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Tuesday, 31 December 2013  /  International

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Former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw will head a four-man delegation (Former British finance minister Norman Lamont, conservative lawmaker Ben Wallace, and Labour parliamentarian Jeremy Corbyn) that will visit Iran between January 6 and January 10. The delegation is due to meet with Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, National…

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013  /  International

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013  /  Military

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The previous expert-level meeting took place between December 19-22 in Geneva. Director General for Political and International Affairs at Iran’s Foreign Ministry Hamid Ba’eedinejad led the Iranian delegation, which included experts from nuclear, banking, oil and transportation sectors. The negotiating team from the six countries was…

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013  /  Military

During a speech he gave at the Faculty of Communication Sciences, Deputy FM and senior member of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team Abbas Araqchi said that attempts are always being made to distance the nuclear issue beyond internal disputes and that a large percentage of the…

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013  /  Military

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Nuclear affairs analyst and expert Hassan Beheshtipour discussed statements made by Chairman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi regarding the installation of second generation centrifuges, and said that the installation of this number of IR-2M centrifuges by Iran not only does not…

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013  /  Economy

Ali Tayebnia wished to make clear that there is no correlation between the basket of products that the government must decide to grant to citizens and the second stage of the subsidy reform law. According to Tayebnia, the basket of products is a separate payment designed…

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013  /  Economy

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Judiciary spokesman Hojjat al-Eslam Gholamhoseyn Mohseni-Ezhe’i said that “due to the issues and accusations against him over the recent weeks, Babak Zanjani has been arrested by judiciary officials.” Zanjani ‘s accounts were frozen by the United States Treasury in April and he has been blacklisted by the European Union…

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013  /  Human Rights

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Journalist, political figure, and former head of the press department at the Ministry of Culture and Education during Khatami’s  tenure Isa Saharkhiz, who is also a member of the central council of the Association for the Defense of Press Freedom in Iran, was arrested in July 2009 during…

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013  /  Human Rights

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No information has been made available over the past three weeks about the condition of Hashem Shabani and Hadi Rashdi, two Sunni activists who were sentenced to death. The two were transferred by the Intelligence Ministry headquarters in Ahvaz to an unknown location. Their families and…

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013  /  Human Rights

Security forces announced that the reason was the invitation of Mohammad Khatami to the ceremony.  …

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013  /  Human Rights

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Keyvan Karimi was arrested two weeks ago by the Intelligence Ministry. The young Kurdish director won several international cinematic awards. One of his films that focused on the difficulties of tribes on the Kurdistan border won the best short film award at an Italian festival.  …

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013  /  Human Rights

Human rights activists reported that an order by Intelligence Ministry investigators suspended mental health drug therapy that was granted to political prisoner Iraj Mohammadi, who is imprisoned in the central prison in Zahedan. The suspension of therapy is designed to increase pressure on him. Eight months…

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013  /  Human Rights

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A student newspaper from Manzandaran University Bamdad was suspended following publication of a special issue that focused on the students meeting with the Ministry of Science Regulatory Committee.  …

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013  /  Domestic

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On December 30th ( “9 Dey epic”),  Iranian politicians and media celebrated the anniversary of the organized rallies held in 2009 in support of the government and against Green Movement protesters who had contested the 2009 elections that brought Ahmadinejad to his second term as president….

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013  /  Domestic

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The Secretary of the Committee to Determine Illegal Content Abdolsamad Khoramabadi announced that the main domain of Instgram was not blocked and only some of the pages that contained illegal content were filtered. He added that the Committee was currently exploring blocking non-Iranian application and software…

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Monday, 30 December 2013  /  International

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Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta will visit Tehran for the first time. This visit follows the Italian Foreign Minister‘s trip to Iran. A parliamentary delegation, headed by the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, is scheduled to arrive in Tehran this Friday. Former Italian Prime Minister…

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Monday, 30 December 2013  /  Military

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Hojateleslam Mehdi Mousavi Nazad, one of the creators of the draft law, said that over 200 Majlis members (of the 292 members) signed the proposal, and this number would increase.  …

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Monday, 30 December 2013  /  Military

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Highlights from television interview with Chairman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi: -          Our obligations in the Geneva Agreement do not go beyond the NPT and fall within the Additional Protocol. Iran is willing to alleviate the concerns of the other side….

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Monday, 30 December 2013  /  Military

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Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi stressed that all IAEA’s technical expectations have been met and all its questions were answered during the three visits of its inspectors to the heavy water installations in Arak. “They visited certain necessary sections, not all…

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Monday, 30 December 2013  /  Economy

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Vice President for Strategic Planning Mohammad Baqer Nowbakht said that the government has shadow plans for the next year budget based on three different scenarios depending on the economic situation and international developments. One scenario is that the status quo is maintained, in which case the…

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