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Iran’s Foreign Minister Is First to Meet Lebanon’s New President

VOA – Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday became the first foreign minister to meet Lebanon’s new president, a move that underscored Tehran’s tussle for influence in Beirut with its regional arch rival Saudi Arabia. A Christian leader and close ally of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah who was elected president last week, Aoun also met an envoy sent …

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Iran to sign gas production deal with France’s Total: ministry

dailystar – Iran will sign a deal with France’s Total Tuesday for the development of gas production at a major offshore field in the Gulf, the Iranian oil ministry said. The Heads of Agreement (HOA) for the development of Phase 11 of the important South Pars field is worth $6 billion, a ministry spokesman told AFP.

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Saudi Arabia losing ground to Iran

Al-monitor – Saudi Arabia is losing influence throughout the Fertile Crescent to its rival Iran. While Riyadh’s position versus Tehran has been in decline for some time, the trend is accelerating. Saudi setbacks are partly due to factors outside its control, but also due to inherent weaknesses in Saudi capacities. AUTHOR Bruce Riedel The kingdom has had a friendly regime …

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Iran’s Airbus jet purchase gets boost from lease finance deal – sources

Reuters – Iran has reached a deal with a foreign leasing company to finance the first 17 jets it plans to buy from Airbus (AIR.PA), breaking a logjam in efforts to import aircraft following the lifting of sanctions, people familiar with the move said. The deal removes a significant hurdle to securing the first tranche of jets, following uncertainty over …

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State affiliated Quran reciter in Iran denies sexually abusing children

Radiozamaneh – Saeed Toosi, a Quran teacher and Iran’s top Quran reciter has denied allegations that he has sexually abused at least 4 children that were put under his care as students. Saeed Toosi with Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran Islamic republic state media reported on Sunday 6 Nov that Toosi has denied all allegations of sexual abuse of …

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