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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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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