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Iran Vows ‘Firm Response’ Unless Obama Stops Sanctions Renewal

DUBAI, Dec 4 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani demanded on Sunday that Barack Obama block an extension of sanctions passed by the U.S. Congress, saying Tehran would otherwise “firmly respond”. In a speech to parliament, Rouhani denounced legislation passed by the U.S. Congress to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years as a

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Rouhani Urges Iran-Turkey Joint Efforts in Iraq, Syria

DUBAI, Nov 26  – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for greater cooperation between regional rivals Iran and Turkey to help establish stability in Syria and Iraq. “Today when the region is in a critical condition, cooperation and consultation by Tehran and Ankara in resolving issues can make a difference,” Rouhani told visiting Turkish

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Iran’s President Says US Election Offers Only Bad Or Worse Choice

DUBAI, Oct 23 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday the choice offered to voters in the U.S. presidential election was between “bad and worse” and that harsh exchanges in the debates pointed to a lack of morality in America, Tehran’s arch adversary. “America claims it has more than 200 years of democracy, and

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Iranian President tells Venezuela Essential to Raise Oil Prices

DUBAI, Oct 4 – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro in a phone call that it was essential for oil producing countries to take a decision to raise the price of oil and stabilise the market, Iranian state news agency IRNA said. Iran and Venezuela are both members of the Organization

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Iran’s Global Banking Problems Deepen With Rise of Trump, Brexit

By Jonathan Saul and Parisa Hafezi LONDON/ANKARA, July 31 – Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and the rise of U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump have paralyzed efforts by Western governments to encourage already highly reluctant international banks to do business with Iran. Uncertainty is frustrating Tehran’s push for foreign investment to revive its

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Arrests of Several Dual-National Iranians Could Be Politically Motivated

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON, July 18 – Montreal academic Homa Hoodfar was preparing to return to Canada from Iran in March when agents from Iran’s powerful paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps raided her Tehran home and took her laptop, phone, books and passport, her family said. Over the course of the next three months, Hoodfar, an Iranian, Canadian

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Executive Pay Stirs Outrage, Becomes Political Issue in Iran

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, June 30 – Executive pay, a source of controversy at shareholder meetings in the West, has become a political issue in Iran where revelations of high compensation packages at state-owned firms are being used to attack moderate President Hassan Rouhani. Over the last several weeks, local media have published the pay-slips

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In Iran, Dividends of Nuclear Deal Are Slow To Appear

By Samia Nakhoul and Richard Mably TEHRAN, May 24 – Hopes that Iran would quickly reintegrate with world markets after its nuclear deal, bringing investment and opportunities to a young population, are turning to frustration. An opaque business environment in Iran and political uncertainty in the United States are to blame. Tehran’s hotels are buzzing

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Iran and Russia Move Closer But Their Alliance Has Limits

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and Lidia Kelly DUBAI/MOSCOW, April 26- When Iran took delivery of the first parts of an advanced Russian air defense system this month, it paraded the anti-aircraft missile launchers sent by Moscow to mark Army Day. Tehran had cause to celebrate: the Kremlin’s decision a year ago to press ahead with the

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Iranian Hopefuls Start Campaigning for Parliamentary Runoffs

ANKARA, April 21 – Campaigning for Iran’s parliamentary runoffs next week began on Thursday, state radio reported, when allies of President Hassan Rouhani and their hardline rivals will compete to secure a majority after an inconclusive election earlier this year. Rouhani supporters made big gains in a general election in February, especially in Tehran. They

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