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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  International

The Foreign Ministry Spokesman expressed surprise at the recent claim made by Turkish Interior Minister, İdris Naim Şahin, about Iran’s logistical support for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Mehmanparast said that the volume of trade between Iran and Turkey is on the rise, adding that it…

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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  International

An editorial in Jomhurie Eslami titled, “Erdogan and a Dream That Won’t Be Realized” analyzes Erdogan’s comments against the Iraqi government’s “tribal tendencies” and his claims that Nouri al-Maliki has created a Shiite government in Iraq with special aid and support (from Iran) that may drag Iraq…

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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  International

A Mehr Newseditorial titled, “Bahrain Must Revert to Iranian Sovereignty” by international affairs expert, Hassan Hani Zadeh, asserts that recent statements made by Bahrain’s Foreign Minister completely ignore diplomatic protocol and severely harm the great Iranian nation. According to the author of the article, Bahrain’s painful…

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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  International

Anar Bayramli, a reporter for Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), was freed after Azeri President Ilham Aliyev signed a pardon order for 87 prisoners, including a number of political prisoners. He was arrested on February 17 for allegedly possessing drugs. A Baku court sentenced him to two…

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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  International

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, in a meeting with Ali Mohammad Mousavi, the new Secretary General of the Eight Developing Nations (D-8), called for enhanced economic cooperation among the D-8 member states. Iran will take over the periodic presidency of D-8 for four years as of…

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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  Military

Hassan Qashqavi,  Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs, said that “once trans-regional threats (against Iran) are removed, they (the IAEA) will find it possible to visit Parchin.” (The IAEA believes Iran conducted explosives tests with possible nuclear applications at the Parchin military site)….

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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  Economy

Mohammad Reza Naqdi, head of the Basij organization, said that the enemy has turned to Iran’s economy after failing in the military, cultural, and political realms. He referred to the Bazaar as the “honor” of Iran’s economy and said that the IRGC, as a large consumer, can…

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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  Economy

Spokesman for the Majlis Economic Committee Mohammad Alipour stressed that the foreign currency market needed calm and that officials should remain silent as their statements only inflict damage and lead to price hikes. According to Alipour, statements made by various officials not only fail to resolve…

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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  Economy

President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mines, Mohammad Nahavandian, sharply criticized the prohibition imposed on some Iranian economic activists and merchants by government agencies and particularly the banks and called on the judicial authority to also allow economic activists from the private sector to…

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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Yousef Nadarkhani, 35, had been summoned to return to Lakan Prison in Rasht, the facility where he served time and was then released. He was summoned based on the charge that he must complete the remainder of his sentence….

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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Five men were hanged in “Mehrvarzi” parks of Yasouj in front of thousands of people. The prisoners who were not identified by name were convicted of rape.  …

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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  Domestic

Ahmadinejad replaced Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, the sole female member of the Cabinet and the first Iranian female minister since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Her removal comes less than a year before her term draws to an end. Her successor is Mohamad Hassan Tarighat Monfared, a temporary…

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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  Domestic

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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  Domestic

Despite the state of the economy and increases in apartment prices, the real estate market in north Tehran (an upscale area) is hotter than ever. This week, one of the most expensive apartments in the area was sold for 24 million toman per square meter. The…

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  International

Salehi  presented Iran’s six-point plan for resolving the ongoing crisis in Syria and other activities Iran carried out in this regard. “Among those moves, I can refer to Iran’s full cooperation with former Joint Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Anan, and Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s current envoy…

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  International

The visit was scheduled for the first week of January, but has been postponed because of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s ill health….

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  International

Hassan Qashqavi, Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs, said that “The intensity of the developments on the international scene, particularly since the Islamic Awakening (Iranian term for Arab Spring) in the region, have been very rapid, fluctuated and unpredictable… US officials, despite their scientific mentalities and…

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  International

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  International

Hamas (Gaza) Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, praised Iran’s support for Palestinians in Gaza during the recent “eight-day war with the Zionist regime (Israel).” Haniyeh took part in a ceremony held in Beirut to celebrate the “victory of the Palestinian resistance movement.” Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Qazanfar…

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  Military

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said that “No agreement has been reached on the venue of the negotiations; Istanbul might be an option, but we will not negotiate with the Westerners in countries that have embargoed us.” Boroujerdi described…

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