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Budget pressure unlikely to deflect Iran from nuclear goals

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DUBAI - A big oil price slide will hurt Iran's attempts to rescue battered living standards, but economic pain is unlikely to soften its stance in nuclear talks or end aid to allies such as Syria, matters seen by its ruling clerics as strategic priorities.

Iran nuclear diplomat gets key post as head of foreign oil deals 21 Dec 2014

DUBAI - Iran has appointed a backstage strategist in nuclear talks with world powers as chief of foreign petroleum contracts, the oil ministry said, a job that will hinge largely on any settlement of its atomic dispute with the West.

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Exclusive - Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop 20 Dec 2014

AMMAN - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally.

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Exclusive - Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop 19 Dec 2014

AMMAN - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally.

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Iran honours nuclear deal with powers, IAEA report shows 19 Dec 2014

VIENNA - Iran has continued to meet commitments under an interim nuclear agreement with six world powers, a confidential U.N. agency report showed, though Tehran temporarily halted conversion work that makes higher-grade uranium less suitable for bombs.

At U.N., Iran urged to show more flexibility in nuclear talks 18 Dec 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Iran has not demonstrated sufficient flexibility in nuclear talks with six world powers aimed at ending a 12-year standoff with the Islamic Republic over its atomic ambitions, France and Britain said on Thursday.

Secret talks in Canada, Vatican City led to Cuba breakthrough 17 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - The historic breakthrough in U.S.-Cuban relations began in spring 2013, when President Barack Obama authorized secret talks with Havana, the same tactic he used to open nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Iran calls nuclear talks "very useful"; next meeting in Jan 17 Dec 2014

GENEVA - Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday he had had "very useful and helpful" nuclear negotiations with major powers in Geneva.

U.N. should stop funding Iran anti-drugs operations - rights groups 17 Dec 2014

VIENNA - Six rights groups urged the United Nations anti-drugs agency on Wednesday to stop funding counter-narcotics police operations in Iran until Tehran ends the death penalty for such offences.

Hamas' deputy chief says it has patched up ties with Iran 17 Dec 2014

GAZA - Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group's deputy leader said on Wednesday.

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China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof North Korea hacked Sony

BEIJING/WASHINGTON - China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said. | Video