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Former U.S. officials urge Trump to talk with Iranian MEK group


WASHINGTON Nearly two dozen former U.S. officials have urged President-elect Donald Trump to enter into discussions with an exiled Iranian opposition group that until 2012 was listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.


Saudi says Trump stance on Iran and IS cause for optimism 16 Jan 2017

PARIS Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday he was positive about the way the incoming U.S. administration wanted to restore American influence in the world, contain Iran and fight Islamic State.


Syrian rebels to attend Kazakhstan peace talks 16 Jan 2017

BEIRUT/AMMAN Syrian rebel groups have decided to attend peace talks backed by Russia and Turkey in Kazakhstan to press for full implementation of a ceasefire they say has been widely violated by the government and its Iranian-backed allies.


Iran sticks to deadline of nuclear deal with centrifuge move - IAEA 16 Jan 2017

VIENNA Iran has complied with a deadline set by its landmark nuclear deal with world powers by removing hundreds of centrifuges, machines that enrich uranium, from a site buried deep inside a mountain, the U.N. atomic agency said on Monday.

Bahrain executes three Shi'ites for bombing, sparks outcry 15 Jan 2017

DUBAI Bahrain on Sunday executed three Shi'ite Muslim men convicted of killing three policemen in a 2014 bomb attack, the first such executions in over two decades, drawing condemnation from foreign officials including Shi'ite power Iran.

Iraqi minister trying to improve relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia - report 14 Jan 2017

DUBAI Iraq's foreign minister said he had carried messages between Iran and Saudi Arabia in a continuing attempt to curb a feud involving its two neighbours, Iran's state broadcaster IRIB reported on Saturday.


Iran nuclear deal working, wise for Trump to uphold - U.S. envoy to U.N. 13 Jan 2017

UNITED NATIONS A deal between Iran and key world powers to curb Tehran's nuclear programme is working and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would be wise to preserve it, outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said on Friday.


Iran's Revolutionary Guards position for power 13 Jan 2017

BEIRUT Iran's Revolutionary Guards look set to entrench their power and shift the country to more hardline, isolationist policies for years to come following the death of influential powerbroker Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.


Iran welcomes arrival of first Western plane ordered since sanctions lifted 12 Jan 2017

ANKARA/PARIS An Airbus A321 airliner landed in Tehran on Thursday, the first to arrive out of the 200 Western-built aircraft ordered by IranAir following the lifting of sanctions on Iran last year.

Activists urge U.N. to cite Russia, Iran war crimes in Syria 12 Jan 2017

GENEVA Syrian activists say they have given U.N. investigators evidence of alleged war crimes committed by Russia and Iranian-backed militia in the battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo, calling for them to face justice for killing civilians and other atrocities.


Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on moon, dies at 82

Eugene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon - an experience that he said made him "belong to the universe," died on Monday at the age of 82, the U.S. space agency said.