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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  International

Pentagon finds itself dependent on a scientific research arm of the Iranian government to treat bites by Oxus cobras, Haly’s pit vipers and other snakes peculiar to the battlefields of southwest Asia. The Defense Department buys the drugs through a middleman, with orders totaling 115 vials…

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  International

Seyyed Sharif Husseini, member the Majlis Presiding Board, said that “On the one hand, they (the Americans) take a step forward and announce their readiness for (direct) talks, while on the other hand, they intensify sanctions… The US has always followed this double-standard policy, and this…

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  International

Former Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that Washington’s continued animosity towards Tehran has killed opportunities for talks between the two arch rivals.”The Americans think that pressures can sway Iran and they can bring the Iranian nation and government to their knees, but the guidelines of the…

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  International

The Majlis Public Relations Department dismissed Israeli media reports that Egyptian officials have disagreed to a visit by Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani to the Gaza Strip, arguing that “Tehran has filed no request with Egyptian officials for Larijani’s visit to Gaza, and only the members of…

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  International

Mohammad Khazaee, Ambassador to the United Nations, lauded the approval of Palestine’s observer membership at the UN and said, “We all saw that before the voting process began and during the speech of the Palestinian representative at the UN, how the representatives of member-states constantly applauded…

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  Military

Fereidoun Abbasi, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said that “Plutonium should be produced in a reactor and after that the fuel will be reprocessed; such measures have not been adopted in Iran until now and the IAEA has also approved it.” Abbasi…

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  Military

Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, Commander of the IRGC Navy, announced that his forces had hunted a US UAV over the Persian Gulf after the drone violated Iranian airspace. Fadavi added that the UAV was caught and brought under control by air defense units and control systems…

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  Military

Hussein Sobhani-Nia, a member of the Majlis Presiding Board, said that “While the United Nations Charter has clearly barred countries from interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, Turkey seeks to meddle in Syria’s domestic affairs by deploying the Patriot (surface-to-air) missile system on its…

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  Economy

Nasser Seraj, the judge in the case, said that the second phase of the trial of the defendants accused of involvement in a USD 2.6 billion financial fraud case has begun in Tehran. Seraj stated that the case has 200 defendants, adding that 40 defendants stood…

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  Economy

Ali Akbar Marzban, Representative of Ports & Maritime Organization and Deputy Permanent Representative of Iran to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), condemned unfair restrictions on the commercial shipping industry. Marzban addressed the IMO’s 91st Session of Maritime Safety Committee in London.  …

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  Human Rights

The lawyer for Fatemeh Motaba announced that the longest imprisoned female prisoner in Iran has been sentenced to death. Fatemeh Motaba, who has been in prison for the past 20 years, has been sentenced to death several times, but the courts withdrew the sentence. On Sunday,…

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Nasrin Sotoudeh is suffering from weakness, dizziness, visual difficulties, inability to walk and low blood pressure as well as steady weight loss. Despite this, Sotoudeh is persisting with her hunger strike and not submitting to pressure to stop it. Sotoudeh believes that the order prohibiting her…

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Three of the prisoners (two men and one woman) were executed in Kermanshah after having been convicted of drug trafficking and one after having been convicted of rape. The prisoner convicted of rape was executed by public hanging in Azadi Square in Kermanshah. These sentences were…

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  Domestic

Ahmadinejad has criticized a plan to amend the Presidential Elections Act, saying it is in contravention of the Constitution. On Sunday, Majlis members approved the generalities of the plan, which calls for the amendment of the Presidential Elections Act. Ahmadinejad said, “No matter what the fate…

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  Domestic

By decree, Ahmadinejad appointed Seyed Hassan Mousavi as the new head of the Presidential Office and Advisor to the President. Seyed Hassan Mousavi was Vice President and head of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (CHHTO). He has replaced Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, who was appointed as…

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012  /  Domestic

At the same time, along with protests against the movie and a collective complaint against advertisement and release of the film, the court convened a hearing in which Javad Shamaghdari, Deputy Director of Film in the Ministry of Islamic Guidance, Freidon Jirani, Director, and Golam Reza…

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