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U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow headway-diplomats

VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday, three days before a deadline for cooperation.

Iran says wants progress in nuclear talks before action on Islamic State

PARIS/DUBAI - Iran is ready to do something to help tackle Islamic State insurgents in Iraq but first wants progress in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by Iranian media.

World, Iraq 21 Aug 2014

UPDATE 1-China's July crude imports from Iran hold at elevated volumes

* China Jan-July imports from Iran at 617,670 bpd, up 47 pct (Adds detail on imports and background)

21 Aug 2014

Iran moving to meet terms of extended nuclear deal -IAEA

VIENNA - Iran has started taking action to comply with the terms of an extended agreement with six world powers over its disputed atomic activities, a U.N. nuclear watchdog report obtained by Reuters on Wednesday showed.

21 Aug 2014

France seeks international meeting to tackle Islamic State

PARIS - France said on Wednesday it wanted to bring together Arab states, Iran and the main world powers to coordinate a comprehensive response against Islamic State insurgents who control large parts of Syria and Iraq.

World, Syria 20 Aug 2014

Poet Behbahani, 'lioness of Iran', dies at 87 - state media

DUBAI - Poet Simin Behbahani, a champion of women's rights and free speech whose lyrical verse captured the hopes and disappointments of Iranians since the 1979 revolution, died on Tuesday at the age of 87, official media reported.

19 Aug 2014

Poet Behbahani, 'lioness of Iran', dies at 87: state media

DUBAI - Poet Simin Behbahani, a champion of women's rights and free speech whose lyrical verse captured the hopes and disappointments of Iranians since the 1979 revolution, died on Tuesday at the age of 87, official media reported.

19 Aug 2014

IAEA expects progress by deadline in Iran nuclear inquiry

VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said on Monday Iran had begun implementing transparency measures ahead of an Aug 25 deadline, as part of a long-running investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Tehran.

World, Top News 19 Aug 2014

As Gaza war subsides, a battle over how it is investigated

JERUSALEM - Even before starting work as chairman of a U.N. human rights commission investigating the Gaza war, Canadian law professor William Schabas has been vilified as an apologist for Iran incapable of setting aside his perceived anti-Israel bias.

18 Aug 2014

UPDATE 1-U.N. nuclear chief upbeat after "useful" Iran visit

* IAEA wants Iran to address suspicions of atomic bomb research

17 Aug 2014
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Merkel says tightening Ukraine-Russian border is key to peace deal

KIEV - - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday the standoff over Ukraine could be solved but only if control was tightened over the Ukraine-Russia border across which, the West alleges, Russia has been funnelling arms to help a separatist rebellion.