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  1. News - World - IRAN

    Iran says it shot down Israeli spy drone near Natanz nuclear site

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 04:00am by Reuters

    ... a US spy drone, but the US said there was no evidence to support the claim. Iran also claimed in late 2011 to have captured a US drone reported lost by US forces in Afghanistan. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580492/iran-says-it-should-down-israeli-spy-drone-near-natanz-nuclear-site
  2. News - World - IRAN

    Iran ‘won’t kneel in submission’ over nuclear talks, minister warns

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 09:10pm by Reuters

    ... Zarif's remarks, delivered on Wednesday in English in a five-minute video, appeared to be a response to a US warning that Tehran has yet to prove that its atomic ambitions are peaceful. ... from economic sanctions in return for some curbs on its atomic work, but Western officials acknowledge that an extension is looking increasingly likely. In an article in The Washington Post, US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1545757/iran-wont-kneel-submission-over-nuclear-talks-minister-warns
  3. News - World - IRAN

    Iran lobbies HSBC to clear humanitarian transactions

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 09:45pm by Reuters

    ... of as much as US$9 billion and other penalties over allegations of US sanctions breaches involving Iran and other states between 2002 and 2009. Iran was never barred from buying food or other ... in this climate," a banking source said. European and US trade sources, who also declined to be named, said HSBC had in recent weeks frozen some transactions for approved goods. "My direct experience ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1539837/iran-lobbies-hsbc-clear-humanitarian-transactions
  4. News - World - IRAN

    Iran nuclear talks break up with mixed signals on chances of progress

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 05:10am by MCT

    ... a weapons capability. In exchange, six world powers- the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany- would lift the tough international sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy. Iranian ... was closer. Their next meeting is scheduled to begin on July 2 and is expected to continue until the deadline. Zarif said he had been assured by President Barack Obama and other senior US officials ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1537922/iran-nuclear-talks-break-mixed-signals-chances-progress
  5. News - World - IRAN

    US and Iran delegations to hold nuclear talks in Geneva

    Posted Jun 08th 2014, 05:45am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington US and Iran to hold talks in Geneva The United States said yesterday it will send its No 2 diplomat to Geneva to meet senior Iranian officials in what appeared an effort to break a logjam in wider negotiations over Tehran's nuclear programme. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who led secret US-Iranian negotiations that helped bring about ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1527795/us-and-iran-delegations-hold-nuclear-talks-geneva
  6. News - Asia - IRAN

    Iran steps up efforts to block import and transit of Afghani opium

    Posted Jun 04th 2014, 02:07pm by Associated Press in Taibad, Iran

    ... it is indirectly doing the job for us. We appreciate Iran’s efforts,” he said. “With change of political climate, the way is being paved for greater global contribution to Iran’s fight against narcotics.”   ... large-scale projects. Iran spent more than US$26 million last year alone on the border projects, which also include large embankments, new border posts and lengths of barbed wire along parts of its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1525210/iran-steps-efforts-block-import-and-transit-afghani-opium
  7. News - World - IRAN

    Mahafarid Amir Khosravi executed in Iran over US$2.6b banking scam

    Posted May 26th 2014, 06:03am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Tehran Billionaire executed over US$2.6b banking scam A billionaire businessman at the heart of a US$2.6 billion state bank scam, the largest fraud case since the 1979 Islamic revolution, was executed on Saturday, state television reported. Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, also known as Amir Mansour Aria, died at Evin prison, just north of Tehran, the TV reported. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1519450/mahafarid-amir-khosravi-executed-iran-over-us26b-banking-scam
  8. News - World - IRAN

    'Happy' video arrests in Iran underscore political tensions

    Posted May 22nd 2014, 11:40pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Tehran Hardliners resent tolerant stance adopted by moderate leader Rowhani Video arrests highlight Iran tensions The arrest of six young Iranian men and women who videoed themselves dancing to Pharrell Williams' Happy shows how f ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1518195/happy-video-arrests-iran-underscore-political-tensions
  9. News - World - IRAN

    Six arrested in Iran for posting video singing Pharrell’s ‘Happy’

    Posted May 21st 2014, 09:19pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tehran Six arrested for 'Happy' video post Police in Tehran said they had arrested six Iranians suspected of posting a version of US singer Pharrell Williams's hit song Happy on the internet. The clip shows three men and three unveiled women singing and dancing to the tune in the streets and on Tehran rooftops. "After a vulgar clip which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1517345/six-arrested-iran-posting-video-singing-pharrells-happy
  10. News - World - IRAN

    Procurement for Iran’s banned nuclear programme has slowed, UN says

    Posted May 13th 2014, 10:08am by Associated Press at the United Nations

    ... experts says Iran’s purchases for its banned nuclear and missile programmes have slowed over the last six to nine months, which could be the result of the changed political climate under President ... at producing nuclear energy, but the US, its Western allies and Israel have long believed Tehran’s real aim is producing nuclear weapons. According to the panel’s report, several countries that were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1511143/procurement-irans-banned-nuclear-programme-has-slowed-un-says

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