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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  International

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Ramin Mehmanparast said, “Any kind of foreign intervention or non-normative plans that do not respect the (Bahraini) people’s vote will only aggravate the open wounds… The solution to the crisis in Bahrain is to meet the legitimate demands of the people… Iran believes that the real…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  International

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Keyhan (edited by Hussein Shariatmadari, the Supreme Leader’s representative to the paper, which generally reflects Khamenei’s views) wrote in its May 15 headline that political observers opine that the Al-Khalifa (ruling family in Bahrain) and Al Sa’ud (ruling family in Saudi Arabia) dynasties seek to achieve…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  International

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Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani sharply criticized the “Saudi conspiracy” to annex Bahrain and said it is already doomed to failure. He said the sheikhs in the Persian Gulf coastal countries must understand that Bahrain belongs only to its own people. Hamedani said that “the plot” was devised…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  International

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The Islamic Propagation Organization published a public statement in response to the announcement by Saudi Arabia that intends to annex Bahrain. The organization called on the people of Iran to demonstrate on Friday “to protest this diabolical plan of the US and express its grievances against…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  International

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Javanonline published a special cartoon to commemorate 2010 Palestinian Naqba Day….

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  Military

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Ali Asghar Soltanieh held a joint press conference with IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards, in which he said that this round of talks is held continuously and aims to prepare a modality and a framework to resolve the open issues…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  Military

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Brigadier General Mohammad Reza said ahead of the second round of talks between Iran and P5+1 that “Westerners no choice but to accept our rights and surrender to the reality of an Islamic Iran… Iran grows stronger by the day, while America and other Western countries…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  Military

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Iran would adopt a positive approach if the P5+1 continue pursuing a realistic strategy. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with the South African Foreign Minister. Amir-Abdollahian submitted the Iranian President’s letter of invitation to the South African Foreign Minister for the Non-Aligned Movement…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  Military

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Hojatoleslam Heidar Moslehi said at the end of 100th session of the cabinet ministers in Khorasan Razavi province that the clues which led to arrest of assassins of the nuclear scientists would be made public. Moslehi said he saw the movie Golden Collars (about the protest…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  Military

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The website, Botia News, ran an article that has since been removed, but reported the unprecedented warning that Qassem Suleimani, Commander of the IRGC Al Quds Force, issued to Hezbollah Chairman Hassan Nasrallah against a possible attack on Israel. The website, which reports news from Kerman…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  Military

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The IRGC Spokesman’s office denied reports of a conversation between Qasem Suleimani, Commander of Al Quds Force, and Hezbollah Chairman Hassan Nasrallah, and the former’s supposed warning against preemptive strikes targeting the Zionist regime (Israel). Suleimani vehemently denied the report and accused the Zionists of spreading…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  Military

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Head of the Political-Ideological Department of Iran’s Army Hojjatoleslam val-Moslemin Seyyed Mohammad Ali Al-e Hashem and Ayatollah Morteza Moqtada’i, Director of Qom Seminary, have signed an MoU. The agreement relates to identification, assessment and recruiting of seminary graduates into the army. The MoU includes training, evaluation,…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  Economy

Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi denied a report by the International Energy Agency that sales of Iranian oil are down. He stressed, “This is incorrect and there has not been any decrease in our oil exports.” He also answered reporters’ questions regard a report that Iran…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  Economy

Fars News quoting Reuters reports that the Oil Minister of Sri Lanka announced that is cutting back its oil purchases from Iran by 38% and replacing this amount with purchases from other countries such as Oman and Saudi Arabia. Following this move, the country expects to…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  Economy

Alireza Zeighami, CEO of the National Iranian Oil Refining & Distribution Company (NIORDC), announced that Malaysia has reneged on its decision to participate in the initiative to develop a refinery for liquid gas in Shiraz. Malaysia holds 40% of the shares in this refinery. Several weeks…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  Economy

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Shamseddin Husseini said, “USD 36 billion, generated from oil sales, has been deposited in the National Development Fund and would be spent on the economically justified projects and full commissioning of key projects.” He said the fund deposits will rise to USD 50 billion by end…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  Economy

The price of gold and US dollars on the Iranian market continue to rise, irrespective of trends in the international markets. The price of the US dollar is now 1,700 tomans (IRR 17,000), an increase of 75 tomans in a single day….

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  Economy

Iran has been ranked number one in the world in the production of pomegranates and pistachios and number two in the production of dates….

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  Human Rights

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The five men and two women formed a national-level ad hoc group that helped attend to the needs of Iran’s 300,000-member Baha’i community. They were sentenced in August 2010 to 20 years in jail. The men are held in Gohardasht prison, about 30 miles west of…

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Thursday, 17 May 2012  /  Human Rights

On Monday, security and interior agents arrested two members of the Baha‘i minority in Semnan, in northern Iran. The two, Afrasayab Sobhani and Akbar Pour-Hosseini, were arrested in their homes and are being detained at an unknown location….

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