Iran

Ahmadinejad terms European politicians 'one more stupid than the other'

Ahmadinejad terms European politicians 'one more stupid than the other'Tehran, Dec 26 :Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Saturday termed European politicians "one more stupid than the other".

"These (European) politicians neither know anything about politics nor about history," Fars news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying in a speech at at Arak mosque in Tehran.

Student protestor killed by Iranian militia is Times Person of the Year

Student protestor killed by Iranian militia is Times Person of the YearTehran, Dec. 26 : Neda Soltan, a student protester, who was shot dead by Iranian militia while demonstrating against the rigged presidential elections, has been chosen as the Times Person of the Year.

Soltan, 26, ignored the pleas of her family, as she went with her music teacher to join a huge opposition demonstration in Tehran.

Iran says it can't confirm identity of Osama bin Laden's daughter

Manouchehr-MottakiCairo/Tehran, Dec 25 : Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Thursday that Iran could not confirm whether the woman in the Saudi Arabia embassy in Tehran was the daughter of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

"We have been informed by the Saudi embassy in Tehran that thedaughter of bin Laden was in the embassy and intended to leave the country," Mottaki told state television.

"We can, however, neither confirm her identity nor do we know how she entered the country and the Saudi embassy," the Iranian chief diplomat said.

Bin Laden’s daughter evades house arrest, takes refuge in Saudi embassy in Tehran

Bin Laden’s daughter evades house arrest, takes refuge in Saudi embassy in TehranCairo (Egypt), Dec 24 : Al-Qaida chief Osama Bin Laden’s 17-year-old daughter Eman has reportedly dodged guards, who held her and five brothers under house arrest since 2001, to take refuge in the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran.

According to reports, Iran had a number of Bin Laden''''''''s family members, including Saad and Hamza bin Laden, in custody since they fled Afghanistan after its invasion eight years ago.

Iran threatens harsh penalties on dating websites

Iran-flagTehran, Dec 23 : The judiciary commission of the Iranian parliament Wednesday threatened providers of dating websites in the Islamic state with harsh penalties, Fars news agency reported.

The commission's spokesman Farhad Tajari said that those running such websites should know that they were committing a crime and could face legal action and harsh penalties.

Tajari called on all relevant organisations and ministries to harshly confront what he called illegal and immoral websites.

He added that the telecommunications ministry should cooperate to identify such websites.

Osama’s missing wife, children, grandchildren living in secret compound in Iran

Osama’s missing wife, children, grandchildren living in secret compound in IranTehran, Dec. 23 : A son of Osama bin Laden has revealed that several missing members of Al Qaeda leader’s family are living in a secret compound in Iran.

Osama bin Laden’s closest relatives include one of his wives, six of his children and 11 of his grandchildren, who have been prevented from contacting the outside world while Iran has repeatedly denied that any of the relatives were living in the country.

Iran's Ayatollah Montazeri buried in Qom amid protests

Iran's Ayatollah Montazeri buried in Qom amid protestsTehran, Dec 22 - Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri was buried in the religious city of Qom Monday, a day after he died at the age of 87.

According to witnesses and opposition websites, tens of thousands of people, including a large number of local opposition figures, attended the funeral and turned it into a political rally.

Witnesses said there was a massive police deployment in Qom, 130 km south of the capital, Tehran.

BBC says its signal being jammed in Iran

BBC says its signal being jammed in IranLondon, Dec. 21 : The BBC has claimed that its Persian television signal was being jammed following the airing stories on the death of Iran''s top dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri.

The corporation said its service for Persian speakers began facing persistent interference on Sunday, affecting the Hotbird 6 satellite, which carries the BBC''s international television and radio services in various languages.

Death of Grand Ayatollah Montazeri sparks off protests in Iran

Death of Grand Ayatollah Montazeri sparks off protests in IranDubai, Dec. 21 : Iran has sent riots squads into the holy city of Qom to quell protests over the death of Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, the Islamic Republic''s most senior dissident cleric, the BBC reports.

Montazeri died of a heart attack at the age of 87. His grandson, Nasser Montazeri, said he had died in his sleep.

Ayatollah Montazeri was originally a follower of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran''s Islamic Revolutionary, and was seen in the 1980s as his natural successor.

Iran to produce new generation centrifuges by 2011

iranTehran, Dec 18 : The new generation of Iran's uranium-enrichment centrifuges is to be ready by March 2011, the head of Iran's Atomic Organiszation said Friday.

Ali Akbar Salehi told the Fars news agency that the new centrifuges - named IR3 and IR4 - were currently being produced and that after a test period, they would be ready for use by the end of the next Persian year - in March 2011.

Iran has been planning since last year to upgrade the technology of its centrifuges to speed up its uranium enrichment.

Iran claims proof of Pak based terror group carrying out attacks against it

Iran claims proof of Pak based terror group carrying out attacks against itQuetta, Dec. 16 : Iran has reiterated that it has evidence to prove that the banned terror group Jundullah is using Pakistan’s territory for carrying out its nefarious activities against Tehran.

Iran test fires missile

Iran test fires missileTehran, Dec 16 : Iran Wednesday test fired an indigenous missile, an Iranian TV reported.

Iran successfully tested the "optimised version of the solid-fuel Sejjil-2 deterrent missile as part of its long-term plans to defend the country's borders", the state-funded Press TV said.

The initial version of the two-stage Sejjil-2 missile was tested in May. (IANS)

Continue resistance against Israel, Iran's leader tells Hamas

Continue resistance against Israel, Iran's leader tells HamasTehran, Dec 15 :Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called on the Palestinian militant group Hamas Tuesday to continue resistance against Israel as the only way to save Palestine, state media reported.

"The only way to save Palestine is resistance and victory belongs to those who believe in God and Jihad (holy war) in God's way," the Ayatollah told visiting Hamas politburo head Khaled Meshaal.

Iran to prosecute US hikers for espionage

Manouchehr MottakiTehran, Dec 14 : The three US hikers detained in Iran for more than five months on charges of espionage are to be tried, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Monday.

Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal were arrested by Iranian security forces in July near the Iran-Iraq border.

Mottaki told reporters that the case of the three US citizens would be dealt with by the judiciary, a trial be held and verdicts issued without giving further details.

At the time of their arrest, Iran accused the trio of working for pro-Israeli news websites.

Secret document exposes Iran’s nuclear trigger

Washington, Dec. 14 : Confidential intelligence documents show that Iran is working on testing a key final component of a nuclear bomb.

According to The Times, which accessed the documents related to Iran’s most sensitive military nuclear project, found a four-year plan to test a neutron initiator, the component of a nuclear bomb that triggers an explosion.

Foreign intelligence agencies date them to early 2007, four years after Iran was thought to have suspended its weapons programme.

An Asian intelligence source last week confirmed that his country also believed that weapons work was being carried out as recently as 2007 — specifically, work on a neutron initiator.

Iran does not want escalation over nuclear dispute: Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud AhmadinejadTehran, Dec 9 : Iran does not want further escalation in the dispute over its nuclear programmes and wants talks with the world powers, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday.

"We do not welcome any escalation and are ready to hold further talks [with world powers] over global issues," Ahmadinejad said after a cabinet session in Tehran, reiterating previous offers of talks, which, however, did exclude the nuclear issue in the past.

Iran, India, Pakistan gas-pipeline talks likely to be held in January

Iran, India, Pakistan gas-pipeline talks likely to be held in JanuaryTehran, Dec. 7 : India, Pakistan and Iran are likely to hold trilateral talks on the gas pipeline project in January.

Iranian Oil Minister''s special representative for Peace Pipeline Project, Hojjatollah Ghanimifard, said that the talks might resume in January since India declared it is ready to resume trilateral talks on the venture.

He also referred to gas talks held between Iran and Pakistan in Tehran and said representatives of Gazprom, Russia’s state-controlled gas producer, have taken part in talks.

Police fire tear gas at protestors in Iran

Police fire tear gas at protestors in IranTehran, Dec 7 : Police fired tear gas against protestors near Tehran University in Iran Monday, trying to quell demonstrations against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, witnesses said.

The witnesses also reported clashes between supporters and opponents of the president.

The clashes occurred after the protestors shouted slogans against the president such as "Death to the Dictator" and not to surrender to oppression.

Iran summons Swiss envoy over ban on minarets

Iran summons Swiss envoy over ban on minarets Tehran, Dec 5 : Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki Saturday summoned Switzerland's ambassador to Tehran and harshly criticized the outcome of a Swiss referendum to ban the construction of minarets on mosques.

Last Sunday, Swiss voters endorsed the referendum that had been called by the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP), demanding a ban on building minarets.

Persian King Cambyses II didn’t lose army in Egypt, say archaeologists

Persian King Cambyses II didn’t lose army in Egypt, say archaeologistsTehran, December 2 : The claim made by two Italian researchers that Persian King Cambyses II lost an army in Egypt in a sandstorm in 525 BC, has been rejected by archaeologists.

According to Herodotus (484-425 BC), Cambyses, the son of Cyrus the Great, sent 50,000 soldiers from Thebes to attack the Oasis of Siwa and destroy the oracle at the Temple of Amun after the priests there refused to legitimize his claim to Egypt.




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