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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  International

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Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said that holding direct talks with the United States is not a “red line… The Supreme Leader said in a speech in Mashhad a few years ago, ‘We monitor the Americans’ actions.’ So it should be seen what attitude the US president…

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  International

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Addressing guests of the International Islamic Unity Conference, Khamenei referred to the wave of Islamic awakening in the Muslim world, North Africa in particular, and said that the world arrogance targeted the Islamic Awakening movement and aims to divide Muslims by pitting them against each other….

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  International

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Ahmadinejad said in a meeting with Ammar Hakim, Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), “Arrogant (powers) have said time and again that they seek to create a Greater Middle East, and their sole objective is to save the Zionists and dominate the region…

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  International

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Ali Akbar Velayati, who is also the Secretary General of World Assembly for Islamic Awakening (WAIA), arrived in Islamabad on January 30 and met with President Asif Ali Zardari. Ali Akbar Velayati met the Chairman of the Pakistani Senate, Nayyar Hussain Bokhari. He said that his visit…

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  Military

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She said IAEA inspectors do not confirm reports on an explosion at the installation and that IAEA inspectors have regularly inspected the Fordo installation, and their observations confirm Iran’s view that no explosion occurred at the site. Iran’s Deputy Head of Nuclear Energy Organization had denied news…

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  Military

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Ali Akbar Salehi said, “When I travelled to Cairo, the issue (P5+1 talks) was raised in talks with my Egyptian counterpart, and we said that with regard to Egypt’s status in the international arena and also in the region and the world of Islam, we believe…

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  Military

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The IRGC Navy began the three-day naval exercises codenamed Fath (victory) 91 in the 3rd operational zone (near waters off Khuzestan and Bushehr provinces). Rear Admiral Seifollah Bakhtiarvand, IRGCN Commander, said that the Fath (Victory) 91 maritime drills, are designed to assess the combat readiness of the IRGC…

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  Economy

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Managing Director of Bank Mellat, Ali Divandari, said  that “After two-and-a-half years of intense legal work to lift the (EU) sanctions on the bank, (the European) Court (of Justice) has ruled in favor of Bank Mellat… The Court has also required the (European) Union to cover…

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  Economy

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Rosario Alessandro, President of Italy-Iran Chamber of Commerce and Industry, called for the expansion of economic relations between the two countries, saying that Rome will be Tehran’s main European trade partner in 2013. Alessandro met with a group of Iranian businessmen in Rome and said Italy…

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  Economy

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Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Ahmad Qalebani, said that the (USD 40 million offshore) platform jacket that recently sunk in the Persian Gulf will be recovered from the bed of the sea. “Assessments show that the sunken jacket has not been damaged…

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  Economy

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Farhan Ahmadi, Managing Director of National Iranian Oil Engineering and Construction Company (NIOEC) announced the completion of the venture to develop the Imam Khomeini Oil Refinery – Shazand. He added that the refinery would become operational during the Ten Days of Dawn, marking the victory of…

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  Human Rights

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Jailed political prisoner, Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, daughter of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former President and current Chairman of the Expediency Council, has challenged the Majlis member who recently visited Evin Prison, declaring that his statements about the conditions there were fraught with “lies and delusions.” Faezeh…

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  Human Rights

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The Iranian crackdown against independent media that resulted in the recent arrests of over a dozen journalists has reached journalists outside the country, including as many as 15 Radio Farda journalists, who have been targeted with sophisticated online attacks. Radio Farda journalists have been the subject of fake Facebook…

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  Human Rights

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  Domestic

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Khamenei visited the mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini, on the occasion of the start of Ten Days of Dawn, marking the 34th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The Supreme Leader visited the tombs of former Chief Justice Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti and 72…

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  Domestic

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The Guardian Council has passed election reforms despite heavy resistance from the government and its representatives in the Majlis. Abasali Kadkhodayi, the Guardian Council Spokesman said that after the necessary changes called for by the Council in its first review of the bill were put in…

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  Domestic

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The Intelligence Ministry (MOIS) issued a statement following the arrest of the journalists. The statement reads, “The Ministry discovered a major media network linked to the global arrogance (Western) media network… For months, the Unnamed Soldiers of the Lord of the Age (Mahdi) (MOIS agents) put…

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Thursday, 31 January 2013  /  Domestic

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Mehr News Agency reported that some of the journalists arrested in recent days have been released. Mehr does not identify the released journalists, but reports that some were released on Monday night and others on January 29. So far, the only name of a released journalist…

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