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Iran's moderates make modest gains in run-off election


DUBAI Politicians allied to President Hassan Rouhani came out strongest in a second round of parliamentary elections in Iran, early results showed on Saturday, but his moderate faction appeared unlikely to clinch an overall majority.


U.N. says in principle open to helping in Iran-U.S. assets dispute 29 Apr 2016

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations on Friday suggested it would be willing to assist in a dispute between Tehran and Washington after Iran requested U.N. help in convincing the United States to stop what the Islamic Republic says are violations of state immunity.


OPEC oil output near record high in April as Iran, Iraq growth offsets outages - survey 29 Apr 2016

LONDON OPEC's oil output rose in April to close to the highest level in recent history, a Reuters survey found on Friday, as production increases led by Iran and Iraq more than offset a strike in Kuwait and other outages.


Fragile economy forces Iran's top leaders to form alliance 28 Apr 2016

ANKARA President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may have sharply ideological differences but the fragility of Iran's economy has forced them into an uneasy alliance at least for the time being.

German business lobby says obstacles remain to Iran deals 28 Apr 2016

BERLIN German firms will struggle to rebuild ties in Iran without the reinstatement of export guarantees, especially while some sanctions remain in place, the head of lobby group BGA said on Thursday, days before the economy minister visits Tehran.


Iran nuclear deal fight threatens U.S. Senate spending bill 27 Apr 2016

WASHINGTON A battle over implementation of the Iran nuclear deal erupted on the U.S. Senate floor on Wednesday as Democrats manoeuvred to block a Republican amendment stopping the Obama administration from buying heavy water from Tehran's nuclear programme.

Turkish businessman pleads not guilty to U.S. charges over Iran sanctions 27 Apr 2016

NEW YORK A Turkish gold trader pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he and others conspired to conduct hundreds of millions of dollars in financial transactions to help the Iranian government or other entities evade U.S. sanctions.


Iran's Supreme Leader says U.S. lifted sanctions only on paper 27 Apr 2016

DUBAI Iran's Supreme Leader accused the United States on Wednesday of scaring businesses away from Tehran and undermining a deal to lift international sanctions.


Insight - Iran and Russia move closer but their alliance has limits 26 Apr 2016

DUBAI/MOSCOW When Iran took delivery of the first parts of an advanced Russian air defence system this month, it paraded the anti-aircraft missile launchers sent by Moscow to mark Army Day.

Iran jails four journalists on security charges - Tasnim news agency 26 Apr 2016

ANKARA Iran has handed jail sentences to four journalists on security-related charges, the Tasnim news agency said on Tuesday, in verdicts that underscore the continued grip of hardliners over the judiciary despite gains by reformers in February elections.


Police officers killed, dozens wounded in attacks near Turkey's southeast border

ISTANBUL A police officer was killed and 13 people, including nine police officers, were wounded in a car bomb attack at a police headquarters in Turkey's Gaziantep, one of two attacks on Sunday, security sources and the provincial governor said. | Video