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Wary of Trump, EU courts Iran to boost moderates before polls

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TEHRAN Wary of U.S. President Donald Trump's tough talk on Iran, the European Union is courting Tehran to show Iranians preparing to vote in a May 19 presidential poll that it is committed to a nuclear deal and they stand to benefit, EU diplomats say.

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Iran's leader rebuffs Rouhani's detente policy ahead of vote 30 Apr 2017

LONDON Iranians should not thank Hassan Rouhani's policy of detente with the West for any reduction in the threat of war, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday, stepping up his criticisms of the president as elections approach.

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Iran satellite TV head shot dead in Istanbul - Dogan news 30 Apr 2017

ISTANBUL The head of an Iranian satellite television network who last year was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison by a Tehran court was shot dead in Istanbul together with a business partner, Turkey's Dogan news agency said on Sunday. | Video

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Rouhani warns voters to prevent 'extremism' returning to Iran 30 Apr 2017

LONDON President Hassan Rouhani told Iranians on Saturday they could face greater authoritarianism if they replace him with a hardline rival in May's election.

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Iran gets positive output cut signals from OPEC, NON-OPEC states 29 Apr 2017

TEHRAN Iran's Oil Minister said on Saturday OPEC and non-OPEC countries had given positive signals for an extension of output cuts, which Tehran would also back.

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Hardliners attack Iran's Rouhani over economy in election debate 28 Apr 2017

ANKARA Hardline conservative challengers accused Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in an election debate on Friday of failing to revive the economy even after a diplomatic thaw with the West he has touted as the key to attracting new investment.

Factbox - Frontrunners in Iran's May presidential election 28 Apr 2017

ANKARA Iran holds a presidential election in May, in which pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani is seeking re-election against hardline rivals who have been gearing up for a political showdown.

Iran summons Pakistani envoy, demands action over killing of guards 28 Apr 2017

ANKARA Iran's foreign ministry has summoned Pakistan's ambassador in Tehran to protest against the killing of nine Iranian border guards by Sunni militants attacking from neighbouring Pakistan, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported on Friday.

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Israel strikes arms depot near Damascus airport - sources 28 Apr 2017

AMMAN/BEIRUT Israeli warplanes struck a weapons supply hub operated by Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, targeting arms sent from Iran in commercial and military cargo aircraft, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said. | Video

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In Yemen conflict, a window into deepening U.S.-Gulf ties 27 Apr 2017

WASHINGTON When U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis greeted Saudi Arabia's foreign minister at the Pentagon last month, the first thing he did was joke about the time "the Iranians tried to murder you."

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South Korea says U.S. reaffirms it will pay THAAD costs; Trump calls Asia allies

SEOUL South Korea said the United States had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the $1 billion battery designed to defend against North Korea. | Video