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Russia blames late payments for Iran reactor delay (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 26 Jul 2007 15:27:49 GMT

Moscow has delayed the start-up of Iran's first nuclear power station to 2008 because Tehran has fallen behind with payments for the Bushehr plant, a top Russian official said on Thursday.

More accurate Green Zone attacks aided by Iran: U.S. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 26 Jul 2007 14:48:43 GMT

Militia crews firing mortars and rockets have been hitting Baghdad's heavily protected Green Zone with more accuracy in the past three months because of training from Iran, a top U.S. general said on Thursday.

Candidates see Iran nuclear threat (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 26 Jul 2007 12:29:33 GMT

U.S. presidential candidates agree Iran should not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons but at this point in the 2008 campaign, their prescriptions for preventing such an outcome are vague.

Iran 'training Iraqi mortar men' (BBC News)
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Thu, 26 Jul 2007 14:40:53 GMT

The US says rocket attacks in Baghdad are getting more accurate as militias are trained in Iran.

US envoy blasts Iran after Iraq talks (NDTV)
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Fri, 27 Jul 2007 02:28:48 GMT

At a second meeting with his Iranian counterpart in two months, the US ambassador blasted Tehran on Tuesday for arming and training Shiite militias but agreed to set up a security subcommittee with Iran and Iraq to carry forward work on stabilizing the country.

US Answers Iran's Nuclear Defiance with Call for More UN Sanctions (Voice of America)
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Thu, 26 Jul 2007 21:53:45 GMT

The State Department says Iran's continued defiance over its nuclear program should be met with more sanctions resolutions in the U.N. Security Council. VOA's Stephanie Ho reports from Washington.

Shell's Iran venture to continue (Daily Telegraph)
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Fri, 27 Jul 2007 01:43:09 GMT

Royal Dutch Shell's chief executive Jeroen van der Veer said there were no plans to halt preparatory work on possible investments in Iran, despite renewed pressure about the risks of operating in a country where America has imposed economic sanctions.

Iran: Russia Delays Nuclear Plant to 2008 (New York Times)
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Thu, 26 Jul 2007 02:34:39 GMT

Russia will not complete the nuclear power plant it is building for Iran until late next year, a year behind schedule, the official Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported, quoting the director of a subcontracting company of the state nuclear power company Atomstroyexport. The director, Ivan Istomin of Energoprogress, said suppliers had ?lost faith? in the Bushehr power plant, Iran?s first ...

U.S.: Iran trains Iraq bombers (MSNBC)
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Thu, 26 Jul 2007 13:21:49 GMT

The U.S. military has noted a ‚Äúsignificant improvement‚ÄĚ in the aim of attackers firing rockets and mortars into the heavily fortified Green Zone in the past three months that it has linked to training in Iran, a top commander said Thursday.

CalPERS asks portfolio companies to minimize Iran risk (BizJournals)
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Thu, 26 Jul 2007 18:15:46 GMT

The California Public Employees' Retirement System urged four companies in its public equity portfolio to take steps to "minimize the risk of investment in Iran," as part of a broader effort by large U.S. pension funds to reconsider financial investments in the increasingly isolated Middle East powerhouse.