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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  Domestic

Talented students to be granted Special Marriage and birth gift

Vice-president of Science and Technology Nasrin Soltankhah announced a two-fold increase in marital gifts to highly talented students. The talented students currently receive $407 gift, and this figure will rise to $ 815 in the next Iranian year (starting on March 21,2013). She added the students…

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  Domestic

Brigadier-General Ramezan Sharif rejected any kind of involvement by the IRGC in the recent elections: The IRGC does not support any current or political party and has never defined itself in their limited circle and will never do so….Every now and then, some individuals make false…

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  Domestic

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In his speech in the Majlis, Ali Motahari fiercely attacked Esfandiar Rahim-Mashai and Ahmadinejad, sharply criticizing the Isargaran (Veterans of the Islamic Revolution ) society, which, according to Motahari, played the most significant role in the rift that formed in the conservative principlists camp during the…

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  Human Rights

Five prominent figures with a history of religious national activism send letter to Supreme Leader calling for release of political prisoners to prevent threats to Iran's national security

The five - Ahmad Sard Haj Seyyed Javadi, Hossein Shah Hosseini, Mrs. Azam Taleghani (daughter of Ayatollah Seyyed Mahmoud Alaei Taleghani), Mohammad Basteh Negar and Nezamoddin Ghahhari – criticized the threatening attitude of the regime against political activists, students, workers, cultural activists and journalists. The five…

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  Human Rights

Senior cleric and supporter of the Green Movement calls for release of Green Movement leaders and other political prisoners

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Mohammad Dastgheib discussed the crisis conditions in Iran, and repeated his call for the release of supporters and leaders of the Green Movement in Iran, adding that: Mir Hossein Mousavi is a humble and innocent person and I pray to God for the…

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  Economy

The delegation, led by Turkish Minister of Development and Ankara’s special envoy, is scheduled to meet with President Ahmadinejad, Vice President for International Affairs Ali Saeedlou, and Minister of Housing and Urban Development Ali Nikzad.  …

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  Economy

Oil Minister  Iran's oil output to increase by 1.5 million bpd by 2016

Rostam Ghasemi said Iran’s oil output will increase by 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2016 and that that the daily gas output is projected to rise by 1.47 billion cubic meters by the end of fifth five year development plan in 2015. Ghasmi stated…

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  Economy

Mehr News Agency is claiming that implementation of the second stage of the subsidy reform law has again been postponed. Despite government’s strong insistence in recent months, it currently cannot implement the second stage. According to this report, in light of ratification of the budget law…

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  Military

Ground forces troops to hold military exercises in Isfahan Province to mark anniversary of Khorramshahr's liberation

Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said that ground troops will perform asymmetric warfare tactics against hypothetical enemy during the war games, entitled Beit ol-Moqaddas (Jerusalem). He said that “boosting the vital (ground force) units is one war game rationale, and we intend to put the soldiers…

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  Military

Supreme Leader advisor on military affairs

Assistant and senior advisor to the Supreme Leader on military affairs (former IRGC commander) Yahya Rahim Safavi discussed the liberation of the city Khorrmashahr during the Iran-Iraq War, defining it as part of a source of Iran’s national strength. According to Safavi: Iran’s geographical and geopolitical…

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  Military

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Seyyed Hoseyin Naqavi-Hoseyni said that: The Iranian nation cannot see sanctions, threats and international pressure on the one hand, and believe the West’s message (of) resolving the Iranian nuclear energy issue through diplomatic channels on the other…Therefore, the P5+1 must prove their goodwill in the first…

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  Military

Foreign Minister meets with IAEA Director General

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that cooperation is based on mutual trust, understanding, and attention to all aspect of the NPT including disarmament and not just non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.  …

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  Military

IAEA Director General meets with head of AEOI

Fereydun Abbasi Davani , vice-president and head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. During the meeting, Abbasi discussed AEOI activities in different fields as well as the application of nuclear energy in agriculture, medicine and industry. Ali Asghar Soltaniyeh - Iran’s permanent representative in the…

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  Military

Nuclear negotiator in Baghdad ahead of  nuclear meeting

Saeed Jalili and his deputy Ali Baqeri are in Baghdad (welcomed by Iraqi FM) to attend the upcoming nuclear talks with the 5+1. The Iranian team, which also includes Iran’s Nuclear Energy Organization and Foreign Ministry legal adviser, Hamid-Reza Asgari, Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi,…

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  International

Iran’s Foreign Ministry issued the following announcement: Following an investigation made regarding offences committed by an employee of Iran’s embassy in Brazil (Hekmatollah Qorbani) that confirmed Qorbani’s failure to comply with administrative regulations and professional and Islamic moralities….the aforementioned has been fired from the Foreign Ministry….

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  International

Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to issue media licenses to foreign media from Islamic Awakening countries to familiarize them with Iran and its culture

Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance’s head of foreign media Mohammad Java Aqajari said that the Ministry would issue licenses to the foreign media’s representative offices in Iran, with media from Latin America as well as those from “Islamic Awakening” (Iranian term for the Arab Spring)…

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  International

EC secretary blames Turkey and Saudi Arabia for implementing US and Israeli plans Iran will not remain silent

Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Reza’i said that “Saudi Arabia’s interference in Bahraini issues is part of America’s and the Zionist regime’s greater regional plans.” Rezaei explained that: …since the USA is unable to retain full control of the region with its own forces, it…

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012  /  International

Iran's Majlis discusses possible restoration of Iranian sovereignty over Bahrain

Due to the increasingly serious statements made regarding the Bahrain-Saudi union by the ruling minority in that country, Iranian efforts in official bodies have begun to work to rescind the 1970 decision to separate Bahrain from Iran (following a referendum conducted in Bahrain after the end…

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