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Iran’s Rouhani Clashes with Police over Undercover Hijab Agent

DUBAI, April 20 – Iran’s president criticised the use of thousands of undercover morality police in Tehran to report on young women who are not wearing a full Islamic hijab or those who play loud music in their cars. Some 7,000 men and women officers began reporting such violations in Tehran, Iran’s capital, on Monday.

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Iran Shows Off Russian S-300 Defence System on Army Day

DUBAI, April 17 – Iran showed off parts of its new Russian S-300 missile defence system during National Army Day on Sunday, where President Hassan Rouhani said the country’s armed forces were no threat to neighbouring countries. Every year, Iran’s armed forces hold parades across the country to mark Army Day. In a ceremony in

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Erdogan Says Turkey and Iran Must Cooperate to Fight Terrorism, Sectarianism

ANKARA, April 16 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday his country and neighboring Iran must work together to help tackle the terrorism and sectarianism shaking their region. Ankara and Tehran are deeply divided in their views over Syria’s war, but they are looking to boost trade ties after international sanctions on Iran were

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Iran President Under Scrutiny Over Juvenile Executions

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT, April 13  – The case presented by the Iranian judiciary was simple: In the southern province of Fars, Fatemeh Salbehi suffocated her husband after drugging him, a capital crime in the Islamic Republic. What made the case controversial is that Salbehi was only 17, a minor by international legal standards, when

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Iran’s Rouhani Backs Moderate Interaction With Neighbours, World

ANKARA, April 7 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday his country was not a threat to any other nation and that it wanted interaction with the rest of the world, state TV reported. Rouhani’s comments stand in contrast to statements from Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has ruled out

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Italy Prime Minister Renzi to Visit Iran Next Week

ROME, April 4 – Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will visit Iran next week, his office said on Monday, three months after the Iranian president came to Europe to rebuild ties as years of economic sanctions ended. The two sides signed business deals worth billions of dollars during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit in January,

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Iran’s Leaders Offer Different Economic Visions For Coming Year

DUBAI, March 20 (Reuters) – Iran’s two most powerful figures offered contrasting visions for the economy in speeches marking Iranian new year on Sunday, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling for self-reliance and President Hassan Rouhani urging cooperation with the world. In Nowruz speeches, Khamenei and Rouhani looked back on the past year, which

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Iran Says European Banks Reluctant to Resume Transactions

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, March 6 – Iran complained on Saturday that European banks and companies were too wary about renewing business ties following the lifting of economic sanctions and said it had asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to ease their concerns. In January, world powers led by the United States and the European

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Rivals Turkey and Iran Seek to ‘Manage Differences’

By Ayla Jean Yackley and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin ISTANBUL/DUBAI, March 6 – Turkey and Iran, two countries on opposite sides of Syria‘s civil war, agreed they must cooperate to end sectarian strife, including support for a fragile ceasefire, in the region after their leaders met in Tehran on Saturday. Iran, along with Russia, has stood by Syrian President Bashar

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