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Monday, 29 July 2013  /  Editorial

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The European Union decision to place Hezbollah’s military wing on its list of terror organizations, adopted on the eve of Rouhani’s inauguration as president of Iran, is yet another impediment to improving relations between the Islamic Republic and the European Union. The resolution was adopted following…

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Monday, 29 July 2013  /  International

Kazem Jalali, a ,member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee (NSFPC), welcomed the letter sent by the US congress to Obama on the start of talks with Iran’s President-Elect Hassan Rouhani. However, “The letter by 131 US congressmen, including 17 Republicans, seems to be a…

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Monday, 29 July 2013  /  International

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The Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee (NSFPC) Spokesman said the committee strongly criticized the Foreign Ministry for its congratulatory message to the British royal family on the birth of the new prince and called this act the Ministry’s “weakness.” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Araqchi congratulated…

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Monday, 29 July 2013  /  International

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The Quds day rallies are held annually in Iran on the last Friday of Ramadan to show solidarity with the Palestinian people and oppose Israeli control of Jerusalem. During his last speeches, Ahmadinejad called for Israel’s destruction and denied the Holocaust….

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Monday, 29 July 2013  /  International

In a directive to all domestic universities, the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology has blacklisted 251 international publications. The list was sent “to avoid publication of articles of domestic researchers in bogus foreign publications and to introduce a unified procedure for evaluation of such…

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Monday, 29 July 2013  /  Military

Sayed Hamidreza Tabatabaei, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Army participated in the DPRK’s celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the “victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War.”  Members of the Iranian-DPRK  Majlis Friendship Group also attended the event….

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Monday, 29 July 2013  /  Economy

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Ami Jafarpur, Iran’s Transportation and Fuel Headquarters Management official, said, “A lot of money remained to be paid by China for oil purchases, and the Chinese did not consider it possible to pay in cash. They had set a condition for this money to be paid…

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Monday, 29 July 2013  /  Human Rights

Motahari told the Majlis that political prisoners should be released and that they should find “final closure” in the case of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. He also dismissed demands for apologies from Mousavi and Karroubi, saying that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should be held equally responsible…

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Monday, 29 July 2013  /  Human Rights

Abolfazl Abedini, imprisoned human rights activist and a witness in the torture death case of blogger Sattar Beheshti (blogger who died while in custody), was unexpectedly transferred from Evin prison to Karoon. Abedini testified before Shahriyari, the magistrate investigating Sattar’s  torture and  death, and said that…

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Monday, 29 July 2013  /  Human Rights

Ahmadi-Amu’i released the above information in a letter from the Rajai Shahr Prison, where he is being detained. He has expressed hope that Hassan Rouhani will appoint an ombudsman to investigate the possibility of setting all political prisoners free. Ahmadi-Amu’i classifies the security and political prisoners…

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Monday, 29 July 2013  /  Human Rights

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Monday, 29 July 2013  /  Domestic

Ali Najafi said that he has been confirmed by President-Elect Hassan Rouhani as the Education Minister in the coming cabinet. Najafi was Education Minister for eight years under President Rafsanjani (1989-1997). Previously, he also served as Minister of Science and Technology under Prime Ministers Bahonar, Mahdavi-Kani…

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Monday, 29 July 2013  /  Domestic

Hossein Sajedinia, Commander of Greater Tehran Law Enforcement Forces , said the cyber police  (FATA) has inspected 352 internet cafes in Tehran  and has sealed off 67 of them over the past week. He explained that by providing the services illegally, the offending Internet cafes are harming the…

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Monday, 29 July 2013  /  Domestic

“I walked into a pharmacy in Tehran two nights ago, showed the pharmacist my own birth control pills from the United States, and asked for something similar. “We don’t have anything like this,” he said, “Our choices of birth control have become extremely limited the past…

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