UK hopes Mideast nuclear talks can be held next year

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Saturday it hoped a conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East could take place "as soon as possible", after the United States said it would not be held next month. The U.S. State Department said on Friday that the conference could "not be convened because of present conditions in the Middle East and the fact that states in the region have not reached agreement on acceptable conditions for a conference". It did not spell out when or if the event, originally scheduled for December, would take place. ...