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Deadline day for Iran nuclear deal

Deadline day for Iran nuclear deal

Negotiators in Vienna, Austria, are set to make a final push to try to reach a deal on Iran's nuclear programme ahead of a 23:00 GMT deadline. They said earlier "serious gaps" remained, suggesting that an extension could be agreed instead. World powers - the US, UK, Russia, China, France plus Germany - want Iran...

Doubts on Iran deal as deadline looms

Doubts on Iran deal as deadline looms

Doubts are growing that Monday's deadline for a deal on Iran's controversial nuclear programme will be met at talks in Vienna in Austria. Both the US and Germany said the sides were working to close "big gaps", with some suggestions that the deadline could be extended. Six world powers want Iran to curb its nuclear...

Women retain kabaddi bronze

Bangladesh women kabaddi team's dreams of going one better in the Asian Games shattered yesterday when they suffered a massive 40-15 loss at the hands of Iran in the second semifinal at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium here. They now had to remain content with the bronze medal, which they won in the 2010 Guangzhou Games, along with Thailand, who lost the first semifinal to defending champions India 41-28 earlier in the day. Bangladesh had aimed at upsetting their mighty opponents...

Netanyahu says Iran greater threat than Islamic State

Netanyahu says Iran greater threat than Islamic State

Israel's prime minister describes Iran, ISIL and Hamas as part of a single team, and compares them to Germany's Nazis. Israel's prime minister has warned the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a far greater threat than the armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which he compared to...

Iran 'backs US military contacts'

Iran 'backs US military contacts'

Iran's Supreme Leader has approved co-operation with the US as part of the fight against Islamic State in northern Iraq, sources have told BBC Persian. Ayatollah Khamenei has authorised his top commander to co-ordinate military operations with the US, Iraqi and Kurdish forces, sources in Tehran say. Shia Iran regards the extremist Sunni Islamic State...

Iran 'sent soldiers to fight in Iraq'

Iran 'sent soldiers to fight in Iraq'

Hundreds of Iranian soldiers have taken part in a joint operation inside Iraq with Kurdish forces to retake a town held by the Islamic State group, Al Jazeera reports quoting security sources. It is believed to be the first time that Iranian troops have been directly involved in the fighting against the Sunni rebel...

48 killed in Iran plane crash

48 killed in Iran plane crash

An Iranian passenger plane crashed Sunday while taking off from an airport near the capital, Tehran, killing 48 people onboard, state media reported. The aircraft, an Iran-140 typically used for short domestic flights, crashed near Mehrabad airport, west of Tehran, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported. The plane went down in a residential area...

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Remaking Iran

IRANIAN President Hassan Rouhani recently marked the end of his first year in office not only with smiles, but also with further evidence of his efforts at domestic reform and geostrategic reorientation. In Iran's case, these two imperatives have long gone hand in hand. Rouhani now says that Iran would be willing to work with the United States in Iraq. The dire threat to both Iranian and US interests posed by the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State in Iraq...

'Iran aiding Iraq' with fighter jets

'Iran aiding Iraq' with fighter jets

Strong evidence has emerged to suggest that Iran has supplied Iraq with Sukhoi Su-25 "Frogfoot" aircraft to help it try to halt the Isis offensive. Russia supplied an initial delivery of the aircraft just a few days ago. But analysts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London say that a further delivery,...

Bosnia beat Iran 3-1 to win last group match

Bosnia beat Iran 3-1 to win last group match

  Group Match Group F, Match 6 Bosnia-Herzegovina knocked Iran out of the World Cup and salvaged some pride with a 3-1 win on Wednesday, reports Goal.com. With their fate already sealed after defeats to Argentina and Nigeria, Bosnia played with freedom and made history as goals to Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic and Avdija Vrsajevic saw them...

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