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Monday, 1 July 2013  /  International

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Ahmadinejad is scheduled to attend the 2nd Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Moscow that will open on July 1 and 2. During his visit, Ahmadinejad will also meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and they will discuss regional issues, including the Syrian crisis and issues…

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Monday, 1 July 2013  /  International

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Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee (NSFPC) said in a meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Baku, “Relations with Azerbaijan should be overhauled, and the existing problems between the two countries must be resolved… There are numerous commonalities between Iran and…

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Monday, 1 July 2013  /  International

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Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani met with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in Doha on June 29. The Qatari ruler also called on Tehran to use its influence to help settle regional problems. Salehi congratulated Sheikh Tamim on his recent appointment as…

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Monday, 1 July 2013  /  International

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Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, criticized Bahrain’s foreign minister for remarks on Iran’s “interference” in Syria’s affairs. Abdollahian said, “Syria’s recent victories against terrorism and takfiris is the result of combat and efforts made by the Syrian army and people. The…

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Monday, 1 July 2013  /  Military

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A Basij volunteer force has participated in four-day long IRGC air defense drills in the Ramshah district of Isfahan Province. Colonel Seyyed Mehdi Ahmadi, Commander of the Air Defense Battalion of the IRGC’s Qamar Bani-Hashem Brigade 44, said that “The Imam Hussain Battalion of Basij Force…

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Monday, 1 July 2013  /  Military

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Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Chairman of the Majlis National Security Committee, confirmed the arrest of six Slovak nationals on charges of espionage. He noted that they “had devices that common people do not generally possess… They broke domestic laws and visited sensitive regions of the country.”…

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Monday, 1 July 2013  /  Economy

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Saeed Leilaz, journalist and economic analyst, maintained that the sharp drop in the exchange rate following Rouhani’s election was “quasipolitical.”  In an article titled, “The Mystery of Cheap Currency at the End of Ahmadinejad’s Term,” Leilaz argues that Ahmadinejad’s “administration is trying to turn the government over…

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Monday, 1 July 2013  /  Economy

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Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi arrived in Moscow heading a high-ranking delegation to attend the second GECF meeting. He met with Russian Energy Minister Alexandr Novak to discussed issues of mutual interests and the international energy market. According to ISNA, ministers who attended the GECF meeting…

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Monday, 1 July 2013  /  Economy

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Iran’s Customs Administration announced that in the first four months of 2013, Iran traded with 169 countries, with an import ../../../css/_Iran_had_a_positive_trade_balance_with_83_countries__while_there_was_a_negative_trade_balance__8230_75qeubfd7rdjnxgik22d6t.css;

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Monday, 1 July 2013  /  Human Rights

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Monday, 1 July 2013  /  Domestic

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Mirmohammadi, member of the Majlis Committee for Supervision, said that “The government has lodged a complaint against two Majlis members, and this complaint is being examined by the Committee for Supervision over Majlis Members.” Some Majlis members had previously criticized Ahmadinejad’s “costly” trip to New York…

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Monday, 1 July 2013  /  Editorial

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The violent murder of four Shiites last week in the village of Zawyat Abu Musalam in Egypt once again brought the increasing polarization of Sunnis and Shiites throughout the broader Middle East to the fore. The reshaping of the Middle East as part of the romantic…

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