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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  Editorial

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The stalled negotiations on Iran’s nuclear dossier between Iran and the West, the Arab Spring in the Middle East and the ongoing crisis in Syria are all gradually widening the chasm and intensifying the existing disputes between Iran and the Gulf states. As a result, tensions…

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  International

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Ahmadinejad met with Egyptian Vice President for International Affairs and Foreign Cooperation to discuss the Syrian issue. The Foreign Ministry has shed light on the aims of the visit by a high-ranking Egyptian delegation….

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  International

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Ali Larijani said in a meeting with the Italian Ambassador to Tehran that the Iranian nation has always had a positive and friendly attitude towards Italy. “Expansion of parliamentary cooperation between Iran and Italy can have a positive effect on the two countries official relations.”…

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  Military

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Fereydoon Abbasi, Director of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said that Iran will generate 2,000 megawatts of nuclear power by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2013). He also added, “We hope to increase agricultural products as well as under-cultivation…

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  Military

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Mohammad Reza Naqdi, head of Basij of the Oppressed Organization, blamed the US for the appearance of “ten-fold inflation in (Iran’s) economy,” saying that “Those who recommend that we either compromise or negotiate with the US are undoubtedly either unwise or traitors… We categorically declare that…

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  Military

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Ali Fadavi said, “Today all possibilities and equipment of the Americans in the sea are under threat by us, but we have never been after pressuring and annoying (them)… but no one can guarantee that our self-restraint will continue forever.” Fadavi added, “We have no doubt…

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  Military

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Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri, Deputy Head of Army’s Industrial Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization, said that Iran is independently developing an S-300  (advanced SA)  missile system. He added that purchase of the S-300 missile system was undermined by US sabotage. “Now the Army is developing the…

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  Economy

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Mohammadreza Esmaili, head of Iran’s dairy syndicates, said that subsidy cuts have led to a 40%-60% increase in the price of milk and a 22% fall in consumption. The Deputy Minister of Health has urged the public not to let rising prices remove milk and fruit from their…

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  Economy

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Production has fallen at the three largest car manufacturing companies - Khodro, Saipa, and Pars. Khodro fell by 47% in the last Iranian year (ended March 20, 2013)….

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  Economy

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Ambassador to India, Gholamreza Ansari, said that Iran and India plan to hold a joint economic meeting in Tehran next week. Ansari added that Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi would head Iran’s delegation, while his Indian counterpart, Salman Khorshid, would lead the Indian delegation. He added,…

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  Human Rights

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Elham Ruzbehi, a member of the Baha’i community, reported to Semnan Prison with her baby on April 27 to begin serving a two-year sentence. Ruzbehi is the fourth Baha’i mother detained with her baby. She was arrested, with several other Baha’is, on March 12, 2011. Pregnant…

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  Human Rights

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Abdolhamid Moafian, head of the Coordinating Council of Reformists in Fars Province and a supporter of former President Mohammad Khatami, was arrested last week. It is still not clear where Moafian is being held. Jamileh Karimi, a former advisor to the Governor of Fars Province during the…

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  Domestic

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Hashemi Rafsanjani, former President and Chairman of the Expediency Council, said that he will take action to reform the Islamic Republic’s domestic and foreign policies. Rafsanjani served as the president of Iran from 1989 to 1997. In 2005, he ran for a third term in office,…

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  Domestic

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Yasser Hashemi, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani’s son, has denied that his father will be a presidential candidate in the June elections. He added that the story of his father’s candidacy was a pure lie. Yasser Hashemi said that his father would run in city council elections and…

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  Domestic

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Hojjatoleslam Ali Yunesi, the second Minister of Intelligence under President Mohammad Khatami, said that Hashemi Rafsanjani and former President Khatami are working to unite reformists. Yunesi described Hassan Rowhani as the closest person to Hashemi Rafsanjani and added that Rafsanjani did not say he would not…

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Monday, 29 April 2013  /  Domestic

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The Office of the Supreme Leader has issued a chart of 7 “dos” and 13 “don’ts” for the media in covering the upcoming presidential elections….

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