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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  Domestic

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Saeed Mortazavi’s recent appointment was questioned by several Majlis members, who subsequently submitted a motion to impeach the Labor Minister if Mortazavi did not resign. The impeachment was called off after Mortazavi reportedly announced that he would resign. His resignation, however, was not accepted by the…

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  Domestic

- Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Reza Taqipour, said that infrastructure for the National Data Network has almost been completed. “Hopefully, we will be able to put the information network into full operation by the month of Shahrivar (Iranian month starting on 22 August).” The…

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  Domestic

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The new e-mail system, which is one of the products of Chapar (messenger) services, was launched in March 2012 under the name Ch Mail and already has 20,000 users. Deputy Secretary of the Supreme Council for Information Dissemination, Saeed Salarian, said that “Following a directive from…

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  Domestic

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Ali Akbar Salehi said, “The government conducts provincial visits to reach out and touch the heart of people’s problems, listen to their concerns and then make appropriate decisions.” He further urged all officials to visit different parts of the country to get a first-hand understanding of…

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  Domestic

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Ahmad Vahidi said that Ahmadinejad’s recent “provincial visits have revolutionized management of the country, while also transforming relations between the people and government officials. Basically, it has taken the relations to a new and deeper level.” Vahidi hailed the President, saying that “The provincial visit is…

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  Human Rights

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Since the song’s release on May 7, death threats have been pouring in against Najafi. The German government has provided a safe house for the artist, who worries that the security is insufficient. “I’m living in a secret place now and I don’t have any bodyguards….

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  Human Rights

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Majid Jamali-Fashi, convicted by an Iranian court of assassinating nuclear scientist Masoud Ali-Mohammadi, will be hanged at 3:00 GMT at Evin prison….

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  Human Rights

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Seyyed Ahmad Lotfi, Majlis member for Arak and Komijan (central Iran), filed a complaint with the court following the publication of his caricature by a weekly. As a result, the cartoonist (Mahmud Shokray’i) was sentenced to 25 lashes. After the sentence was handed down, Seyyed Ahmad…

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  Economy

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Majid Namjou said, “One of the Energy Ministry’s policies is to make Iran a center for the transfer of electricity in the region.” Namjou said that Iran plans to supply electricity to Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as to Syria and Lebanon. He added,…

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  Economy

The Majlis approved an increase in government revenue from subsidy cuts from USD 44 billion to USD 53.8 billion for the current Iranian calendar year (which started on March 20). The decision will allow the government to raise energy prices and begin implementation of the second…

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  Economy

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Iranian and Indian economic officials agreed to increase their trade balance to USD 25 billion and to increase the level of non-oil trade from the current USD 4 billion to USD 10 billion. The Iranian trade delegation conducted a week long visit to India. The current…

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  Military

Deputy of Iran’s Army Ground Force for Operations, Gholam Ali Qolamalian, said the drill will assess the forces’ combat abilities and “enhance preparation against the enemy.” He said that Iran’s Army holds different military maneuvers in different cities annually to evaluate the level of defense readiness….

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  Military

Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Saeed Jalili, stated in a meeting with former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard that “Any miscalculation by the West will prevent the negotiations from being successful… In Baghdad, we will wait for a measure that will win the…

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  Military

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In a meeting with former French Socialist Prime Minister Michel Rocard, Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi said, “We (Iranians) believe that the world should move towards becoming free of nuclear weapons, as even a single nuclear bomb is a threat to…

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  Military

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The meeting, which began on Monday, is scheduled to continue today, May 15. The negotiations are being held ahead of a new round of nuclear talks between Tehran and the 5+1 in Baghdad on May 23. Iran’s permanent representative at the IAEA, Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh, said…

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  International

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The Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) launched a website to monitor and analyze scientific achievements and improvements in the field of nanotechnology based on data updated continuously. The website is designed to track regional, mainly Iranian, and global technological changes in the field around the clock….

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  International

Hussein Amir-Abdollahian will hold talks with the South African and Namibian Presidents and submit Ahmadinejad’s letter inviting them to participate in the upcoming meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran in late August….

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  International

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A prosecutor’s office in Tehran looking into the Reuters case has now referred the indictment to a public and Revolutionary Court in Tehran. In a report that aired on February 16, Reuters claimed that “thousands of female ninjas train as Iran’s assassins” and accused the Iranian…

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  International

The Majlis issued a statement that reads: “Saudi Arabian and Bahraini rulers should know that this unwise move will no doubt make the Bahraini people more united against the occupiers than before.” The statement reiterated that the measure “will spread the crisis in Bahrain to Saudi…

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012  /  International

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Hossein Ebrahimi said that the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee (NSFPC) is scheduled to meet with representatives of the Foreign Ministry. “One of the issues on the agenda will be the Saudi Arabian plot to annex Bahrain.”…

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