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FRIDAY, 18 APR 2014
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Yeganeh Torbati
The business empire of Iran’s supreme leader
November 12, 2013 12:10 AM
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei controls a business empire worth around $95 billion – a sum exceeding the value of his oil-rich nation’s current annual petroleum exports – a six-month Reuters investigation shows. The little-known organization, called Setad, is...
Kerry meets Iran foreign minister to close gaps in nuclear talks
November 08, 2013 02:53 PM
GENEVA: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday important gaps needed to be bridged in high-stakes talks with Iran on curbing its nuclear programme and he began talks with Tehran's foreign minister to try to clinch an interim deal. "I want to emphasise there is not an agreement...
Iran, six powers making progress in "tough" nuclear negotiations
November 07, 2013 10:35 PM
GENEVA: Iran and six world powers appeared to be edging towards a deal on its disputed nuclear activity on Thursday, citing progress in negotiations building on a diplomatic opening from Tehran, although it cautioned that the discussions were "tough". The United States said the powers...
Iran says making headway in 'tough' nuclear talks
November 07, 2013 03:59 PM
GENEVA: Iran and six world powers are making progress in talks aimed at ending a decade-long nuclear stand-off between Tehran and the West, but the discussions are "tough", Iran's foreign minister said on Thursday.Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comment to Reuters after a first session in the...
Iran invites U.N. nuclear chief, hopes for deal
November 05, 2013 09:26 PM
LONDON/VIENNA: The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog is considering an invitation to visit Tehran for scheduled talks, a possible sign of progress in a long-stalled investigation into suspected nuclear arms research by Iran. Iranian state television said International Atomic Energy Agency...
Iran says proposal aims at breakthrough in nuclear standoff
October 15, 2013 11:20 AM
GENEVA: Iran said it presented a proposal in talks with six world powers on Tuesday capable of achieving a breakthrough in a decade-old standoff over its contested nuclear program that has raised the risk of a new Middle East war. The Islamic Republic began negotiations in earnest with the United...
Iran rejects West's demand to ship out uranium stockpiles
October 13, 2013 11:19 AM
DUBAI/VIENNA: Iran on Sunday rejected the West's demand to send sensitive nuclear material out of the country but signalled flexibility on other aspects of its atomic activities that worry world powers, ahead of renewed negotiations this week. Talks about Iran's nuclear programme, due to...
Iranian exiles mull return after Rouhani election
October 11, 2013 12:12 AM
DUBAI: For the first time since Iran’s authorities cracked down on dissent after the 2009 presidential polls, some critics, spurred by signs of openness by the government of President Hassan Rouhani, are returning from exile. Seraj Mirdamadi, a journalist who had not set foot in his homeland...
Newspaper report sends Iran foreign minister to hospital
October 10, 2013 12:47 AM
DUBAI: Iran’s foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator went to hospital with pains he said were brought on by a hard-line newspaper quoting him as saying President Hassan Rouhani’s phone call with President Barack Obama was a mistake.Mohammad Javad Zarif’s brief visit to hospital is a pointer...
Iran's Rouhani says he wants quick results from nuclear talks
September 27, 2013 10:24 PM
NEW YORK: New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday he wanted talks with major powers on Iran's nuclear program to yield results in a short time, while France challenged Tehran to address Western concerns even sooner than it has proposed. Rouhani made his remarks shortly before he...
Obama pledges diplomacy with Iran, but no Rouhani meeting
September 24, 2013 10:16 PM
UNITED NATIONS: U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday cautiously embraced overtures from Iran's new president as the foundation for a possible nuclear deal, but a meeting between the two leaders failed to materialize, underscoring entrenched distrust that will be hard to overcome. In a speech...
Turkey, Jordan say world has responsibility to end Syria war
September 24, 2013 09:33 PM
UNITED NATIONS: Turkey and Jordan called on Tuesday for a more robust international effort to end Syria's civil war, saying the global community had a responsibility not to abandon the Syrian people. Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Jordan's King Abdullah made the remarks while...
U.S. Iran sanctions force closure of opposition leader's website
September 16, 2013 03:21 PM
DUBAI: A U.S. web-hosting company has shut the website of an Iranian opposition leader held under house arrest in Tehran to comply with U.S. sanctions, underscoring the unintended impacts of some of the curbs imposed on the Islamic Republic. Washington has imposed sanctions restricting U.S....
Strike on Syria could derail Rouhani plan
September 05, 2013 12:34 AM
DUBAI: If one thing could scuttle Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s big plan – to fix Iran’s economy by winning some relief from Western sanctions – a U.S. strike on Tehran’s ally Syria is it. Rouhani’s June election landslide won him the cautious backing of...
Tehran names new ambassador to IAEA
August 28, 2013 12:34 AM
DUBAI: Iran has named a disarmament expert as its envoy to the U.N. nuclear watchdog, extending a reshuffle of top officials dealing with its disputed atomic program since President Hassan Rouhani took office vowing to improve Iran’s foreign relations.Rouhani has yet to pick someone for arguably...

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