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Tuesday, 24 December 2013  /  International

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Rouhani wrote on his Twitter account: “we’ll never give up our right to nuclear energy. But we’re working towards removing all doubts and answer all reasonable questions” ; We are striving to avoid new burdens on relations between Iran and the United States and also to…

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013  /  International

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Mohammad Jawad Zarif updated his FaceBook page about the Italian foreign minister’s visit to Iran and expressed hope that more EU ministers will follow. He also said the nuclear talks will resume after the Christmas holidays as agreed with EU Foreign Policy Catherine Ashton, adding that…

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013  /  International

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Qasem Soleimani downplayed Washington’s war rhetoric against Tehran, stating that “global arrogance, the Americans and Obama are lying when they assert that all options are on the table against Iran…that the Americans say we have brought Iran to its knees by pressures and sanctions is nothing…

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013  /  International

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During his meeting with the Italian foreign minister, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that “we don’t find constructive the presence of foreign forces in the region, and the reason is that foreign military presence paves the way for exploitation and … allows extremist forces to…

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013  /  Military

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Member of the Majlis Energy Committee Jalil Jafari-Banehkhalkhal said that the budget allocated for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has been reduced in this year’s budget draft presented by Rouhani to the Majlis.  “In total, the budget of the Atomic Energy Organization, as compared to the…

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013  /  Military

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  Abbas Araqchi said that he believes that for the implementation of the Geneva agreement, some political issues must be resolved as soon as possible. He said that “deputy ministers will likely attend the next round of the talk, (EU Foreign Policy Deputy Chief Helga] Schmidt…

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013  /  Military

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The Iranian Air Force conducted a massive two-day air drill codenamed Fada’iyan-e Harim-e Velayat IV over the county’s southern waters in the Persian Gulf. Drills spokesman Brigadier General Hossein Chitforush said  “these missiles, which can be mounted on different fighter jets, were successfully test-fired during the…

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013  /  Economy

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In 2010, the British government stopped gas production in Rhum field, which is co-owned by British Petroleum and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), due to sanctions imposed on Iran, announcing that Iran’s share out of the gas sales was blocked in an account. London recently announced its consent to…

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013  /  Human Rights

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Mehdi Mousavi and Fatemeh Ekhtisari were arrested by IRGC intelligence apparatus and transferred to Evin prison. Their arrest is part of the IRGC and MOIS crackdown on social networks members and activists. http://narenji.ir/ popular IT site were arrested few weeks ago.  …

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013  /  Human Rights

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Kurdish political prisoner Zanyar Moradi was sentenced to death by public hanging in December 2009 on charges of “moharebeh” (enmity with God, punishable by death) and “murder of the Marivan Friday Imam’s son. Moradi is one of 23 political prisoners that launched a hunger strike earlier…

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013  /  Domestic

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Hard-line cleric, member of the Assembly of Experts and leader of the hard-line Endurance Front political group Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi  said that he was one of the earliest to recognize and fight the propagation of a form of “secular Islam” by former President Mohammad Khatami’s administration….

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013  /  Domestic

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013  /  Domestic

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Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati appointed Hassan Mehrabi as director general of press and media section in the ministry. Mehrabi succeeded Pedram Pak-A’in in said position….

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013  /  Domestic

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‘Aran’ theater group from Shiraz performs a puppet opera showing Ashura event on Arbaeen (mourning period for the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein on Ashura, the tenth day of the first month of the lunar calendar year, Muharram. Ashura ceremonies are one of the pillars of…

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