Iran

    Western powers have expressed serious concerns after Iran launched its first domestically-made satellite into orbit. Iran says the satellite, carried on a Safir-2 rocket, is meant for research and telecommunications purposes and insists its intentions are peaceful. But the US, UK and France have voiced concerns that the technology used could lead to ballistic missile development. The move comes a day before officials from six world powers meet to discuss a row over Iran's nuclear activities. Iran is subject to UN sanctions because some Western powers think it is trying to build a nuclear bomb. (BBC)

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