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Monday, 23 December 2013  /  International

Iran has summoned Greece’s chargé d’affaires to explain the EU parliamentary delegation’s meeting with human rights lawyer and 2012 winners of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought Nasrin Sotoudeh and film-maker Jafar Panahi, who were arrested following the June 2009 presidential election protest….

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Monday, 23 December 2013  /  Military

Minister Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, who is also a member of the nuclear negotiating team, said that “any time we feel that the other party (P5+1) is not adhering to its commitments, we will stop implementing the first stage…

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Monday, 23 December 2013  /  Military

head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said that International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) inspectors do not have the right to visit Iran’s military facilities. “IAEA  inspectors not only have no right to visit military and missile industry facilities, they have not been tasked with such a…

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Monday, 23 December 2013  /  Military

Tehran’s Friday prayer sermon leader Hojjat al-Eslam val-Moslemin Kazem Seddiqi  referred to the nuclear negotiations and said that both Khamenei and the Iranian people fully support Iran’s nuclear negotiating team and said that despite new hopes created during the recent nuclear talks, the Supreme Leader’s predictions (not optimistic…

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Monday, 23 December 2013  /  Military

A  visit by members of the Majlis’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee (NSFPC) to the Arak heavy water reactor in Markazi Province has been postponed.  …

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Monday, 23 December 2013  /  Military

Mehr News reported that Iran’s long range missile capability “has created leverage for Iran during Geneva nuclear talks and defense of Iran’s nuclear rights… Iran’s military and defense capability is the most important pivots of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s strategy in dealing with threats. Missile…

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Monday, 23 December 2013  /  Military

The Defense Ministry has finalized 50 memorandums of understanding with a total value of $10 million at the domestic cyber industry exhibition that was held in Tehran. The exhibition, held at the Iranian Electronic Industries Company, was visited by more than 300 state officials. Defense Minister…

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Monday, 23 December 2013  /  Human Rights

Iran has hanged 16 people convicted of murder, drug trafficking, raping and unknown charges. 8 people were executed on unknown charges at Raja’i-Shahr prison in Karaj. Four prisoners - two sentenced for murder and two for rape - were executed in Lakan prison in Rasht, two men…

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Monday, 23 December 2013  /  Human Rights

 “We, the undersigned, representatives of human rights and civil society organizations, are writing to express our concern at the continuing and systematic state persecution of individuals perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender… The arbitrary arrest, conviction, and punishment of individuals based on their alleged…

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Monday, 23 December 2013  /  Human Rights

Jailed journalist Reza Jelodar-Zadeh wrote a letter from Evin prison in Tehran calling for his freedom.  …

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Monday, 23 December 2013  /  Human Rights

Student Mohsen Barzgar was arrested by security forces while visiting his parents.  …

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Monday, 23 December 2013  /  Human Rights

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Monday, 23 December 2013  /  Human Rights

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Participation Front news site Norooz confirms that they were hacked. The Green Voice of Freedom was also hacked. Kerman Cyber forces claimed responsibility for the attack….

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Monday, 23 December 2013  /  Domestic

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Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi said that the Ministry is pursuing a content-based filtering system so that it would only filter inappropriate and criminal content rather than the entire site…this is a complex task and three groups are currently working on this and…

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Monday, 23 December 2013  /  Domestic

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Sunni Baloch insurgent group Harakat Ansar Iran (HAI), active in Sistan and Baluchestan province since 2012, merged with another local Sunni group, Hizbul-Furqan, as a move that will strengthen their fight against Iran’s regime. The group said that following the merger, it will be known as…

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