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Will Iran’s Rouhani survive the bleak economy?

AFP TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is credited with pulling the economy back from the brink, but less than two months before his re-election bid, has he done enough to convince voters? “This year was full of stress — no jobs, recession, a stagnant housing market,” said Ali Bakhtiyari, a …

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Insecurity, regional terrorism originate from Saudi radicalism: Iran

TEHRAN – Iran has rejected accusations that it is imperiling the security of the Middle East, saying regional insecurity and terrorism originates from Saudi Arabia’s radicalism and extremism. “The root cause of terrorism in the region is radical thoughts nurtured in Saudi Arabia which have today become the scourge of …

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Putin calls Iran a ‘reliable, stable partner’

TEHRAN – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Iran is a “good neighbor” and “reliable and stable partner”. During a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Moscow, Putin said that the two countries worked very effectively together in various areas, including global issues and the resolution of …

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Chief of a phantom army

ZAHID HUSSAIN It is now official. Retired Gen Raheel Sharif will soon be taking over the command of the so-called Islamic army that is still to take shape. The ambiguity surrounding the decision to lend the services of the country’s former army chief to Saudi Arabia has finally been cleared. …

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Iran says Russia can use its military bases ‘on case by case basis’

REUTERS Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters on Tuesday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to launch air strikes against militants in Syria on a “case by case basis.” Russia and Iran are both key allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and have played decisive roles in …

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Iran warns U.S. Navy watch its moves in Persian Gulf

TEHRAN – Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said on Saturday that the U.S. naval forces should watch their provocative moves in the Persian Gulf region. “The U.S. must more than ever monitor and control the conduct of its warships in the Persian Gulf,” …

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Iran sanctions 15 US firms, citing human rights and Israel ties

REUTERS  Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 US companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday. The agency quoted Iran’s foreign ministry as saying the companies had “flagrantly violated human rights” and cooperated with Israel against the Palestinians. It was …

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Iran committed to nuclear deal despite Trump threats, say observers

US President Donald Trump has criticised the Iran nuclear deal signed under the Obama administration and has pledged to throw it out. Despite tough talk by US President Donald Trump, Iran is still committed to the nuclear deal agreed in 2015, according to analysts at a conference on nuclear energy …

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U.S. Senators Set Bipartisan Bill to Tighten Sanctions on Iran

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran would face tighter U.S. sanctions over ballistic missile launches and other non-nuclear activities under a bill announced on Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators, echoing a harder line on Tehran espoused by Republican President Donald Trump. The bill has seven Republican and …

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US sanctions firms for transferring technology to Iran, N. Korea & Syria

WASHINGTON: The United States has imposed sanctions on 30 foreign companies or individuals for transferring sensitive technology to Iran for its missile programme or for violating export controls on Iran, North Korea and Syria, the State Department said on Friday. Eleven companies or individuals from China, North Korea or the …

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