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Bahrain Returns Envoy to Tehran

Bahrain said Sunday it has reinstated its ambassador in Iran, more than a year after recalling the envoy over Tehran's strong condemnation of Manama's brutal crackdown on Shiite-led protests.

"The ambassador of the kingdom to the Islamic Republic of Iran has returned to his work in Tehran," announced Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa on his Twitter page.

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‘Invisible’ Bank Robber Caught in Iran

Iranian police are looking for a phony sorcerer who conned a man into believing he was invisible and could rob banks, the Jam-e Jam newspaper said Thursday.

Customers at a Tehran bank quickly overpowered the deluded robber after he started snatching banknotes from their hands.

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Iran Offers to Host Syrian Government and Opposition Meeting

Iran, the main regional ally of Syria, said on Sunday it is ready to host a meeting between Damascus and its opponents aimed at solving the country's conflict.

"Iran is ready to host the Syrian opposition for dialogue with the Syrian government," Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told Arabic-language Al-Alam television.

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South Korea Mulls Offer of Iranian Tankers

Seoul is considering an offer by Tehran to send crude on Iranian tankers to South Korea, officials said Friday, as a way to circumvent EU sanctions and resume imports of oil from Iran.

South Korea has been hit hard by the EU measures against Iran, imposed in the form of a ban on the provision of insurance cover for tankers carrying Iranian oil.

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Anti-Terror Forum in Turkey as Syrian Conflict Rages

Ministers from some 30 countries, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will meet in Turkey on Thursday at an anti-terror forum overshadowed by Syria's crisis and Iran's nuclear threat.

The meeting comes as Western powers are pushing for increased pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop his regime's assault against the population.

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Envoy: IAEA Report 'Proof' Iran Atomic Work Peaceful

A new International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran's nuclear activities is "proof" that Tehran's program is peaceful, Iran's envoy to the U.N. nuclear watchdog said.

Ali Asghar Soltanieh made the comment late Friday to Iranian state television despite the report, circulated earlier in the day, revealing that uranium traces of a higher grade than any found before had been detected.

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IAEA Chief Hails 'Intensive' Nuclear Talks with Iran

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano hailed "intensive" talks on Iran's nuclear program during a visit to Tehran on Monday, state television said, but spoke of no progress on a key inspection issue.

Iran's lead nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, also lauded the "good talks" he had with Amano, according to the broadcaster IRIB.

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Iranian Engineers Seized in Syria Arrive in Tehran

Two Iranians kidnapped in Syria in December and freed with the help of Turkish mediation arrived in Tehran on Thursday, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Majid Qanbar Beedroomi and Ahad Sohrabi Kordabadi were among seven Iranian engineers abducted near central Homs city, where they worked at an electricity plant for Iran's Power Plant Projects Management Company, according to Iranian officials.

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Bahrain Warns Iran against Meddling in its Affairs

Bahrain on Thursday warned Iran to stop interfering in its internal affairs while affirming its support for a union between the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa made the remarks a day after Iran called on its people to protest on Friday against the union that Gulf officials say will start with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

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Report: U.S. May Let Iran Partially Enrich Uranium

The United States could let Iran partially enrich uranium in return for strict measures to curb its ability to build a nuclear bomb, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

In what would be a major concession, Washington could agree to allow Tehran to enrich uranium up to five percent purity if the Islamic Republic agrees to unrestricted inspections of its nuclear sites and other conditions, the newspaper said, citing U.S. officials.

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