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Iran moderates eye more gains in run-off parliamentary election


ANKARA Iranians lined up outside polling stations on Friday to vote in a second round of parliamentary elections, with allies of reformist President Hassan Rouhani seeking to wrest more seats from hardliners.


Iran asks U.N. chief to intervene with U.S. after court ruling 7:02am BST

UNITED NATIONS Iran asked U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday to convince the United States to stop violating state immunity after the top U.S. court ruled that $2 billion (1.36 billion pounds) in frozen Iranian assets must be paid to American victims of attacks blamed on Tehran.


Fragile economy forces Iran's top leaders to form alliance 28 Apr 2016

ANKARA President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may have sharply ideological differences but the fragility of Iran's economy has forced them into an uneasy alliance at least for the time being.

German business lobby says obstacles remain to Iran deals 28 Apr 2016

BERLIN German firms will struggle to rebuild ties in Iran without the reinstatement of export guarantees, especially while some sanctions remain in place, the head of lobby group BGA said on Thursday, days before the economy minister visits Tehran.


Iran nuclear deal fight threatens U.S. Senate spending bill 27 Apr 2016

WASHINGTON A battle over implementation of the Iran nuclear deal erupted on the U.S. Senate floor on Wednesday as Democrats manoeuvred to block a Republican amendment stopping the Obama administration from buying heavy water from Tehran's nuclear programme.

Turkish businessman pleads not guilty to U.S. charges over Iran sanctions 27 Apr 2016

NEW YORK A Turkish gold trader pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he and others conspired to conduct hundreds of millions of dollars in financial transactions to help the Iranian government or other entities evade U.S. sanctions.


Iran's Supreme Leader says U.S. lifted sanctions only on paper 27 Apr 2016

DUBAI Iran's Supreme Leader accused the United States on Wednesday of scaring businesses away from Tehran and undermining a deal to lift international sanctions.


Insight - Iran and Russia move closer but their alliance has limits 26 Apr 2016

DUBAI/MOSCOW When Iran took delivery of the first parts of an advanced Russian air defence system this month, it paraded the anti-aircraft missile launchers sent by Moscow to mark Army Day.

Iran jails four journalists on security charges - Tasnim news agency 26 Apr 2016

ANKARA Iran has handed jail sentences to four journalists on security-related charges, the Tasnim news agency said on Tuesday, in verdicts that underscore the continued grip of hardliners over the judiciary despite gains by reformers in February elections.

Iran summons envoy over $2 billion U.S. court ruling - ILNA 26 Apr 2016

ANKARA Iran on Tuesday summoned the Swiss ambassador, who handles U.S. interests in Tehran, to condemn a Supreme Court ruling that almost $2 billion (£1.3 billion) in frozen Iranian assets must be turned over to U.S. families of those killed in attacks blamed on Tehran.