Tehran

Iran Suffers Losses in Syria, Aleppo Truce Extended

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, May 8 – Thirteen Iranian soldiers were killed in a battle with Islamist militants over a village near the Syrian city of Aleppo, Tehran said on Saturday, in one of Iran’s biggest single-day losses since it sent forces to support President Bashar Al Assad. Russia meanwhile said that a truce in Aleppo itself

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Saudi Arabia: In The Driver’s Seat

Obama’s making nice. But it may not be enough to salvage his track record in the Gulf By Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla At the beginning of his first term, U.S. President Barack Obama’s regional tour targeted Egypt in 2009, just one year prior to the outbreak of the Arab Spring. He wanted to engage in dialogue

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U.S., Iran Keep Iraqi PM in Place as He Challenges Ruling Elite

By Stephen Kalin and Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, April 5 – The United States and Iran have formed an unlikely tacit alliance behind Iraq’s prime minister as he challenges the ruling elite with plans for a non-political cabinet to fight corruption undermining the OPEC nation’s economic and political stability. Local calls for Haider al-Abadi’s removal —

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U.S., at U.N., To Raise Iran’s “Dangerous” Missile Tests

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, March 12 – The United States will raise during U.N. Security Council consultations next week the issue of Iran‘s recent ballistic missile launches and is urging countries to cooperate on undermining Tehran’s missile program, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Friday. “We will raise these dangerous launches directly at

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Iran Plays Hardball with European Oil Buyers, Slowing Exports

By Dmitry Zhdannikov and Alex Lawler LONDON, March 9  – Iran has managed to sell only modest volumes of oil to Europe since the lifting of sanctions seven weeks ago and several former buyers are staying away, citing legal complications and Tehran’s reluctance to sweeten terms to win back customers. Tehran had been unable to

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Tehran Targets Foreign Investors

Iran’s first roadshow after sanctions promises abundant investments By Leila Hatoum MUSCAT Feb 29 Iran is targeting over $100 billion in foreign investments after being isolated from the global market for nearly a decade due to international economic sanctions for its nuclear program, Iranian officials told Newsweek Middle East. During its first roadshow since the

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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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Iranian Banks Reconnected to Global Payments Network

DUBAI, Feb 17 – Global transaction network SWIFT has reconnected a number of Iranian banks to its system, allowing them to resume cross-border transactions with foreign banks after the lifting of sanctions on Tehran, a SWIFT official said. Iranian banks were disconnected from Belgium-based SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, in March 2012

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Iran’s Zarif Tells European Lawmakers Islamist Militancy Also Their Problem

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, Feb 16 – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told European Union lawmakers on Tuesday militant Islam was also a European problem as he defended Iran’s involvement in Syria’s civil war on the side of President Bashar Al Assad. European parliamentarians quizzed Zarif about alleged human rights violations in Iran, Iranian defence

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Iran To Upgrade Missiles, Get Russian Defense System

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, Feb 10 – Iran will unveil an upgrade of its Emad ballistic missiles this year, the defense minister was quoted as saying, advancing a program that has drawn criticism from the United Nations and sanctions from the United States. The Islamic Republic would also start taking delivery of an advanced Russian

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