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Friday, 29 June 2012  /  Human Rights

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Another Baha’i arrested – Taher Askandrian, a member of the Baha’i community who lives in Semnan, was arrested by internal security forces in his home. The forces conducted a search of Taher’s home and confiscated religious books. No information about his whereabouts or condition has been…

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Friday, 29 June 2012  /  Human Rights

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Political prisoner, Seed Mustafa Tajazada, was taken to the hospital from his solitary confinement cell in Evin Prison with a hemorrhage in his eye.  Doctors injected medication into his eye to stop the hemorrhaging and, against their strict recommendation that he remain in hospital for continued…

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Friday, 29 June 2012  /  Human Rights

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Reza Joshan, the political prisoner arrested in the post-election events and sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and three years exile to Damaan, was released from Rajai-Shahr Prison in Karaj several days ago, to be exiled to Damaan. According to reports, however, he is still being…

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Friday, 29 June 2012  /  Domestic

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Seyyed Hassan Shariati, head of the judiciary in the northeastern province of Khorasan-e Razavi, said that the death sentences had been upheld by the Supreme Court. He adding that each of the two people has already been lashed a total of 160 times (80 lashes is…

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Friday, 29 June 2012  /  Domestic

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Ali Larijani for president - Hasan Ghaffurifard, a member of the central council of Iran’s conservative Islamic Coalition Party, said that “The principlists’ choice for the presidency will be Majlis Speaker Dr. Ali Larijani.” He added that seven principlists are willing to participate in the elections, and…

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Friday, 29 June 2012  /  Domestic

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The Head of the Administration Court, Hojatoleslam Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, has announced that the complaint of Majlis representatives against the appointment of Saeed Mortazavi to the organization for social welfare is on the court’s agenda, and that within three weeks a ruling will be given on…

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Friday, 29 June 2012  /  Domestic

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On International Day to Fight Drug Addiction, Minister of Health Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, referred to her ministry’s strategic plans to fight drug addiction, noting that if the number of Iranian families coping with drug issues is added, there are an estimated 10 million citizens coping with…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  International

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In the meeting, Mood briefed Mohammadreza Sheibani on his trips to New York and Geneva as well as his UNSC meetings. Sheibani rejected any military or security solutions to the crisis and said the way out is dialogue between the government and the opposition groups. He…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  International

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An E’temad (pro-reform) editorial titled, “The Task of the Syria Conference Up to Moscow and Washington” argues that Iran’s role in solving the Syrian crisis is key. The author noted US opposition to Iran’s participation in the negotiations and stated, “With the knowledge that Iran has…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  International

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Ahmad Vahidi has called on Damascus and Ankara to resolve the tension caused by Syria’s downing of a Turkish military aircraft through dialogue. He added that the involvement of NATO or any other foreign country would backfire and undermine the two countries good relations. Vahidi Warned…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  International

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Javid Karimi-Qoddusi, member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee (NSFPC), said that following Morsi’s election, relations between Iran and Egypt will take a different form, and the change in the nature of Iran’s relations with Egypt will be soon discussed in the committee…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  International

A Qudsonline editorial titled, “Morsi’s Victory and Difficult Test of Our Diplomacy” urges the Iranian government to “refrain” from any immediate action to get close to newly elected Egyptian President Morsi in order to prevent a possible backfire. Rather, it should get close to him cautiously…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  International

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Ali-Akbar Farazi said that in the past few years, the Foreign Ministry has unfortunately lost its expert forces. The Foreign Ministry did not train new experts before forcing its elite forces into retirement, and it was therefore forced to employ individuals who had no valuable experience…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  International

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In his weekly press conference, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast cautioned regional countries (namely Saudi Arabia) “not to play in enemies’ courts …If a country wants to counter us for a political goal or goes along with the West’s incorrect and illegal sanctions against us, (it…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Military

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Ali Akbar Salehi said in an address to Iranian expatriates in Cyprus that Tehran’s medical (research) reactor (TRR) was loaded with domestically produced nuclear fuel plates during a ceremony held to unveil Iran’s latest nuclear achievements. TheTehranreactor produces radioisotopes for cancer patients. He predicted a “bright…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Military

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In an interview with Fars News Agency, Iranian Navy Lieutenant Commander for Technical Affairs Rear Admiral Abbas Zamini said that navy submarines would be deployed to theCaspian Sea. According to Zamini, three of Iran’s super-heavy submarines are located in the southern territorial waters, and there are…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Military

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Dr. Abbas Ebrahimi, Secretary of Iran’s Headquarters for Development of Aerospace Technology, said that the policy document for Iran’s aerospace industry will be finalized in the current Iranian year (ends March 2013). Ebrahimi said that the “generalities” of the policy document have been finalized, and include…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Economy

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Iranian revenue from oil this year is expected to decline to USD 50 billion, in contrast with last year, when oil revenue totaled USD 113 billion. The main reason for the decline is attributed to a drop in world oil prices, but also to decreased production…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Economy

Iran’s Pars Oil and Gas Co (POGC) plans to issue rial- and U.S. dollar-denominated bonds worth IEE 52 trillion (USD 4.2 billion) by March 2013 to accelerate implementation of South Pars projects. POGC’s Financial Manager Toraj Jahan Ara said that there would be USD 1 billion…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Economy

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Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi said, “The establishment of exclusive customs offices for imports and exports of oil products would accelerate clearance procedures,” adding that that the initiative would be followed by falling costs and better development of oil industry. “As a first step, these customs offices…

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