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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  International

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The crisis in Syria and the nuclear talks scheduled for next week in Moscow are on the agenda. Lavrov is scheduled to meet with the head of the Iranian negotiating team, Sayeed Jalili.  …

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  International

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Major General Hassan Firouzabadi warned the EU about the “Wahhabies, who believe all sects and branches of Islam are infidels and therefore believe that killing them is halal (permitted religiously). Naturally, they will not pay any attention to the killing of Christians and Jews.” He added…

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  International

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In his memoirs, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah writes, “It is possible that many will consider it ordinary when I say that I escaped Iraq under extremely difficult circumstances. But I was never arrested outside of one place that might surprise you.Iran! And after the revolutionary victory!”…

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  Military

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Secretary General Amano said that he never said that Iran was interested in manufacturing nuclear weapons. They are probably mentally ill for dragging outIran’s nuclear case for so long. But later on, he also said thatIranneeded to build…

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  Military

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Admiral Abbas Zamini, Technical Deputy to the Iranian Navy Commander, has said that Iran has begun designing its first nuclear submarine. The report appeared for a while on the Fars News website and was later removed. The Fars report was quoted later on number of Iranian…

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  Military

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Ali Shamshiri said, “Iran is now the fifth or sixth greatest missile power in the world.” Shamshiri added that from a defense perspective Iran enjoys a “superior position.”…

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  Military

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Managing Director of Iranian Armed Forces Aviation Industries Organization, Manouchehr Manteqi, underlined Iran’s strong capabilities in manufacturing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). He added that by the end of the (Iranian) year, his department would be able to deploy UAVs to any region requested by Department of…

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  Economy

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Mahmoud Bahmani also claims that Iran’s economy grew at 5.8%, and if the petroleum sector is left out of the equation, this number increases to 6.9%. According toBahmani,Iranhas managed to produce these numbers despite the sanctions. He admitted that inflation was rising, hitting 22.8% last month….

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  Economy

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Managing-Director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), Javad Oji, said that Iran has started “testing the Middle East’s first gas storage facility, with storage capacity of 3 billion cubic meters of gas.”…

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  Economy

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Hossein Shariatmadari: Bitter, yes, but also true and undeniable, the unrestrained surge in prices that is affecting many products is placing a heavy burden on citizens, particularly the weaker classes of society. What makes this an even more bitter pill to swallow is that there doesn’t…

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  Human Rights

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Abdolfattah Soltani (58), a prominent Iranian human rights attorney, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison by a Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Soltani is one of the leading figures at the Center for Defenders of Human Rights (CHDR), which also includes Nobel Prize winner Shirin…

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  Human Rights

A senior source in the Social Affairs Division of Tehran’s internal security forces, said that the morality police had arrested several people who attended a concert in Milad Tower in Tehran, including a prominent Iranian television actress referred to as A, who did not adhere to…

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  Human Rights

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More reports on persecution of the Baha’i community in Iran: Intelligence Ministry headquarters in Semnan ordered the closure of two manufacturing plants owned by two Baha’i citizens. Seven members of the Baha’i community in Semnan summoned for questioning at Intelligence Ministry headquarters – According to the…

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  Human Rights

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Student activist, Siyavash Hatam, former Secretary of the Islamic Association of Students at Hamedan University, was summoned to Evin Prison to serve his 1.4 year prison sentence. Hatam was arrested by Intelligence Ministry agents during the student protest during election events.  …

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  Domestic

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Asre Iranwebsite, in scathing criticism of National Development Fund’s decisions, warns against complete government takeover of the money in the fund, headed by the President. The reports by Majlis representatives regarding what is going on in the National Development Fund are extremely worrying. A short time…

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012  /  Domestic

Photos from the first women only café in Tehran. The purpose is to allow strictly observant women to spend time together. The café prohibits smoking or the entrance of men. The walls of the café are decorated soely with images related to religion and Islam. The…

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