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Iran's foreign minister hopes for nuclear accord 'in short time left' till deadline

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MOSCOW - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran hoped to reach a "positive result" in talks with world powers on its nuclear programme ahead of a November deadline, thanks in part to support from Russia.

U.S. slaps more sanctions on Iranian banks, firms 6:04pm BST

WASHINGTON - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on more than 25 people and companies it accused of violating sanctions against Iran, including shipping firms, airlines, and six Iranian banks.

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Russia sees chance to lift Iran sanctions through international talks 28 Aug 2014

MOSCOW - Russia said on Thursday the possibility of lifting sanctions on Iran had emerged thanks to international talks on Tehran's nuclear programme and urged all countries involved to show political will to reach a deal.

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Iran says tested new nuclear enrichment machine, may irk West 27 Aug 2014

DUBAI/VIENNA - Iran has conducted "mechanical" tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale back its nuclear programme.

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Deadline passed, no sign of breakthrough in Iran nuclear probe 27 Aug 2014

VIENNA - Iran may have failed to meet a deadline for addressing U.N. concerns about suspected nuclear bomb research, but it could still act to influence a key report due next week, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.

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Iran provided weapons to Iraqi Kurds; Baghdad bomb kills 12 27 Aug 2014

ARBIL Iraq - Iran has supplied weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces, Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said on Tuesday at a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Arbil, capital of Iraq's Kurdish region. | Video

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Iran provided weapons to Iraqi Kurds; Baghdad bomb kills 12 27 Aug 2014

ARBIL Iraq - Iran has supplied weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces, Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said on Tuesday at a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Arbil, capital of Iraq's Kurdish region. | Video

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Iranian minister says Saudi talks "constructive" 26 Aug 2014

DUBAI - Iran's deputy foreign minister said he held "positive and constructive" talks with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Tuesday where Islamist militancy in Iraq - that both see as a threat - was one of the topics discussed.

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Iran says "completing" nuclear steps agreed with IAEA 25 Aug 2014

VIENNA/DUBAI - Iran is "in the process" of completing measures on transparency in its nuclear research that were agreed with the U.N. atomic agency, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying, suggesting Tehran had at least partly met a Monday deadline for cooperation.

Iran delays London oil conference to Feb 2015 25 Aug 2014

DUBAI - Iran has postponed by three months a conference to offer multinationals the rights to develop oil deposits, giving time for sanctions on the country's oil sector to be lifted, a senior official said on Monday.

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Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis

LAKE SELIGER Russia/KIEV - Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help after accusing Russia of sending in armoured columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. | Video