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Iran submits four-point Yemen peace plan to United Nations

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UNITED NATIONS - Iran's foreign minister on Friday submitted a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlining a four-point peace plan for Yemen, where Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have been targeted for three weeks by Saudi-led air strikes.

U.S. charges four companies, five people over alleged tech exports to Iran 17 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - Four companies and five people have been charged with illegally exporting high-tech microelectronics, uninterruptible power supplies and other products to Iran through Taiwan and Turkey, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

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Iraq signals unease with Iran general's battlefield prominence 17 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday that he welcomed Iranian assistance in Iraq's battle against Islamic State but suggested unease with the prominence of a top Iranian general, who has been widely seen in photos from Iraq's battlefields.

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U.N. chief urges immediate ceasefire by 'all parties' in Yemen war 17 Apr 2015

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for an immediate halt to the fighting in Yemen, the first time he has made such an appeal since Saudi-led air strikes against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels began three weeks ago.

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No breakthrough between Iran and U.N. nuclear watchdog 16 Apr 2015

VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear watchdog said it had a "constructive exchange" with Iran this week but there was no sign of a breakthrough on aspects of its nuclear programme that the agency says Tehran has failed to fully address.

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Putin says S-300 sale to Iran prompted by progress in nuclear talks 16 Apr 2015

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Iran's drive to find a solution in talks over its disputed nuclear programme had spurred his decision to renew a contract to deliver S-300 missile defence systems to Tehran. | Video

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Iraq signals unease with Iran general's battlefield prominence 16 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday that he welcomed Iranian assistance in Iraq's battle against Islamic State but suggested unease with the prominence of a top Iranian general, who has been widely seen in photos from Iraq's battlefields.

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Iran says it will use influence to broker peace in Yemen 16 Apr 2015

LISBON - Iran's foreign minister said on Wednesday that his country would use all its influence to broker a peace deal for Yemen in order to end Saudi-led air strikes against Houthi rebel forces allied to Iran. | Video

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Austrian president 'likely' to visit Iran this year 16 Apr 2015

VIENNA - Austrian President Heinz Fischer will probably visit Iran this year and may take a business delegation along should Tehran clinch a definitive deal with world powers over its nuclear policy, he told a newspaper.

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Iran says nuclear deal depends on lifting of sanctions 16 Apr 2015

ANKARA/DUBAI - Iran said on Wednesday it would only accept a deal over its contested nuclear programme if world powers simultaneously lifted all sanctions imposed on it. | Video

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Afghan blast kills 33; president blames Islamic State

JALALABAD, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 on Saturday, setting off a blast outside a bank where government workers collect salaries, the city's police chief said. | Video