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Iran ready to sign gas deal with Pakistan without India

TEHRAN: Iran will sign a deal with Pakistan to sell gas to the neighbouring country, even if India, a third party to the deal, walked out, student news agency ISNA reported Iran's oil minister as saying on Monday. India stayed away from talks in Tehran on a proposed $7 billion pipeline in September, saying it…

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December 29, 2008


China, Iran express concern over Pakistan-India tension: Qureshi

MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Friday that China and Iran are perturbed over the current Pak-India tension and would play their role to defuse it. Talking to mediapersons at the airport he said that the ongoing tension between the two neighbouring countries would benefit only the terrorists who are hellbent upon sabotaging…

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December 26, 2008


Iran urges Pakistan to step up anti-terror efforts

NEW DELHI: Iran's deputy foreign minister urged Pakistan on Friday to boost its counter-terror efforts, three weeks after the Mumbai attacks that India has blamed on a Pakistan-based militant group. “Our Pakistani friends, they should also take the lessons and they should also deal with the terrorists in a very strong manner,” Mohammad Mehdi Akhondzadeh…

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December 19, 2008


Iran hangs 10 convicted of murder

TEHRAN: Iran on Wednesday hanged nine men and a woman convicted of murder in Tehran's Evin prison, the Fars news agency reported. The official overseeing the execution was quoted as saying “the woman was convicted of killing her temporary marriage husband by cutting him into pieces.” Vatan Emrouz newspaper, identifying the woman as Fatemeh Pajoh,…

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November 26, 2008


Iran Warns It May Use Force Against African Pirates

Iran on Monday did not rule out using force to free its cargo vessel which was last week hijacked by pirates off the Somalia coast. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said Monday that Iran would rather continue negotiations with the pirates. He said in a press briefing that Iran preferred the problem to be settled…

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November 24, 2008


Iran executes businessman for spying for Israel

TEHRAN: Iran announced on Saturday (November 22) it has executed an Iranian businessman convicted of spying for Israel. It said Ali Ashtari was hanged on Monday (November 17). A judiciary statement said he'd been arrested in 2006 after working with Israel's foreign intelligence agency Mossad for three years. Tensions have run high in recent months…

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November 23, 2008


Iran kills 4 drug smugglers, seizes at least ton of opium

TEHRAN: State television says police have killed four drug smugglers and have confiscated more than a ton of opium. Tuesday's report says the clash with smugglers took place near the town of Mirjaveh, about 950 miles (1,500 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Tehran, near the borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan. State television says the police…

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November 18, 2008


Iran decides to set up trilateral mechanism at petroleum ministers’ level

NEW DELHI: Iran has decided to set up trilateral mechanism at Petroleum Ministers’ level on the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project to resolve various issues relating to this mega gas project.This was decided during a meeting between Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Iranian Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari in Tehran. Media reports quoting Indian…

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November 2, 2008


Iran building naval bases up to Strait of Hormuz

TEHRAN: Iran has begun building a line of naval bases along its southern coast and up to the Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the strategic Gulf oil waterway, the Tehran Times quoted an Iranian commander as saying. Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the bases were being built on the Sea of Oman coast…

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October 30, 2008


Pentagon denies report U.S. warplane landed in Iran

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon denied on Tuesday an Iranian news report that a U.S. military aircraft had violated Iranian territory and had been forced to land in Iran, saying all American planes were accounted for. “All aircraft in the region are accounted for and we have no reports of any aircraft landing in Iran,” Lt. Col….

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October 7, 2008


Iran says U.S. plane violated its territory

TEHRAN: An Iranian news agency said on Tuesday that a U.S. military aircraft had violated Iranian territory unintentionally and had been forced to land in Iran. The semi-official Fars News Agency did not say when the incident happened. It said five senior U.S. military officials had been interrogated at an Iranian airport and released a…

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October 7, 2008


Issuance of IAEA report on Iran’s nuclear programme likely today

VIENNA: The UN nuclear watchdog IAEA is likely to issue its latest report on Iran's nuclear programme today. According to the IAEA sources, it was “possible but not certain” that the International Atomic Energy Agency would publish the document on Monday.The latest report comes after repeated talks between IAEA deputy chief Olli Heinonen and Iranian…

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September 14, 2008