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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  International

New Western attitude in nuclear talks – The past year has seen several rounds of talks on Iran’s nuclear activities – a good start for Iran. In the last round in Almaty, we witnessed a new change. Western countries came closer to our demands in this…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  International

Ahmadinejad stressed that international structures need to be reformed in a move to protect global peace and justice. The Iranian President referred to the current crises the world is facing, stressing that the world today is in dire need of reforms in the unfair international structures….

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  International

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi predicted a bright future for Iran’s foreign policy and said that enemies’ attempts to isolate Tehran will fail dismally in the next Iranian year (starting on March 21)… (In the next Iranian year) our international relations will be such that the…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  International

The Foreign Ministry said that Iran and Argentina’s initiative to set up a “fact-finding commission” to investigate the deadly 1994 bombing of AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires has blocked the US and Israel’s meddling in Iran’s good relations with the Latin American countries. He added,…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Military

A diplomatic source close to Iran’s nuclear negotiations team claimed that Western proposals in the last round were imbalanced and added that although the 5+1 withdrew from its previous positions during the last round of talks in Khazakstan, their proposals “still do not go far enough…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Military

Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said,  ”The era of threat, intimidation and the childish game of carrot and stick has come to an end, and if materialistic regimes and the hegemonic powers do not have a proper understanding of the current situation in the world and region,…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Military

The head of the Operations Division in Iran’s Navy announced that the Navy’s Twenty-Fourth Navy Battle Group including Khark chopper carrier and Sabalan destroyer, which approached the Sri Lankan shores, warned off Australian reconnaissance aircraft that approached them to take pictures. Following the warning, the Australian…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Economy

The purchasing power of Iranian citizens ahead of the Nowruz festivities, the Iranian New Year that falls this year on Wednesday March 20, dropped by 50% relative to previous years. According to the report by merchants and business owners, the decline in purchasing power of citizens…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Economy

Three days before the New Year celebrations, when demand is at a peak, reports are circulating of tremendous tension in the markets surrounding the price of chicken and despite promises by officials to regulate prices, prices continue to rise. One official in the headquarters to settle…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Economy

The Majlis sent an amended short-term spending bill to the Guardian Council, after the vetting body requested changes to the government’s three-month budget. In an open session on March 17, the Majlis addressed the changes demanded by the Guardian Council. The Council had earlier rejected the…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Economy

Central Bank Governor, Mahmoud Bahmani, discussed the factors underlying the rise in inflation over the past Persian year and noted that “according to estimates, inflation this year will be lower than 32%.” He added that the economic climate in Iran over the past two years has…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Human Rights

Khorasan newspaper reported that in the municipal committee meeting on religion in Mashhad that was attended by the commander of the internal security forces in Khorasan Razavi, the issue of home-based churches in the city arose. The internal security forces commander in the province claimed that…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Human Rights

Mehdi Muatamadi Mehr was sentenced to five years in prison by the Revolutionary Court on charges of writing critical articles and in participating in Ashura Day protests four years ago.  …

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Human Rights

Opposition leaders Mir Hussein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard were finally allowed a visit from their daughters, Narges and Kokab Mousavi, on March 13, under severe security measures. The last time the children were allowed to visit their parents was on November 21. The short visit was initially…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Domestic

Iran’s official news agency IRNA censored the critical statements made by Ayatollah Jinati, preacher of the main Friday prayer service in Tehran against the message of condolences offered by Ahmadinejad following the death of Chavez. Jinati said, “Why does a person (Ahmadinejad) utter whatever he is…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Domestic

91 leaders from the reformist stream, including former ministers, Majlis representatives and political and cultural activists sent a letter to former President Mohammad Khatami calling on him to submit his candidacy in the upcoming presidential elections in order to extricate Iran from its current position. In…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Domestic

Former Majlis member, Mostafa Kavakebian, has announced that he will run for president. Kavakebian, who is the Secretary General of the Mardom Salari Party said, “I am going to have a young cabinet, and I will introduce a third of my cabinet before the elections.”…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Domestic

Head of Iran’s General Inspectorate Organization Mostafa Pourmohammadi announced his candidacy for the June presidential election.  He served as Iran’s Interior Minister from August 2005 to August 2008 during Ahmadinejad’s first term in office. He also served as acting Intelligence Minister during the term of former…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Domestic

Son of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, head of Iran’s Expediency Council, said that his father is not going to run for president. Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani said, “What is certain at the moment is that Mr. Hashemi has no intention of running for president under the current…

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Monday, 18 March 2013  /  Domestic

The website stressed that over the next several days, additional information would be provided regarding the reason it was blocked. On its homepage it published a poll regarding the reasons behind the block….

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