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Wednesday, 15 August 2012  /  International

The Extraordinary summit meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) opened with a speech by King Abdullah. Ahmadinejad greeted the Saudi king by kissing his cheeks and expressed hope that the OIC summit would reinforce unity among Muslim countries. The participants are expected to discuss…

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012  /  International

Ramin Mehmanparast said in his weekly press conference, “High-ranking delegations of presidents, prime ministers, vice presidents and foreign ministers from over 50 countries will participate in the NAM Summit” in Tehran, August 26-31.” Mehmanparast said, “A high-ranking delegation from Egypt is expected to attend the summit,…

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012  /  International

Arsalan Fathipour said, ”In our meetings with officials of the NAM member states, we should brief them on the illegality of the sanctions and call on them to render  these sanctions ineffective.” He added that Iran plans to lead the NAM Summit towards economic independence. “We want…

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012  /  Military

In a meeting of the Defense Diplomacy Committee, Ahmad Vahidi underlined that “If Islamic countries form strong and strategic defense unity to defend the causes of Palestine, the Zionist regime will have no choice but to accept the will and demands of the Palestinian nation.” He…

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012  /  Military

The Foreign Ministry Spokesman dismissed Israeli threats of an imminent attack against Iran, saying that even some Israeli officials realized such a “stupid” act would provoke “very severe consequences… In our calculations, we aren’t taking these claims very seriously, because we see them as hollow and…

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012  /  Military

Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Basij and Defense Culture, referred to the ongoing economic and cultural war against Iran. He stressed, “The current (cultural soft) war conditions should be understood well and its aspects assessed. Each of…

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012  /  Military

Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Basij and Defense Culture, said that “The presence of US military forces in the region and in the Persian Gulf, undoubtedly disturbs security.” He called the recent collision between an US-guided missile…

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012  /  Economy

India offered government-backed insurance for ships carrying crude from Iran to India, defying the illegal sanctions engineered by the US. The first ship to carry oil from Iran with Indian insurance coverage is scheduled to load up in Iran on August 15.  …

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012  /  Economy

Iran will start construction of its first private sector petrochemical refinery financed by foreign investment in three months. The project called Meime will be built near Isfahan in three phases over six years. Construction of the first phase, which is the refinery, is the first of…

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012  /  Economy

Mehdi Qazanfari said, “Based on the statistics of the Customs Office… In the first four months of the current (Iranian) year (started on March 20-July 20), 70% of payments for imports ../../../2012/08/15/have_been_made_by_the_foreign_currency_earned_through_non-oil_exports.__8221.css; He added that the…

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012  /  Human Rights

To protest not having been paid for eight months, 600 steel workers demonstrated today in front of the Ministry of Industry.  …

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012  /  Human Rights

The attorney of imprisoned attorney Houtan Kian claims that his client is being tortured with cigarettes, isolated and transferred to the ward for methadone addicts. Kian was arrested in October 2010 as he spoke to German journalists about his client, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, sentenced to death for adultery…

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012  /  Domestic

First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi said that more than 10,000 residential buildings were destroyed in the earthquake and promised that they would be reconstructed within two months. He added that approximately USD 816 in initial assistance has been allocated for each family affected by the earthquake…

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012  /  Domestic

Ahmadinejad has appointed Vice President for Executive Affairs, Hamid Baqa’I, as his representative at the Council for Supervision over the Voice and Vision Organization.  …

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012  /  Domestic

Khamenei issued a message that read, “I’m sincerely thankful to the country’s proud medalists and champions and their determined coaches who brought happiness to the hearts of the Iranian nation at the Olympic Games.” Iran’s Olympic team at the 2012 Olympic Games won 12 medals, putting…

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