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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  International

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Russian representative to the 5 +1 group, Sergei Ryabkov, came on a one-day visit to Iran, during which he met with Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council.  …

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  International

The Majlis plans to dispatch a delegation to Turkey in the coming days as part of a diplomatic effort to secure the freedom of the 48 Iranian pilgrims kidnapped in Syria in August. The delegation, comprising members of the Majlis’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee,…

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  International

Esmail Kowsari, Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee member, said that the reason behind the Israeli Pillar of Defense operation in the Gaza strip is to boost Israeli morale. “The morale and spirit of Israel’s military commanders was down after receiving consequent blows from  Hezbollah…

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  International

Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast described the French Foreign Ministry Spokesman’s  claim as “baseless… These statements are made while some Western countries have banned the broadcast of Iranian television channels via their satellites in a bid to deprive the public in different countries from viewing the…

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  Military

On the third day of the Defenders of the Velayat Skies 4 drills, a Shalamcheh missile was fired from the Mersad missile systems and successfully hit a Karrar drone. It is Iranian-made medium- and short-range missile that is resistant against electronic warfare and equipped with the…

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  Military

Abbas Ali Mansouri, a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said following IRGC’s attempt to intercept a US drone that “The Americans thought that Iran would never be involved in a military conflict with them, while Iran is capable of defeating the…

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  Military

The naval battle group comprised of the helicopter carrier Khark Destroyer and the Shahid Admiral Naqdi Destroyer. The mission lasted 73 days in the Gulf of Aden and the Bab el Mandab Strait. Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, Commander of the Iranian Army Naval Force (IRIN), said,…

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  Economy

Dollar exchange rate keeps falling - Starting up the Foreign Exchange Center has managed to reduce the rate of foreign currency, and the currency market is currently under control. The dollar exchange rate keeps falling, and all indications are that this trend will continue through supervision…

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  Economy

Rostam Qasemi, Oil Minister, at a press conference addressed claims that the Western sanctions were a smart move, and that they are crippling. He said that despite the sanctions, the oil industry has not stopped, and oil exports continue as usual. Wherever Iran steps and wherever…

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  Economy

Minister of Oil, Rostam Qasemi, announced that from now on diesel will be rationed, and smart cards for use of diesel fuel will be distributed to heavy vehicle owners to monitor use of this product….

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  Economy

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  Human Rights

Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Amoli Larijani said, “Unfortunately, foreign and even some domestic media agencies have launched a propaganda attack against the judiciary under the pretext of the death of one of our residents (blogger Beheshti), which is certainly a very regrettable and awful incident.” He condemned…

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  Human Rights

An editorial in the conservative newspaper, Jomhuri Eslami, which is affiliated with Hashemi Rafsanjani, blasted the government and the parties responsible for misreporting the death of blogger Sattar Beheshti while in his cell. The paper stressed that if the government were dealing harshly with those responsible…

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  Human Rights

Human rights activists report that three Afghan prisoners who gave the lists of Afghans officially executed in Iran to Ahmad Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, were tortured in prison for leaking the names. The report further expresses concern that the following  three…

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  Human Rights

Samia Kolinz’ad, a Baha’i resident of Sari, was suspended from undergraduate studies in applied mathematics because of her religion.  …

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  Domestic

The Parliamentary Deputy of the Iranian President, Lotfollah Forouzandeh, sent a letter to the Majlis members and invited them to attend the meeting with the President before presenting their questions to the President. Members were invited to meet in the President’s office. Avaz Heydarpour, one of…

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  Domestic

According to the secretary of the Workers House, workers at Semand ceramics factory have not received their salaries for four months. Even the insurance for these workers has not been paid for eight months, and they received only half the holiday grant. The CEO of the…

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  Domestic

A group of textile factory workers in Mazandaran demonstrated outside the Majlis protesting the withholding wages for 27 months. The workers held signs, including a request to representatives of the public to help them.  …

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Thursday, 15 November 2012  /  Domestic

According to the security forces commander in Kashmar, a large number of students were recently arrested for offenses related to dress code and modesty. He said that during this period students were also arrested for ”immoral” relationships.  …

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