WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's campaign for Congress to hold off on new sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme won a key endorsement on Thursday when the chairman of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee rejected tightening measures against Iran now.
VIENNA - Experts from Iran and six world powers laboured for a fourth day on Thursday to work out exactly how to implement last month's breakthrough deal for Tehran to curb its nuclear programme in return for limited sanctions easing.
WASHINGTON - The United States on Thursday black-listed a number of additional companies and people under sanctions aimed at Iran's nuclear program, U.S. officials said in a statement.
PRAGUE - Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico held talks with Iranian officials in Tehran on Thursday to try to enable two Slovak paragliders who had been detained over accusations of spying to leave the country.
WASHINGTON - U.S. senators will introduce legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran as soon as this week, Senate aides said on Wednesday, despite the Obama administration's insistence that such a measure would violate terms of an interim agreement to curb Tehran's nuclear program.
WASHINGTON - Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc will pay $100 million to resolve U.S. probes into the bank's dealings with Sudan, Iran, and other sanctioned countries, U.S. authorities said on Wednesday.
VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear watchdog signalled on Wednesday it would press Iran at talks in Tehran next month over concerns the Islamic Republic may have researched how to develop atomic bombs.
DUBAI - The commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard force has criticised the government of President Hassan Rouhani as being under the influence of Western ideas, a sign of the growing tensions between the competing power centres.
KUWAIT - Gulf Arab states expressed concern at a summit on Wednesday over Iran's plans to build more atomic power plants, while welcoming a nuclear deal it struck with six world powers last month.
DUBAI - The commander of Iran's elite revolutionary guards force, Mohammad Jafari, has suggested the nation's foreign minister stay out of military affairs in a growing debate over comments by the minister that indicated Iran was weak.
GENEVA - International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has given Syria's warring sides until December 27 to name their delegations to planned peace negotiations next month, officials said on Thursday.
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