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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  International

Ahmadinejad has arrived in Medina to participate in extraordinary organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Summit. He called the summit a “historic test” for the organizers and participants in order to “safeguard the long-term objectives and dignity of Islamic nations…”  …

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  International

Foreign Minister Salehi said, “Attendance of more than 30 countries at the conference is evidence of its success, and we hope that more countries whose policies are in line with Iran’s will attend similar conferences in the future.” He repeated Iran’s offer to host a meeting…

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  International

In an interview, Mohammadreza Raouf Shibani stated that after 48 Iranians were taken hostage in Damascus, the majority of Iranians living in Syria have left for Iran and were transferred to Tehran or Lebanon. According to Shibani, most Iranians living in Syria were flown to Tehran…

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  International

An op-ed in Javan titled, “The Price the Americans Must Also Pay” maintained that the kidnapping of the 48 Iranians in Syria “is an example of the desperation of the Arab and Western countries and the internal elements belonging to them against the resistance of the…

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  International

Spokesman for the US Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, Greg Raelson, said that the Iranian seamen were rescued by the USS James E. Williams.  …

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  Military

Kommersant quoted a source in the Russian presidential administration as saying, “We have already indicated to Iran that lawsuits are not conducive to development of our relations, but our requests to drop the suit have not been heeded… Before the next meeting of the 5+1 group of…

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  Military

Hassan Firouzabadi said, “The British and the Zionists (Israel) should be held responsible for blind terrorist acts committed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran where suicide belts have been used.” Firouzabadi said that the suicide belts were more dangerous than weapons of mass destruction. “For hundreds…

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  Military

Brigadier General Hussein Zolfaqari said that safeguarding Iran’s borders “is one of the main responsibilities of the Border Police during the 16th NAM Summit in Tehran… Border Police will prevent any movement on the borders that undermines security. These security measures will be stepped up even…

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  Economy

The Iranian rial has slipped almost 1%, dropping to 21480:1  vs. the US dollar on the open market. There is now a gap of almost 70% between the open-market rate and the official rate of 12260:1….

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  Economy

The government decision regarding the vacation during the NAM summit is a mistake. In an interview with Fars News Agency, Asadollah Asgaroladi, a member of the board of directors of Tehran’s Chamber of Commerce, was asked about statements he made six months ago in which he…

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  Economy

The Council will convene inIran’s Chamber of Commerce. The council was set up to make economic decisions, but the government, for unknown reasons, refused to participate in the council and boycotted it. Many believe that had talks between the government and the private sector continued and…

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  Human Rights

Bakhtiar Ma’amari, a member of the Kurdish community, was sentenced to death after being convicted of terrorist activities and membership in the Kurdish opposition party, Komala.  …

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  Human Rights

Human rights activists are reporting a decline in the health of Pastor Behnam Irani, who is serving a six-year prison sentence in Karaj Prison. Behnam Irani, who converted to Christianity and served as a pastor in the Iranian church,  is being held under worrying conditions along…

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  Human Rights

Authorities are denying a leave for medical treatment for political prisoner Seyed Hadi Ghayemi, who was arrested in post-election events on charges of supporting the Mujahadeen. Ghayemi was originally sentenced to death, but the sentence was converted to 15 years in prison in exile. 64-year-old Hadi…

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  Human Rights

Human rights activists are reporting on the arrest of a Sunni cleric of Kurdish descent along with 12 guests he hosted in his home for the Iftar meal. The prisoners were transferred to a prison in Orumieh….

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  Human Rights

Human rights activists are reporting that relatives Adel Naimi, Shamim Naimi and Elham Farhani were arrested last month by security forces. Since their arrest, no contact has been made with their families.  …

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  Human Rights

Workers at the Mazandaran textile plant staged a gathering before the Ghaemshahr province administration to protest not having been paid over the past 26 months….

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  Domestic

In an article titled, “Broadcast Authority Fails Again,” website Asre Iran sharply criticized the Iranian Broadcast Authority for its coverage of the earthquake in northwest Iran. The article stated that reports of the serious earthquake in northwest Iran quickly filled all news websites, news agencies and…

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  Domestic

According to the unemployment figures published for the spring months of the 31st year from Tehran provinces, unemployment in 12 provinces is in the double digits, and unemployment in nine provinces is single digit. The unemployment rate in four provinces is over 17%. The highest unemployment…

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Monday, 13 August 2012  /  Domestic

During the formation of the national budget, the government generally assigns a sum as nonrefundable assistance to institutions, organizations and research centers that are non-profits. Government assistance to these institutions this year, which number 157, is according to the Majlis decision, about USD 620 million at…

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