloying drink. Brut Champagne revolutionized the industry again. "Before it was very sugary, sometimes 250-300 grams per liter, it was like jam or marmalade," said Thierry Gasco, cellar head at Vranken-Pommery. By the time Veuve Pommery came along, widows had become a commercial asset. Men who ran Champagne houses would scramble to find a widow in the family after whom they could name their house, in hopes of boosting sales. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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