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Iran’s last chance?

By Javier Solana MADRID: The latest round of negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program between Iran and the so-called “5+1” group (the United Nations Security Council’s five permanent members — the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China — plus Germany) has now begun. Following more than a year of deadlock, after negotiations in …

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Iran slams Gulf Arab ‘interference’ over disputed islands

By Marcus George / Reuters DUBAI: Iran accused its Gulf Arab neighbors on Wednesday of interfering in its internal affairs after they described a visit by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a tiny island — claimed by Iran and the United Arab Emirates — as a “provocative act.” After holding an extraordinary meeting to discuss the …

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Barak says Israel never ruled out attacking Iran

Aron Heller / AP JERUSALEM: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday his country has never promised the United States it would hold off from attacking Iran while nuclear talks were taking place. The comments, in which Barak said that a diplomatic push to reach a compromise with Iran was a waste of “precious time,” …

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Iran warns Gulf states not to ‘complicate’ island dispute

By AFP TEHRAN: Tehran on Monday warned Arab states in the Gulf that things could become “very complicated” if they do not act cautiously over a simmering island dispute between Iran and the United Arab Emirates. Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi made the declaration to Iran’s ISNA news agency on the eve of talks in …

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Iran, powers prepare for high-stakes nuclear talks

By Fredrik Dahl and Justyna Pawlak /Reuters ISTANBUL: Iran and the six world powers prepared on Friday for rare talks aimed at easing fears that a deepening dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program could plunge the Middle East into a new war. Officials from Iran and the six major powers arrived in Istanbul ahead of …

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Iran to offer new proposals at nuclear talks: Press TV

By Marcus George / Reuters DUBAI: Iran will present new proposals at talks on Saturday aimed at easing concerns about its nuclear activity, state television said, but it was unclear if Tehran was willing to address its disputed uranium enrichment drive as six world powers want. It was the latest apparent attempt to strengthen Iran’s position …

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Disarmament wars

By Jonathan Schell NEW YORK: On April 13, Iran is scheduled to meet with representatives of China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States — the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — plus Germany (the so-called “P5+1”) in an effort to decide the fate of Iran’s nuclear program. Meanwhile, North Korea …

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Iran’s nuclear grass eaters

By Shlomo Ben Ami MADRID: After long years of failed international efforts to end Iran’s cunning drive to develop nuclear weapons, the question today is no longer whether the West can prevent the nuclearization of Iran’s military arsenal, but whether the Islamic regime collapses first. Unfortunately, if it does not, the only option for stopping Iran …

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The Persian Knot

By Joschka Fischer BERLIN: The negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany, over Iran’s nuclear program are entering a new, and probably decisive, stage. The negotiations have been going on for almost a decade, with long interruptions, and whether a breakthrough will come this time is anyone’s …

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Iran vows to stick to nuclear ‘path’

By Marc Burleigh / AFP TEHRAN: Iran declared on Monday it will not be swayed from its nuclear “path” by sanctions, a week before talks with world powers that are increasingly seen as a last chance for diplomacy in its showdown with the West. “The sanctions may have caused us small problems but we will continue …

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Time running out for diplomacy with Iran, says Clinton

By Bradley Klapper / AP RIYADH: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made clear Saturday that time is running out for diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program and said talks aimed at preventing Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon would resume in mid-April. With speculation over a possible US or Israel military attack adding urgency to …

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Could bombing Iran push it to build the Bomb?

By Fredrik Dahl / Reuters VIENNA: Pre-emptive military strikes aimed at forcing Iran to abandon its nuclear activities may end up having the opposite effect: convincing the Islamic Republic’s leaders they need an atomic arsenal to secure their hold on power. That is the argument from those in the West and elsewhere who say the negative …

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S.Africa’s MTN slides on Iran corruption lawsuit

By David Dolan / Reuters JOHANNESBURG: Shares in MTN Group slid on Friday after rival Turkcell filed a $4.2 billion suit against the South African mobile operator, alleging it bribed officials and lobbied support for Tehran’s nuclear program to win an Iranian license. Turkcell, which lost the 2004 bid for the Iranian license to MTN, filed …

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Nuclear talks with world powers on April 13, says Iran

By Mohammad Davari / AFP TEHRAN: Long-stalled talks between Iran and world powers are to be revived on April 13 at a place yet to be agreed, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi announced on Wednesday. “The date has been set, but the negotiations for the venue are still ongoing,” Salehi told AFP. “Turkey has announced …

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Obama warns N. Korea, Iran their options are few

By Anne Gearan / AP SEOUL: President Barack Obama is warning North Korea and Iran that their options are few and their friends fewer as those nations refuse to back down from actions the world sees as menacing. “By now it should be clear,” Obama said, addressing North Korea from the South Korean capital only about …

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Ahmadinejad urges unity against ‘aggression’

By AFP DUSHANBE: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on regional powers Sunday to unite against “aggression” as he gathered with his counterparts from Afghanistan and Pakistan for security talks. Ahmadinejad said celebrations of the Iranian New Year holiday Nowruz showed that life only improved after a “hard winter” when friends joined forces. “Nowruz represents a battle …

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Iran will not give up nuclear advances, says key MP

By Marc Burleigh / AFP TEHRAN: Iran will make absolutely no concessions on its nuclear program, a key lawmaker declared on Sunday amid high geopolitical tensions and ahead of mooted talks with world powers. “The parliament will never allow the government to go back even one step in its nuclear policy,” Aladin Borujerdi, the head of …

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Iran parliament questions President Ahmadinejad

By Ali Akbar Dareini / AP TEHRAN: Iran’s parliament grilled President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday over a long list of accusations, including that he mismanaged the nation’s economy and defied the authority of the country’s supreme leader. Ahmadinejad is the first president in the country’s history to be hauled before the Iranian parliament, a serious blow …

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Iran dismisses claims of military site clean-up

By Farhad Pouladi / AFP TEHRAN: Iran on Tuesday dismissed claims it was clearing away traces of suspected nuclear weapons research activities from a closed military site, saying the allegations were “propaganda”. The sprawling Parchin military site, located 30 kilometers (20 miles) east of Tehran, “is conducting normal military activities,” foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told …

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Iran tells West to drop ‘bullying’ tone

By Mohammad Davari / AFP TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that the West should drop its “bullying” stance against his country and insisted that sanctions imposed over its nuclear program were having no more than a “psychological” effect. “As God is my witness, the Iranian nation will not give a damn for (your) …

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Israel ex-spy chief urges caution on Iran strike

By Daniel Estrin / AP JERUSALEM: The recently retired head of the Mossad intelligence agency has said Israel must consider alternatives to a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, but another expert said Friday an Israeli attack could come within months. Ex-Mossad director Meir Dagan pointed to a need for caution after Israel’s prime minister hinted …

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World powers want ‘serious dialogue’ with Iran

By Simon Sturdee / AFP VIENNA: World powers said Thursday that mooted talks with Iran must be “serious” and urged Tehran to allow UN inspectors access to a military base thought to be central to its suspected nuclear weapons drive. “We call on Iran to enter, without preconditions, into a sustained process of serious dialogue, which …

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Iran’s talking point: ‘Dignity’ in nuclear work

By Brian Murphy / AP DUBAI: Days before Iran’s just-completed parliamentary elections, the country’s supreme leader gave what amounted to a pep rally on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear views. Atomic technology is a pillar of “national dignity,” boasted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and Iran must stand firm against the “bullying” pressures from the West. It showed how …

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No Israeli decision on Iran attack, Netanyahu tells Obama

By Jeffrey Heller and Matt Spetalnick / Reuters WASHINGTON: Benjamin Netanyahu assured President Barack Obama on Monday that Israel has not made any decision on attacking Iran’s nuclear sites, sources close to the talks said, but the Israeli prime minister gave no sign of backing away from possible military action. With Obama appealing for more time …

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Obama seeks to calm Israeli fears over nuclear Iran

By Steve Weizman / AFP WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu go into key talks on the Iranian nuclear stand-off on Monday, with each publicly seeking to stake out some common ground. While Obama in an address to the powerful pro-Israel lobby on Sunday criticized “loose talk of war” he also gave …

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Anti-Ahmadinejad MPs hold sway in Iran’s new parliament

By AFP TEHRAN: Iran’s parliament looks certain to be dominated by MPs critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to preliminary election results that also showed a big turnover in lawmakers. The partial results, from elections held last Friday, accounted for two-thirds of the 290 seats in parliament. However the composition, given by Iranian media, remained …

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Obama, Netanyahu set to confront divisions over Iran

By Matt Spetalnick and Jeffrey Heller / Reuters WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM: Just days before what could be the most consequential meeting of US and Israeli leaders in years, aides to President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are scrambling to bridge stark differences over what Washington fears could be an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear sites. Further …

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Iran to elect MPs amid tensions with West

By AFP TEHRAN: Iran is to vote on Friday in parliamentary elections that leaders are keen to show as a sign of defiance to the West, which is imposing tough sanctions over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. Some 3,400 candidates are vying for the 290 seats in Iran’s legislature, known as the Majlis. Iran has an …

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Iran: two worlds meet, over tea

By Parisa Hafezi and Zahra Hosseinian / Reuters TEHRAN: Mina and Mohammad stood on opposite sides of the political barricades when protests against Iran’s rulers erupted into mass street violence; she, a student demanding democratic reform, he a member of the hardline Basij militia that helped crush the greatest challenge ever to the Islamic Republic. Now …

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