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Iran ‘agrees to resume nuclear talks’: EU’s Ashton

Iran agreed Friday to resume long-stalled nuclear talks with world powers after November 10, the European Union’s foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said. In a letter to Ashton, who represents the six powers negotiating with Tehran over its disputed nuclear programme, Iran said its chief negotiator Saeed Jalili was ready…

‘Abducted’ Iranian back home, denies spilled secrets to US

TEHRAN (AFP) – An Iranian scientist who spent 14 months in the United States in mysterious circumstances denied on his arrival in Tehran on Thursday that he had spilled Iran’s nuclear secrets to US agents. Repeating his claims he had been abducted by US spies, Shahram Amiri told reporters at…

Iran Guards making ‘astronomical profits’ from sanctions: Opposition leader

TEHRAN — Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi has said Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards back sanctions against Tehran as they make “astronomical profits” from the punitive measures, a website said on Sunday. “I believe that part of the Iranian rule as well as the Revolutionary Guards are in favour of sanctions as…

Iran official: Sanctions will make us self-sufficient

TEHRAN — An Iranian oil official said on Friday that the new US and European sanctions against the Islamic republic bring it closer to self-sufficiency, including in refining petrol. “The more Americans and Europeans sanction us, the closer it takes us to self-sufficiency,” Fars news agency quoted Ali Reza Zeighami,…

Israeli defense ministry announces spy satellite launch

Israel on Tuesday launched a spy satellite from a base in the south of the country, the defence ministry said, with the device reportedly capable of monitoring arch-foe Iran. “A few minutes ago the State of Israel launched the Ofek-9 (Horizon-9) satellite from the Palmachim base,” the ministry said. “The…

BBC TV presenter arrested over mercy killing

LONDON — A veteran BBC broadcaster was arrested on suspicion of murder Wednesday after admitting he had smothered to death an ex-lover who had AIDS, police said. Ray Gosling, 70, made the confession in a television programme this week about assisted suicide, and ahead of the publication of new guidelines…

Official: Christmas Day bomber ‘was on UK watch list’

LONDON — The Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a US airliner had been placed on a UK watchlist and barred from entering Britain earlier this year, Home Secretary Alan Johnson said on Monday. Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today Programme, Johnson confirmed 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had…

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