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Tuesday, 2 April 2013  /  International

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The Iranian government has agreed that Egyptian tourists no longer need visas to visit the Islamic Republic. On March 30, the first flight from Egypt to Iran in 34 years took off from Cairo. Security services in Aswan took heavy precautions to ensure the security of 58 Iranian…

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013  /  International

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In an extensive interview with Mashregh News, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was asked about ongoing domestic criticism regarding the unilateral measures taken to improve ties between Iran and Egypt. Iran waived visa requirements for Egyptian tourists, while Egypt has not reciprocated: Egypt announced that Iranians in…

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013  /  International

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Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that Iran and Egypt “also concluded agreements regarding scientific and economic fields… With regard to bilateral exchange of goods and other common trade agreements between the two countries, we have (seen) and we will see the results in the…

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013  /  International

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Murhaf Jouejati, a professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, said that Plan B for Iran, the strongest supporter of the Syrian regime, is to fragment the war-torn country and create an Alawite state in order to maintain its influence…

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013  /  Military

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Kuwaiti intellectual and political analyst, Abdallah Al-Nafisi, is accusing the IRGC of cooperating with the Huthists (Shiites in Yemen) to train Saudi, Kuwaiti and Emirati youths in IRGC military camps on Dahlak Island in the Red Sea. He said that Iran offered Egypt USD 30 billion…

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013  /  Military

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Heydar Moslehi, Intelligence Minister, traveled to Baghdad to discussed regional issues and Iraq’s internal affairs. He met with the Iraqi National Security Ministry Advisor and said that the visit was designed to boost security cooperation between the two countries, and Iran and Iraq enjoyed growing security…

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013  /  Economy

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Data showed that Turkey exported almost USD 120 million in gold to Iran in February, suggesting the two countries’ trade of gold for natural gas has resumed despite tighter US sanctions, though at levels below last year’s peaks….

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013  /  Economy

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Rostam Qasemi, Oil Minister, said that new gas extraction phases will begin in the South Pars gas field in 2013-2014. “Phases 15 and 16 of gas extractions in the South Pars gas field will begin in this (Iranian) year (started March 21, 2013) and phase 12…

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013  /  Human Rights

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Two years after the death of Haleh Sahabi at her father’s funeral, a Tehran Court has declared that she died of “natural causes” and closed the investigation. In an interview with Rooz Online, Sahabi’s husband stated that the court refused to review video and photographs pertaining…

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013  /  Domestic

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IRNA vociferously proclaims that the Social Security Fund will increase pensions by 25% this year. The expected increase, however, is not the interesting part of the story. IRNA posts the letter to Ahmadinejad from his close advisor and ally Saeed Mortazavi, the head of the Fund. However…

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013  /  Domestic

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The proclamation of the new system after a referendum following the Islamic Revolution in 1979 was marked on April 1. In a two-day nationwide referendum held on March 30 and 31, 1979, 98.2% of Iranians showed that they wanted the monarchical system to change to an…

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013  /  Domestic

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According to the latest figures issued by the LEF (Law Enforcement Forces) and Drug Control HQ, every day 1,369 kilograms of drug substances are recovered, and 27 cases of drug addicts and drug traffickers are filed each hour.” According to LEF, “Drugs enter the country through…

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