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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  International

The Iranian embassy in Brazil has made telephone threats against the families of Iranian opposition figures overseas. This move followed the sensational sexual harassment of a minor by an official representative of the Iranian embassy, which led to his humiliating expulsion from Brazil. According to reports…

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  International

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Mohammed Hassan Asafari, a member of the Majlis Committee for National Security and Foreign Policy, referred to Obama’s signing a bill to intensify sanctions and added that the United States wants to escalate the sanctions to achieve results in the upcoming elections in Iran. However, he…

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  International

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Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Basij and Defense Culture, has referred to media hype concerning Iran’s use of Latin American states as a possible platform for penetration and (terror) attack against US soil as being “inspired by…

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  International

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Dr. Seyed Alireza Marandi, Majlis member and President of the Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences, has lambasted the West for banning medical and pharmaceutical exports to Iran by blocking Iran’s financial transactions with foreign countries. He questioned the claims of the US and Western countries that…

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  International

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Asr Iran website reports, along with a citation from an Indian journal, that due to the sanctions and shortage of medication in Iran, India is fill the void and take control of the Iranian pharmaceutical market. According to this report, in December, a delegation of 26…

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  International

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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, visited several African countries. He began his trip in Benin on Friday, and then traveled to Burkina Faso and Guinea….

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  International

Iran  Syrian deputy foreign minister , Faisal Maqdad visited Tehran. He was received by Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, and met at the airport with Ali Akbar Salehi, the Iranian foreign minister who was on his way to visit…

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  International

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The  Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran visited Kabul and met over the weekend with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. At this meeting, the two sides agreed to start the triangular meeting between Iran, Afghanistan and India and emphasized the need for further collaboration…

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  Military

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Fereidoun Abbasi, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said that “security and intelligence forces are doing their duty and have uncovered some assassination (plots).” He said that assassination threats against the lives of Iran’s nuclear scientists were not limited only to the five scientists…

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  Military

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Seyed Jalal Sadatian, a lecturer at Allama Tabatabai University and international affairs expert, said that it was simply not possible to be optimistic about the new round of nuclear talks, stressing that guaranteeing the security of Israel is a higher priority for Obama and his administration…

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  Military

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The Entekhab website cites Kuwaiti newspaper Al Qabas that Qasem Suleimani, Commander of the Qods Force of the IRGC, secretly visited Egypt from between December 26 and 30, 2012. During this visit, Suleimani met with the Morsi’s Deputy for Foreign Affairs Dr. Issam Haddad. They discussed…

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  Economy

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Fars News Agency reported that despite sanctions, the volume of Iran’s foreign trade in the first nine months was USD 72 billion, while exports stood at USD 31.7 billion and imports at USD 40.05 million. According to this statistic, this represents a 10.5% decline in imports…

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  Economy

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The Economist reported that since the sanctions against Iranian oil have been tightened, China alone buys about half of all the oil exported by Iran. Following the tightening of sanctions against Iran last summer, Iran sells its oil to only four countries in Asia: China, Japan,…

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  Economy

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Oil imports from Iran to Turkey in December remained unchanged from November and stood at  100,000 barrels a day. It should be noted that alongside publication of this figure, a senior Department of Statistics of Turkey official announced that it will no longer publish data related…

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  Economy

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Mahmoud Bahmani, Governor of the Central Bank of Iran, who for some time has refrained from appearing before the Majlis and to provide answers to the Majlis members on foreign currency and economic issues, was finally forced to appear on Sunday morning. The official reason for…

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  Economy

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Minister of Industry and Mines Ghazanfari announced that petrochemical companies can get permission to export unneeded petrochemical products when internal needs have been met….

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  Human Rights

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Massoud was previously sentenced to two years in prison on charges of harming national security due to his membership in the aforementioned council….

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  Human Rights

His wife wrote on her personal Facebook page that her husband was not given an opportunity to contact his family.  …

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  Human Rights

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Those responsible at Birjand prison banned meetings and phone calls for Mohammed Hussein Nahaii, an 85-year-old Bahai prisoner who has been detained in Birjand prison for several months, and no reason has been given. He needs constant medical care due to his advanced age, and this…

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Monday, 7 January 2013  /  Domestic

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Journalists Ahmed Ali Mohsanzadeh, Director General of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, referred to recent amendments to the new bill regarding Iranian media. He announced that the new bill had removed a section that allows journalists to be sentenced to…

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