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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  International

During his visit to Najaf, Ali Akbar Salehi discussed the need for Muslim unity and the role of religious leaders in the Muslim world saying they are regarded as pillars for self-confidence in the Muslim world….

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  International

Shirazi stressed that the Iranian government should also be more outspoken and categorical in protesting these acts.  …

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  International

Ahmad Pourangnia, a member of the board of directors of Telecommunication Infrastructure Company, said that Iran is providing Internet services to Iraq and Afghanistan. He added that there are other projects, named EPEG and SEMIV 5, underway for Internet traffic from Iran to other countries. Another…

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  International

The Lebanese Minister of Culture met Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Mohammad Hosseini in Tehran.  Hosseini said, “There is great potential for cultural education and exchange between our two countries, which could help the nations boost their close friendship.”…

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  International

In a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of branch of the Imam Khomeini Foundation in Tajikistan, Iran’s Ambassador announced that over the course of its operation in Tajikistan, the Foundation has helped tens of thousands of impoverished families by regularly providing services and products. According to…

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  Military

The positive signs emerging from the latest round of talks with the West have received more attention than anticipated in the various markets in Iran, and we have recently witnessed a significant drop in prices of the dollar and gold. This drop is also gradually being…

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  Military

Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, Commander of the Iran’s Ground Forces, said that two military exercises are planned for the end of the (Iranian) year (March 20). “The Khatam al-Anbia drills will start on Saturday (March 9) in southwestern Khuzestan.” He added that the drills are aimed at…

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  Military

Iranian Army Airborne Commander, General Hoshang Yavari, said that the technical unit of the Iranian Army’s Airborne division repaired three (old) US choppers and brought them back into operation. He added that that his forces plan to repair a number of downed choppers each year….

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  Military

Jaish ul-Adl (‘Army of Justice’) has claimed it planted a roadside bomb in Saravan on February 27 that exploded and killed several IRGC officers in Saravan (southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan Province). Jaish ul-Adl warned the IRGC to leave the region and threatened to carry out more…

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  Economy

Conservative Alef is reporting that poor diet is the main reason behind the stunted growth of Iranian children in recent years. Research conducted by food experts in Iran reveal that lower consumption of dairy products in the food basket and increasingly poorer diets, coupled with genetic…

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  Economy

The Vice Chairman of the Majlis Planning and Budget Committee, Jafar Qaderi, addressed the aspects of the budget for next year and said that the revenue from the first phase of the Subsidy Reform Law was 28 thousand billion tomans and if, as estimated, this amount…

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  Economy

Iranian Oil Minister, Rostam Qasemi, announced that the Iranian and Pakistani Presidents will be attending a ceremony on Monday to inaugurate the official construction of the joint pipeline, known as the Peace Pipeline, that will carry gas from Iran to Pakistan on Pakistani soil.  …

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  Human Rights

Mohammad Zamiran and Dr. Ehsan Shariati (the son of Dr. Ali Shariati, one of the Revolution’s prominent ideologists), both lecturers in the social sciences, have been suspended from teaching at their universities.  …

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  Human Rights

Security forces visited Zia Nabavi in his cell and took him away, and then searched his personal belongings. According to reports, the security forces confiscated everything he had written and recorded in prison. The apparent reason for this was his protest letter about the impending execution…

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  Human Rights

Zahra Rahnavard visited her mother, who is mourning the death of Zahra’s father, and did so under the guard of the internal security forces. Mir Hossein Mousavi, however, has not been allowed to meet with Zahra’s mother since the death of her husband, Mousavi’s father-in-law.  …

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  Domestic

Former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, who is a member of the three-strong principlist coalition planning to contest the 2013 presidential election, outlined the coalition’s policies. Velayati said that the coalition, which also consists of Majlis member Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel and Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf,…

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  Domestic

Majlis Deputy Speaker, Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi Fard, said that he may run in the upcoming presidential election if certain conditions are met. Aboutorabi Fard added that a number of people from the Combatant Clergy Association, Qom Seminary, academic centers and former prisoners of war (POWs) have…

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  Domestic

Major General Seyed Hassan Firouzabadi, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, warned of internal “threats” ahead of the June presidential elections. Firouzabadi said, “We should not think that the US and Zionists are the only ones acting against us. Many of our enemies are…

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  Domestic

Minister of the Interior, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, discussed the election method and stressed that although 23 of the 24 procedures related to the elections system would be carried out in an electronic and computerized format, the actual voting process would not be computerized….

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Friday, 8 March 2013  /  Domestic

Hasan Mousavi, Head of the Office of the President, appointed Yusuf Akbari as head of the General Department for Security Political Affairs, replacing Majid Omidi Shahraki, who was appointed by Minister of Culture as Director of Iran’s official news agency, IRNA.  …

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