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The price of an education for Afghan refugees in Iran

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:45
Families brave xenophobia and economic woes to give their children the chance of a better future Decades of subsistence farming have curved 65-year-old Isas spine and turned his cheeks a rich, leathery brown. The white-haired father of seven obtained legal refugee status in Iran over three decades ago, fleeing war and crushing poverty as the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Two political ...
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Iran 'backs US military contacts'

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:08
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has approved contacts with US military officials to help defeat Islamic State militants, the BBC learns.
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Iran frees Dutch human rights campaigner held on death row

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:15
A Dutch-Iranian human rights campaigner who had been sentenced to death in Iran has been freed and allowed to return home to the Netherlands, his son told a Dutch press agency on Friday. Abdullah al-Mansouri, 69, arrived home on August 20, his son Adnan told the ANP press agency. A defender of Arab minority rights in Iran, Mansouri was sentenced to death in 2007 for "terrorism", but this was ...
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World powers, Iran to meet in New York on September 18

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 22:58
Six world powers and Iran will hold new talks in New York on September 18, EU and US officials said Thursday, as efforts intensify toward clinching a nuclear deal by a November deadline. The talks will involve United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany and be led by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, her spokesman Michael Mann said. US officials confirmed the ...
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Iran, Saudi Arabia Face Common Threat in Islamic State

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 22:02
Saudi Arabia will be a big part of the Obama administration's push for an international coalition to fight the Islamic State extremist group. Iran is already in that fight, backing a new government in Baghdad and helping arm the Kurds. So how does Washington balance long-standing mistrust between Tehran and Riyadh with Iran's informal cooperation against the Islamic State? In the fight against ...
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EU's Mogherini Could Usher in Better Relations with Iran

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:13
Just as the nuclear-focused talks between Iran and world powers are set to resume, the European Union has named Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini its new foreign policy chief. While current High Representative Catherine Ashton will remain in her post as the key mediator in the negotiations until the Nov. 24 deadline, Mogherini's appointment has already got people asking: How will she ...
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Iran to continue bypassing illegal US sanctions: Oil Minister

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:12
Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh says the Islamic Republic will continue to get around sanctions after the US government penalized dozens of Iranian and foreign companies for violating sanctions imposed on Tehran.
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Iran's supreme guide slams Western views on feminism

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:09
Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei on Thursday slammed Western values which he said, unlike those in the Islamic republic, undermine femininism. His comments come amid political tensions in Iran where conservatives want to strengthen measures preventing women and men from mixing while President Hassan Rouhani advocates more social freedoms. In Iran, values concerning the role of women in society ...
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Iran receives $1 billion under extended nuclear deal: IRNA

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:04
Iran's central bank has received a total of $1 billion of previously frozen oil revenue from Japan under the terms of an extended nuclear agreement with six world powers, state news agency IRNA reported on Thursday. Iran and the United States, China, France, Germany, Britain and Russia agreed in July to extend a six-month interim accord until Nov. 24 after they failed to meet a July 20 deadline ...
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Iran, U.S. meet as search for nuclear deal intensifies

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:04
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran and the United States met in Geneva for bilateral talks on Thursday as international diplomacy intensifies to end a decade-old dispute over Tehran's atomic activities by a new deadline in late November. The office of European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton confirmed Iran and six world powers would hold their first negotiating round since ...
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Iran, US meet as search for nuclear deal intensifies

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:31
Iran and the United States met in Geneva for bilateral talks on Thursday as international diplomacy intensifies to end a decade-old dispute over Tehran’s atomic activities by a new deadline...
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Iran, US Hold Bilateral Nuclear Talks in Geneva

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:51
Iran and the United States met in Geneva for bilateral talks on Thursday as international diplomacy intensifies to end a decade-old dispute over Tehran's atomic activities by a new deadline in late November. The office of European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton confirmed Iran and six world powers would hold their first negotiating round since they failed to meet a July 20 target ...
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Iran, US in Another Round of Bilateral Nuclear Talks in Geneva

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:25
Iran and the United States began bilateral nuclear talks in Geneva on Thursday, the second time the two sides have met since Iran and six world powers failed to meet a July 20 deadline to resolve diff...
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Iran, U.S. in another round of bilateral nuclear talks in Geneva

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:06
GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran and the United States began bilateral nuclear talks in Geneva on Thursday, the second time the two sides have met since Iran and six world powers failed to meet a July 20 deadl...
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Iran looks to better EU ties with Italian at helm

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 19:02
Iran is looking forward to improved relations with the European Union following the appointment of an Italian to be the bloc's next foreign policy supremo, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said here Wednesday. Zarif's comments came after talks with Federica Mogherini, the current Italian foreign minister who will shortly take over from Britain's Catherine Ashton as the public face of EU ...
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IAEA report expected to show little headway in Iran nuclear investigation

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 18:41
By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - The United Nations nuclear watchdog is expected to issue a report this week showing little progress is being made in its long-running investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Iran, diplomats said on Wednesday. They said the quarterly International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran was likely to confirm, as Reuters reported last week, that ...
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APNewsBreak: UN's Iran nuclear probe stalls again

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 16:35
VIENNA (AP) — A new and seemingly promising U.N probe of allegations that Iran worked on atomic arms has stalled, diplomats say, leaving investigators not much further than where they started a decade ago and dampening U.S. hopes of reaching an overarching deal with Tehran by a November deadline.
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Israel lobbies US as another Iran nuclear deadline looms

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 15:41
By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is lobbying the United States against any Iranian nuclear deal that would let Tehran retain potential bomb-making technology, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday as another deadline for international diplomacy looms. Iran, the United States and five other world powers hope for a comprehensive agreement by Nov. 24 under which the Islamic ...
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Iran oil minister vows to bypass sanctions after new U.S. curbs

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 13:22
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said Tehran would continue to bypass sanctions after the United States penalised a number of companies for violating sanctions imposed on Iran, mostly in connection with its nuclear programme. On Friday, the United States imposed a fresh round of curbs on a number of Iranian and foreign companies, banks and airlines. The new measures came just over two weeks ...
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Iran looks to up refining capacity to 3 mln bpd by 2018 -reports

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:05
Iran hopes to boost its oil refining capacity to 3 million barrels per day by 2018 from 1.9 million now with the opening of new refineries as the OPEC member seeks to reduce its dependency on imports of oil products, Iranian media reported. Iran has had to increase its refining capacity over the past few years due to Western efforts to prevent it from importing fuel as part of sanctions over ...
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