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Iran Says Syria's Election could Bring Peace

Iran on Tuesday defended Syria's June presidential election, saying the vote could end the three-year-old civil war ravaging its close ally.

The response came as President Bashar Assad registered to stand in the June 3 vote, which is widely expected to return him to office despite the grinding conflict.

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Iran's Zarif Sees No Nuclear Deal This Week

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday talks with world powers this week are unlikely to result in a comprehensive accord on Iran's controversial nuclear drive.

"This round of talks will be more serious than previous ones," Zarif said in remarks reported by the official IRNA news agency.

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Iran Says Nuclear Talks to Focus on Centrifuges, Reactor

An Iranian negotiator said nuclear talks with world powers this week would focus on advanced centrifuges and the unfinished Arak heavy water reactor, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday.

Iran is due to resume talks Tuesday in Vienna with the P5+1 -- Britain, France, the United States, Russia and China plus Germany -- aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord on its controversial nuclear program following November's landmark interim deal.

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Heaviest Snowstorm in 50 Years Blankets Northern Iran

The heaviest snowstorm in five decades has blanketed provinces in northern Iran, cutting power supplies and trapping villagers, Iranian media reported Monday.

The storm is "unprecedented for the past 50 years, with two meters (almost seven feet) of snow falling since Friday," a Mazandaran provincial official said, quoted by the media.

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Elders to Visit Iran to Promote Dialogue with West

A group of former global leaders known as the Elders, tasked with encouraging dialogue between Iran and the international community, is due to arrive in Tehran Sunday, their website said.

The group, formed in 2007, is made up of twelve global leaders who try "to promote peace, justice and human rights," according to their website.

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Iran to Start Next Phase of Talks with IAEA Soon

Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said the first phase of talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog will be finished by early February, English-language Press TV website reported Friday.

Earlier on Friday, Iran and world powers agreed on how to implement a landmark November deal on containing Tehran's nuclear program, but it must still be approved by each country before it can take effect.

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White House Treads Carefully on U.S. Man Missing in Iran

The White House insisted Friday that a U.S. man reportedly working for the CIA when he went missing in Iran six years ago was not a U.S. government employee.

Reports by The Washington Post and the Associated Press on the fate of Robert Levinson said the U.S. spy agency had been paying the former FBI agent to gather intelligence.

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No Start Date for Iran Nuclear Freeze Expected from Vienna Talks

Experts from Iran, world powers and the U.N. atomic watchdog discussing how to implement November's nuclear deal are set to fall short of agreeing a start date for Tehran's six-month nuclear freeze, diplomats said.

The meeting between Iran and the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, Germany – the so-called P5+1 -- was making progress however, they said.

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IAEA Invited to Visit Iran's Arak Site Dec 8

The U.N. atomic watchdog said Thursday that Iran has invited it to visit the heavy water production plant at its Arak site on December 8, for the first time since August 2011.

"I can inform the board that we have received an invitation from Iran to visit the Heavy Water Production Plant at Arak on 8 December," International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yuyika Amano said.

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Brahimi Meets Plumbly at Airport, on his Way to Syria

U.N.-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held talks on Monday with United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport.

The 20-minute meeting was held under maximum security, the state-run National News Agency reported.

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