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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  International

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  International

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Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, and Swiss Ambassador to Iran, Livia Leu Agosti, stressed furthering bilateral relations between the two countries in all fields, including economics, culture and policy….

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Military

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Two months after execution of an agreement to construct a light water reactor in Fars Province, a location has been for the reactor has been selected. Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Fereydoon Abbasi, said that the design of the reactor has already been completed….

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Military

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Iranian media outlets quote a former head of counterterrorism at the White House as saying that Iran’s nuclear facilities are immune to cyberattack….

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Military

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Iranian naval forces seized two fishing boats from the United Arab Emirates that had entered Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, an Iranian commander says. Colonel Ali Vesali, Commander of Abu Musa Island base, said that “The (Iranian, IRGC) forces at Abu Musa Marine Patrol…

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Economy

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The Iranian currency has continued to gain strength after last weekend’s presidential election. The rial is at 33000:1 against the US dollar, up over 10% to its pre-election rate of 36400:1.  …

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Economy

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Etemaad editorial titled, “The Time Consuming Improvement of Economic Conditions” maintains that solving the numerous economic problems Iran is facing will require a lengthy period. “Over the past (Ahmadinejad’s government) eight years, despite astronomical oil revenues, Iran’s economy faced conditions where few people thought that the economy…

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Economy

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Tehran Emrooz ran an editorial by Mohammad-Hossein Mirmohammadi, member of the Majlis Economic Committee, titled, “Where Is the True Place of the Central Bank (CBI)?” Mirmohammadi said that the CBI has not fulfilled its principal duties in the last eight years. “Over the past years, we…

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Economy

Hassan Mazloumi, Deputy Minister for Communications and Information Technology, and his Iraqi counterpart met in Tehran to explore avenues for bolstering mutual cooperation in the field of communications infrastructures. Mazloumi voiced Iran’s willingness to cooperate with Iraq in the field of optical fiber.  …

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Human Rights

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The text message led to a furious outcry on social networks. Human rights activists report that in recent days, the Ministry of Intelligence has been sending threatening text messages to political activists and ordinary citizens. Most of the text messages were sent to cellular phones belonging…

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Human Rights

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Human Rights

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The letter reads, “Apart from the fact that no religious ideal justifies stripping them of human and social rights, the presence of many of our dear ones, who are unfairly imprisoned, in social fields and especially in civil society can help eliminate some of our country’s…

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Human Rights

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Arash Mohammadi, the student activist who was arrested this past Sunday in Tabriz, began a hunger strike in his prison cell. He was arrested during the celebrations following Rouhani’s election as president. According to the report, agents dressed in civilian clothing violently confronted young people who…

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Human Rights

According to the report, he was taken to solitary confinement prior to the execution along with three others. The other three were taken to the noose, but then returned to their prison cells  …

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Human Rights

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A women’s rights and political activist held in Evin Prison was taken to the hospital after being seriously injured by an object that hit her head during a break in the prison courtyard….

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Human Rights

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A court in Iran has sentenced a political activist to six years in prison and 10 years of exile to the southern city of Bandar Abbas. “Saeed Madani was sentenced for activities against national security and propaganda against the (Islamic system). Another activist, Ehsan Hushmand, was sentenced to…

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Human Rights

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Babek Rouani was arrested about one year ago and charge with harming national security, propaganda against the regime and ties to antirevolutionary groups. He was released on bail after being held for over one month in solitary confinement….

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Human Rights

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Domestic

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In a move aimed at improving the working relations between the two branches after  a tense 8 years, Rouhani appointed Mohammad Bagher Nobakht,  Economic Research Department Deputy at the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research, to represent the executive  branch and Ali Larijani,  Majlis Speaker, appointed his…

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Friday, 21 June 2013  /  Domestic

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Rouhani said that the Islamic Republic’s system did not deserve “lies and slander” and that “problems of livelihood” were not compatible with Iran’s honor and dignity. Rouhani quoted Ayatollah Khomeini, “The Imam said I’m not afraid of Iran’s enemies, but I am afraid of differences from…

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