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Exclusive: Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 18:34
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has relied on oil-producing Iran to help him fight a nearly four-year-old civil war and also prop under a ...
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Iran honours nuclear deal with powers, IAEA report shows

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:30
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has continued to meet commitments under an interim nuclear agreement with six world powers, a confidential U.N. agency report showed, though Tehran temporarily halted conversion work that makes higher-grade uranium less suitable for bombs. The monthly update by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), seen by Reuters, said Iran was not enriching uranium above a ...
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Iran honors nuclear deal with powers, IAEA report shows

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:25
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has continued to meet commitments under an interim nuclear agreement with six world powers, a confidential U.N. agency report showed, though Tehran temporarily halted conversion work that makes higher-grade uranium less suitable for bombs. The monthly update by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), seen by Reuters, said Iran was not enriching uranium above a ...
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For Leopards in Iran and Iraq, Land Mines Are a Surprising Refuge

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:15
Targeted by hunters and threatened by shrinking habitat, Persian leopards fight for survival along the Iran-Iraq border.
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Iran’s Rouhani Pushes Back

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 22:33
Haleh Esfandiari: Despite his inability, so far, to deliver on his promises, Mr. Rouhani remains a beacon of hope for the young, and despite widespread fear of Iranian security agencies, some are willing to speak up for him.
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At U.N., Iran urged to show more flexibility in nuclear talks

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 22:16
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran has not demonstrated sufficient flexibility in nuclear talks with six world powers aimed at ending a 12-year standoff with the Islamic Republic over its atomic ambitions, France and Britain said on Thursday. The remarks, at the United Nations, came just after the completion of another inconclusive round of negotiations in Geneva this week ...
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Iran’s Rouhani Pushes Back

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 21:34
Haleh Esfandiari: Despite his inability, so far, to deliver on his promises, Mr. Rouhani remains a beacon of hope for the young, and despite widespread fear of Iranian security agencies, some are willing to speak up for him.
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Iran to conduct 'massive' military exercise

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 21:08
JC Finley TEHRAN, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Iran will conduct a large-scale military exercise in the south of the country beginning Dec. 25, a senior Iranian military commander announced Thursday.
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Iran to hold major naval drills at end of December

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:55
Iran will hold widespread naval drills extending to the Gulf of Aden in December, its navy chief said Thursday, asking foreign forces to "leave the area" to avoid incidents.
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Iran to hold major naval drills at end of December

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:54
Iran will hold widespread naval drills extending to the Gulf of Aden in December, its navy chief said Thursday, asking foreign forces to "leave the area" to avoid incidents. The week-long exercises -- the first on this scale since the election of reformist President Hassan Rouhani in June last year -- are set to start on December 25 and take place between the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of ...
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Iran to hold military drill near strategic passage

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:54
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV says the military will hold a massive drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf next week.
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Iran to hold military drill near strategic passage

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:34
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV says the military will hold a massive drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf next week.
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Iran says resumed nuclear talks 'useful'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:53
Iran welcomed as "useful" Thursday its first round of nuclear talks with the major powers since the two sides gave themselves another seven months to strike a deal. "We had intensive and useful discussions," Iran's lead negotiator, deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi, told state television after a two-hour meeting in Geneva on Wednesday. Araqchi held two days of talks with a US delegation ...
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Western-style stores growing in Iran

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:20
When Thomas Cristofoletti walked into the Hyperstar supermarket in Shiraz, Iran, he was stopped at the door. He had his camera over his shoulder, and the international-style grocery store was built inside a large mall with a strict policy against photography.
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Iran nuclear negotiations resume in Geneva

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 21:17
JC Finley GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Iranian nuclear negotiations resumed Wednesday in Geneva, marking the first round of talks since the Nov. 24 deadline expired without agreement.
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US, Iran and a friendlier future?

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 20:03
Some observers say a less acrimonious future between the United States and Iran makes economic sense.
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US and Iran could become, well, BFFs...really

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:59
Some observers say a less acrimonious future between the United States and Iran makes economic sense.
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Iran's President, Revolutionary Guards 'Enjoy Very Good Relations'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:12
Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander of Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), says President Hassan Rohani and the IRGC enjoy "; very good relations,"; based on mutual trust. Jafari was reacting to a question regarding recent comments by Rohani, who warned against the monopolization of power and the spread of corruption in Iran, saying that corruption is brought about when ...
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U.N. should stop funding Iran anti-drugs operations: rights groups

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:32
VIENNA (Reuters) - Six rights groups urged the United Nations anti-drugs agency on Wednesday to stop funding counter-narcotics police operations in Iran until Tehran ends the death penalty for such offences. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) confirmed it had received a letter from the groups, including U.S.-based Human Rights Watch, but had no comment on it. Because of a large ...
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U.N. should stop funding Iran anti-drugs operations: rights groups

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:13
VIENNA (Reuters) - Six rights groups urged the United Nations anti-drugs agency on Wednesday to stop funding counter-narcotics police operations in Iran until Tehran ends the death penalty for such offences. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) confirmed it had received a letter from the groups, including U.S.-based Human Rights Watch, but had no comment on it. Because of a large ...
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