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At least 20 firefighters killed in Tehran building collapse - mayor

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ANKARA At least 20 firefighters were killed when a 17-storey Tehran commercial building collapsed on top of them as they tried to put out a blaze, Iranian state television quoted the city's mayor as saying on Thursday.

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State-backed British bank rebuffs government push to boost Iran trade - sources 19 Jan 2017

LONDON/ANKARA The Royal Bank of Scotland has rebuffed efforts by the British government, a major shareholder, to coax the lender into facilitating trade with Iran as it seeks to avoid risky business, sources with knowledge of the discussions say.

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After Iran's nuclear pact, state firms win most foreign deals 19 Jan 2017

By Yeganeh Torbati, Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and Babak Dehghanpisheh

Syria aid still blocked, UN invited to Astana peace talks 19 Jan 2017

GENEVA U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has been invited to peace talks convened by Russia, Turkey and Iran in the Kazakh capital Astana, his spokeswoman Yara Sharif said on Thursday.

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards reaps economic rewards in Syria 19 Jan 2017

DUBAI/BEIRUT Iran's government and entities close to the elite Revolutionary Guards have signed major economic contracts with Syria, reaping what appear to be lucrative rewards for helping President Bashar al-Assad regain control of parts of his country from rebels.

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Iran's Rouhani says talk about renegotiating nuclear deal 'meaningless' 18 Jan 2017

DUBAI Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday U.S. President-elect Trump could not unilaterally cancel the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers including Washington and that talk of renegotiating it was "meaningless". | Video

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Iran says it does not want U.S. at Syria talks in Astana 17 Jan 2017

DUBAI Iran's foreign minister said on Tuesday Tehran opposed a U.S. presence at peace talks on Syria in the Kazakh capital next week, after a decision by Russia and Turkey to invite Washington.

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Exclusive - Global ship insurers to resume near full coverage for Iran oil: officials 17 Jan 2017

TOKYO/SINGAPORE Global shipping insurers have devised a way to ensure nearly full coverage for Iranian oil exports from next month after striking a deal to provide cover without involving U.S.-domiciled reinsurers, officials in Tokyo and London said.

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Groupe Renault reports record sales, expects further growth 17 Jan 2017

PARIS French carmaker Groupe Renault reported record sales for 2016 thanks to growth in Europe and in overseas markets such as India and Iran, and it expected more progress this year.

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Former U.S. officials urge Trump to talk with Iranian MEK group 17 Jan 2017

WASHINGTON Nearly two dozen former U.S. officials have urged President-elect Donald Trump to enter into discussions with an exiled Iranian opposition group that until 2012 was listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

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Trump, now president, pledges to put 'America First' in nationalist speech

WASHINGTON Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States on Friday and pledged to end what he called an "American carnage" of rusted factories and crime in an inaugural address that was a populist and nationalist rallying cry. | Video