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Thursday, 10 May 2012  /  Domestic

Sixty employees of the daily, Iran have reportedly been summoned by officials over “bad clothing” and threatened with dismissal. The journalists complain that the harassment started the day after the second round of the Majlis elections, with morality police scrutinizing employees at the entrance to the…

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Thursday, 10 May 2012  /  Human Rights

The Revolutionary Court has sentenced two journalists and workers of Shahid Beheshti Foundation (a foundation that publishes the works of Iranian scholar Shahid Beheshti), Meysam Mohammadi and Omid Mohaddes, to four years in prison. Meysam Mohammadi and Omid Mohaddes were also prohibited from engaging in journalistic…

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Thursday, 10 May 2012  /  Human Rights

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Journalist Ahmad Reza Yousefi, a former reporter for Iranian Students News Agency, has been sentenced to two years in jail and a further three years on probation. Yousefi was arrested in June 2010 while en route to continuing his studies abroad and charged with communicating with foreigners….

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Thursday, 10 May 2012  /  Domestic

The Majlis urged the judiciary to investigate the government’s move at the end of the Iranian year to withdraw money from the country’s banks in order to provide foreign currency. A report of the Majlis Economic Committee about the Central Bank’s move was read aloud at…

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Thursday, 10 May 2012  /  Economy

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Ali Bagheri, Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), said in a meeting with the Indian Deputy National Security Adviser that Iran’s oil and gas capacities are the reason for the security and stability of the world’s energy market. Against the backdrop of the…

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Thursday, 10 May 2012  /  Economy

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Shamseddin Husseini said, “The government is determined to implement the second phase of the targeted subsidies plan, and it will take necessary steps to that end.” He added that the Consolidation Committee in the Majlis had decided to allocate USD 5.38 billion to the government for…

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Thursday, 10 May 2012  /  Economy

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Hassan Khosrojerdi added that the syndicate would assume the task of exporting 20% of Iran’s oil exports to new markets. “On this basis, the private sector can export 20% of Iran’s crude oil or 400,000 barrels bpd.” He added, “Last year the Oil Ministry agreed with…

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Thursday, 10 May 2012  /  Economy

128 Majlis members voted for the generalities of the budget bill after finishing their deliberations. Twenty deputies delivered speeches in support of and against the budget bill before it was finally approved with 128 votes….

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Thursday, 10 May 2012  /  Military

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Director of the Maritime Industries Organization of the Iranian Defense Ministry, Mostafa Esbati, said that Iran is the world’s number one country in the production of high-speed boats and development of related capabilities. He said, “High-speed boats in foreign countries are only seen as racing vessels,…

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Thursday, 10 May 2012  /  Military

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Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said, “The instrumental use of piracy to justify military presence in the region has become a matter of routine.” Sayyari said that piracy is expanding towards the Sea of Oman, the Red Sea and the coasts of South Africa and India. He…

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Thursday, 10 May 2012  /  Military

Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani said, “If in spite of the appropriate (nuclear) talks (between Iran and G5+1) in Turkey, Western countries are still trying to push the talks towards the “carrot and stick” policy, they are terribly mistaken. The Iranian people will never retreat from the concrete…

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Thursday, 10 May 2012  /  Military

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Mehmanparast referred to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s visit to Israel (May 9) to discuss Iran’s nuclear dossier. He said: The Zionist regime is experiencing a serious crisis. The Islamic Awakenings in the region have put this regime in a very desperate situation. It is…

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Thursday, 10 May 2012  /  Military

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Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said that “The P5+1 should change its old policy of confrontation to cooperation, so that we can reach a specified framework in the negotiations… It should not be expected that all problems will be…

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Thursday, 10 May 2012  /  International

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Ali Akbar Salehi said in the NAM ministerial meeting that the “Zionist regime’s obstinate refusal to join the NPT is still the main obstacle to the implementation of the treaty worldwide.” Salehi described Israel’s refusal to join the NPT as the main reason why Iran’s proposal…

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Thursday, 10 May 2012  /  International

Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said while addressing the 20th Conference of Marine Organizations on Kish (free trade zone) that Western forces “are uninvited guests” to the region and that there are no reasons for their presence. Vahidi added, Iran plays a major security role in the…

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