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International Affairs - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, prior to a bilateral meeting for a new round of Nuclear Talks with Iran at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, May 30, 2015. A month out from a nuclear deal deadline, the top U.S. and Iranian diplomats gathered in Geneva Saturday in an effort to bridge differences over how quickly to ease economic sanctions on Tehran and how significantly the Iranians must open up military facilities to international inspections. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, prior to a bilateral meeting for a new round of Nuclear Talks with Iran at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Geneva, Switzerland, 30 May 2015. Photo Laurent Gillieron ©Hollandse Hoogte ⁃ Laurent Gillieron

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Representatives from France and Great Britain negotiated what came to be known as the Sykes-Picot Agreement, a tentative agreement on the division of spheres of influence in the territories of the disintegrating Ottoman Empire. Th...

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