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Rouhani says Iran Will Not Let Trump Rip Up Nuclear Deal

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin BEIRUT, Dec 6  – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday he would not let U.S. President-elect Donald Trump rip up a global nuclear deal, warning of unspecified repercussions if Washington reneges on the agreement. Trump had said during campaigns for the White House that he would scrap Iran’s pact with world

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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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Iranian Parliament Approves Three New Rouhani Ministers

BEIRUT, Nov 2 – Iranian lawmakers approved three new ministers on Tuesday, signalling support for changes in the cabinet of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani seven months before a presidential election. State media reported that Reza Salehi Amiri, Saeed Soltanifar and Fakhredin Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani won votes of confidence to take over the ministries of Islamic guidance

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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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Hardliner Elected as Head of Iran’s Top Clerical Body

DUBAI, May 24 – A powerful anti-Western cleric was chosen on Tuesday as the head of Iran’s new Assembly of Experts, in a sign that hardliners are still in firm control of the body in charge of choosing the next supreme leader. Ahmad Jannati, 90, is a an outspoken critic of President Hassan Rouhani and

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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’s Pragmatic Rouhani Cheers Election Wins, Says Gov’t Stronger

By Samia Nakhoul TEHRAN, Feb 28  – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earned an emphatic vote of confidence and reformist partners secured surprise gains in parliament in early results from elections that could accelerate the Islamic Republic’s emergence from years of isolation. While gains by moderates and reformists in Friday’s polls were most evident in the

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Iran Starts Election Count to Set Post-Sanctions Power Balance

By Samia Nakhoul TEHRAN, Feb 27 – Iran started counting tens of millions of votes on Saturday after hotly contested elections that could see reformists speed up Tehran’s opening to the world or long-dominant hardliners reassert the Islamic Republic’s traditional anti-Westernism. The twinned elections for parliament and a leadership body called the Assembly of Experts

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