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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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Monday, 30 December 2013  /  Economy

According to Chairman of the Import Committee in Iran’s Chamber of Commerce Majid Reza Hariri, the past eight months have witnessed a 28% drop in the level of exports. According to this statistic, import of raw materials dropped by over 30%. Most imports focused on staple…

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Monday, 30 December 2013  /  Economy

According to Iran’s Customs, in the first nine months of the current Persian year, exports of petrochemical products passed the $8 billion threshold. In terms of weight, the export of non-petroleum products totaled 65,999,000 tons. The statistics further reveal that the majority of Iranian exports were…

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Monday, 30 December 2013  /  Economy

Following a spill, gas production in this phase, which was supposed to begin over the next several days, has been suspended. The Pars Oil and Gas Company is currently examining ways to renovate the underwater pipeline, and a request was submitted to the Iranian Offshore Engineering…

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Monday, 30 December 2013  /  Human Rights

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Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan, reported on his Facebook page that anonymous parties broke into the couple’s home, broke down the door and searched through their items. Sotoudeh and famous director Jafar Panahi (both of whom are banned from leaving Iran), recently (December 13) met at…

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Monday, 30 December 2013  /  Human Rights

Security forces arrested eight residents of a village on the outskirts of Ahvaz who attended a traditional Sunni mourning ceremony.  …

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Monday, 30 December 2013  /  Human Rights

The Revolutionary Court in Zahedan sentenced Fathi Mohammad Nakshabandi, the Sunni Community Imam in Rasak in the Sistan and Baluchestan Province, to 15 years in prison.  Nakshabandi was charged with 5 other Sunnis in the murder of religious leader Mutafa Janji Zahi, who was murdered two…

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Monday, 30 December 2013  /  Human Rights

Instagram was blocked for several hours for unknown reasons. The block was lifted shortly afterwards, also for unknown reasons.  …

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Monday, 30 December 2013  /  Domestic

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Ayatollah Saeed Ahmad Khatami, member of the Assembly of Experts and Friday Prayer Leader in Tehran, discussed the Fitna 88 in a medial interview, and said that the party who instructed citizens to go into the streets through statements and announcements are essentially guilty of terrorism,…

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Monday, 30 December 2013  /  Domestic

Majlis member and opponent of Ahmadinejad Ali Motahari said that their charges are not on the same level but the only solution is to try all three at the same time in order to expose the truth to the public.  …

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Monday, 30 December 2013  /  Domestic

In the last meeting between the daughters of Mir Hossein Mousavi and their parents that took place, as usual, with the security forces present, Mir Hossein Mousavi expressed concern over the health of his wife, Zahra Rahnavard. The Mousavi family is prevented from speaking by phone…

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