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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  International

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will pay a visit to Ankara today, which coincides with a visit by US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland in Turkey.  Zarif is scheduled to speak at the international Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs…

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  International

Fars News Agency reports that Expediency Council chairman Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani has praised the bravery of the 11th government in initiating dynamic diplomacy. He said that “extremists are using all of their means to hinder and obstruct the government’s (recent) measures. The scholars should be aware…

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  International

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  Military

Iran and P5+1 concluded behind closed doors (October 31) the second round of expert meeting at the UN headquarters in Vienna. Expert teams examined proposals proposed by both sides during Oct 15-16 talks in Geneva. Iranian experts from three ministries of oil, industry, mine and trade…

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  Military

Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy  Committee member Javad Karimi Qoddusi said that Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will appear in the Majlis on November 3  to respond to some members’ questions concerning a rumored suspension of uranium enrichment and the recent Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks in Geneva…..

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  Military

State-run Iranian Television Channel One (IRTV1) began airing a program titled “Everlasting Defense” on the importance of passive defense. Information security and cyber crimes experts Ali Abbasnezhad and Alireza Salehi discussed the specifications of Stuxnet malware and how it attacked  Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant. Abbasnezhad said…

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  Military

Commander of the Iranian Army’s 4th Naval Zone Admiral Khordad Hakimi met with Kazakh Navy Commander Rear Admiral Zhandarbek Zhanzakov in the port of Bandar Anzali. Zhanzakov visited Imam Khomeini University of Marine Sciences in  Noshahr….

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  Military

An IRGC border guard was killed October 30 by PJAK (Party of Free Life of Kurdistan) members in the Buralaan border area of the Maku region in northwestern Iran. Two others were injured during the attack. Earlier this month 14 border guards were killed by Jaish…

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  Economy

Director General of the Office for Commerce of European and American Countries in Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) Abdolhamid Assadian said that “since the start of (the new round of) nuclear talks the approach of the EU countries towards Iran has been positive…Over 70 Italian companies…

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  Economy

Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said that “the contract for supplying gas to Pakistan is likely to be annulled “due to present conditions on the Pakistani side,” and that the oil price in the 2013-2014 budget has been projected at $100 per barrel.   Fars News Agency reported that…

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  Human Rights

1,667 Iranians, including scores of political, civil, and student activists, journalists, teachers, artists and families of political prisoners, conveyed a letter to the head of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC)  and the head of the Judiciary  to protested the alleged assault against Mir Hossein Mousavi’s…

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  Human Rights

Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) chart maintains that the chart has been documenting the execution of people by Iran beginning in January 2013. The official announcements are noted but, as the Iranian government does not announce many executions, it is difficult to know the exact…

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  Human Rights

“Freedom from Torture Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of  Torture”,  Medico Legal Reports Service has published (March 2013)  a systematic study of 50 Iranian torture cases from 2009-2011  …

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  Human Rights

According to the unofficial Kurdish “Mukrian News Agency”, eleven prisoners were hanged in Urmia Prison on October 30.  Six Kurdish prisoners convicted of drug charges were identified as: Kamel Saeidi, Kamel Habibi, Zaki Khani, Mohammad Gorji, Mosayeb Sadati, Vali Mohammadzadeh. In addition, four other prisoners, including two…

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  Human Rights

Prominent human rights lawyer (recently released from jail) Nasrin Sotoudeh visited the mother of Sattar Beheshti (blogger who died in early November 2012 several days after being arrested by the Iranian Cyber Police) on the first anniversary of his death. Documentary film maker known for his…

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  Domestic

Khamenei’s message to the National Conference on Population Change and Its Role in Various Transformations of Society. Key points: Iran needs more population with its natural capacity and special political geography …. I still believe that our country is not a 75 million citizen’s country; our country…

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  Domestic

Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy (NSFP) Committee member Ahmad Bakhshayesh Ardestani hailed the suspension of Bahar reformist newspaper and said that its goal in publishing the controversial article “Imam (Khomeini); a political leader or faith role model?” was to “initiate criticism of the Shi’i Imams so that…

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Friday, 1 November 2013  /  Domestic

Kayhan Daily and conservative MP Hamid Resai have denounced the Foreign Minister’s statements posted on his personal FaceBook page condemning the assault on the daughters of Mir Hossein Mousavi.” Why should the foreign minister support the words of daughters of the heads of sedition when the…

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