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Rouhani’s New Iran Budget Focuses on Jobs, Fixing Banks

Bloomberg – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani submitted a $337 billion draft budget to parliament that earmarks about $100 billion for public service programs that would create jobs, address a banking crisis and introduce a new social security program. Rouhani told lawmakers that the budget was based on oil prices forecast at $55 a barrel, according to an advance text of …

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Iran slowly builds a land bridge of allies to the Mediterranean coast

heraldscotland – WHEN Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei looks west from his Tehran residence, he can be forgiven a wry smile. An arc of Iranian influence from the Shia republic to the shores of the Mediterranean is taking shape in the increasingly troubled and unpredictable Middle East, slowly but certainly surely. And his great adversary in a campaign for …

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Iran postpones court appearance of jailed woman as UK minister visits

CNN – Hopes that a British woman jailed in Iran will soon be freed rose Sunday following a visit to Tehran by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s court appearance scheduled for Sunday on fresh espionage charges was postponed following Johnson’s discussions with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, her husband Richard Ratcliffe said in a statement. “This is undoubtedly a …

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Putin Visits Syria, Announces Russian Troop Withdrawal

VOA – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday he has ordered his military to withdraw a “significant part” of Russia’s forces from Syria. He made the announcement during a surprise visit to Russia’s Hemeimeem airbase in Latakia province, where he also met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russian forces joined the Syrian conflict in late 2015 in support of Assad’s …

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British Foreign Secretary In Iran To Push For Briton’s Release

RFL/RE – British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has arrived in Iran to lobby for the release of an Iranian-British woman jailed in Tehran.

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