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Report: Iran, Britain to Appoint Envoys within 2 Weeks

Iran and Britain agreed Wednesday to name a charge d'affaires to each other's country within two weeks, following a break in diplomatic ties since 2011, state news agency IRNA reported.

"This agreement was reached at a bilateral meeting between (deputy foreign minister) Mohammad Takht Ravanchi and his British counterpart, Simon Gass," on the sidelines of nuclear negotiations in Geneva, IRNA said.

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Lloyds of London Probed in U.S. over Iran Dealings

New York's financial regulator is investigating insurer Lloyds of London for suspected violations of U.S. sanctions forbidding dealings with Iran, a source told Agence France Presse Wednesday.

The state's Department of Financial Services is seeking information on Lloyds' own internal probe into whether it issued insurance contracts for companies trading commodities with Iran.

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Suleiman Meets Iran's Rowhani, Both Urge a Peaceful Solution for Syrian War

President Michel Suleiman met on Sunday with newly sworn-in Iranian head of state Hasan Rowhani, and both leaders stressed on the need to find a peaceful solution for the Syrian crisis.

"The Lebanese and Iranian presidents expressed that they are ready to cooperate with other countries in the region to find a peaceful solution for the war in Syria,” the state-run National News Agency revealed.

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Report: Suleiman in Tehran Next Month for Rowhani Inauguration

President Michel Suleiman will participate in the inauguration ceremony of Iran's President-elect Hassan Rowhani next month, As Safir newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The daily said Suleiman will travel to Tehran on August 3 at the head of a small delegation that includes Deputy Premier Samir Moqbel and Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour.

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Iran Presidential Election TV Debate Fails to Inspire

Candidates in Iran's June 14 presidential election all agree that rampant inflation is the most pressing problem, but commentators Saturday bemoaned that in a first television debate none proposed real solutions.

Press commentators accepted the complaints of several candidates that the Friday debate's format, which gave little scope for real discussion of issues, had not helped them present their policies.

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Interpol Ratifies Arrest Warrants for Iranians over 1994 Jewish Center Blast

Interpol said Friday it was not lifting arrest warrants for Iranians suspected of involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, despite Tehran's steps to co-operate.

Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman read from a letter announcing the international police organization's decision at a press conference.

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Iran Spurns U.N. Call for Parchin Visit

Iran on Tuesday spurned a request by the IAEA for access to a military base where Tehran allegedly conducted nuclear weapons research, saying the issue should be addressed in a wider agreement with the U.N. atomic agency.

"Our cooperation with the (International Atomic Energy Agency) will continue in its already established framework of cooperation," foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told a press conference when asked about Parchin military base near Tehran.

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Iran Arrests ex-Tehran Prosecutor, Ahmadinejad Condemns 'Ugly Action'

Iranian police have arrested former Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi, an ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who termed the arrest a "very ugly action."

Mortazavi, Tehran's notorious former prosecutor, was suspended in August 2010 along with two other judges over the death in prison of three anti-government protesters in the aftermath of the 2009 presidential election.

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Tehran Air Pollution Leaves 4,460 Dead in a Year

Air pollution in Tehran has left 4,460 people dead in a year, an Iranian health official said in reports Sunday, with another sounding the alarm over high dose of carcinogens in domestically-made petrol.

Hassan Aqajani, an adviser to the health minister, made the announcement on state television, and said the Tehran residents died in a year-long period since March 2011.

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Tehran Police Say More Than 100 'Thugs' Arrested

Police in Tehran said on Tuesday they had arrested more than 100 "thugs" as part of an operation to curb violent crime after the brutal assault of a man was captured on a surveillance camera.

"This (Tuesday) morning we apprehended over 100 thugs, some of whom had (criminal) records," the commander of Tehran metropolitan police, Hossein Sajedinia, said on state television.

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