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Iran Arrests Former Deputy Foreign Minister

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Iranian media report the arrest of the former deputy foreign minister who resigned this week in a political spat. The Fars news agency says Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh, an ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was taken into custody on Thursday. The report did not detail the charges. The ex-deputy foreign minister quit Tuesday as his boss […]

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Iran Insists Nuclear Bomb Not on Agenda

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Iran’s president says Tehran is not interested in building a nuclear bomb, but will will not be stopped by the West if it desires to create one. State television quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday as saying his government would tell the world if it was working on a nuclear weapon. Mr. Ahmadinejad’s comments are the […]

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Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Resigns in Political Rift

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran’s deputy foreign minister quit Tuesday as his boss was facing impeachment proceedings over his appointment in a growing political rift between hardliners and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iranian media reported that Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh resigned after 33 Iranian lawmakers signed an impeachment draft against Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi. The newly-appointed Malekzadeh is facing corruption […]

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Iran Nuclear Chief and IAEA Head Hold Talks

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Iran’s nuclear energy chief and the head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog have held talks on Iran’s controversial nuclear program on the sidelines of a week-long conference on nuclear safety. Iran’s Fereidoun Abbasi said he had a “good” discussion in Vienna Tuesday with International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano, who has been critical […]

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US Prosecutors: Iran’s Top Shipping Firm Uses Alias to Evade US Sanctions

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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New York prosecutors have charged Iran’s largest shipping company with conspiracy for allegedly using corporate aliases to move millions of dollars through U.S. banks in violation of U.S. trade sanctions. In an indictment announced Monday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. accused Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines of setting up shell companies to fool […]

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Iran Sets Hearing Date for American Hikers

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The Iranian lawyer for the three Americans hikers accused of spying says Iran has set their next court hearing on July 31. Masoud Shafii told VOA he received an official notification of the court date on Monday. The hearing falls on the second anniversary of the hikers’ arrest. Iranian authorities arrested Sarah Shourd, Josh Fattal […]

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Iran Plans Bigger Satellites With Longer Ranges

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Iran’s president says the Islamic Republic plans to launch bigger satellites with longer ranges. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that the satellites could reach an altitude of 35,000 kilometers. He spoke in the northwestern city of Zanjan where he was marking the opening of two dams. Iranian state media reported last Wednesday that the […]

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Iran Launches Second Domestically Built Satellite

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Iranian state media report the Islamic republic has launched its second domestically built satellite. Iran’s Arabic language al-Alam television on Wednesday reported the launch and orbit of the satellite. It did not say when the liftoff took place. The Iranian report says the satellite, known as Rassad 1 (Observation), will be used for transmitting images […]

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IMF: Iran Cuts Inflation & Subsidies

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials of the International Monetary Fund say Iran has cut inflation in half and sharply reduced the money it spends subsidizing energy, wheat, transportation and other goods needed by consumers. After a visit to Teheran, IMF experts said Iran’s inflation rate has fallen to a bit over 12 percent. The government has also made deep […]

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Iran to Resume US Hikers’ Trial During Summer

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran’s chief prosecutor says the trial for three Americans accused of spying will resume during the court’s summer session, which runs from late June to late August, and that he hopes a final decision will be made then as to their future. Iranian state-run media quote Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as making the comments during a […]

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