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UPI: The U.S. Treasury Department said sanctions relief on Iran, which includes oil export provisions, is extended through November. Iran under the terms of a November 2013 agreement secured relief from some of the sanctions targeting its energy sector in exchange for a pledge to cut back on its nuclear research activity.

AP: The European Union has agreed to keep holding off on some sanctions against Iran as negotiations continue on a comprehensive deal. Before the negotiations began in January, the EU agreed to suspend for six months a ban on insuring and transporting Iranian oil, as well as a trade ban affecting Iranian petrochemicals, gold and other precious metals. The EU extended its suspension of those sanctions, also until Nov. 24.

UPI: The U.S. federal government is "comfortable" with the amount of crude oil exported from Iran, a spokeswoman for the State Department said. Iran secured consent to export around 1 million barrels of oil per day as part of a November agreement to curb its nuclear activity. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Iran has been operating according to the terms of agreement.

Reuters: Germany's second-biggest bank Commerzbank AG is expected to pay $600 million to $800 million (350 million pounds to 467 million pounds) to resolve investigations into its dealings with Iran and other countries under U.S. sanctions, sources familiar with the matter said. Commerzbank had fired staff in Hamburg "some time ago" for having concealed dealings with customers in countries such as Iran and Sudan.

UPI: Iran's deputy minister for gas affairs said Wednesday he was expecting Russia to start investing in the Iranian natural gas industry. Deputy Minister for Gas Affairs Hamid-Reza Araqi said Russian companies may be interested in building natural gas pipelines in Iran. Both sides, he said, "are determined to boost their cooperation" in the gas industry.

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Act of Cowardice

Iran's ruling tyrants have executed yet another political prisoner in flagrant violation of international law.  READ MORE

The rush to Tehran amidst rise in executions

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Slaughter intensifies under Rouhani

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What now?

The West must drop the dangerous pretence that talking to a regime not interested in listening constitutes the winning strategy. READ MORE

A facelift

This cosmetic facelift should not dupe the West into thinking that there are fresh prospects for a nuclear deal. READ MORE

An Act of Cowardice

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Much atalk about nothing

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An unholy alliance

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Iran cries for freedom

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A new Iran policy

The latest round of nuclear talks had an all-too-familiar result: more time for Tehran and less time for the international community to prevent a nuclear-armed theocracy. READ MORE

Murder overlooked

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Standing up to Iran's executioners

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