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

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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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Iran says backs Russian push for Syria talks in Moscow - TASS 17 Dec 2014

MOSCOW - Tehran backs Russia's efforts to host a new round of peace talks between Damascus and the Syrian opposition, Iran's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday during a visit to Moscow.

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Iran says sees more steps ahead in nuclear talks 17 Dec 2014

DUBAI - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday nuclear talks with major powers were being conducted in a good atmosphere, "good steps" had been taken and more would follow.

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North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. | Video