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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  International

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Iranian ambassador to Ankara Alireza Bigdeli said that Tehran is ready to mediate between Turkey and Syria. “Tehran and Ankara are on the same page with regards to finding a solution to the Syrian issue.” Bigdeli added that the recent nuclear agreement can positively affect relations…

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  International

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Mansur Haqiqatpur, a member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee (NSFPC) heading a Majlis delegation to Lebanon, said that investigators are in possession of some evidence proving that Takfiri (Muslim who accuses another Muslim of apostasy) elements backed by Saudi intelligence service were behind the…

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  International

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Foreign ministers Mohammad Javad Zarif and Sheikh Sabah Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah presided over the commission discussions. During the opening ceremony, Zarif said that Iran greatly appreciated  relations with regional countries including Kuwait and expressed hopes that the commissions would improve bilateral cooperation. He also proposed the establishment…

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  International

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 The Majlis has approved the resignation of Majlis member Mehdi Sanai from the Majlis so that he can fill his new position as Iran’s new ambassador to Russia….

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  International

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The committee set the remembrance period from 20 Nov. to 17 Dec. and decided to hold diverse political and cultural events including remembrance meeting, lecture, photo exhibition and films in the period….

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  Military

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Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) director Ali Akbar Salehi said that “based on the 1992 agreement with Russia, we are in talks with them to construct nuclear power plants (NPPs) with a total capacity of 4,000 megawatts in Iran with their help in due course…The…

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  Military

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Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi  said that “Foreign Ministry directors general from Iran and the P5+1 will meet next week to review the details of implementing the (nuclear) agreement …Under the agreement we reached in Geneva, both sides need several…

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  Military

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During a visit to South Zone, Khatam al-Anbia air defense headquarters commander Amir Farzad Esmaili said that the army is well prepared to defend Iran’s nuclear achievements. Esmaili added that “With the help of God and efforts of the hard-working staff, Iran’s preparation in air defense…

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  Military

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Commander of the Iranian Navy (IRIN)   Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari attended the ceremony marking National Navy Day.  Overhauling the 3,000-ton Lavan warship, which is able to carry battle tanks and personnel carriers, had taken 254,000 man-hours over the course of 33 months.   The process of…

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  Economy

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Deputy Oil Minister for International and Commercial Affairs Ali Majedi pointed to “Iran’s recent diplomatic victory in Geneva” and said “Iran’s crude customers can sign long-term, six-month contracts with us and this contract will replace the short-term contracts.” He reiterated that Iran’s customers can be confident that there would be…

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  Economy

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President Rouhani, accompanied by the Oil Minister and oil experts, arrived in the Persian Gulf port of Asaluyeh to visit the South Pars Gas projects ….

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  Economy

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An unnamed Iranian official stated that  “A meeting was held between foreign automakers (Peugeot and Renault) and the Minister of Industry, Mining and Commerce. An initial agreement has been reached that will allow foreign automakers to return to Iran. Final negotiations will take place after December and French…

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  Economy

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Members of the board of representatives of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce elected Gholam Hussein Shafei as their new head. Shafei beat his rival Masud Khansari with 178 votes to 162. Mohammad Nahavandian resigned from the post to become Rouhani’s chief of staff. He was also deputy SNSC secretary…

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  Human Rights

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Hojjat al-Eslam Ali Saeedi said “I believe that the punishment (of Mousavi and Karroubi) was not the maximum treatment….The nature of the crime (they committed) is serious. However, their punishment was not the maximum…the punishment for these two should have been harsher.  Saeedi called recent rumors…

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  Human Rights

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36-year-old Canadian permanent resident Saeed, who was arrested in Iran in October 2008, several days after his arrival from Canada to visit his ill father, was  sentenced to death for allegedly “designing and moderating adult content websites”, “agitation against the regime”, and “insulting the sanctity of…

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  Human Rights

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Maryam Shafipour was arrested on July 27, banned from continuing her education and sent to Wing 209 of Evin Prison, one week after her arrest. The cause of her arrest is still unknown and attempts by Maryam`s family to schedule a visit via the attorney general…

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  Domestic

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Abadan governor Bahram Ilkhaszadeh said that “a bomb in Abadan-Mahshahr oil pipeline was found and successfully neutralized…Given the Abadan’s oil refinery plant, the city is crossed by many pipelines including oil and gas pipelines.”…

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  Domestic

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During a cabinet meeting chaired by Rouhani, Alireza Razm-Husseini was appointed as governor-general of Kerman and Abdolmohammad Zahedi as governor-general of Kordestan….

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Monday, 2 December 2013  /  Domestic

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Head of the Majlis Research Center Kazem Jalali said that the draft cooperation agreement, prepared by the center, was ready. He added: “Given the differences that can emerge, some of which are normal and some that are attributed to the Majlis’s supervisory role, this document sets…

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