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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  International

Iran’‎s Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, along with the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Reza Taqipour, unveiled the stamp of the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit.  …

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  International

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Majlis member, Zohreh Tabibzadeh, said that “the presence of 120 countries at the summit, despite the aggressive American stance, demonstrates that the US and its allies‎ are retreating on the international scene and signifies Iran’‎s powerful role.” She said that UNSG’s visit to Iran also demonstrates that…

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  International

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Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), said in a meeting with Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation that the growing waves of Islamic Awakening are posing “a threat to the Zionist regime of Israel… We can be hopeful about achieving…

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  International

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Turkish newspaper Zaman reported on Wednesday that Turkish police arrested 11 people on charges of spying for the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and planning to fomenting rebellion by Kurds in Turkey. The suspects are also accused of plotting to start a Kurdish insurrection in Turkey’‎s southern…

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  International

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Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh, said that he will submit the Encyclopedia of the Iranian Martyrs of Terror to the UN (office) in Vienna. He also promised to pursue Iran’s litigation against those countries and terrorist groups that have assassinated…

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  International

Iran announced plans to work out agreements with 60 countries on the reciprocal waiver of visa requirements for nationals of both countries. Senior Iranian tourism officials said the issue will be a main topic in their talks with many of the participants at the Non-Aligned Movement…

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  International

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Iraqi Minister for Tourism and Antiquities said that Iraq will lift visa requirements for Iranian nationals in the near future in a bid to facilitate pilgrimages to the holy shrines. He said during a meeting with Director of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization that Iraqi Prime…

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  International

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Ahmadinejad appoints Reza Nazar-Ahari, former ambassador to Finland, as Iran’‎s new ambassador to Japan. He was also Director of Archives and History of Diplomacy….

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  Military

Major General Hassan Firouzabadi dismissed the US justification for imposing travel and financial sanctions against him, saying that he will sue the US administration over the move. Firouzabadi referred to his scientific and industrial activities during the 8-year Iraqi-imposed war and his work to treat victims…

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  Economy

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Semi-official Mehr news agency claims that Hurricane Isaac, which is striking the US and threatening oil and gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, is essentially serving Iranian oil interests, and is laying the groundwork for an increase in oil prices worldwide, which again serves Iran’s…

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  Economy

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Iranian oil company, Plat Qara, activated a new oil storage tank with a 500,000 barrel capacity at the Lavan rig in order to increase Iran’s bargaining ability in oil sale transactions. This move was made as part of a move to implement various plans to increase…

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  Economy

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The Head of Oman Air said that the first direct Tehran-Muscat fight was scheduled for September 1. He said there have never been any direct flights between Iran and Oman, but the 16th Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran made the flights possible. He described Iran-Oman ties…

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  Economy

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The head of Iran’‎s Statistics Center, Adel Azar, said that the “Statistics Center had a disagreement with the Central Bank over the calculation of the inflation rate in three categories: baskets of goods, base year and inflation rates in cities and villages. He added that at…

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  Human Rights

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Mohammad Nazari, who has been imprisoned for ‎more than 20 years in Rajaï Shahr Prison in Karaj on charges of contact with the Kurdish ‎Democratic Party, began a hunger strike to protest his legal situation. Nazari was sentenced to ‎life imprisonment. As an act of protest…

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  Human Rights

The Revolutionary Court headed by Justice Moghise sentenced Hassan Astiani to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of involvement in terrorist activities. He is being held in Evin prison. According to reports received from human rights activists, the trial judge dismissed his legal defense…

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  Domestic

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Isa Faridi, a ‎political activist and associate of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was summoned to Evin ‎Prison to begin serving a five-year sentence. Faridi was sentenced to five years in prison, a fine ‎of 40 million tomans and 30 lashes. He was originally summoned to serve…

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Friday, 31 August 2012  /  Domestic

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Amin Chalaki, the operations ‎director of Mir Hossein Mousavi’‎s election headquarters in Saveh during the previous ‎presidential elections, reported to Evin prison to serve his four-year sentence. During the ‎post-election events, Chalaki, his wife and four-year old daughter were  arrested, and ‎released on bail 40 days…

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