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International financial watchdog warns on Iran, North Korea

PARIS - An international financial watchdog said on Friday member states should take action to ward off risks emanating from Iran and North Korea, which it said had failed to tackle money-laundering and financing of terrorism.

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Iran will be seen as responsible if nuclear talks fail - U.S. 24 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - Iran will be widely seen to be responsible if a comprehensive deal to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief is not reached, the top U.S. negotiator said on Thursday.

China says wants closer military ties with Iran 23 Oct 2014

BEIJING - China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defence minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy on Thursday, state media reported, reaffirming diplomatic links despite controversy over Iran's nuclear plans.

Boeing books first sales to Iran since 1979 22 Oct 2014

SEATTLE - Boeing said on Wednesday it had sold aircraft-related goods to Iran Air in the third quarter, marking the first acknowledged dealings between U.S. aerospace companies and Iran since the 1979 U.S. hostage crisis.

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Iran president denounces bill to empower Islamic vigilantes 22 Oct 2014

DUBAI - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came out on Wednesday against a parliamentary bill to empower vigilantes who enforce Islamic morals, strongly re-asserting a moderate agenda that had taken a back seat since his election last year.

Iranian human rights lawyer stages protest over ban from practice 22 Oct 2014

DUBAI - Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh said on Wednesday she would protest outside the Iranian Bar Association offices in Tehran until it reversed a decision to ban her from practicing law for three years.

Rise in divorce in Iran linked to shift in status of women 22 Oct 2014

BEIRUT - Weddings in Iran have long been an over-the-top affair with families spending thousands of dollars to celebrate a union. But now some couples are splurging on an entirely different sort of nuptial celebration: a divorce party.

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Iran supreme leader blames West for Islamic State rise, wants regional solution 21 Oct 2014

DUBAI - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Western powers on Tuesday for the rise of Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq and Syria and said they had no business tampering with the region's geopolitics.

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Iran arrests several spies near Bushehr nuclear plant - Fars news agency 21 Oct 2014

ANKARA - Iranian security services have arrested several suspected spies in the southern province of Bushehr where the country's first nuclear power plant is located, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Tuesday.

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Iranian cleric's death leaves gap in key power body 21 Oct 2014

ANKARA - The head of Iran’s top clerical body has died after lying in a coma for months, leaving a gap in the only institution that has the authority to elect and dismiss the country's Supreme Leader.

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Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT - A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday rejected a report from Turkey's president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help them push back besieging Islamic State insurgents. | Video