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Syria Divisions Aside, Turkish PM Eyes Closer Ties With Iran

By Orhan Coskun and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA, March 5 – The first visit by a Turkish prime minister to Iran in two years is unlikely to narrow deep divisions over Syria’s war, but it could boost trade ties as the lifting of sanctions on Tehran and political gains by reformists clear the way for a business boom. Turkey,

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Elections Gains Unlikely to Shift Iran Power Balance Fast

By Samia Nakhoul March 2  – Impressive gains by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in heavily handicapped elections to parliament and a clerical body are evidence of an isolated nation eager to move from theocracy to a more open democracy, but few expect a sudden shift in power. The Islamic Republic’s unique dual system of clerical

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Iran Reformists Cheer Election Gains, Hardliners Play Down Shift

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, Feb 29 – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his allies won big gains in elections that could deepen the country’s engagement with the world after his government ended years of sanctions by agreeing to curb its nuclear program. The outcome shown in the latest results on Monday was a blow to

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Rouhani Allies Win Most Tehran Seats in Clerical Body

DUBAI, Feb 29 – President Hassan Rouhani and his allies won 15 out of the 16 Tehran seats in the Assembly of Experts, final election results published on Monday showed, ousting two prominent hardliners including the speaker of the powerful clerical body. The results, carried on state news agency IRNA, suggest conservatives may lose their

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Iran’s Rouhani Says Main Problem in Syria is Terrorism

By John Irish PARIS, Jan 29 – The Syrian people must be left to decide their own future, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday, adding that defeating terrorism was Syria’s main problem and not who is running the country. On the first official visit to France by an Iranian president since 1999, Rouhani also

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Economic Growth Crucial to Defeating Terrorism – Iran’s President

ROME, Jan 26 – Iran wants to become a major exporting nation following the lifting of international sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, adding that economic growth was crucial to defeating extremism in the Middle East. Rouhani is on a four-day visit to Italy and France, where he is looking to rebuild Iran’s

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Rouhani Hails “Golden Page” in Iran’s History as Sanctions Lifted

DUBAI, Jan 17 – President Hassan Rouhani hailed on Sunday a nuclear deal with world powers as a “golden page” in Iran’s history, and looked forward to an economic future less dependent on oil as the country emerges from years of sanctions and isolation. But in an address to parliament he noted bitter opposition to

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