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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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UN should stop funding Iran anti-drugs operations -rights groups

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:09
VIENNA, Dec 17 (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 ...
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Hamas' deputy chief says it has patched up ties with Iran

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:03
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group's deputy leader said on Wednesday. Patching up ties with Tehran could ease Hamas's financial and political isolation. Israel is blockading the Gaza Strip, while Egypt, battling Islamist militants in neighboring Sinai, has ...
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Hamas' deputy chief says it has patched up ties with Iran

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:58
* Hamas has been hostile to Syria's Assad, Iran's ally * Iran has been major arms supplier to Hamas * Deputy leader says Hamas not seeking new war with Israel By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group's deputy leader said on Wednesday. Patching up ties with ...
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Human Rights Watch Calls on the UN to Freeze Funding of Iran Counter-narcotics Efforts

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:38
The United Nations agency charged with combating illicit drug trafficking should withdraw its support for counter-narcotics police operations in Iran until the death penalty for drug offenses is abolished, six rights groups said in a letter published Wednesday. The groups made the plea after Iran’s judiciary hanged 18 alleged drug traffickers within 24 hours on December 3, 2014, bringing the ...
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Iran says backs Russian push for Syria talks in Moscow: TASS

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:34
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Tehran backs Russia's efforts to host a new round of peace talks between Damascus and the Syrian opposition, Iran's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday during a visit to Moscow. Russia and Iran have sided with President Bashar al-Assad in the conflict in Syria, where three years of fighting has killed some 200,000 people, while the West backs some of the rebel groups ...
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Iran Says It Requested Sydney Gunman's Extradition

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:37
Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old born in Iran, took 17 people hostage inside a downtown Sydney cafe on Monday.
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Iran says Australia ignored warnings about gunman

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:54
Iran repeatedly warned Australia about the criminal past of the perpetrator of the Sydney cafe siege and called for him to be kept under surveillance, top officials in Tehran said.
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Iran says sees more steps ahead in nuclear talks

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:30
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday nuclear talks with major powers were being conducted in a good atmosphere, "good steps" had been taken and more would follow. U.S. and Iranian diplomats began a two-day meeting in Geneva on Monday to pave the way for resuming broader negotiations involving Iran and six world powers there on Wednesday. The ...
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Ex-US Marine Held In Iran Goes On Hunger Strike

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:57
Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine, who is imprisoned in Iran for more than three years for allegedly spying for the CIA, has begun a hunger strike, his family said Tuesday, without mentioning when he started the strike, according to media reports.
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Iran: Extradition of Sydney attacker refused

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:59
Tehran says it demanded extradition of Sydney cafe hostage-taker in 2000, but its request was rejected by Australia.
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Ex-US Marine held in Iran to start hunger strike

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:30
DETROIT (AP) — The family of a former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran says he is going on a hunger strike and has dictated a letter asking President Obama not to forget him as dialogue continues between the two countries over Iran's nuclear activities.
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Ex-US Marine held in Iran to start hunger strike

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:21
DETROIT (AP) — The family of a former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran says he is going on a hunger strike and has dictated a letter asking President Obama not to forget him as dialogue continues between the two countries over Iran's nuclear activities.
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Ex-US Marine held in Iran to start hunger strike

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:21
DETROIT (AP) — The family of a former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran says he is going on a hunger strike and has dictated a letter asking President Obama not to forget him as dialogue continues between the two countries over Iran's nuclear activities.
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Sydney gunman was 'wanted in Iran'

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:13
Iran says it requested 14 years ago the extradition of Haron Monis, the gunman behind the Sydney siege, but Australia refused to hand him over.
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