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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  International

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A Fars report maintained that “the Londoners were unable to ignore their colonial characteristics in the opening ceremony,” adding that there are good reasons to believe that the entire concept of the opening ceremony was “colonialist” as well as “Zionist.” The report added that the Olympics…

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  International

The homes of five Iranian diplomats in Istanbul have been robbed, and many of them are under constant surveillance by unknown people, a report says. An Iranian diplomat was quoted as saying that computers and cell phones of five Iranian diplomats have been stolen from their…

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  International

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Ramin Mehmanparast, who is also the head of the Centre for Public Diplomacy and Media in the Iranian Foreign Ministry, will meet with some Chinese media outlets and meet with their managers.  …

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  International

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Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs Abbas Araqchi will travel to Baku next week ….

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Military

Ali Akbar Salehi said, “A breakdown (in the nuclear talks) is in nobody’s interest… The gaps can only be closed through discussion.” Salehi added, “I can’t say it with certainty, but if everything proceeds normally, there should be further negotiations.” He reiterated that Iran’s right to…

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Military

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Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces in charge of Basij (volunteer forces) and Defense Culture, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, said that it is quite clear that a major part of world energy passes through Strait of Hormuz, which is part of Iranian territory. He…

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Military

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Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Purdastan said, “Global hegemony, led by the US, has its presence in the region with all its might and has demonstrated its real and military image without disguise. The ongoing crises in Burma, Syria and other places are rooted in provocative… By…

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Military

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Mohammad Marandi, a professor at the University of Tehran has said that the American Navy is very vulnerable to Iran’s missile defense. “Iran has naval- and land-based capabilities through which they could strike at the American forces very rapidly. Marandi criticizedWashington’s war rhetoric againstIran and said…

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Economy

Siavash Saeedian, Deputy Manager of Bimeh (insurance) Iran Company for Technical Affairs, announced that “A consortium consisting of the internal insurance companies led by Bimeh Iran has been set up to provide insurance coverage for the oil tankers exporting Iranian crude and oil derivatives (products).” Earlier…

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Economy

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Head of Tehran’s Chamber of Commerce, Yahya AlEshaq, said that the President ordered stockpiling of basic goods for three months. He continued to say “that stockpiling of goods is one way to control the market in a crisis situation.” He added that if these 24 items…

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Economy

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In an attempt to prevent additional rice imports, Iran has increased import duty on the product from 45% to 90%, hurting rice exports from India and Pakistan. The Commercial Section of the Pakistan Embassy in Tehran has informed its Ministry of Commerce….

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Economy

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The Central Bank of Iran had issued a directive stopping the sale of foreign currency at the official rate (lower than the open market rate) to Iranian travelers; the bank, however, makes an exception for religious pilgrims to holy sites in Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia….

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Human Rights

Yusef Khodadadi, Chairman of the Ardabil Revolutionary Court, reported the arrest of two Azerbaijani “spies.” He said that four Azeri citizens are currently being held in prison in the province. Two of them are charged with spying, while the other two are charged with drug trafficking. Azerbaijani…

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Human Rights

Colonel Ali Qasemlu of East Azerbaijan Province Cyber Police (FATA) announced that the province’s cyber police “had arrested seven illegal bloggers in Tabriz.” He said that the blogs were blocked, and “the accused have said that curiosity and unawareness of the dangers of the Internet were…

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Human Rights

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The Commander of the cyber police in Mazandaran Province announced the arrest of an individual who engaged in fraud and extortion over the internet. He warned the public against disclosing personal information in chat rooms and on the Internet. The commander emphasized that chat rooms are…

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Human Rights

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According to a statement by worker rights activist in Mazandaran, Nasrallah Dariabiji, 180 workers at the Pichkooban factory have not been paid for the past three months. These 180 workers are specialists and experienced workers in a factory, whose salaries have not been paid due to…

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Human Rights

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A 25-year old worker from Tehran strangled to death when scarf around his neck got tangled in the milling machine.  …

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Domestic

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Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeii, Iran’s Prosecutor General and Judiciary Spokesman, said that a death sentence has been handed down against four of the defendants in the USD 2.6 billion embezzlement case. The convicts were among 39 defendants in the case, whose trial ended on July 15….

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Domestic

Ali Akbar Bakhtiari, Head of the Administrative Court of Justice for Executive Affairs, said that “following complaints by Majlis members regarding the appointment of Sa’id Mortazavi as head of the Iranian Social Security Organization, his case was studied by the General Board of the Administrative Court…

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012  /  Domestic

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Shahbaz Hasanpur said that Majlis Members are considering forming a faction to advocate for “a parliamentary system and the revival of the post of prime minister.” Hasanpur explained, “I think we should not only reform the Presidential Election law, but should also push for a discussion…

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