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Monday, 17 December 2012  /  International

State-run Turkish media has reported that Ahmadinejad has canceled a planned visit to Turkey. The cancellation was announced amid growing tensions between Turkey and Iran over the Syrian conflict and NATO’s intention to deploy the Patriot Air Defense Missile System on the Syria–Turkey border.  Anadolu reported that Ahmadinejad could…

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Monday, 17 December 2012  /  International

Ahmadinejad sent his condolences and sympathies to the American people and families of the children killed in the shooting spree at the school in Connecticut.  …

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Monday, 17 December 2012  /  International

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mehmanparast said, “The European Parliament had better deal with the numerous instances of human rights violations in European countries instead of awarding prizes with political objectives. He reiterated that the European Parliament had better deal with the unfavorable conditions of foreign refugees in…

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Monday, 17 December 2012  /  International

The first step is stopping violence and preventing military intervention by other countries in the Syrian issue. The second step is preventing the shipment of weapons and holding national talks. Setting up a committee of the representatives of the Syrian people and government to reach an…

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Monday, 17 December 2012  /  Military

Foreign Minister Salehi said that representatives of Iran and the IAEA reached an agreement (December 13) on drafting a roadmap for cooperation to resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. Herman Nackaerts, Deputy Director General of the IAEA, who headed the agency’s delegation, voiced optimism about…

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Monday, 17 December 2012  /  Military

Seyed Mohammad Reza Mir-Tajeddini said, “Some foreign countries do not want the (upcoming) talks between Iran and the 5+1 to yield results, and they are trying to refer to it as a futile move from the outset.” He added that Iran views the negotiations with a…

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Monday, 17 December 2012  /  Military

Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, said that “Patriot missiles are a defense line for the Zionists and a result of (the West’s) concern over Iran’s missiles and Russia’s presence to defend Syria.” Firouzabadi underlined that deployment of NATO Patriot…

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Monday, 17 December 2012  /  Military

Senior Military Advisor to the Supreme Leader, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, announced that the Second Nationwide Conference on Geography, Development, Defense, Security, Opportunities and Challenges in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz: Future Perspective would be held in Tehran on December 17-18. The…

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Monday, 17 December 2012  /  Economy

Mehdi Karimi Neyestani, Deputy Head of Infrastructure Communications Company, said that “The EPEG is a communications highway which links Europe to Eastern Asia, and once this project is officially launched, Iran will be upgraded to Tier 2 level (Internet service provider) from its current Tier 3…

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Monday, 17 December 2012  /  Human Rights

To get him to confess on television, the interrogators have denied him needed medical treatment. Mir Taher Mousavi suffers from a heart condition.  …

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Monday, 17 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Two Baha’i sisters who reside in Mashhad, Nika and Nava Kholosi, were arrested two months ago by security forces and are still being held. No reason for their arrest has been given to their families.  …

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Monday, 17 December 2012  /  Human Rights

In continued persecution of Baha’i citizens, another Baha’i, Adnan Rahmat Panah, who is a resident of Shiraz, was arrested. Security forces entered Panah’s home, where they first seized his personal effects such as books, CDs and laptop and then arrested him. The defendant’s brother (Iman Rahamat…

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Monday, 17 December 2012  /  Human Rights

According to the report, the women are housewives who began meeting at the home of the party leader in Shahroud to learn about the party. One of the topics taught was to not believe in any religion. The party’s founder was arrested 18 months ago and…

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Monday, 17 December 2012  /  Domestic

Mehdi Hashemi, son of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, has been released from prison on bail. He was arrested in September 2012 on charges of financial and electoral fraud when he returned from a three-year exile in the UK.  …

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