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  • US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 12:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba's communist government. McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors had come in from Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Washington and Denver.

  • Iran fuel price hikes will be big test for Rouhani Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    ANKARA, March 27- Looming fuel price rises in Iran will be the first major test of President Hassan Rouhani's ability to retain public support in the face of attacks from his hardline rivals.

  • Iran parliament passes budget in win for Rouhani Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 8:35 AM ET

    *Budget of $319 bln slows spending growth. DUBAI, Feb 10- The first state budget proposed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sailed through parliament, handing him a political victory as he seeks to build domestic support for international negotiations on the country's nuclear programme.

  • Iran parliament backs Rouhani plan for subsidy cuts Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 9:20 AM ET

    DUBAI, Feb 6- Iran's parliament has approved politically sensitive plans to slash subsidies on fuel and food, but delayed implementation for several months while authorities try to soften the blow to consumers by handing out food packages.

  • *Tycoon Babak Zanjani helped Iran evade international sanctions. BEIRUT, Jan 30- While international sanctions have made life a struggle for many Iranians, they were a big break for businessman Babak Zanjani, who made a fortune helping the government evade the restrictions on oil sales.

  • DUBAI, Dec 10- The world's largest gas reserves may tempt some energy companies back to Iran if sanctions are lifted, but Tehran is unlikely to become a significant gas supplier to Europe or Asia for at least a decade.

  • SPECIAL REPORT-How Peugeot and France ran out of gas Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 5:17 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 4- The rush to Paris's Charles-de-Gaulle airport for flights to China began on Friday, Oct. 11. "There's a big exodus to China right now," a bemused trade unionist at the Paris- based company told Reuters that weekend. It has survived two world wars and become an emblem of France.

  • By Daniel Fineren and Marcus George. DUBAI, Dec 3- Iran's draft budget estimates oil exports at around 1.1 million barrels per day, oil ministry website Shana said on Tuesday, indicating Tehran sees no major recovery in sales next year despite improving relations with the West.

  • French carmakers poised for scramble to reclaim Iran Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | 2:59 PM ET

    *Peugeot, Renault officials attending Iran conference. *Foreign firms hope to revive Iran production. PARIS/ DUBAI, Nov 28- Peugeot and Renault are among Western firms sending executives to an automotive conference that opens in Iran on Saturday- firing the starting gun on a more overt race for post-sanctions business.

  • DUBAI, Nov 27- President Hassan Rouhani said Iran's economic problems went beyond sanctions, blaming "unparalleled stagflation" on the profligacy and mismanagement of his predecessor, hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

  • GENEVA, Nov 25- Saturday night had turned into Sunday morning and four days of talks over Iran's nuclear programme had already gone so far over schedule that the Geneva Intercontinental Hotel had been given over to another event.

  • GENEVA, Nov 24- Iran and six world powers clinched a deal on Sunday to curb the Iranian nuclear programme in exchange for initial sanctions relief, signalling the start of a game-changing rapprochement that would reduce the risk of a wider Middle East war.

  • *Deal halts Iran nuclear advances, U.S. says. GENEVA, Nov 24- Iran and six world powers clinched a deal on Sunday curbing the Iranian nuclear programme in exchange for initial sanctions relief, signalling the start of a game-changing rapprochement that would reduce the risk of a wider Middle East war.

  • *Deal halts Iran nuclear advances, U.S. says. GENEVA, Nov 24- Iran and six world powers clinched a deal on Sunday curbing the Iranian nuclear programme in exchange for initial sanctions relief, signalling the start of a game-changing rapprochement that would reduce the risk of a wider Middle East war.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 24- Despite humiliation, solitary confinement and having a gun held to his head during the U.S. Embassy crisis in Iran three decades ago, former hostage Bruce Laingen still favors diplomacy with Tehran.

  • The deal provides for Iran to receive temporary, conditional access to several billion dollars of blocked funds over the next six months as diplomats try to negotiate a final agreement.

  • *Deal halts Iran nuclear advances, U.S. says. GENEVA, Nov 24- Iran and six world powers clinched a deal on Sunday curbing the Iranian nuclear programme in exchange for initial sanctions relief, signalling the start of a game-changing rapprochement that could ease the risk of a wider Middle East war.

  • GENEVA, Nov 24- Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough agreement early on Sunday to curb Tehran's atomic ambitions in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in a first step towards resolving a dangerous decade-old standoff.

  • *Iran says its "right" to refine uranium must be recognised. GENEVA, Nov 23- Iran said on Saturday it cannot accept any agreement with six major powers that does not recognise what it describes as its right to enrich uranium, a demand the United States and its European allies have repeatedly rejected.

  • *Nascent compromise on Iran's "right to enrich" uranium. *Fate of Iran's Arak heavy-water reactor remains dispute.

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