Iran

Iran gives Trump chance to restore lost U.S. credibility in Middle East

After the unexpected election of Donald Trump as president of the United States of America, a new reality emerges not only for Americans but also for Europeans, who have been the most reliable and trustworthy allies of the United States in modern history, particularly during and after the Second World War. And with new realities, come new opportunities. A case ...

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Iran regime even more oppressive since nuclear deal, dissidents say

Now free in the West, recently escaped political dissidents say Iran’s regime has grown more oppressive since its nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers that had hoped the agreement would moderate the Islamic-ruled nation. The protesters also say the billions of dollars in cash the U.S. shipped to Iran, plus the West’s release of frozen Iranian bank ...

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Iran Brushes Off Trump Influence; Oil Deals Continue

Iran is disavowing any impact that Donald Trump’s presidential victory earlier this month has had on the Islamic republic’s negotiations with international energy companies over its new oil projects. “We’ve felt nothing (negative) so far,” Iran’s Petroleum Minister Bijan Zangeneh told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Tuesday. He said that Iran is moving ahead with several basic agreements ...

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Schlumberger Signs Early Oil Deal With Iran

Schlumberger Ltd., the world’s largest oil driller by market value, said Sunday it had signed a preliminary deal to study an Iranian oil field, as Donald Trump’s presidential victory has yet to deter U.S.-connected companies from dealing with Tehran. The contract is one of the most prominent signed since the Nov. 8 election. Mr. Trump has vowed to undo a ...

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Iran considers naval bases in Syria, Yemen

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s chief of staff of the armed forces said Saturday that Tehran may be interested in setting up naval bases in both Syria and Yemen, the semi-official Tasnim reported. “Maybe, at some point we will need bases on the shores of Yemen and Syria,” the report by Tasnim quoted Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri as saying. “Having naval ...

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Passenger trains collide in Iran, at least 44 killed (PHOTO/VIDEO) (UPDATED)

Latest from train collision in Damghan, Iran 22:12 (GMT+4) The death toll in a train crash in Iran’s Damghan region has risen to 44, TASS reported. 21:07 (GMT+4) At least 40 people were killed and 100 injured when one Iranian passenger train collided with another at a station about 150 miles (250 km) east of the capital Tehran, and the ...

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Are Iranian Fighter Deaths Soaring in Syria?

Analysts and experts are expressing skepticism after an Iranian official said this week that more than 1,000 soldiers deployed by Iran have been killed since 2012 while aiding the Syrian regime in its civil war. Mohammadali Shahidi Mahallati, head of Iran’s Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans’ Affairs, did not elaborate on comments to the state-controlled Tasnim News Agency about the ...

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Trump, Though Critical of Nuclear Deal, Could Offer Opportunities for Iran

TEHRAN — At first blush, the election of Donald J. Trump would seem to be bad news for Iran. But there is a chance that on balance, things could work out surprisingly well for the clerics. Publicly, Iran’s leaders stress that they pay little heed to what happens in the United States, that they pride themselves on their independence. “It ...

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Iran Pivots Toward Oil Deal; Expect Iraq To Go Rogue

Iran is learning from its geopolitical rival and fellow OPEC-member Saudi Arabia . Pivoting from its reluctance in April and even last month that it would balk at joining any OPEC production cuts later this month when the cartel meets in Vienna, Iran’s oil minister Bijan Zangeneh said on Saturday that a production cut will probably be put in place ...

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Iran overtakes Saudi Arabia as top oil supplier to India

Iran used to be India’s second-biggest oil supplier, a position it ceded to Iraq after tough Western sanctions over its nuclear development programme limited Tehran’s exports and access to finance. But India’s oil imports from Iran have shot up this year after those sanctions were lifted in January. In October they surged more than threefold compared with the same month ...

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