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Berlin, 24 Aug - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday he will travel to Iran in October.

Steinmeier's visit follows on from a three-day trip last month by Germany's Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who became the first senior figure from a large Western government to visit Tehran since it struck a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers.
Under the 14 July deal, agreed after more than a decade of negotiations, U.S., EU, and U.N. sanctions will be lifted in return for Tehran imposing long-term curbs on nuclear activities which the West has suspected are aimed at making an atomic bomb.

Tehran, 22 Aug - Iran on Saturday unveiled a new surface-to-surface missile it said could strike targets with pin-point accuracy within a range of 500 km (310 miles).

The Iranian Defence Ministry's unveiling of the solid-fuel missile, named Fateh 313, came little more than a month after Iran and world powers reached a deal that requires Tehran to abide by new limits on its nuclear programme in return for Western governments easing economic sanctions.

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London, 20 Aug - British Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, will formally reopen the UK embassy in Tehran this weekend, nearly four years after it was shut down as a result of a mob attack, The Guardian reported on Thursday.

Hammond’s trip to Iran, the first by a British foreign secretary in nearly 14 years, comes soon after visits from the French and Italian foreign ministers, Germany’s vice-chancellor, and the EU’s foreign policy chief.

While the world congratulates itself over the Iran deal, the situation on ground is hardly worthy of celebration. According to the state-run daily Shahrara on Saturday (August 8), poverty is pushing Iranian people to the limit. The paepr published an account of a man, identified as M., who was attempting to sell his eye in the city of Mashhad.

The story is heart wrenching. M. had scribbled on a neighborhood wall: “Eye for sale,” under which he had written his contact number.

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London, 28 Jul - The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is in Tehran on Tuesday to open a new dialogue on "bilateral issues" a fortnight after the nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers. Yet her trip puts in peril Europe's democratic values, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, former Spanish Vice-President of the European Parliament and current chair of the Brussels-based NGO, International Committee in Search of Justice, writes in the United Press International.

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