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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  International

In his speech at the graduation of Basij instructors, Senior Military Aide to the Supreme Leader, Yahya Rahim Safavi, said that the region and the Islamic Revolution are now at a strategic turning point and the rapid pace of political, economic and global changes. Developments around…

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  International

Hussein Sheikh al-Islam, Advisor to Majlis Speaker for International Affairs, said that Majlis delegation left for Sudan to attend the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting, due to be held on January 20-21. Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani will attend the IPU meeting to present a lecture on…

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  International

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has invited his Iranian counterpart, Ahmadinejad, to attend the 12th summit of Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Cairo on February 6-7. The Foreign Ministry Spokesman said, “This will be a proper chance for the two presidents to exchange views on…

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  International

A Mehr News editorial penned by international affairs expert, Hassan Hanizadeh, titled, “How much longer will diplomacy remain lax? Ties with Egypt at what price?” The editorial stated that although Egypt wields significant influence in the Islamic and Arab world, Iran cannot pay a heavy price…

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  Military

Qasem Ghaffuri refers in an editorial published on website Jam-e Jam (affiliated with IRIB) to new round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the IAEA and the reports of possible resumption of talks between Iran and P5+1. He maintains that Western reports and analyses predict that…

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  Military

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, Iranian Navy Commander, said that “The 23rd fleet of warships of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) will return home next week, and the 24th fleet will be dispatched to the far seas for a 3-month mission. Sayyari added that the…

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  Military

Hassan Karami, Riot Police Commander, said that the plan to recruit female officers for the Riot Police was proposed this year so that the police would have a unit of women in its operational battalion at times of crisis. “The missions for the female unit in…

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  Military

Commander of Iran’s Ground Forces, Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, announced that during the Ten Day Dawn, marking the revolutionary victory in February, the upgraded Zolfaqr tank will be unveiled. According to the orders of the Chief of Staff, the tank will be sent for mass production. Speaking…

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  Military

Hamid Fazeli, Head of Iranian Space Agency, said that “the testing phase of these living capsules has ended, and monkeys to be sent to space are now in quarantine… These monkeys will be sent into space according to schedule on (10 days) Fajr (dawn) Ceremonies” (anniversary…

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  Economy

Iran currently exports 74 megawatts of electricity each day. However since June 2006, no bank transactions have been conducted between Pakistan and Tehran, and Pakistan’s total debt to Iran is now USD 50 million. According to the agreement, Pakistan will pay the relevant amounts through an…

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  Economy

A Jomhouri Eslami editorial titled, “Subsidy reform and mistakes in setting priorities” stated that although Majlis representatives ratified the law prohibiting implementation of the second phase of the Subsidy Reform Law, and although the provision prohibits implementation, the government is still trying to implement the law….

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  Human Rights

Twelve political prisoners held in Wing 350 of Evin Prison refused to hold the weekly meetings with their families to protest the ban on meetings imposed on political prisoner, Ali Maazri.  …

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  Human Rights

Prison authorities at Evin Prison are preventing two political prisoners, Mohammad Saami and Easre Qetan from traveling to the hospital. The two refuse to wear a prison uniform (an act designed to humiliate political prisoners) and are therefore being prevented from being transferred to the hospital….

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  Human Rights

Wife of political prisoner Abolalfazel Kadiani stated that the prison authorities have not provided any explanation for his transfer to a prison outside of Tehran. Kadiani is a member of the Revolutionary Mujahideen and since his arrest in the post-election events, sent several letters to the…

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  Domestic

The Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Affairs completed its review of a draft law on passports. According to the draft law, anyone over the age of 18 can submit an application to receive a passport, but single women over the age of 18 will…

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  Domestic

Hejazi, head of the security department under the Ministry of Sciences, Research and Technology, said that university security departments should not issue permits for “new and suspicious” student unions. “In the sensitive situation ahead of the (presidential) election, we should avoid issuing permits for new and sometimes suspicious…

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Friday, 18 January 2013  /  Domestic

Majlis members voted to prohibit all persons working in the three branches of government from working simultaneously in its subordinate organizations (the Guardian Council) as a jurist. If such people do not resign from their other jobs within two months, their membership in the Guardian Council…

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