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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  International

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Ali Akbar Salehi has denied reports published in the New York Times on plans to hold direct talks with the US. He said that there was “no such thing as talks with the US.” He added that Iran and the P5 + 1 would most likely…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  International

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The Majlis National Security Committee discussed the satellite ban imposed on Iran by the EU and will discuss strategies to ensure free broadcasting at the next meeting slated for October 23. Seyyed Hoseyn Naqavi-Hoseyni said,  “At the next meeting of the committee, a discussion of necessary strategies for…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  International

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The statement criticized the West for remaining silent in the face of “extensive insults” against Prophet Muhammad “under the pretext of freedom of speech… The interesting point is that the Western bloc, despite having thousands of affiliated media and propaganda outlets — which are used for…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  International

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Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami delivered a Friday sermon at Tehran University and accused the “enemies” of trying to influence the results of the (upcoming presidential) elections in a bid to change the government in Iran. He described the oppositions calls for free elections as outdated, stressing that…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  International

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Bernd Erbel met with the head of Iran-German Parliamentary Friendship Group Javad Heravi. The German Ambassador hailed Iran’s deeply rooted culture and civilization and welcomed formation of the Iran-Germany parliamentary friendship group proposed in the ninth Iranian Majlis. Heravi, for his part, welcomed expansion of parliamentary cooperation with Germany, adding…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  Military

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Mohsen Kazemeyni, Commander of the Mohammad Rasullollah force, said that “This incident (Hizbollah UAV flying over Israel)  showed that there are no safe places for the Zionists and Americans any more… The fact that Hezbollah can appear anywhere …and they cannot do a thing, confirms its…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  Military

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Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi said, “Zionists must expect hundreds of other drones in 25 different models with new flying systems that they won’t know how to confront. He added that the infiltration of the UAV exposed only the smallest part of Hezbollah’s power. Brigadier General…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  Economy

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The Majlis approved a bill according to which the government will not be allowed to pay cash subsidies from revenues gained from the sale of foreign currency earned through exports of crude oil and gas condensates. The MPs said that the government no longer has the…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  Economy

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Hojjatoleslam Ali Khatami, Friday prayer leader of Zanjan, said that Iran should be able to live without oil revenues. “The Supreme Leader has demanded that the country be run without oil revenues, and this issue should be taken into consideration in the country’s economic plans.” He…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  Economy

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The explosion occurred near Dogubayazit in Turkey’s  Agri province. Turkish officials accused members of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) of blowing up the pipeline. This is not the first time that the gas flow from Iran to Turkey has been stopped. In earlier instances, Turkish officials cited blasts…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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Following tighter regulation of student activities through the installation of closed-circuit television cameras across the university, increased university guard patrols at the entrances and exits, etc., students are reporting a heavy security atmosphere at the university.  …

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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Political prisoner Mohammad Nazri, who is imprisoned in Rajae Shahr Prison, ended his six-week long hunger strike after he was promised a pardon for Eid al-Adha [Feast of the Sacrifice]. Mohammad Nazri has been imprisoned for over 19 years on charges of conspiring with the Kurdish…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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The Appellate Court sentenced worker rights activist, Fahdram Nazrallahi, to 19 months in prison on charges of membership in the committee to set up a workers union and collaboration with the Kurdish Kumala party….

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  Domestic

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First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said that Ahmadinejad is willing to attend the Majlis session to respond to questions over the latest economic problems. He added that questioning the President under the current circumstances, when Iran is under heavy sanctions by the West, is not…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  Domestic

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Ahmadinejad asked the head of the judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, in a letter for quick processing of a permit to visit Evin Prison, after his request for entry on October 17th was rejected. His request, however, was reject for a second time. Judiciary Spokesman, Mohseni-Ezhe’I, said that…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  Domestic

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Seyed Mustafa Tajizadeh, political prisoner, wrote an editorial from his cell discussing the foreign currency market and the Green movement. “The Green Movement essentially laid the groundwork and semantics for this protest. The civilian protest of the Bazaar merchants proved that from hereon out, every other…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  Domestic

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Seyyed Baqer Husseyni, Majlis member, said that the October 19th crime was committed by the same people who removed the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO – opposition group) from the list of terrorists and who train mercenaries and use them against the people. They are guided by…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  Domestic

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The three, who were charged with terrorist activity due to their membership in political-military organizations, were transferred to solitary confinement Saturday evening. All phone lines from the prison were disconnected and the three were executed by hanging in the prison yard. Yahya Chari-Zehi, Aboljalil Kahrazehi and…

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Monday, 22 October 2012  /  Domestic

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Following a devastating traffic accident in which 26 Iranian schoolgirls from the city of Borujen (Kohkiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province), who were in a convoy of Rahian Nour (visiting the scenes of battles on the front line of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War, which is a mandatory trip in…

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