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Thursday, 22 August 2013  /  International

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Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned “certain Western media” for “accusing” the Syrian government of using chemical weapons and blamed “terrorist and Takfiri groups… How could the Syrian government do such a thing, while UN observers are present in that country, and the government is forcing…

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Thursday, 22 August 2013  /  International

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Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, said that Iran is not planning to establish relations with US through Oman. Earlier reports maintained that Foreign Ministry officials were planning to use the visit of Oman’s Sultan Qabus to establish contact with the US government. Araqchi described the…

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Thursday, 22 August 2013  /  Military

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Iran’s Ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, is expected to leave his post soon. Related: Nuclear dossier taken from SNSC handed over to the Foreign Ministry; Rouhani still undecided on nuclear negotiators…

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Thursday, 22 August 2013  /  Military

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Outgoing Oil Minister and former IRGC Khatam al-Anbia Construction Base Commander, Rostam Qasemi was appointed Senior Advisor to the Minister of Defense….

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Thursday, 22 August 2013  /  Military

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General Ali Fazli, Acting Basij Commander, said that the new program will be taught as part of a “Defensive Readiness” lesson in high schools….

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Thursday, 22 August 2013  /  Economy

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Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said, “An increase in Iran’s oil production capacity will result in greater bargaining power in the international bodies and OPEC. Therefore, oil production capacity must be increased to above four million barrels a day (4MB/D) by applying enhanced recovery methods.” He referred to…

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Thursday, 22 August 2013  /  Economy

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Seyyed Hamid Hosseini, a member of the Union of Iranian Exporters of Oil Products, said that Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh had suggested establishing a special organization for selling crude oil, natural-gas condensate, petrochemical products as well as oil and liquefied gas products. He explained, “The…

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Thursday, 22 August 2013  /  Economy

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Presidential Budget Directorate Deputy, Rahim Momabeini, announced that the Budget Directorate will submit a revision of the Ahmadinejad government’s “unrealistic revenues” and provisions in its 2013-2014 budget to the President by next Wednesday. Rouhani will submit the budget revision to the Majlis by September 11….

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Thursday, 22 August 2013  /  Human Rights

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Hossein Ronaghi’s mother has launched a hunger strike to protest denial of medical furlough to her son, who is also on a hunger strike….

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Thursday, 22 August 2013  /  Domestic

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Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said, “We are carrying out the preliminary evaluations in order to make some changes in the structure of the Ministry of Interior. The changes will be in line with Mr. Rouhani’s approach, and then we can appoint our colleagues on that…

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Thursday, 22 August 2013  /  Domestic

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Speaking at the Interior Ministry in Tehran on August 19, President Hassan Rouhani provided some insight into what prevented him from nominating or appointing women to top posts in his government. “In many professions, our women are educated and ready to accept responsibility… During government meetings,…

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