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  • Iran says number of foreign tourists surges Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | 12:49 PM ET

    TEHRAN, Iran— The number of foreigners visiting Iran jumped dramatically over the 12- month period ending in March, with 35 percent more tourists compared to the same period a year earlier, Iran's top tourism official said Saturday. Masoud Soltanifar said on state TV that the thriving industry could help boost Iran's economy out of recession and bring in...

  • The Tehran Stock Exchange is "the last, large untapped emerging market in the world", said Ramin Rabii, managing director of Turquoise Partners, a Tehran- based investment firm with around $200 million of assets under management. Talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna this week aim to reach a deal on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme.

  • *Iran to hold its biggest investment forum in years in London. *But sanctions remain, Britain won't encourage Iran trade. But the Europe-Iran Forum is being held at a politically sensitive moment as world powers try to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear program before a Nov. 24 deadline.

  • LONDON, Oct 6- International banks are shying away from processing humanitarian deals with Iran for fear being fined for breaking Western sanctions, despite moves intended to facilitate the trade, a senior Iranian banker said. The sanctions regime, imposed by the United States and European Union over Tehran's nuclear program, allows trade in humanitarian...

  • *Media blitz on Khamenei health unprecedented in Islamic Republic's history. BEIRUT, Oct 5- Images of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appearing frail and in bed have raised questions about the seriousness of his condition, and who might eventually succeed him. What followed was unprecedented in the 35- year history of the Islamic Republic.

  • NEW YORK, June 25- Television journalist Diane Sawyer will be stepping down as the anchor of the nightly newscast " ABC World News," but will continue working for the network, doing specials and interviews, ABC News President James Goldston announced on Wednesday.

  • The lack of progress in talks in Vienna that ended last week between Iran and United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany had raised doubts over the prospects for a breakthrough by the self-imposed July 20 deadline.

  • Iran's bad debt push reveals problem, and silver lining Thursday, 8 May 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    DUBAI, May 8- A move by Iran to recover bad debts on behalf of banks has shed light on possible corrupt lending under the previous president and also suggests a fresh spirit of cooperation among its various centres of power.

  • *Inflation has come down a bit, economy emerging from recession. DUBAI, May 1- A sharp drop in the rial currency reveals heavy pressure on Iran's economy as President Hassan Rouhani struggles to deliver higher living standards and shore up domestic political support for a nuclear deal with world powers.

  • 5 Things to Know About Iran's Presidential Vote Friday, 14 Jun 2013 | 12:32 PM ET
    An Iranian clergyman shows his ink-stained finger after voting in the first round of the presidential elections in the Islamic Republic at a polling station at the Massoumeh shrine in the holy city of Qom on June 14, 2013.

    Iranians are voting for a president on Friday. Here are some important things to know about the vote.

  • It's Election Day in Iran     Friday, 14 Jun 2013 | 11:17 AM ET

    Iranian voters are heading to the polls to elect a new president, reports NBC's Ali Arouzi. The country's current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is barred from the election.

  • Neighbors 'Happy' With Iranian Warship? Not So Much Tuesday, 19 Mar 2013 | 12:30 PM ET
    Iran launches its new Jamaran-2 guided missile destroyer.

    Not everyone shared the same optimistic sentiments of safety that Iranian President felt after the deployment of a new warship into the Caspian Sea.

  • At least two dozen heads of state were due to attend Hugo Chavez's funeral on Friday during an outpouring of grief for the charismatic but divisive Venezuelan leader who changed the face of politics in South America.

  • *Iran to seek more coking coal as steel imports banned. Despite the setbacks, industry sources say producers in Ukraine are providing Iran with coking coal, also known as metallurgical coal, and coke- key steel ingredients.

  • Iran looks to Silk Road ties in time of sanctions Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 2:36 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-- In back-to-back Asian summits this month, Iran's president made sure to carve out special time to look east. At one gathering in Azerbaijan, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reminded the president of Kazakhstan about the vision of a railway linking the heart of Central Asia with Iran's warm ports.

  • Airstrikes in northern Syria kill at least 43 Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:40 AM ET

    BEIRUT-- Syrian warplanes hammered a strategic city captured by rebels, leaving behind scenes of carnage captured Thursday on amateur videos that showed a man holding up two child-sized legs not connected to a body and another carrying a dismembered arm.

  • *Some nuclear experts worry about proliferation risks* They say laser enrichment plants smaller, harder to detect* Iran says it "possesses" laser know-how but won't use it By Fredrik Dahl.

  • *UAE spoke last month of Iran's "occupation". DUBAI, Oct 9- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday Tehran would consider downgrading ties with the United Arab Emirates over three disputed Gulf islands, but state television later denied the Islamic Republic was contemplating such a move.

  • Iran may cut ties with UAE over disputed islands Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    TEHRAN, Iran-- Iran on Tuesday warned the United Arab Emirates it could cut diplomatic relations between the two countries if the Arab nation keeps repeating claims to three Gulf islands that are controlled by Tehran.

  • *Iran says UAE claims are "baseless". The three islands of Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunb sit near important oil shipping channels at the mouth of the strategic Strait of Hormuz and were claimed by the U.S.-backed Shah of Iran in 1971, just before the seven Gulf emirates won independence from Britain and formed the UAE.