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July 15, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Explosions at a mosque in the southeastern Iranian provincial capital of Zahedan on Thursday killed at least 15 people and injured more, Iranian news agencies reported. The semiofficial Fars News Agency quoted Interior Ministry official Ali Abdollahi as saying the attack was carried out by one or more suicide bombers and that at least 22 people were injured in addition to those killed. Hossein-Ali Shahriari, a member of parliament from Zahedan, told the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency that "around 20 people were martyred and 73 injured" in the attack, which took place after an evening religious ceremony at the city's Jameh Mosque.
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February 5, 2013 | By Paul Richter
Six world powers and Iran announced they will resume talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program Feb. 26 in Kazakhstan, after three months of gridlock over arrangements for a new meeting. Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday that Iran's national security council had agreed to the session. It was confirmed a few hours later by the European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, who is the point person for the six power group. The six countries - Russia, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States - have been urging Iran to accept limits on a nuclear program many fear is aimed at developing a nuclear weapon.
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September 5, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Iran offered on Monday to open its nuclear program to five years of "full supervision" by the U.N. atomic energy agency if the world body lifts its sanctions, but made clear that it would forge ahead with its programs for uranium enrichment regardless. The offer from Fereydoun Abbasi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, came amid a new increase in warnings internationally over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. That was led by a report Friday in which the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency said it was "increasingly concerned" that Tehran may be developing its uranium-enrichment program to produce nuclear payloads for missiles.
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July 2, 2012 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - As a European Union oil embargo took effect, a defiant Iran said Sunday that it was beginning a new round of war games that would involve firing missiles at models of foreign air bases. The war games are an example of how Iranian leaders are projecting an image of strength at a time when the country's sanctions-battered economy is in a downward spiral. Iran also is facing the possibility of attack because of its nuclear program, and its major Arab ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, is struggling to put down an armed rebellion.
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December 14, 2009 | By Ramin Mostaghim
Three Americans arrested while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border last summer will soon be put on trial, Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki said, accusing them of "dubious intent." U.S. citizens Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd, all living in or visiting the Middle East, were arrested July 31 during what friends and family describe as a travel adventure in the picturesque mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, which abuts Iran. A friend who was with them said they may have accidentally strayed across the Iranian border.
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December 14, 2009 | By Ramin Mostaghim
Three Americans arrested while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border last summer will soon be put on trial, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said, accusing them of "dubious intent." U.S. citizens Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd, all living in or visiting the Middle East, were arrested July 31 during what friends and family describe as a travel adventure on the picturesque mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, which abuts Iran. A friend who was traveling with them said they may have accidentally strayed across the Iranian border.
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February 5, 2013 | By Paul Richter
Six world powers and Iran announced they will resume talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program Feb. 26 in Kazakhstan, after three months of gridlock over arrangements for a new meeting. Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday that Iran's national security council had agreed to the session. It was confirmed a few hours later by the European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, who is the point person for the six power group. The six countries - Russia, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States - have been urging Iran to accept limits on a nuclear program many fear is aimed at developing a nuclear weapon.
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May 16, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A French researcher held in Tehran since the days after Iran's disputed 2009 presidential elections left the Islamic Republic for Paris on Sunday morning just days after France defied Washington by refusing to extradite an alleged Iranian arms smuggler to the United States. Clotilde Reiss, 24, a lecturer and student of Persian language and Iranian history, had been stuck in Iran since July on espionage charges. She is set to arrive Sunday in Paris to join her family and meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
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July 21, 2010 | By Rahim Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
A series of earthquakes on Wednesday rattled southern Iran, injuring at least 19 people and damaging buildings amid a dispute over government plans to disperse offices to provincial cities because of the seismic threat to the capital. Dozens of employees of the state-run Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization gathered outside parliament Monday and Tuesday to protest their transfer to cities such as Esfahan and Shiraz. About 150 employees are scheduled for imminent transfer, and an additional 1,100 have been notified that they could also be moved.
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November 19, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
Iran's foreign minister vowed Wednesday that his nation wouldn't allow any of its enriched uranium supply out of the country, the most definitive statement so far on an international proposal to exchange the bulk of Iran's nuclear material for fuel rods fitted for a Tehran medical reactor. Manouchehr Mottaki told the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency that the Islamic Republic did not trust Russia and France -- which under the plan would further refine and mold the low-enriched uranium -- to follow through on the deal.
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September 5, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Iran offered on Monday to open its nuclear program to five years of "full supervision" by the U.N. atomic energy agency if the world body lifts its sanctions, but made clear that it would forge ahead with its programs for uranium enrichment regardless. The offer from Fereydoun Abbasi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, came amid a new increase in warnings internationally over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. That was led by a report Friday in which the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency said it was "increasingly concerned" that Tehran may be developing its uranium-enrichment program to produce nuclear payloads for missiles.
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July 21, 2010 | By Rahim Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
A series of earthquakes on Wednesday rattled southern Iran, injuring at least 19 people and damaging buildings amid a dispute over government plans to disperse offices to provincial cities because of the seismic threat to the capital. Dozens of employees of the state-run Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization gathered outside parliament Monday and Tuesday to protest their transfer to cities such as Esfahan and Shiraz. About 150 employees are scheduled for imminent transfer, and an additional 1,100 have been notified that they could also be moved.
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July 15, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Explosions at a mosque in the southeastern Iranian provincial capital of Zahedan on Thursday killed at least 15 people and injured more, Iranian news agencies reported. The semiofficial Fars News Agency quoted Interior Ministry official Ali Abdollahi as saying the attack was carried out by one or more suicide bombers and that at least 22 people were injured in addition to those killed. Hossein-Ali Shahriari, a member of parliament from Zahedan, told the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency that "around 20 people were martyred and 73 injured" in the attack, which took place after an evening religious ceremony at the city's Jameh Mosque.
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May 16, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A French researcher held in Tehran since the days after Iran's disputed 2009 presidential elections left the Islamic Republic for Paris on Sunday morning just days after France defied Washington by refusing to extradite an alleged Iranian arms smuggler to the United States. Clotilde Reiss, 24, a lecturer and student of Persian language and Iranian history, had been stuck in Iran since July on espionage charges. She is set to arrive Sunday in Paris to join her family and meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
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December 14, 2009 | By Ramin Mostaghim
Three Americans arrested while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border last summer will soon be put on trial, Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki said, accusing them of "dubious intent." U.S. citizens Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd, all living in or visiting the Middle East, were arrested July 31 during what friends and family describe as a travel adventure in the picturesque mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, which abuts Iran. A friend who was with them said they may have accidentally strayed across the Iranian border.
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December 14, 2009 | By Ramin Mostaghim
Three Americans arrested while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border last summer will soon be put on trial, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said, accusing them of "dubious intent." U.S. citizens Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd, all living in or visiting the Middle East, were arrested July 31 during what friends and family describe as a travel adventure on the picturesque mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, which abuts Iran. A friend who was traveling with them said they may have accidentally strayed across the Iranian border.
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July 2, 2012 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - As a European Union oil embargo took effect, a defiant Iran said Sunday that it was beginning a new round of war games that would involve firing missiles at models of foreign air bases. The war games are an example of how Iranian leaders are projecting an image of strength at a time when the country's sanctions-battered economy is in a downward spiral. Iran also is facing the possibility of attack because of its nuclear program, and its major Arab ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, is struggling to put down an armed rebellion.
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December 8, 2009 | By Borzou Daragahi
Campuses across Iran erupted in protests Monday as defiant college students chanting anti-government slogans clashed with security forces armed with clubs in a forceful new round of confrontations over the nation's disputed June presidential election. The daylong protests on National Students Day were not as large in Tehran as those that broke out in the days after the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But they took place in a larger number of cities and towns and followed weeks of ominous warnings by security officials.
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December 8, 2009 | By Borzou Daragahi
Campuses across Iran erupted in protests Monday as defiant college students chanting anti-government slogans clashed with security forces armed with clubs in a forceful new round of confrontations over the nation's disputed June presidential election. The daylong protests on National Students Day were not as large in Tehran as those that broke out in the days after the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But they took place in a larger number of cities and towns and followed weeks of ominous warnings by security officials.
WORLD
November 19, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
Iran's foreign minister vowed Wednesday that his nation wouldn't allow any of its enriched uranium supply out of the country, the most definitive statement so far on an international proposal to exchange the bulk of Iran's nuclear material for fuel rods fitted for a Tehran medical reactor. Manouchehr Mottaki told the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency that the Islamic Republic did not trust Russia and France -- which under the plan would further refine and mold the low-enriched uranium -- to follow through on the deal.
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