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Iran Welcomes Russian Proposal to Restart Nuclear Talks

Posted August 16th, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Iran has welcomed a Russian proposal to revive talks between Tehran and six world powers on Iran’s controversial nuclear program. Iran’s nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, told state media Tuesday the Russian plan could be a “basis” for restarting talks on nuclear activities. Jalili had met with Russia’s National Security Council secretary, Nikolai Patrushev, earlier in […]

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Iran Says India Paid Two-Thirds of Oil Debt

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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An Iranian news agency is reporting that India has paid back two-thirds of the oil debt it owes Iran due to sanctions-related payment problems. ISNA news agency on Monday quoted the head of Iran’s central bank, Mahmoud Bahmani, who said Iran has received most of the nearly $5 billion owed by India and that the […]

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Russian Senior Official in Tehran to Discuss Nuclear Talks

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Iranian media say a senior Russian official is in Tehran to discuss restarting talks on Iran’s controversial nuclear program. State-run IRNA reports that Russia’s National Security Council Secretary, Nikolai Patrushev, was meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Saeed Jalili. He will also meet with other Iranian officials during his two-day visit. Russia is trying to revive […]

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Turkish Pipeline Explosion Interrupts Gas Flow from Iran

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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An explosion at an oil pipeline in Turkey has interrupted gas flow from neighboring Iran. Officials say the blast happened early Friday in Turkish territory along the Iranian border. Authorities say the fire has been extinguished, but it could take up to several days to make the repairs necessary to fully restore oil flow. There […]

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Iran Naming Street After American Activist

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Iran is naming a street in Tehran after an American activist who was killed during a 2003 protest against Israel’s destruction of Palestinian homes. State-run news reports say the Tehran city council ratified a proposal this week to name a street in memory of Rachel Aliene Corrie. The news reports say Corrie is viewed by […]

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Iran Says Militants Kill 5 Security Personnel in Northwest

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Iranian state media say militants have attacked Iranian security forces in the northwestern region of West Azerbaijan and killed five officers. Iranian television says residents of the town of Maku near the Turkish border held a funeral ceremony for the five officers on Tuesday. It blamed Monday’s attack on “thugs and saboteurs.” Iran’s northwestern areas […]

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Report: Opening of Iran’s 1st Nuclear Power Plant Delayed Again

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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An Iranian newspaper says the country’s first nuclear power plant will not start operating later this month as planned because of delays Iranian lawmakers blame on its Russian builders. In its Monday edition, the newspaper Aftab quotes lawmaker Asgar Jalalian as saying the Russian state-owned energy company, Rosatom, has reneged on promises regarding the Bushehr […]

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India Pays Part of What it Owes Iran for Crude

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Iran has received $1.4 billion from India in the past 10 days, a portion of overdue payments for Iranian oil. Iran’s central bank says India owes it nearly $5 billion for oil deliveries in recent months. India suspended payments for Iranian crude since December, in response to U.S. sanctions on banks doing business with Iran. […]

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Expresses Hope for Jailed US Hikers

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed hope that two Americans imprisoned in Tehran on spying charges will be freed soon. He says judicial authorities are pursuing Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer’s case “based on a just approach.” He says that approach will “hopefully proceed leading to the freedom” of the two men. Salehi […]

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Turkey Stops Suspected Iranian Arms Shipment to Syria

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s foreign minister says the country’s authorities have intercepted an arms shipment from Iran that was destined for Syria. Ahmet Davutoglu Friday confirmed a German report that a truck containing weapons was stopped in the south-central city of Kilis, near the border with Syria. Davutoglu said an investigation is under way. He did not elaborate. […]

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