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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  International

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Ali Akbar Velayati, the Supreme Leader’s Adviser on International Affairs, dismissed reports that the Iranian government has conducted secret negotiations with American officials. “As far as I am aware of the government’s decisions, there are no direct talks with America… Our logic regarding the United States…

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  International

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Fars News Agency (FNA) and Syrian News Agency (SANA) signed a memorandum of understanding on media cooperation. The agreement was signed by Fars News Agency Managing Director, Seyed Nezamoddin Moussavi, and his Syrian counterpart in Damascus on October 26. Moussavi, who traveled to Syria to inaugurate…

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  International

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Military

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Two Iranian  navy (IRIN) 22nd flotilla battle group ships, the 431 Khark supply vessel and Shahid Naqdi destroyer/corvette-class vessel that can carry three helicopters) docked in Port Sudan after departing from naval zone 1 Bandar Abbas in mid August. Iran maintained that the Navy’s 22nd fleet…

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Military

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Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Basij and Defense Culture, Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri, said that “Constant watch of the enemy’s threats show that cyber threats against Iran’s national security infrastructure have found a special place and share in enemies’ hostile strategy….

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Military

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Esmail Kosari, member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, stated that Iran has photos of restricted areas and “sensitive bases” in Israel, which were transmitted  live to Iran by Hezbollah’s Iranian-made Ayub UAV that was eventually shot down. “These aircraft transmit their photos……

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Military

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Ahmad Vahidi said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran currently has unmanned aerial vehicles with a technology that is far more advanced than the UAV recently launched by Hezbollah into the Zionist regime’s (Israel) airspace… The UAV was definitely not “Iran’s latest technology.” He said that Hezbollah’s success…

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Economy

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Chairman of the Majlis Energy Committee, Masoud Mir-Kazemi,  said that “We suggested that Mr. Qassemi deals with the US and certain other Western states’ political use of oil at OPEC, because oil is not a political tool and if it is, Iran can use it (politically)…

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Economy

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Majlis is studying a motion to oblige Iran to reduce its oil exports in retaliation against the EU sanctions against the  energy sector. Seyyed Mehdi Mousavinejad, a member of Majlis Energy Committee, said that “In the first stage… the motion will require the government to cut…

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Economy

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Royal Dutch Shell Oil is seeking to export grain to Iran in a USD 1.4 billion deal to bypass the sanctions imposed against the country over its peaceful nuclear program. The oil firm wants to repay its debt to Iran by sending grain to the country…

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Economy

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An Iranian delegation is attending the 12th meeting of Indian Ocean Rim-Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) to be held in India from October 29 to November 2. In addition to Iran, 100 delegates including foreign ministers, ambassadors and media representatives of member countries will take part…

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Economy

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Iran resumed supply of natural gas to Turkey on Monday, a week after an explosion on Turkish territory damaged the pipeline between the two countries and stopped gas flow.  …

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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Jailed blogger, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, has issued a letter of solidarity from Evin Prison for Nasrin Sotoudeh, the jailed lawyer and recent winner of the Sakharov Award from the European Parliament who is on a hunger strike to protest her mistreatment in prison. The letter reads,…

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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Members of the underground thrash metal band, BAND 3, were arrested. Band members include a woman and two men whose music was primarily broadcast on the Internet and on satellite television….

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Human Rights

Journalist Abdallnasser Mahimani, who headed the Journalists House in Golestan Province, returned to Amir Ebad Prison in Gorgan at the end of a short furlough. Mahimani was arrested during post-election events and sentenced to 18 months in prison.  …

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Human Rights

The five were transferred three weeks ago to an unknown location, and no information has been made available as to their condition or whereabouts. The five are Jehajir Badouzadeh (sentenced to life in prison), Ahmad Tamoueh (sentenced to 15 years in prison), Ali Ahmad Suliman (sentenced…

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Human Rights

The Prosecutor General of Sirjan announced that the Intelligence Ministry had arrested four residents of the city suspected of propaganda activities against the regime and insulting officials in the Facebook cyber space. Sirjan Prosecutor Mehdi Bakhshi announced that “propaganda activities against the regime and insulting officials”…

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Domestic

Ali Motahhari, a Majlis member and harsh critic of the President said that the motion to summon Ahmadinejad to the Majlis still has 83 signatures on it, and it has been delivered to the Majlis Presiding Board. On October 23, Majlis members decided to summon Ahmadinejad…

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012  /  Domestic

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Arsalan Kamkar, a permanent member of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, said that the National Orchestra members have not attended rehearsals since June. He further confirmed rumors that the group has been disbanded and that Iran no longer has a national orchestra. He accused government officials of…

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