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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  International

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Saeed Jalili, Supreme National Security Council Secretary, left Tehran for India and Afghanistan on an official visit….

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  International

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The Foreign Ministry Spokesman said, “The fact that US officials blatantly meddle (in other countries’ affairs) indicates that they have not understood the new situation of the international relations, and they are still living in the Cold War era… They think that Latin America is their…

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  International

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The Foreign Ministry announced that “good news will be announced regarding the 48 Iranian pilgrims taken hostages in Syria soon….”  …

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  International

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Brigadier General Ali Moayedi, Commander-in-Chief of the Iran National Drug Control Headquarters, said that intelligence investigations proved that smugglers plan to smuggle drugs to Europe. The police discovered and hauled the 2-ton heroin cargo. He added, “All of Europe would have definitely been in danger, and…

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Military

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The one-year anniversary ceremony of the assassination of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, nuclear scientist and university professor, will be held on Wednesday (January 9) at the mosque of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency. Ahmadi Roshan was assassinated on January 11….

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Military

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Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, Navy Commander, said that Iran has repeatedly insisted that with the help of the Persian Gulf countries, it can maintain security in this strategic region and that there is no need for the presence of extra-regional forces in the region. Sayyari praised…

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Military

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Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari, Spokesman for the Velayat 91 drill, said that foreign UAVs and vessels tried to approach the drills area several times, but received announcements from Iranian vessels to maintain their distance. “By approaching the areas of the drills, these vessels wanted to monitor…

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Military

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The Spokesman for the Velayat 91 naval drill said that a Qader cruise missile had successfully and precisely hit and destroyed its mock enemy target during the exercises. “Qader (mighty) anti-ship coast-to-sea missile has been designed and produced by domestic industries.” Qader has a range of…

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Economy

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Iranian and Iraqi provincial officials have decided to launch the first passenger shipping line between Iran’s southwestern port city of Abadan and the port city of Basra.  …

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Economy

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Managing Director of Planning Affairs in Iraq’s Ministry of Oil, Sadeq Aliasari, reported that a new round of talks would soon begin between Iran and Iraq regarding the export of technical and engineering services in CNG. The talks will be held in Baghdad….

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Human Rights

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Political prisoner and Green Movement supporter Ahmad Shujai, who was involved in the disclosure of the recording that documented the torture of the wife of Saeed Emami (who was charged in the political chain murders and according to official pronouncements committed suicide in prison) has been…

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Human Rights

Although he finished serving his 20-year prison sentence, authorities at the central prison in Urmieh are refusing to release Kurdish political prisoner, Ali Sadeqi, who was charged with membership in the Kurdish Democratic Party….

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Human Rights

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Mashallah Haairi, who is imprisoned in Wing 350 at Evin Prison was prescribed psychiatric drugs following a deterioration in his mental state attributed to torture and pressures suffered during his imprisonment. The drugs were not suitable and caused toxicity, respiratory distress and difficulty in blood circulation…

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Human Rights

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Former political prisoner, Dr. Hani Yazrelo, was sentenced to one year in prison in Mashhad and 15 years in exile after being charged with anti-regime propaganda.  …

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Human Rights

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After the appellate court ratified the death sentence handed down against him, there is concern for his life. Behrooz was arrested three years ago along with 15 other people on charges of conspiring with PEJAK. He was later charged with involvement in the assassination of the…

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Human Rights

Isfahan resident, Mansour Deshtaban, was arrested after having been summoned for questioning at the Ministry of Intelligence. His house was searched and his personal computer, camera, books and other documents seized. No reason for the arrest or information about his whereabouts has been made available.  …

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Domestic

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Mohammad Ali Jafari, IRGC Commander, maintained that the “danger” posed by the post-2009 presidential election unrest “was far greater than the danger of the eight-year war for the Revolution and Islam… The (Green Movement) seditious struggle of 2009 was the confrontation of the revolutionaries and the anti-revolutionaries…

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Domestic

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Hussein Sobhaninia, a member of the Majlis Presidium, said that the Guardian Council (GC) had upheld the decision of the Majlis deputies on banning the merger of ministries. “Once the GC sends its confirmation of the Majlis bill to the Parliamentary Regulations Department, the Majlis will…

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Domestic

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Dr. Sadegh Zibakalam, reformist activist, senior political analyst and political science lecturer at Tehran University assessed the state of the conservative principlists ahead of the presidential elections, saying that the conservative camp is divided by supporters and opponents of Ahmadinejad. These disputes existed in the presidential…

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013  /  Domestic

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Foreign Ministry expert on political affairs, Mohammad Hassan Kadiri Abiana, believes that given Iran’s current economic difficulties, no political stream in Iran will be able to resolve the problems without the cooperation of the public. He stressed that if the principlist conservatives, due to their commitment…

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