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My report for Reuters: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have arrested at least 30 dual nationals during the past two years, mostly on spying charges, according to lawyers, diplomats and relatives, twice as many as earlier reported by local or international media. The number marks a sharp rise since 2015, when an international nuclear deal raised hopes

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin, Laurence Frost and Edward Taylor for Reuters: French carmakers PSA (PEUP.PA) and Renault (RENA.PA) are turning their U.S. absence into an Iranian advantage by piling into a resurgent market still off-limits to foreign rivals fearful of sanctions under Donald Trump’s administration. The French investment has been seized upon by Iranian President Hassan

My reporting for Reuters: A full-length animated film depicting an armed confrontation between Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the U.S. Navy is soon to open in Iranian cinemas, amid rising tensions over President Donald Trump’s hardening rhetoric against Tehran. The director of the “Battle of Persian Gulf II”, Farhad Azima, said that it was a remarkable

My reporting for Reuters: The new U.S. immigration curbs have cast uncertainty over the futures of thousands of Iranian students in the United States, with many losing hope of being able to finish their studies or find a job in the country. President Donald Trump’s executive order bans travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries including Iran

Iran’s carpet makers are distancing themselves from their government in promoting their handmade work as they seek to regain valuable U.S. sales and protect jobs following the removal of economic sanctions. “Iranian carpets are produced by female and male weavers who are managed by the private sector, so the government does not have a big influence,” Hamid

Abandoning a long-standing reticence, Iranians are increasingly candid about their involvement in Syria’s war, and informal recruiters are now openly calling for volunteers to defend the Islamic Republic and fellow Shi’ites against Sunni militants.   With public opinion swinging behind the cause, numbers of would-be fighters have soared far beyond what Tehran is prepared to

Iran is gradually restoring banking links with the rest of the world by forging ties with smaller foreign institutions, even though large global banks are still holding back because of legal risks, Iranian officials and foreign bankers say. Since international sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme were lifted in January, the world’s big banks have continued

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Iran said it had reached an agreement with Boeing Co (BA.N) for the supply of jetliners on Tuesday, reopening the country’s skies to new U.S. aircraft for the first time in decades under an international deal to ease sanctions.   Details of the agreement were left vague, but Western and Middle East sources said that

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Iran’s parliament reconvenes in late May with dozens of greenhorn lawmakers who will hold the key to accelerating reforms to boost foreign investment and trade – but whether they make or break the modernization drive is hard to predict.   Elected in February, the 290-seat assembly replaces one dominated by hardliners suspicious of detente with the West

Iranian security forces may have pressured nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, hanged last week for spying for the United States, to admit to crimes he did not commit, his mother said in an interview this week.   Amiri leapt to the global spotlight in 2010 when he claimed first that U.S. agents had abducted him and

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