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Leading article: We want a deal with Iran, not a war

The decision yesterday by the European Union to ban imports of Iranian oil from July has sparked renewed threats from Tehran to close the Strait of Hormuz. It makes even more perilous a confrontation that could yet lead to war, even before a Western attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

EU's toughest sanctions yet put Iran on final warning over nuclear programme

Embargoes on oil and banking will hit ailing EU countries dependent on trade with Tehran

Ofcom switches off Iranian broadcaster

Press TV, the English language arm of Iran's state broadcaster, was taken off air yesterday after Ofcom revoked its licence.

Kim Sengupta: The West knows air strikes will only stir up hornet's nest

Neither the European Union nor the United States appear to want the confrontation with Iran over its nuclear programme to escalate to a point where air strikes become inevitable. The constant refrain from officials, privately, in London, Paris and Washington is that they are "one hundred per cent behind a diplomatic rather than a military solution".

Iran 'can build nuclear bomb now'

An Israeli former intelligence chief has said that Iran could build a nuclear bomb any time it wants, a claim that could aggravate tensions between Israel and the United States and heighten fears that the Jewish state could launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

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Mourners at Friday's funeral of the nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, who was killed on Wednesday when two bombs were placed on his car

Tension at new high as Iran vows to punish West

Tehran threatens to close Straits of Hormuz if US enforces an embargo

Iran agrees to visit by UN nuclear team

A senior United Nations nuclear agency team will visit Tehran later this month, with Iran saying it is ready to discuss allegations that it was involved in secret nuclear weapons work.

Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan's bombed car after the attack

Iran blames Israel after nuclear scientist is killed by car bomb

Tehran says death of expert is part of a covert war being waged by Israel, the US and Britain

Bomb kills key Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshanan

An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed by a bomb in his car in what appears to be the latest covert assassination to hinder the country's nuclear programme.

Iran sentences ex-US marine Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death

An American has been sentenced to death by an Iranian court which convicted him of being a CIA spy, adding to the growing tension between the countries.

Iran 'enriches uranium at new site'

Iran has begun uranium enrichment at a new underground site protected from possible airstrikes, a leading hardline newspaper reported today.

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