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UN chief defends Iran deal after Trump demands changes

United Nations, United States :UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday warned that any bid to address concerns about Iran should not jeopardize the hard-won nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump demanded changes to the accord. The United States is concerned the deal, thrashed out over 12 years of talks, does nothing to punish Iran…

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Russia will work to preserve Iran nuclear deal, FM Lavrov says

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow will work to preserve the existing Iran nuclear deal despite Washington threatening to withdraw from it, reported Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a…

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Trump issues stay of execution for Iran nuclear deal

US President Donald Trump announced Friday he would not reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran, keeping a landmark 2015 deal alive… for now. The Republican leader grudgingly agreed to sign sanctions waivers, ensuring Washington will live up to its commitments for another 120 days, but he cautioned it would be “for the last time.” During that…

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Pakistan, Iran agree to enhance bilateral trade

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Iran Friday agreed to promote bilateral trade between the two brotherly Muslim countries. According to press statement issued by the Ministry of Finance, Ambassador of Iran, Mehdi Honardoost called on the Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan and discussed matters related to the bilateral interest. During…

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Stricken Iranian oil tanker drifts into Japan’s economic zone: coast guard

Rescue ships work to extinguish the fire on the Panama-registered Sanchi tanker carrying Iranian oil, which went ablaze after a collision with a Chinese freight ship in the East China Sea, in this January 10, 2018 picture provided by China’s Ministry of Transport and released by China Daily. China Daily via REUTERS TOKYO: A stricken…

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U.N. meeting on Iran protests called by U.S. criticized at Security Council

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at UN headquarters in New York, U.S., January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson UNITED NATIONS: A United Nations Security Council meeting on Friday to discuss recent protests in Iran turned into criticism of the United States for requesting to meet on what some member states said was…

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Iranian oil tanker in East China Sea could burn for a month: South Korean official

Smoke is seen from Panama-registered Sanchi tanker carrying Iranian oil that caught ablaze after it collided with a Chinese freight ship in the East China Sea. China’s Ministry of Transport/via REUTERS SEOUL: The stricken Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea could burn for as long as one month, South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans…

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Body found on burning Iranian oil tanker

LONDON: The body of one crew member has been found aboard an Iranian oil tanker that is still ablaze after colliding with a grain ship off China’s east coast, an Iranian official said on Monday, reported Reuters. Mohammad Rastad, head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organisation, was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency that…

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Iran bans English in primary schools after leader’s warning

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks as he meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other officials following an earthquake that hit Kermansheh province, in Tehran, Iran November 15, 2017. Leader.ir/Handout via REUTERS DUBAI: Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools, a senior education official said, after the country’s Supreme Leader…

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CIA chief denies agency role in Iran unrest, predicts new violence

The head of the CIA on Sunday denied his agency had any role in fomenting the recent anti-government protests in Iran but predicted the violent unrest “is not behind us.” Mike Pompeo, named a year ago by President Donald Trump to head the intelligence agency, told Fox News Sunday that economic conditions in Iran “are…

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Iranian ex-President Ahmadinejad arrested: Report

TEHRAN: The Iranian government has reportedly arrested former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for inciting unrest and demonstrations through his statements. Authorities are now seeking to place Ahmadinejad under house arrest with Khamenei’s approval, the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper added, citing “reliable sources in Tehran”. UK-based newspaper Daily Mail has also run a similar report. During a visit…

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Pakistan, Iran defence ministers discuss increasing unrest in region

ISLAMABAD: Iranian Minister for Defence, Brigadier General Amir Hatami Thursday phoned Minister for Defence, Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan and discussed with him the increasing unrest in the region. Both the ministers agreed to hold frequent consultation to assess the situation, a statement said. The Iranian minister termed the recent of visit of Chief of Army…

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Iran declares victory following week of unrest that left 21 dead

NEWS DESK: Huge counter-demonstrations have taken place against the protests in Iran with the head of the Revolutionary Guards declaring victory against “forces of sedition”, which had sought to create “anarchy, insecurity and intrigue in the Islamic Republic”, reported The Independent. As what was described by the state media as “the revolutionary outburst of Iranian…

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Iran continues to grapple with deadly protests for a week

TEHRAN: Violent demonstrations have rocked Iran since Thursday last week leaving at least 21 people dead, with protests that started over the economy turning against the Islamic regime as a whole. The wave of demonstrations, that kicked off in second city Mashhad on December 28 and quickly spread, is the biggest in the tightly controlled…

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Huge pro-regime rallies in Iran as protests die down

TEHRAN: Tens of thousands gathered across Iran Wednesday in a massive show of strength for the regime after days of deadly unrest, with state television showing vast crowds marching through several cities.  Chants of “Leader, we are ready” were heard as images showed thousands rallying in the cities of Ahvaz, Kermanshah, Gorgan and elsewhere. The demonstrators waved…

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Khamenei blames Iran’s ‘enemies’ for unrest as hundreds arrested

Tehran:Iran’s supreme leader blamed the country’s “enemies” Tuesday for days of unrest that have seen 21 people killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest test for the Islamic regime in years. In a speech carried on state television, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei broke his silence on the protests for the first time since they erupted last…

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Iranian police arrest 100 protesters in capital as crackdown intensifies

People protest in Tehran, Iran December 30, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. REUTERS LONDON: Iranian police arrested 100 protesters in the capital on Monday, the deputy governor of Tehran said, as a police crackdown intensified against anti-government demonstrations that began last week, reported Reuters. Security forces have struggled to contain protests that…

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Iranian protesters attack police stations, raise stakes in unrest

TEHRAN: Iranian protesters attacked police stations late into the night on Monday, news agency and social media reports said, as security forces struggled to contain the boldest challenge to the clerical leadership since unrest in 2009. Videos on social media showed an intense clash in the central town of Qahderijan between security forces and protesters…

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Ten killed in Iran unrest on Sunday: state television

Opponents of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a protest outside the Iranian embassy in west London, Britain December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh DUBAI: Ten people were killed during street protests in Iran on Sunday, state television said on Monday, reported Reuters. The nationwide protests have drawn in tens of thousands of people and represent the…

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Two people killed in Iran amid calls for fresh protests

People protest in Tehran, Iran December 30, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. REUTERS. DUBAI: Two people were shot dead in protests in Iran bringing to four the number of fatalities in the country’s most serious unrest since 2009 and messages on social media called for more anti-government demonstrations on Monday, reported Reuters….

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Why have Iranians taken to the streets against their government?

TEHRAN: Iran warned of a tough crackdown on Sunday against demonstrators posing one of the boldest challenges to its clerical leaders since nationwide unrest shook the Islamist theocracy in 2009. How serious are the protests? Political protests are rare in Iran, where security services are pervasive. And yet tens of thousands of people have protested…

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