Iran

South Korea makes $500 million oil payment to Iran - sources

SEOUL - South Korea has transferred $500 million (318 million pounds) to Iran to pay for crude oil imports under an interim nuclear deal that provides limited relief from sanctions, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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Domestic pressures in U.S., Iran threaten slow-moving nuclear talks 1:22am GMT

VIENNA/WASHINGTON - A seven-month extension in talks between world powers and Iran on a deal to curb its nuclear programe emboldened critics in Washington and Tehran, threatening to undermine further talks.

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Iran hardliners round on Rouhani but supreme leader backs more nuclear talks 25 Nov 2014

DUBAI - Hardliners rounded on President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday after negotiators failed to end the Iranian nuclear dispute but the man who ultimately matters, the country's supreme leader, tacitly backed a renewed push for a deal. | Video

Extended Iran nuclear talks leave bomb investigation in limbo 25 Nov 2014

VIENNA - A stalled U.N. watchdog investigation into allegations Iran conducted atomic bomb research looks unlikely to be revived by the decision to extend wider nuclear talks, diplomats and experts say.

Twitter account associated with Iran leader hits out at 'arrogant' powers 25 Nov 2014

DUBAI - A Twitter account Iran experts believe is run by the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday "arrogant" powers had tried hard to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees but had failed.

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Iran nuclear talks extended seven months after failing to meet deadline 25 Nov 2014

VIENNA - Iran and six powers failed on Monday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, and gave themselves seven more months to clinch an historic deal. | Video

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Iran nuclear talks extended seven months after failing to meet deadline 24 Nov 2014

VIENNA - Iran and six powers failed on Monday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, and gave themselves seven more months to clinch an historic deal. | Video

Iran extension prompts calls for more sanctions in U.S. Congress 24 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - Several U.S. Republican lawmakers insisted on Monday that the extension of nuclear talks with Iran be accompanied by increased sanctions, setting the stage for a battle with the Obama administration after their party takes full control of Congress next year.

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Iran's Rouhani says two sides' positions closer after nuclear talks 24 Nov 2014

VIENNA - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that the positions of Tehran and six major powers over its nuclear programme had come closer after a week of marathon talks that failed to clinch a final agreement.

Iran takes action to comply with interim nuclear deal - U.N. agency 24 Nov 2014

VIENNA - Iran has taken the necessary steps to continue to comply with an interim nuclear agreement, according to a U.N agency report seen by Reuters on Monday, as Tehran and six world powers gave themselves an extra seven months to clinch a final deal.

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Hong Kong student leaders arrested as police clear protest site

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police cleared activists from one of the largest protest sites in the city on Wednesday and arrested Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, two of the student leaders at the heart of the pro-democracy movement that has shaken the Asian financial hub.