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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  International

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Jack Straw, who heads a British parliamentary delegation to Tehran, said that Iranian and British relations have experienced turmoil but he believed that both sides are attempting to improve relations based on mutual interests, in which Parliaments wield a key role. Straw met with the head…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  International

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In a meeting with visiting Syrian Deputy FM, Mohammad Javad Zarif said  that “the role and influence of Iran as an important and effective part in the settlement of regional problems including the Syria issue are clear to all; and based on its principled stance, Iran…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  International

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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will soon visit Lebanon “We are arranging Dr. Zarif’s visit to Lebanon at this stage. The authorities are making arrangements and once they are finalized, we will notify you about the exact time of the visit.”  An Iranian delegation plans…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  International

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During his meeting with, Chairman of the German Christian Democratic Party (CDU) Andreas Schockenhoff , Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe and North America Affairs Majid Takht-Ravanchi emphasized  Iran’s “right” to (uranium)  enrichment and said that the Iran could respond to concerns the other parties had about its…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  International

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Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said that “a delegation from Canada and parliamentary delegations from other countries plan to visit Iran. We hope that these talks pave the way for better and comprehensive cooperation among countries.” She also said Head of Christian Democratic Fraction of Germany as well…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  International

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Deputy-FM for Europe and North America Takht-Ravanchi  announced that the FM will attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos-Klosters, Switzerland 22 - 25 January 2014 and the 50th Munich Security Conference (MSC, January 31-February 2 in Germany). He elaborated that the conference is crucial and…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  International

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Mohammad Hasan Asafari , member of the Majlis Supreme National Security Council (SNSC)  said that an Iranian parliamentary delegation plans to visit Russia next two weeks “The SNSC in its  January 7 session approved the visit of three members of the NSFPC to Russia in order…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  Military

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During her weekly press conference, Marziyeh Afkham  said that Iran’s “position is completely clear and the approval of any new sanctions would mean the end of the current negotiations. (Asked about the US Congress’s decision to approve a new bill against Iran).  “We have announced earlier that…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  Military

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Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said that the Iran is seeking Japanese assistance to help build more nuclear power plants (NPPs). Araqchi said he believes Iran and Japan can work together to build facilities that generate electricity. He said Japanese leaders are aware…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  Economy

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Minister of Science, Research and Technology Reza Faraji Dana said that in a situation in which the budget for running the government is  about $78.4 billion, Iran gives away “$150 billion dollars in foreign aid” through the brain drain. He added that the estimated cost of training…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  Economy

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During a meeting with meeting with the Austrian ambassador to Tehran, industry, mines, and trade minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh said that the value of annual trade between Iran and Austria amounted to $1 billion in 2013 and that Iran is ready to reactivate the Iran-Austria Joint…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  Economy

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A delegation composed of Italian industrialists, entrepreneurs and lawmakers are to visit Iran soon to explore ways to cement ties between Tehran and Rome. The visit which was planned by Italian diplomats and Iran-Italy Friendship Group in cooperation with Iranian Embassy in Rome will take place on January…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  Economy

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Mitsubishi’s representative in Iran has said that “Mitsubishi did not abandon Iran even during the sanctions and the company’s managers had assured Iran that they will not quit the country’s market under any circumstances. He added that Mitsubishi plans to diversify operations in Iran and to launch two new models of Lancer…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  Human Rights

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A new report examines the extent of Internet censorship in Iran.  “Citation Filtered: Iran’s Censorship of Wikipedia,” released by the Iran Media Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communications and the Human Rights in Iran Unit at the City University of New York’s Brooklyn…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  Human Rights

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According to the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC), Iran continues to execute people at an alarmingly high rate, including those convicted for drug trafficking, a crime that does not meet the limited exception under international law for application of the death penalty only for “the most serious…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  Human Rights

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  Human Rights

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Hunger striking Sunni prisoners from Iran’s Kurdish minority are in grave danger as their health deteriorates after 64 days on hunger strike. The hunger striking prisoners are protesting their death sentences and the conditions in which they are being held….

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  Domestic

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The Press Supervisory Board has banned the weekly Yalsarat al-Hussein (Companions of Hezbollah) (*)  while warnings were issued to hard-line weekly “9 Dey” and daily “Vatan-e Emruz” for violating the Press Code provisions. The Press Supervisory Board, which operates under the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, has…

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014  /  Domestic

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Chairman of Iran’s Guardian Council (GC) Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati has appointed former spokesman of the Council Abbas Ali Kadkhoda’i as his senior adviser for legal and political affairs. The GC IS responsible for approving all bills passed by Majlis and has the power to veto them if it…

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