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Iran halts flights to Iraq's Kurdish region in retaliation for independence vote

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DUBAI/ISTANBUL/ERBIL, Iraq Iran halted flights to and from Kurdish regions in northern Iraq on Sunday in retaliation to a plan by the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to hold a referendum on independence. It also started wargames at the Kurdish border.

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French state bank BPI to fund projects in Iran, CEO tells paper 24 Sep 2017

PARIS Bpifrance, the country’s state investment bank, will finance investment projects of French companies in Iran from 2018, granting up to 500 million euros ($598 million) in annual credits, its CEO said in a newspaper interview on Sunday.

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Yemen's Hadi sees only a military solution to crisis - Arabiya TV 24 Sep 2017

DUBAI A solution in Yemen's two and-a-half year-old civil war will likely come through military rather than political means, the country's Saudi-backed president said, blaming the Iran-aligned Houthis of obstructing chances of peace.

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Iran tests new missile after U.S. criticises arms programme 24 Sep 2017

DUBAI Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal despite U.S. pressure to stop. | Video

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Exclusive - Faulty devices help keep Iran in nuclear deal limits: report 22 Sep 2017

WASHINGTON Frequent breakdowns of advanced uranium enrichment devices have inadvertently helped Iran comply with restrictions in the international agreement curbing its nuclear programme, according to a new report by a Washington-based think tank.

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U.S. weighs whether to stay in Iran nuclear deal 21 Sep 2017

UNITED NATIONS The United States said on Wednesday it is weighing whether the Iranian nuclear deal serves its security interests even as Iran said it did not expect Washington to abandon the agreement. | Video

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Germany will strive to save Iran nuclear deal - Gabriel 21 Sep 2017

NEW YORK/BERLIN Germany will do all it can to persuade the United States not to abandon the Iranian nuclear agreement, whatever the outcome of German elections on Sunday, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday.

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Turkey, Iran, Iraq consider counter-measures over Kurdish referendum 21 Sep 2017

ANKARA Turkey, Iran and Iraq have agreed to consider counter-measures against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence referendum, Turkey's foreign ministry said on Thursday. | Video

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Iran nuclear deal cannot be renegotiated - Rouhani 21 Sep 2017

BEIRUT Iran's president said on Thursday its nuclear accord with world powers cannot be renegotiated, after the Trump administration warned it was weighing whether the deal signed by its predecessor served U.S. security interests.

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Iran regional behaviour means nuclear deal not enough - Macron 21 Sep 2017

NEW YORK French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday the Iran nuclear deal was not enough given that Tehran had increased its influence in the region and pressed ahead with ballistic missile tests, and offered to mediate between the United States and Iran.

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Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far right

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but Europe's most powerful leader will have to govern with a far less stable coalition in a fractured parliament after her conservatives haemorrhaged support to a surging far right.