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Iranian police arrest 35 protestors

IranTehran - Iranian police arrested 35 protestors during an anti-government rally in Tehran, the ISNA news agency reported Sunday.

Thousands of opposition supporters took advantage of an official anti-Israel demonstration on Friday to stage renewed protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his government - despite a heavy deployment of police.

Police and the Revolutionary Guards had warned that they would deal harshly with protestors who misused the anti-Israel rally for airing internal political grievances.


Iranian regime accused of using torture, murder and rape to suppress opposition

Iran FlagTehran, Sep. 18 : The father of an Iranian student, who died in jail after being arrested for protesting against President Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election, has claimed that his son was beaten, got his bones broken and toenails pulled out while in prison.

Amir Javadifar, 24, was so badly beaten that he had to treated in hospital before being taken to the notorious Evin prison, Times Online reports.

Later, his father was called to collect his dead body. And, they ordered his family to say that he had died of a pre-existing condition.


Iran condemns Israeli policies at "Quds Day" rallies

Iran condemns Israeli policies at "Quds Day" rallies Tehran  - Iran on Friday harshly condemned Israeli policies in the Palestinian territories amid anti-Israel "Quds Day" rallies in the capital Tehran and other parts of the country.

According to state media, hundreds of thousands of people attended the state-run annual rallies.

The late supreme leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, had declared the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan as Quds (Jerusalem) Day and called for mass rallies against Israel and in support of Palestine.


Iran's guards warn opposition against misusing anti-Israeli rally

Mahmoud-AhmadinejadTehran  - Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Thursday warned the opposition and its supporters against misusing the annual anti-Israel rally to protest against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the government.

In a statement carried by the official news agency IRNA, the pro- Ahmadinejad guards warned the opposition supporters they faced a "decisive confrontation" if they used Friday's annual ceremony for their political aims.

The Iranian police has also warned the opposition not to misuse the anti-Israeli rally for internal political protests.


Rafsanjani won't lead prayer on Iran's anti-Israel day

Rafsanjani won't lead prayer on Iran's anti-Israel dayTehran  - Moderate Iranian former president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani will for the first time in more than two decades not lead the prayer ceremony on the annual anti-Israel day, state media reported Wednesday.

The late supreme leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, had declared the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan as Qods (Jerusalem) Day and called for mass rallies against Israel and in support of Palestine.


Iran wants to discuss global nuclear disarmament with world powers

Iran wants to discuss global nuclear disarmament with world powers Tehran  - Iran wants to discuss global nuclear disarmament with international powers, but does not want to discuss its own nuclear programme, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said Monday.

"What we want to discuss with the world powers is the message of peaceful nuclear energy for everyone and nuclear weapons for no one," Ghashghavi said at a press briefing in Tehran.


Iran resumes trial of dissidents over post-vote unrests

Iran resumes trial of dissidents over post-vote unrests Tehran  - An Iran court on Monday resumed the trial against dissidents over their involvement in unrest following the controversial June 12 presidential election, the Khabar news network reported.

The latest session of the trial was held at Tehran's revolutionary court and focused on six dissidents, including student activist Abdollah Momeni.


American series Lost to release in Iran soon

Tehran, Sep. 14 : Taking a cue from the soaring sale of its pirated DVDs in Iran, the American television series Lost, which is about plane crash survivors stranded on a remote island, is set to be released in the Islamic country.

After buying the broadcast rights and commissioning Iranian actors to dub it into Farsi, Iran’s leading home video distributor Silver Screen is planning to market the award-winning show''s first three seasons, The Guardian reports.

With a plan to air Lost on nationwide television, the distribution company is also engaged in talks with the state broadcaster, IRIB.


Iran leader shuns compromise as sign of "political decline"

Opposition party leader affirms rape allegations in Tehran prisons Tehran- Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Friday that any compromise with the world powers over the country's rights would signal a "political decline."

"Making a compromise over the nation's rights, whether [on] nuclear or non-nuclear [issues], would be a political decline," the Ayatollah said at the Friday prayer ceremony in Tehran.


Iranian youth recounts how he was raped, beaten for questioning Ahmadinejad’s victory

Mohammad AhmadinejadTehran, Sep. 11 : A teenaged engineering student has revealed that he was locked up, beaten and raped multiple times for daring to protest against President Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election.

“When I first participated in the protests I was not demonstrating against the Leader or the Islamic Republic. I was protesting Ahmadinejad’s cheating. But today, I say ‘Death to Khamenei’, and having been raped by his henchmen I also say ‘Death to the Dogs of Khamenei,” Times Online quoted Ardeshir, 19, as saying.


Moussavi voices concern over more arrests of Iranian dissidents

Mir-Hossein MoussaviTehran  - Iranian opposition leader Mir-Hossein Moussavi voiced concern Wednesday over more arrests of opposition activists, the opposition website Kaleme reported.

The judiciary Tuesday ordered the closing down of three opposition party including two of the Etemad Melli party led by moderate cleric Mehdi Karroubi, and the confiscation of party documents.

The judiciary reportedly also ordered the arrest of four dissidents, including Ali-Reza Beheshti and Morteza Alviri, the two senior advisers of Moussavi and Karroubi.


Iran delivers proposals on global challenges

Manouchehr-MottaTehran  - Iran on Wednesday delivered a new package of proposals to the six states involved in nuclear talks with the Islamic state, ISNA news agency reported.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki handed the proposals to the diplomatic envoys of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Switzerland - which represents the diplomatic interests of the United States in Tehran.

The package is said to contain Iran's stance on tackling "global challenges" and how the Islamic state would be ready to cooperate with the West to secure global peace.


Iran's Ayatollah tells Ahmadinejad not to get too confident

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tehran  - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday told President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to get too confident after his re-election and also listen to his critics, local media reported.

"Although the (majority) vote of the people should be a source of pride, but still any kind of overconfidence should be avoided as this is one of the devil's main traps and leads to numerous deviations," the Ayatollah said in meeting with the president and his new ministers.


Ahmadinejad to appoint female vice president

Ahmadinejad to appoint female vice president Tehran  - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that he would appoint a female vice president to give greater representation to women in his administration.

Ahmadinejad earlier appointed three female cabinet ministers, but parliament rejected two of them and endorsed only Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi as health minister. She became the first female minister in the 30-year history of the Islamic republic.


Ahmadinejad: Iran's opposition leaders should be held over unrest

Ahmadinejad: Iran's opposition leaders should be held over unrest Tehran  - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that the country's opposition leaders should be held responsible for the unrest that followed the disputed June 12 presidential election.

"They cannot just make baseless fraud allegations for which they could not present any proof and mix up the Tehran streets with unrest," Ahmadinejad said at a press conference in Tehran.


Ahmadinejad rejects nuclear talks with world powers

Ahmadinejad rejects nuclear talks with world powersTehran  - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday rejected nuclear talks with world powers and their September deadline for negotiations.

"Our stance is very clear: We only talk to the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] about the nuclear issue," Ahmadinejad said at a press conference.

"I don't know anything about a deadline, either, and believe that this term is no longer compatible to today's literature," Ahmadinejad added.


Ahmadinejad rejects nuclear talks with world powers

Ahmadinejad rejects nuclear talks with world powers Tehran  - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday rejected nuclear talks with world powers and their September deadline for negotiations.

"Our stance is very clear: we only talk to the International Atomic Energy Agency about the nuclear issue," Ahmadinejad told a press conference.

"I don't know anything about a deadline, either, and believe that this term is no longer compatible to today's literature," Ahmadinejad added.


Iran's Ahmadinejad nominates another woman for education ministry

Iran's Ahmadinejad nominates another woman for education ministryTehran  - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has nominated another woman for the education ministry after his first female nominee was rejected by the parliament, official news agency IRNA reported Sunday.

Ahmadinejad has introduced parliament deputy Fatemeh Alia as replacement for the rejected Susan Keshavarz, IRNA reported.

The parliament had on Thursday rejected both Keshavarz for the education and Fatemeh Ajoulou for the social welfare ministry.


Iran's ex-president accuses government of adopting fascist approach

Iran's ex-president accuses government of adopting fascist approach Tehran - Iran's ex-president Mohammad Khatami on Sunday accused the administration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of adopting a fascist approach, the labour news agency ILNA reported.

"Today some adopt a fascist and totalitarian approach and forcefully want to push people towards a path which they consider as prosperous," Khatami said in a meeting with academics in Tehran.


Opposition leader Moussavi accuses Ahmadinejad of misusing Islam

Opposition leader Moussavi accuses Ahmadinejad of misusing Islam Tehran - Iranian opposition leader Mir-Hossein Moussavi has accused President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of misusing Islam, his website reported Saturday.

"Islam is frequently referred to but seldom followed," Moussavi said in a statement carried by his website Kalame.

Moussavi is one of main opponents of Ahmadinejad, whom he has charged with fraud in the June 12 presidential election, and whose re-election he refuses to acknowledge.


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