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Thursday, 31 October 2013  /  International

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Mohammad Javad Zarif will make a stopover in France ahead of nuclear talks in Geneva. Zarif, the first Iranian foreign minister to visit France in years, is scheduled to meet French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Paris. Zarif is currently in Pretoria to attended the Iran -…

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Thursday, 31 October 2013  /  International

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Deputy Head of the Supreme Leader’s representative in the IIRGC Hojjat ol-Eslam Abdollah Hajj Sadeqi said that the slogan “Death to America” originates in the Koran. “They (US and the West) wish to say that we have renounced the principles and ideals of the (Islamic) Revolution,…

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Thursday, 31 October 2013  /  International

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Member of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce Abolfazl Hejazi said that “preparations and talks with  (Iranian) state authorities for launching charter flights between Iran and America are over, and at this stage, the Iranian air companies are waiting permission from the American administration. “Mahan and Aseman (Iranian)…

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Thursday, 31 October 2013  /  Military

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Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said that “20% enriched uranium and fuel plates are being produced inside the Iran and there has been no interruption in the production process.” He added that the required numbers of fuel plates were produced…

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Thursday, 31 October 2013  /  Military

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Majlis member from Tehran  Hamid Rasaei has warned against reports regarding the suspension of uranium to 20% and said: “I hope that the government and officials of the  Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) will remove my concerns…I struggled with this, but could not remain silent; I…

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Thursday, 31 October 2013  /  Military

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During the Intelligence Coordination Council meeting شورای هماهنگی اطلاعات)) attended by members of Iran’s intelligence community, Intelligence Minister Hojjat al-Eslam Mahmoud Alavi emphasized the need for adequate preparation in light of new intelligence trends. According to Alavi, various and new methods, unlike traditional methods, must be…

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Thursday, 31 October 2013  /  Human Rights

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As pressure on Iran’s media increases, culminating this week in the closure of Bahar newspaper, bringing despair to supporters of Hassan Rouhani’s administration who looked forward to a more liberal political and media atmosphere in the country, Judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hossein Ejhei announced that the Association of…

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Thursday, 31 October 2013  /  Domestic

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Mostafa Pourmohammadi said that the Rouhani administration would not get involved in the efforts to release Mir Hossein Mousavi, his wife Zahra Rahnavarad and Medhi Karroubi, who are approaching nearly 1,000 days under house arrest. When asked whether the Rouhani government has formed a special committee…

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Thursday, 31 October 2013  /  Domestic

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Khamenei’s Adviser on International Affairs since 1997, Ali Akbar Velayati has been appointed head of the influential think tank Center for Strategic Research. He succeeds elected president Rouhani, who headed the think tank until his presidency in August 2013. Velayati had been Iran’s Minister of Foreign…

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Thursday, 31 October 2013  /  Domestic

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Managing director of Mehr News Agency Reza Moqaddasi has resigned due to the agency’s “financial problems”. Mehr’s editor-in-chief, Payam Tirandaz, resigned last month. The report added that according to some Mehr journalists, the staff have not received their salaries for almost two months….

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013  /  International

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Marziyeh Afkham said that ” Rouhani is trying to make the lives of Iranians living abroad easier in various fields. One way is by establishing direct flights between Iran and America. She said that this move requires more discussion and once relevant organizations announce their readiness, the flights…

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013  /  International

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Interior Ministry Spokesman Hussein Ali Amiri said that the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) was investigating possible Saudi Arabian involvement in the killing of (17) border guards near south-eastern town of Saravan. He implicated Israel and the United States in the attack and warned Pakistani officials…

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013  /  Military

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During a meeting held to unveil the first Strategic Biological Defense Document of Iran Gholamreza Jalali said that “we should avoid hallucinatory optimism towards the West, because the allegedly civilized Westerners owns biological warfare factories and if they engage in war, they will use them against us…In…

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013  /  Military

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IRGC Navy (IRGCN) Commander Ali Fadavi paid a visit to the Electronic Warfare Division of IRGCN. Fadavi has urged IRGCN managers to promote innovation and creativity and deepen their views, to adopt strong, decisive long-term and strategic plans.” Fadavi reiterated that IRGCN has, since 1987, an…

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013  /  Economy

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The 15th ministerial meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) is convening in Tehran on November 3 to choose a new secretary general. Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh will preside over the meeting. During the Doha meeting, Iran (Mohammad-Hossein Adeli), Libya and Russia nominated…

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013  /  Human Rights

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Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Dastqeyb, a Source of Emulation affiliated with reformists, has strongly protested the security guards assault on the daughters of detained reformist leader Mir’ Hossein Mousavi on October 25 and urged Rouhani to secure the release of both reformist leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi…

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013  /  Human Rights

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Two death row prisoners from Iran’s Kurdish minority -  Zaniar Moradi and Loghman Moradi -  are at imminent risk of being executed after a weekend that saw Iranian authorities carry out 20 death sentences . Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director at Amnesty International Hassiba…

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013  /  Domestic

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Iranian media reported that the oil pipeline in Khomeynishahr Doshakh region (Esfahan Province) exploded on October 28 causing caused a major oil spill, covering land in the area and its vicinity.” People were evacuated from the region in order to repair the pipeline and clean the…

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013  /  International

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Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, heading a high ranking parliamentary delegation, departed for Beijing at the invitation of Chairman of China’s National People’s Congress….

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013  /  International

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Iran and South Africa 11th joint commission will be held on October 31 in presence of foreign ministers following a break of  several years (The 10th joint commission was held in Tehran in the year 2008). Iran’s Ambassador to South Africa Mohammad Faraji said that the…

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