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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  International

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Numerous parliamentary delegations from Europe have come to Iran. Over the past few days, I have met with the chairman and acting chairman of the Italian Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee and members of the Iran-UK Parliamentary Friendship delegation. What is clear is that most of these…

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  International

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Majlis representative Hojatoleslam Rouhallah Hosseinian responded to Jack Straw’s visit to Iran and said “I generally oppose the restoration of serious ties with the British, since they have always acted in a treasonous manner against Iran. He added that I do not welcome Jack Straw if…

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  International

Hassan Rouhani wrote an article in project-syndicate.org in which he outlined his foreign policy goals and strategy and its effect on domestic issues . Key points: ·        Balanced realism led to Geneva interim agreement When I campaigned to become President of Iran, I promised to balance…

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  International

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Carl Bildt (one of the 4 people Zarif follows on his Twitter account)  tweeted: “Yes, of course it makes sense to invite also Iran to the Syria peace talks (Geneva conference II).”  …

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  Military

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Conservative weekly 9 Dey claimed that management of the nuclear file was removed from the Foreign Ministry and returned to the Supreme National Security Council, the SNSC. The Rouhani government has remained silent with regards to this report. The media and conservative Majlis representatives  claimed this…

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  Military

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Senior Iranian IRGC commanders paid tribute to assassinated Hezbollah commander Hassan al-Lakkis. Defense Minister Hussein Dehqan said he played a key role as part of the “first nucleus” of the Lebanese resistance. The top brass of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard attended the ceremony, including the commanders of the Quds…

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  Economy

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Mansour Moazzami said that the oil industry has no problem in exporting oil and that the only restrictions on exports were attributed to political decisions. Once these issues are resolved, the Oil Ministry is capable of increasing production and oil exports. According to Moazzami, Iran’s ability to…

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  Economy

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More than 50 oil companies from 20 countries and around 150 Iranian companies will participate in the 10th international energy exhibition of Iran, which will be held January 13-16, 2014 in the Kish FTZ Island. The number of participants has increased by 60% compared to the…

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  Economy

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Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Governor Valiollah Seif said that bad loans in the Iranian banking system amount to 800 trillion rials (about $32 billion, adding that special committees will be formed in bank branches in order to collect the debts, since  the government  is resolved…

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  Human Rights

Member of a church in Karaj was summoned for questioning by the Intelligence Ministry. Human rights activists are reporting that Amin Khaki was summoned for questioning and that these types of summonings largely result in the arrest of the party being questioned. Khaki was arrested three…

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  Human Rights

Political prisoner Hamid Reza Borhani, who was imprisoned in Wing 350 of Evin, was exiled to Rajai Shahr Prison. His exile comes on the heels of the 9 Dey events at Evin prison that resulted in the transfer of several political prisoners to solitary confinement and…

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  Domestic

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Member of the Majlis National  Security Committee Mohammad Hassan Asafari criticized the judiciary for what he calls the lack of a strong and more aggressive action against Fitna prisoners, and added that everyone was aware of the foreign link of these people. Asafari later warned against…

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  Domestic

The intelligence minister was summoned to the Majlis after National Security and Foreign Policy members claimed that his answers to the committee were unsatisfactory. The questions that were presented to the intelligence minister pertained, among others, to the meeting between European parliament delegation with former political…

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  Domestic

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Culture Minister Ali Jannati was questioned by hard-line lawmaker Hamid Rasaei over some of his comments regarding the closure of newspapers and the solo singing of women. Rasayi accused Jannati of showing tolerance towards the insulting of religious sanctities and promoting laxness over religious principles. Rasaei…

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  Domestic

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Fatima Hashemi announced that her request for a public trial was rejected. Before entering the court, Hashemi told journalists that she was pleading not guilty of the charges attributed to her and claimed that the Revolutionary Court is not authorized to discuss them. she discussed the…

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  Domestic

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Hojatoleslam Mohseni-Ejei discussed criticism leveled by the conservative media on the failure to try Mehdi Hashemi. He stated that the charges attributed to Mehdi Hashemi do not solely pertain to issues related to Fitna 88. He faces other charges related to financial issues, pertaining to both Fitna…

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Thursday, 9 January 2014  /  Domestic

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Five people were killed and two other were seriously injured by a blast on Wednesday as a veteran special effects supervisor was preparing an explosion scene for controversial filmmaker Masoud Dehnamaki’s war drama “The Ascendants”. The explosion took place in the Sacred Defense City, which was…

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