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Israeli losing patience for Iran talks (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 06 Jun 2007 23:29:43 GMT

A senior member of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's government suggested Wednesday that his country is running out of patience with a U.S.-backed diplomatic overture to head off Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Iran evacuates thousands as cyclone strikes (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 06 Jun 2007 20:10:47 GMT

Cyclone Gonu, the worst tropical storm to hit the Gulf in decades, made landfall in Iran on Wednesday afternoon, packing winds of 200 kilometres an hour and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, officials said.

American Detained in Iran Appeals for State Dept. Help (Washington Post)
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Wed, 06 Jun 2007 19:12:59 GMT

Parnaz Azima, one of several Americans detained in Iran, said yesterday that her lawyers and Iranian officials have warned that her case could take years to resolve and appealed to the State Department to keep pressure on Tehran over the fate of the imprisoned or detained Americans.

Cyclone lashes Oman as Iran battens down (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 06 Jun 2007 19:29:13 GMT

Cyclone Gonu lashed Oman on Wednesday as thousands of people were evacuated in the Gulf state and neighbouring Iran for the strongest tropical storm to hit the region in 30 years.

Iran to release 3 Finns detained in Gulf (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 06 Jun 2007 17:45:39 GMT

Iran seized three Finnish men on a fishing trip near a disputed Persian Gulf island and held them incommunicado for several days before agreeing Wednesday to release them, the men's employer said.

Cyclone Gonu hammers Oman, heads for Iran (USA Today)
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Wed, 06 Jun 2007 18:10:48 GMT

A weakened Cyclone Gonu battered Oman's capital Wednesday with fierce winds and torrential rains, flooding streets, disrupting oil exports, shutting down air service and forcing thousands from their homes. Oil traders tracked the course of the storm as it veered north toward Iran and the Strait of Hormuz the world's most important crude oil tanker route.

Iran Adding Attack Boats in Persian Gulf, U.S. Says (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 06 Jun 2007 16:09:17 GMT

June 6 (Bloomberg) -- Iran is increasing its fleet of small attack boats capable of challenging warships and disrupting oil traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, the sea route for two-fifths of the world's daily supply of crude oil, the U.S. Navy says.

Envoy: Iran nearing nuclear capability (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 06 Jun 2007 16:37:45 GMT

Iran has not yet crossed the threshold of being able to make nuclear weapons but may be only two years away, Israeli ambassador Sallai M. Meridor said Wednesday.

Strong Cyclone Heading for Southern Iran (New York Times)
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Wed, 06 Jun 2007 17:23:05 GMT

The strongest cyclone ever recorded by scientists in the northwestern Arabian Sea churned up the coast of Oman today and was on track to hit land in southern Iran, sending high winds and waves through a region that is used for oil exports and civilian and military shipping traffic.

Nokia: Iran to release 3 Finnish employees (USA Today)
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Wed, 06 Jun 2007 16:11:13 GMT

Iran has agreed to release three Finnish employees of Nokia Siemens Networks who were detained Saturday after straying into Iran's territorial waters during a fishing trip in the Persian Gulf, the company said Wednesday.