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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Domestic

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Ms. Laleh Eftekhari, a member of Majlis Research and Education Committee, said that new factions named “Steadfastness,” “Nation’s Voice,” and “Followers of Supreme Jurisconsult” will be formed in the upcoming Majlis. Ms. Eftekhari said that the new factions will be formed in addition to the existing…

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Domestic

Homayoon Hashemi said that 100 permits would be granted this year, adding that mosques have great potential in preschool education and can educate children in a religious and ideological atmosphere….

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Human Rights

Iran executed nine convicted drug traffickers at a Tehran prison. Seven of them were hanged in connection with the confiscation of 500 kilograms of methamphetamine from a cargo ship bound for Southeast Asia. The other two men were hanged after being convicted of trafficking another 420…

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Economy

Reza Mofidi, Development and Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO) official said, “We hope three full-hybrid sedans will be manufactured in 2013. The cars will be built in C+ class, and they will be mass produced after the early ones are made.” Iran is also carrying out…

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Economy

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Hussein Najari, Deputy Manager of Iran Khodro, has denied a report that production of Peugeot 206s and 207s had been halted and said that Iran Khdro would increase production. Media outlets had previously reported that due to “some technical problems,” production was stopped, with delivery of cars delayed by…

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Economy

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Mehdi Radmanesh, Deputy for Technical and Engineering Iranian Supplying Automotive Parts Co. (SAPCO), said that mass production of the second domestically-produced Iranian car, dubbed “Runna,” would begin in late May or early June. Most of the car (70 percent) is built using domestic technology. Radmanesh said…

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Economy

Shamseddin Hosseini, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, said that the per capita income of Iran has surpassed USD 13,000 a year. In 2012, Iran’s position as the 17th largest economy in the world remains unchanged….

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Economy

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Rostam Qassemi, Iran’s Minister of Oil. said, “Despite the many threats posed by our enemies, we have no concerns about developing the oil industry. Day by day we are moving toward self-sufficiency by taking advantage of the specialties and capacities of young scientists.” He stated that…

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Economy

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Iranian Minister of Road and Urbanization Ali Nikzad said, The railway, which is 392-km long, will connect Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China, and will support the expansion of trade ties, increase exports and decrease transit costs among these countries. It will facilitate transport of cargo…

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Economy

One of the defendants, a former Transport Ministry official, was convicted of taking a bribe of over a quarter of a million dollars….

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Economy

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The Money and Credit Council revoked the operation license of Tat Bank, saying that the bank did not follow the relevant legal procedures at the time of establishment and has violated banking laws on numerous occasions….

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Economy

Massoud Samivand, Managing Director of Natural Gas Storage Company (NGSC) said Iran is planning to build an underground natural gas storage facility in salt domes near Kashan. It will be the first of its kind in the Middle East. He added that based on early studies,…

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Military

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Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said, “The demining operations in Shalamcheh (a town in Khuzestan Province), which was the world’s most mine-contaminated area during the Iran-Iraq war, will be finished by the end of this year.” He added that the mine clearance operations in mine-contaminated areas…

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Economy

Minister of Petroleum, Rostam Qasemi, said that the oil industry will handle projects worth over USD 50 billion this Iranian calendar year. He added that USD 200 billion will be invested in the oil industry in fifth five year economic development plan up to 2015….

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Military

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, “The S-300 (SA) missile shield agreement [with Russia] was a military one and was cancelled following the West’s political pressures although it was not in contradiction with the UN Security Council illegal sanctions and it could be put into…

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Military

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In a meeting with Head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh, Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs, expressed regret that the countries possessing weapons of mass destruction have failed to meet the deadline for elimination of chemical…

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Military

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Ahmad Vahidi has said that the vessels, which have been manufactured with the support of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization, consist of a Yadegar 1 (Memory) tugboat and two Ara Bakhtar landing craft….

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Military

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Ali Razmjou said, “Joining the missile shield project in the Persian Gulf actually means certain regional states are naively stepping into the operational phase of regional scheme being plotted by the Zionist regime and the United States.” He described the plot as having been hatched to…

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  Military

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Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili said (following the deployment of US F-22 Raptor stealth fighters at Al Dafra Airbase in the UAE), “Transregional powers should leave Iran alone, because they have seen the result of their meddling in the past.” He added,  “When the Israeli regime, which…

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Friday, 11 May 2012  /  International

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Head of Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani criticized western countries for putting the sale of “vital” medical drugs to Iran under sanctions “How can westerners claim that they observe human rights when they put vital drugs for patients on their list of merciless sanctions.” Rafsanjani said…

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