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Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed - IAEA

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VIENNA - Iran has acted to cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with world powers, but a planned facility it will need to fulfil the six-month deal has been delayed, a U.N. report showed on Thursday.

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U.S. releases $450 million of frozen Iranian funds after IAEA report 17 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States has taken steps to release a $450 million (267.9 million pounds) instalment of frozen Iranian funds following a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifying that Iran is living up to its part of a landmark nuclear pact with world powers, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

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Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed - IAEA 17 Apr 2014

VIENNA - Iran has acted to cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with world powers, but a planned facility it will need to fulfil the six-month deal has been delayed, a U.N. report showed on Thursday.

Japan makes two more oil payments to Iran - sources 17 Apr 2014

TOKYO - Japan made two more payments to Iran for crude imports that were scheduled under an interim nuclear deal, two sources with knowledge of the transactions said, in return for Tehran's moves to reign in its disputed nuclear programme.

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Iranian negotiators reject hardline criticism of nuclear talks 16 Apr 2014

ABU DHABI - Iranian hardliners stepped up criticism of Tehran's negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme on Wednesday, but negotiators defended the planned deal that could lead to an end to economic sanctions.

U.S. adopts harsher tone in U.N. envoy dispute with Iran 15 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States adopted a harsher tone toward Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador on Tuesday, calling Tehran's choice of Hamid Abutalebi "unacceptable" and tying him to the 1979-1981 U.S. hostage crisis in Tehran.

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Rouhani says Iran sanctions will unravel in months 15 Apr 2014

DUBAI - President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday international sanctions on Iran would unravel in months following negotiations with world powers on its nuclear programme, the official IRNA news agency reported.

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Iran asks for U.N. committee meeting on U.S. ban on envoy 15 Apr 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Iran requested on Monday a special meeting of a U.N. committee on the United States' refusal to grant a visa to Tehran's new U.N. ambassador appointee, describing the decision as a dangerous precedent that could harm international diplomacy. | Video

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After success on Iran, U.S. Treasury's sanctions team faces new challenges 14 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - This is what the modern American war room looks like: the clocks on the wall show the times in Kabul, Tehran and Bogota. The faces around the conference table are mostly young. There is talk of targets, and of middle-of-the-night calls to Europe.

Iran asks for U.N. committee meeting on U.S. ban on envoy 14 Apr 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Iran requested on Monday a special meeting of a U.N. committee on the United States' refusal to grant a visa to Tehran's new U.N. ambassador appointee, but it has so far refrained from calling for any specific action, the committee's chairman said.

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South Korea investigates capsized ferry crew as rescue hampered by tides

MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea - Strong tides and murky waters off South Korea's southwest coast were hampering efforts on Friday to find survivors from a ferry accident over 48 hours previously that left hundreds of passengers missing, most of them high school students. | Video