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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  International

Secretary General of the Islamic Coalition Party, Asgar Oladi, said that Islam is progressing around the world in countries such as Britain and France. Within one or two years, Christians will become a religious minority. According to Oladi, Western hatred of Iran is attributed to their…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  International

The Foreign Ministry Spokesman said, “The claims in this regard are not true, and we have announced that we don’t have any information about him (Robert Levinson). We hope that the previous efforts made in this regard will lead to new information, and we are ready…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  International

Syrian’s Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi arrived in Tehran on Tuesday and was received by Iran’s Vice President Mohammad Reza Ahimi. This two-day visit will include a meeting between the Syrian Prime Minister and the President, Majlis Chairman and Supreme Leader. The Prime Minister will also hold…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  International

Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, said in a meeting with Imad al-Alami, a member of the Hamas (Muslim Brotherhood Palestinian branch) Political Bureau, that “the (Hamas) victory (during operation Pillar of Defense) indicates that resistance is the only option for freeing Palestine.”…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  International

The 18th trilateral meeting of Iran, Afghanistan and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) began in Iran on January 15. The meeting is aimed at accelerating voluntary return of Afghan refugees to their country.  …

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  Military

The Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said that Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are to start new round of talks in Tehran today (January 16) that will focus on signing an agreement on a structured approach to resolving longstanding issues between Iran and…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  Military

Head of the Coordination Division in Iran’s Armed Forces, Mohammad Hossein Dadarus, denied reports of an intrusion of Iranian air space by US fighter jets from a German base. He emphasized that this was psychological warfare was being conducted to cover their weakness in new arenas….

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  Military

Saeed Hashemi Daneh, head of public relations in the office of the IRGC Commander, who had filled this position for over ten years, has left this position and will soon be appointed to head one of the division in the Preservation of Works and Dissemination of…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  Military

Iranian Armed Forces Commander, Ataollah Salehi, appointed Abass Mohtaj as Director General of the Cooperative Foundation of the Army. Mohtaj had been commander of the Iranian Navy, Deputy Interior Minster on Security Affairs and Governor of Qom….

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  Economy

Ali Nikzad Rahbar said that that realizing oil income has been assigned to an experienced diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Rostam Qasemi, Minister of Oil, has proposed that contractors and industry owners in the oil and gas sector to abandon direct payments in buying…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  Economy

Mahmud Bahmani, Governor of Iran’s Central Bank, said on the sidelines of the second conference on Electronic Banking and Payment Systems, “There will be some changes to the foreign trade pattern, but the euro and US dollar won’t be removed from the foreign trade system.” He…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  Economy

Member of the Majlis Industry and Mines Committee, Hamid Reza Fouladgar, stressed that implementation of the second phase of the Subsidy Reform Law in this Persian year would be illegal. According to Fouladgar, since the first phase did not achieve its goals, implementation of the second…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  Human Rights

The Supreme Court ratified the death sentence imposed on Kurdish political prisoner, Reza Molazadeh from Salmas, and there is serious concern for his life. 25-year-old Reza was arrested 18 months ago by IRGC forces. No information was made available about his condition or whereabouts for many…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  Human Rights

Mostafa Tajzadeh’s letter reads: “In the recent fanfare, we must not fear and we must stand firm with integrity for free elections, because in Iran we can either have free elections or, God forbid, an ignominious one.” He said that the key to the Iran’s survival is…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  Human Rights

Shahin Najari was arrested last year in the wave of arrests of university lecturers and released 40 days later on bail. Security forces who arrived to arrest him claimed that he was being arrested to serve the 4-year sentence that had been handed down. No information…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  Human Rights

Prominent Iranian film director, Nasser Taghavi, whose wife was arrested due to her role in the film My Tehran for Sale, spoke at the Iranian Film Awards, where he sharply criticized the Iranian regime and its attitude towards the cinema. Taghavi added that the cinema today…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  Domestic

IRGC officer, Shabani, who is Acting President of IRGC-affiliated Imam Hussein University, in an interview with Iranian newspaper Kanun (Law), discussed the group known as the deviant stream, and said that this stream has open and hidden layers. A person such as Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei is…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  Domestic

Head of the Election HQ of the principlist triple coalition that includes Haddad Adel, Gholam Ali Akbar Velayati and Mohammad Bager Qalibaf (potential top-tier candidates in the upcoming June 2013 presidential elections) appointed Hussein Mozaffar, Tehran’s representative in the Majlis and Deputy Majlis Chairman, as head…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  Domestic

Reformist websites reported that “After exerting more pressure on the relatives of former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi (under house arrest since February 2011), the Magistrate Court has summoned Mohammad Taqi Karroubi, Mehdi Karroubi’s son. Karroubi’s elder son, Hossein Karroubi, was recently sentenced…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013  /  Domestic

First Deputy of the Chairman of Iran’s Judiciary, Saeed Ibrahim Raisi, announced that the court hearing on the case of Mehdi Hashemi, son of Hashemi Rafsanjani, was scheduled to take place shortly. He added that the statement of claim was now being prepared against him, adding…

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