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  1. News - World

    'Big gaps' ahead of talks on Iran's nuclear activities, says John Kerry

    Posted Nov 03rd 2014, 04:31am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Washington 'Big gaps' ahead of Iran talks: Kerry US Secretary of State John Kerry plans to meet Iran's foreign minister in a bid to close what he calls "big gaps" in a deal curtailing Iran's nuclear activities. Kerry is to meet Mohammad Javad Zarif in Oman next Sunday as a November 24 deal deadline approaches. Kerry disclosed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1630696/big-gaps-ahead-talks-irans-nuclear-activities-says-john-kerry
  2. News - World - IRAN: ANALYSIS

    Illness of Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei fuels succession rumours

    Posted Nov 03rd 2014, 04:31am by GDN

    ... The Guardian Recent illness of the supreme leader has fuelled speculation about who will eventually take over and dictate the country's political trajectory Who next to rule Iran afterKhamenei? In a closely guarded compound in central Tehran lives a 75-year-old man whose tenure as Iran's supreme leader will expire only on the day he dies. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, one-time ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1630700/illness-irans-ayatollah-khamenei-fuels-succession-rumours
  3. News - World - IRAN

    British woman jailed for a year in Iran after trying to attend volleyball match

    Posted Nov 02nd 2014, 03:23pm by >Agence France-Presse

    ... Sunday. Ghoncheh Ghavami, a 25-year-old law graduate from London, who was detained in June at a Tehran stadium where Iran’s national volleyball team was to play Italy, went on trial last month. ... and just legal process according to Iran’s legal framework is the basic right of every Iranian citizen. Why are these rights not upheld in Ghoncheh’s case?” Ghavami’s arrest came after female fans ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1630541/british-woman-jailed-year-iran-after-trying-attend-volleyball-match
  4. News - World - U.S. POLITICS

    Rival US power brokers Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson issue warnings to their parties

    Posted Nov 11th 2014, 04:54am by WASHPOST

    ... The Washington Post Billionaires Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson, who will be on opposite sides in presidential race, agree on approach to Israel and Iran Power brokers unite to take shots ... for their respective parties. Haim Saban, a media mogul and close Democratic ally of Hillary Rodham Clinton, criticised President Barack Obama's outreach to Iran, declaring that "we've shown too ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1636716/rival-us-power-brokers-haim-saban-and-sheldon-adelson-issue-warnings
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking Points, November 10, 2014

    Posted Nov 10th 2014, 05:31am by STAFF

    ... Russia, which backs the rebels, points to the Ukrainian military. The victims included 195 Dutch citizens.   Talks held on Iran's nuclear programme US Secretary of State John Kerry, his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton continue talks in Oman over Iran's nuclear programme. The discussions are aimed at securing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1636000/talking-points-november-10-2014
  6. Business - Commodities - THE VIEW

    The plot thickens in oil price plunge theories

    Posted Nov 11th 2014, 06:06am by Cathy Holcombe

    ... Cathy Holcombe Plunge in oil prices may have more to do with economic theory than Russia-Iran conspiracy theory The plot thickens Oil is a sector particularly prone to conspiracy theory, ... and Iran on the other?" He then went on to answer his question in the affirmative, arguing that the Saudi-US alliance is trying to "pump to death" political foes Iran and Russia, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1636832/plot-thickens-oil-price-plunge-theories
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Canadian Israeli becomes first foreign woman fighting with Kurds in Syria

    Posted Nov 12th 2014, 09:51pm by Reuters

    ... and business ties with the Kurds since the 1960s, seeing in the minority ethnic group- spread across Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq- as a buffer against shared Arab adversaries. Additional reporting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1638323/canadian-israeli-becomes-first-foreign-woman-fighting-kurds-syria
  8. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Standard Chartered to axe up to 100 bank branches next year

    Posted Nov 12th 2014, 06:29am by Reuters

    ... it had to pay US$667 million for violating United States sanctions on Iran. It has since been hit by surging bad debts in key markets such as China and India. Standard Chartered said returns ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1637800/standard-chartered-axe-100-bank-branches-next-year
  9. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Who knew? Reagan taped chats with world leaders, including Thatcher apology over Grenada invasion

    Posted Nov 11th 2014, 10:16pm by GDN

    ... audiotaped any other closed-door, non-public White House business," Doyle said. The tapes, which were found in response to the 1987 congressional Iran-Contra inquiries, were routinely discarded ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1637674/who-knew-reagan-taped-chats-world-leaders-including-thatcher-apology-over
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China will lose more than it has to gain from Russia-Western rift

    Posted Nov 10th 2014, 02:45pm by Peter Gordon

    ... of global communications, admission to Western schools and universities, and much more. Imperfections that marred this vision- North Korea or Iran- were seen as anomalies that could either ... if Russia is going to make up its own rules, it should be permitted continued access to the international financial system. After all, Iran has not been. Regardless of whether ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1636444/china-will-lose-more-it-has-gain-russia-western-rift

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