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Iranian official hints at prisoner swap for detained Washington Post reporter

Marzieh Afkham did not specifically mention journalist Jason Rezaian by name in her comments Wednesday at a news conference.

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British foreign secretary reopens embassy in Tehran after 4 years

Britain has had no diplomatic presence in Tehran since hard-liners protesting the imposition of international sanctions stormed it in November 2011.

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Iran says it shoots down drone near border with Iraq

IRNA quoted Col. Farzad Fereidouni, a local air defense system commander, in a report Saturday as saying the unmanned aircraft was shot down in recent days after it “confronted” the air defense missile system.

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Iran unveils new longer-range solid fuel missile

The surface-to-surface Fateh-313, or Conqueror, was unveiled at a ceremony marking Defense Industry Day and attended by President Hassan Rouhani, who said military might was necessary to achieve peace in the volatile Middle East.

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UN to let Iran inspect alleged nuclear work site

The revelation on Wednesday riled Republican lawmakers in the U.S. who have been severely critical of a broader agreement to limit Iran’s future nuclear programs.

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Russia denies hosting top Iranian commander

Fox News has reported that Soleimani visited Moscow last month for meetings with President Vladimir Putin and his defense minister.

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India made substantial sacrifice to impose Iran sanctions: US

Indian leaders agreed to enforce that sanctions saying that this is something that they are willing to do if it can advance US’ effort to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon through diplomacy.

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Will stop Iran from acquiring nuke weapons at all costs: Israel

Israel considers a nuclear Iran an “existential threat” and has vowed to foil any attempt by the Islamic Republic to attain such a capability.

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Ultimately, the choice is either diplomacy or war: Obama on Iran nuclear deal

Obama said “alternatives to military actions will have been exhausted once we reject a hard-won diplomatic solution that the world almost unanimously supports.”

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Kerry: Hiroshima bombing anniversary a ‘powerful reminder’ of the impact of war

Kerry said the Hiroshima anniversary is a “very, very powerful reminder” of the impact of war.

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5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Iran; no reports of damage

In 2013, a magnitude-6.1 quake killed at least 37 people in an area of the same province where Monday’s quake struck.

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For North Korea, Iran-style nuclear deal not an option

North Korea has been blunt: Its nuclear weapons are not a bargaining chip; it is already a member of the nuclear club.

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Iran a ‘formidable’ danger to Europe: Benjamin Netanyahu

Iran and Hezbollah organise a terrorist network that covers over 30 countries on five continents, including just about every country in Europe, said Netanyahu.

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Barack Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal ‘ridiculous,’ ‘sad’

The Republican candidates are united in their opposition to the deal, saying Obama has left Iran on the brink of building a bomb and done nothing to address Tehran’s support for terrorism.

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More than a silver lining

The Iran nuclear deal could be a trigger for a far-reaching transformation