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Iran says UN nuke inspectors will not visit sites

Iran says UN nuke inspectors will not visit sites

AP: A U.N. team visiting Iran has no plans to inspect the country's nuclear facilities and will only hold talks with officials in Tehran, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

Thailand names sixth Bangkok bomb suspect

Thailand names sixth Bangkok bomb suspect

BBC:Thai police escort suspect Mohamad Khazaei to the scene of the first blast in Bangkok, 20 February Police brought Mohamad Khazaei back to the scene of the first blast on Monday.

Azerbaijan says it busted pro-Iran terror group

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AP: Azerbaijan's security agency says it has busted an alleged terrorist group working for Iran's secret services.

EU urges Iran to stay execution of Canada resident

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AFP: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton called Tuesday on Iran to halt the execution of an Iranian man with Canadian residency condemned to death on charges he operated a pornographic website.

White House: still time for Iran diplomacy to work

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Reuters: The White House said on Tuesday there is still enough time for diplomacy with Iran to work and prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Iran says UN nuke inspectors will not visit sites

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AP: A U.N. team visiting Iran has no plans to inspect the country's nuclear facilities and will only hold talks with officials in Tehran, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

MPs back government over Iran

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BBC: MPs have voted to support the government in its decision not to rule out military force against Iran, as ministers seek to increase pressure on Tehran over the country's nuclear ambitions.

Thailand names sixth Bangkok bomb suspect

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BBC:Thai police escort suspect Mohamad Khazaei to the scene of the first blast in Bangkok, 20 February Police brought Mohamad Khazaei back to the scene of the first blast on Monday.

Iranian navy ships return from Syria through Suez

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Reuters: Two Iranian naval ships returned from Syria through the Suez Canal Tuesday, a Suez Canal source said.

Asia taking lion's share of Iranian oil exports

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AFP: Iran, which on Monday said it planned to halt oil sales to several more European Union states in addition to Britain and France, sends only around a fifth of its exports to the EU, with Asian countries taking the lion's share, according to US and international oil agencies.

UN nuclear inspectors to press Iran on weapons

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AP: U.N. nuclear inspectors starting a two-day visit to Tehran on Monday sought to meet Iranian nuclear scientists and visit a key military facility as they try to gauge allegations that Iran is pushing toward making an atomic weapon.

Iran holds anti-air exercises defending nuclear sites

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AFP: Iran's military announced on Monday it has launched four days of manoeuvres in the south of the country aimed at boosting anti-air defences protecting nuclear sites.

Iranian ships reach Syria, Assad allies show support

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Reuters: Russia, China and Iran showed support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday, days before an international meeting likely to pile more pressure on him to step down in the face of an increasingly bloody uprising.

U.S. welcomes PMOI relocation

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UPI: Nearly 400 residents of an Iraqi camp for Iranian dissidents moved to a new facility near Baghdad, the U.S. State Department announced.

UN nuclear team arrives in Iran

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AFP: A delegation from the UN nuclear watchdog arrived in Tehran early Monday for a two-day visit aimed at seeking a solution to a dispute over Iran's nuclear programme, the ISNA news agency said.

Oil prices up on Iran action

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UPI: Oil prices rose Monday as Iran halted crude exports to Britain and France ahead of tightening European economic sanctions over its nuclear program.

Germany warns against nuclear dispute with Iran escalating

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Bloomberg: Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle warned against a further escalation in a nuclear dispute with Iran.

Iranians desperate as dark economic clouds gather

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Reuters: Marjan Hamidi turned away from the butcher's shop in a crowded area of Tehran's sprawling bazaar. Her quest to buy reasonably priced groceries was not going well.

US, Britain urge Israel not to attack Iran

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AP: The U.S. and Britain on Sunday urged Israel not to attack Iran's nuclear program as the White House's national security adviser arrived in the region, reflecting growing international jitters that the Israelis are poised to strike.

Iran to host high-level UN team

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AFP: Iran is to host a high-level team from the UN nuclear watchdog on Monday as part of efforts to defuse dire international tensions over its atomic activities through dialogue.

Iran nuclear talks to be held in Istanbul

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UPI: Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Sunday nuclear negotiations with members of the U.N. Security Council will take place in Istanbul.

Iran halts oil sales to France, Britain

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AFP: Iran announced on Sunday it halted its limited oil sales to France and Britain in retaliation for a phased EU ban on Iranian oil that is yet to take full effect.

Iran's Guard begins new land military exercises

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AP: Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it has begun a two-day land military exercise to upgrade its capabilities to defend the country against possible external threats.

Execution of web programmer in Iran may be imminent

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CNN: A computer programmer from Canada faces imminent execution in Iran for the actions of another person, which he had no control over, a human rights group says.

Iran poised for big nuke jump

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AP: Iran is poised to greatly expand uranium enrichment at a fortified underground bunker to a point that would boost how quickly it could make nuclear warheads, diplomats tell The Associated Press.

Israeli attack on Iran ’not prudent’: Depmsey

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Bloomberg:An Israeli attack on Iran would be “destabilizing,” the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey, said.

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