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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  International

The Foreign Ministry Spokesman denounced French air raids in Mali and said, “Iran is worried about the fate of those trapped at the scene of conflict, which has forced them to flee their homes in desperation.” He added that France’s military intervention in Mali is unwarranted and…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  International

Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi said, “A horrible crime has taken place in Pakistan, and a number of predator animals known as Wahhabi Takfiris detonated bombs at a Shiite convention, martyring 120 people and injuring hundreds.” Makarem Shirazi blamed the US and Saudi officials for financing such crimes…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  International

Mohammad Reza Tabesh, a Majlis member is representing Iran in the four-day conference of Asia-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Conference on Environment and Development (APPCED) in Kathmandu. Tabesh has proposed Iran as the host of the 17th APPCED General Assembly….

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  International

Seyyed Nezamoddin Moussavi, Fars News Agency (FNA) Chief, said that “We have put expansion of Fars News Agency’s activities in the region on our agenda, which is in line with and an extension of Iranian policies.” Moussavi elaborated, “In Lebanon, we intend to have serious interaction…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  Military

The positions of the commission members are as follows: The Chairman of the National Cyberspace Center - head of the committee; the deputy head of the National Cyberspace Center for controlling content as secretary of the committee; a representative of the Voice and Vision Organization of Iran (state-run…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  Military

Mohammad Ali Jafari said, “The IRGC has worked out tough responses to any kind of threat enemies may pose.” He added that repeating worn-out and failed scenarios against Iran would yield no result, but will further consolidate the foundations of the Islamic Revolution. “As before, we…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  Military

Ahmad Reza Purdastan, Commander of Iran Army Ground Forces, said, “In the event that the enemy scrambles the air with 100% noise, our experts will be able to re-establish command and missile system communication, so that the military equipment may operate. He added, “Telecommunication is highly important in…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  Military

Police Chief, Brigadier General Esmayeel Ahmadi Moqaddam, said that “We have taken good measures to reinvigorate our units and set up turrets along border areas. UAV units will also be activated for aerial surveillance.” He added that police have procured the necessary gear for controlling water…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  Economy

Ahmadinejad repeated his mantra and stressed that the targeted subsidiary plan is one of the best ways to cut Iran’s dependence on oil income and optimize the use of national resources. According to him, it is also a way to guarantee Iran’s sustainable growth, foil sanctions…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  Economy

Using a loophole in an Indian insurance scheme arranged by New Delhi and chartering a vessel insured by Indian firms, National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) is evading sanctions and increasing the amount of oil exported to India. India established the scheme to keep some oil flowing…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  Economy

Syrian Minister of Electricity and Director General of Iran Power Plant Projects Management Co. (MAPNA) met in Tehran to discuss cooperation in the energy and power sectors. The two two discussed the establishment of new power plants and future projects in the field of electricity generation…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  Human Rights

Stop writing about Iran or face the consequences. That is the message being sent to Iranian journalists working outside Iran, along with warnings that their reputations, finances and families are at risk should they refuse to comply. Relatives of political journalist, Ali Asgar Ramezanpour (former Deputy Culture…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  Human Rights

Workers from the Khamana textile plant demonstrated in front of the Majlis to protest not having been paid their salaries, the closing of the factory and the lack of insurance for workers who retired from the factory. One worker said that they had not been paid…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  Human Rights

Two of the prisoners were hanged in the Rajai Shahr prison of Karaj (west of Tehran). One of the prisoners was a “young boy,” who was convicted of murdering and old woman in 2008. According to the website of the Human Rights and Democracy Activists in…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  Domestic

Majlis Speaker, Ali Larijani, said that he complained to Ali Khamenei over the government’s delay in presenting its budget for the coming Iranian year 1392 (starting March 21). Larijani said in his letter, “I wrote that the delay of the budget has caused much damage and…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  Domestic

Ali Motahari, a conservative Majlis member, said that Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, currently under house arrest, must inform the people of Iran of all that happened, referring to the 2009 presidential election protests. “If (Mousavi and Karroubi) are convicted, the Guardian Council must decide…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  Domestic

Secretary General of the Islamic Coalition Party, Habibollah Asgaroladi, repeated the stance that he expressed regarding Mousavi and Karroubi, two Green Movement leaders who have been under house arrest, stressing that he believes the two are not guilty of the Fitna 88 (wave of protests that…

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Thursday, 17 January 2013  /  Domestic

“A newspaper, which supports Hashemi Rafsanjani, former President and current head of the Expediency Council, has mentioned the probable nomination of Mas’ud Pezeshkian for the upcoming election in June 2013.” Pezeshkian served as Minister of Health, Treatment and Medical Education during Seyyed Mohammad Khatami second presidential…

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