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Obama to evoke ghosts of Kennedy, Iraq War in new Iran plea

Washington - President Barack Obama will present the Iran nuclear debate as the most momentous US foreign policy decision since the Iraq war Wednesday, in a fresh bid to win support of the deal.

Netanyahu implores U.S. Jews to oppose Iran deal

Washington - Benjamin Netanyahu personally called on US Jewish groups to thwart a White House-backed Iran nuclear deal Tuesday, while hitting out at "disinformation" over Israel's trenchant stance against it.

Wise-cracking U.S. celebrities endorse Iran deal

Washington - Morgan Freeman, Jack Black and a host of other celebrities star in a video backing Americas' nuclear deal with Iran, wise-cracking their way through an often surreal mixture of Hollywood, politics and diplomacy.

Pentagon assures it will check Iran's 'malign' influence

Washington - Top US military officers sought to reassure worried lawmakers that US forces would check Iran's "malign" influence in the Middle East should Congress greenlight the nuclear deal with Tehran.

France seeks to warm up Iran ties with Rouhani invite

Tehran - France sought to revive its relations with Iran on Wednesday, inviting President Hassan Rouhani to visit Paris in November, in a gesture that swiftly follows this month's historic nuclear deal.

Iran's conservative media slams Fabius over blood scandal

Tehran - A trip to Tehran by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius faced a threat Tuesday of being overshadowed by a tainted blood scandal from the 1980s which killed hundreds of Iranians.

Iran's Zarif has 'no concern' about nuclear deal

Tehran - Iran's foreign minister moved to dismiss speculation that his country's nuclear deal with major powers could hit difficulties, saying he had "no concern or worry" about its implementation.

Top EU diplomat due in Iran for nuclear deal talks

Tehran - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was due in Tehran Tuesday for talks on implementing this month's historic nuclear deal between Iran and the major powers.

Kerry: Nuclear deal not intended to 'reform' Iran regime

Washington - The Iran nuclear deal was not intended to reform the country's hardline regime but simply prevent atomic bomb development, Secretary of State John Kerry told US lawmakers Tuesday while defending the controversial accord.

Saudi FM slams 'aggressive' Iran comments

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Monday denounced "aggressive statements" by Iran, intensifying the verbal sparring between the regional rivals following a global deal on Tehran's nuclear programme.

EU foreign chief in Saudi for talks on Iran, Yemen

Riyadh - EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini held talks in Saudi Arabia Monday to explain the agreement she helped broker on Iran's nuclear programme, and to push for an end to Yemen's war.

France's Hollande discussses Iran nuclear deal with Rouhani

Paris - French President Francois Hollande conferred with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani Thursday on "conditions for implementing" the Iran nuclear accord, Hollande's office said.

'Fleeced, bamboozled' Kerry defends Iran deal

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry faced blistering accusations Thursday that he had been "fleeced" and "bamboozled" by Tehran, as he defended the Iran nuclear deal publicly for the first time on Capitol Hill.

Austria's President Fischer to visit Iran

Vienna - Austrian President Heinz Fischer will in September make the first visit to Iran by a European head of state since 2004, his office said Thursday.

EU's Mogherini to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia next week

Brussels - EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini will visit Iran and Saudi Arabia next week following the agreement she helped broker with Tehran on its contested nuclear programme, her office said Thursday.

Americans pack Times Square to denounce Iran deal

New York - Protesters poured into New York's Times Square to denounce the Iran nuclear deal as a threat to Israel and global security, demanding that Congress reject the agreement.

Rushdie says 'wrong lessons' learned from his Iran fatwa ordeal

Paris - More than a quarter century after being slapped with a fatwa from Iran calling for his murder over his book "The Satanic Verses", Salman Rushdie says the world has learned the "wrong lessons" about freedom of expression.

US team beats Iranians in Robocup football final

Bejing - A team of American humanoid robots defeated foes from Iran on Wednesday in the final of an annual football tournament for intelligent sporting machines held in China.

Saudis seek US reassurance on Iran deal

Jeddah - Saudi leaders on Wednesday sought reassurance from US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter over a deal curbing Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions.

Pentagon chief tries to calm Mideast jitters over Iran deal

Amman - US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter sought to reassure anxious Middle East allies Tuesday over the Iran nuclear deal during a regional tour that includes stops in Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Pentagon chief meets Israel PM as Iran deal stokes tension

Jerusalem - US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday to try to ease tensions over the Iran nuclear deal, as the Israeli leader urged lawmakers in Washington to reject the hard-won agreement.

French foreign minister says will visit Iran 'next week'

Paris - France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday he would visit Iran "next week", after the historic deal on its nuclear programme, and expected to hold talks with President Hassan Rouhani.

North Korea says no interest in Iran-style nuclear deal

Seoul - North Korea said Tuesday it had no interest in following Iran down the path of nuclear dialogue, insisting it was already a nuclear weapons state and therefore beyond any logical comparison with Tehran.

UN resolution 'clear message' Iran deal is path forward: Obama

Washington - US President Barack Obama on Monday hailed the passage of a UN Security Council resolution backing his nuclear deal with Iran, saying he expected a skeptical Congress to take note.

U.S. defence secretary seeks to ease Israeli concerns over Iran deal

Telavi - US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter visited Israel on Monday in a bid to ease concerns over the nuclear deal with Iran, saying the Jewish state remains the "bedrock of American strategy" in the region.

UN endorses Iran deal, paves way to lift sanctions

New York - The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the historic deal on Iran's nuclear program and cleared a path to lift sanctions crippling its economy.

Pentagon chief says Iran nuclear deal does not 'prevent military option'

Telavi - The Iran nuclear deal does not mean military action is off the table when it comes to stopping Tehran from obtaining an atomic bomb, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Sunday ahead of a visit to Israel.

U.S. lawmakers sent Iran deal, triggering 60-day review

Washington - The US State Department on Sunday officially transferred to American lawmakers the complex text of an Iran nuclear deal, firing the starting gun on what is set to be a bitter Congress battle.

German economy minister due in Iran with business leaders

Berlin - German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel flew to Iran Sunday as the first top Western official to visit the country since world powers and Tehran reached a historic nuclear deal.

Obama rebuffs critics of Iran nuclear pact

Washington - US President Barack Obama rebuffed critics of the Iran nuclear agreement Saturday, defending the historic accord amid skepticism from lawmakers reviewing the deal.
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