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Trump proposal for terrorist listing of Iran Revolutionary Guard in limbo - sources

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WASHINGTON A proposal the Trump administration is considering to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organisation has stalled over warnings from defence and intelligence officials that the move could backfire, according to officials familiar with the matter.

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Iran's enriched uranium stock halves after flirting with limit - IAEA 24 Feb 2017

VIENNA Iran's official stock of enriched uranium has fallen by half after large amounts stuck in pipes have been recategorised as unrecoverable under a process agreed with major powers, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Friday.

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Iran says oil prices over $55 per barrel harmful for OPEC - Fars 23 Feb 2017

ISTANBUL Iran said on Thursday an increase in oil prices to more than $55 (£44) per barrel was not in the interest of OPEC as it would lead to a rise in output by non-OPEC producers, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Senior Yemeni general killed in Houthi missile attack 22 Feb 2017

ADEN The second-in-command of the Yemeni army was killed on Wednesday when a missile fired by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement hit an army camp, a military source said, the most senior Yemeni officer killed in the country's civil war.

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Iran ready to give U.S. 'slap in the face' - commander 22 Feb 2017

DUBAI The United States should expect a "strong slap in the face" if it underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, as Tehran concluded war games.

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Iran Supreme Leader calls on Palestinians to pursue intifada against Israel 21 Feb 2017

BEIRUT Iran’s Supreme Leader called on Palestinians on Tuesday to pursue an uprising against Israel, suggesting the Israeli government was a "cancerous tumour" that should be confronted until Palestinians were completely liberated.

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Iran will finalise contract with Total within two months - minister 21 Feb 2017

BEIRUT Iran's oil minister said that the first of its new contracts would be finalised with Total within two months, according to the Mehr News agency.

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Iran summons Turkish envoy over comments by president, foreign minister 20 Feb 2017

BEIRUT/ANKARA Iran summoned the Turkish ambassador in Tehran on Monday over comments made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Tayyip Erdogan accusing the Islamic Republic of destabilising the region.

Russia seeks to avoid sanctions by buying equipment from Iran 20 Feb 2017

ABU DHABI Russia hopes to get around European Union sanctions by reaching a deal with Iran for the supply of gas turbine equipment for two power plants in Crimea, the head of Russian state defence conglomerate Rostec said on Monday.

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U.S. senators look to new sanctions against Iran for missile development 19 Feb 2017

MUNICH U.S. Republican senators plan to introduce legislation to impose further sanctions on Iran, accusing it of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions by testing ballistic missiles and acting to "destabilise" the Middle East, a U.S. senator said Sunday.

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Malaysia to sweep Kuala Lumpur airport for toxic chemicals after Kim Jong Nam murder

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia will sweep one of the terminals at Kuala Lumpur international airport for toxic chemicals after Kim Jong Nam was murdered there with a nerve agent last week, as authorities said they would issue an arrest warrant if a North Korean diplomat wanted over the death did not come forward.