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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  International

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in a meeting with high-ranking officials, including Ahmadinejad and his cabinet, that “As I said at the beginning of this (Iranian) year (which began on March 20th) that I am not optimistic about negotiations with the Americans, although I…

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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  International

Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, Spokesperson on the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, has referred to the letter by 130 US congressmen to President Obama (following Hassan Rouhani’s offer of direct talks), calling for direct talks with Iran, as a positive step, but added that Washington…

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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  International

Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said that it was the UK that severed relations with Iran and that the “UK must apologize to Iran.” He referred to the possible visit by former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to attend the inauguration of President-Elect Hassan Rouhani in early August….

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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  International

Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Seyed Abbas Araqchi, said that “Basically, this regime (Israel) is not ready to pay the costs of peace, because its nature and survival finds its roots in warmongering.” He blasted the Israeli-Palestinian land swap initiative, saying that an agreement over the proposal would…

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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  International

Deputy Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, said that an operations room has been opened in the Foreign Ministry to assist in the release of Nur Ahmad Nikbakht, an Iranian diplomat abducted in Yemen. On Sunday, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi called on the Yemeni government to…

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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  International

Ahmad al-Soyoufi, Managing Director of Al-Alam News Network was freed from prison Sunday evening after posting bond. According to IRNA, Al-Soyoufi, who had been arrested in the course of Egyptian security forces raid of Al-Alam offices in Cairo on Saturday on the phony accusation of having…

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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  Military

Farzad Esmayeeli inspected the air defense systems, including the advanced air defense missile shields and cannons, at the nuclear enrichment site in person. Last year, Iran conducted tactical air defense drills at its vital nuclear sites, including the Fordo and Natanz enrichment plants and Arak Heavy…

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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  Economy

Rostam Qassemi said that Iran and Iraq are slated to sign an agreement in Baghdad, under which Iran will supply natural gas to Iraq’s Al-Baghdad and Al-Mansouriyah power plants. He underlined that Tehran would start pumping seven million cubic meters of gas daily to Iraq within…

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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  Economy

Behrouz Alishiri, Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs, said that the statement released by the World Bank on Iranian payment delay is non-technical and totally wrong. The World Bank blamed Iran for failure to make payments on the loan and put the country on the list of…

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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  Human Rights

One prisoner was hanged in Khoramabad Prison on July 20. He was convicted of possession and trafficking of 1122 kilograms of opium.  …

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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  Human Rights

Payam Islami,  a 25-year-old prisoner, was found dead while locked in solitary confinement equipped with closed-circuit cameras. He was beaten and transferred to solitary confinement after fighting with another prisoner over a piece of bread. There has been a severe shortage of bread in Rajai-Shar Prison in recent…

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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  Human Rights

Mohsen Rahmani, an IT student, was arrested during Hassan Rouhani’s election campaign is being tortured and under heavy mental pressure in Ward 209 of Evin Prison. Related: Several Rouhani supporters arrested by security forces….

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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  Human Rights

Zahedan’s Prosecutor General has indicted Irancell on the basis of a complaint lodged by a Sunni Friday prayer (leader) against the company… During a competition (for mobile phone subscribers), one of the questions asked was: ‘Which judge was deceived by the Devil during the time of…

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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  Domestic

Khamenei referred in a meeting with Ahmadinejad and his cabinet to the newly elected government, saying that the “appearance of new elements, views, innovations and tastes on the political stage, which involves a shift in power, is a great opportunity which should be used well.” He…

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Monday, 22 July 2013  /  Editorial

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Far away from the spotlights – that are generally trained on Iran’s nuclear program – Iran continues to persistently establish its grasp in the backyard of the “Great Satan” (the United States) – South America. Outgoing Iranian President Ahmadinejad placed particular importance on this effort, while…

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