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India, Iran discuss terror from Pakistan, gas pipeline

India, Iran discuss terror from Pakistan, gas pipelineNew Delhi, Nov 16 The foreign ministers of India and Iran Monday held wide-ranging talks here about terrorism emanating from Pakistan while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reportedly reiterated New Delhi's commitment to take forward the three-nation gas pipeline also involving Pakistan.

External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna held delegation-level talks with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki on a range of bilateral and regional issues including energy security, trade, Iran's nuclear ambitions and enhanced collaboration in science and technology.

Iran’s nuclear rights not negotiable, says Ahmadinejad

Iran’s nuclear rights not negotiable, says AhmadinejadTehran, Nov. 16 : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reiterated that his country has every right to be a nuclear power, and confrontation on this issue would only make the country "more powerful and more developed."

Ahmadinejad added that nuclear activities in Iran were happening within the framework of IAEA regulations.

“Iran is ready for constructive and honest cooperation with western countries in the field of nuclear technology," the Jerusalem Post quoted him, as saying.

Convicted rapist hanged publicly in northern Iran

Convicted rapist hanged publicly in northern Iran Tehran  - A convicted rapist was publicly hanged in the northern Iranian province of Mazandaran, the Tehran daily Kayhan reported Monday.

The 24-year-old man was executed Sunday a city square of Qaemshahr after his initial death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court.

Murder, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking of quantities in excess of 5 kilograms are among crimes punishable by death in Iran. (dpa)

Iranian parliament approves three new ministers

Iranians hold protest march against US Tehran- The Iranian parliament on Sunday approved the appointment of three new ministers to the cabinet of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Hamid-Reza Haji-Babaei is the new education minister, Sadeq Mahsouli has been given the social welfare portfolio and Majid Namjou becomes energy minister.

Their appointment follows parliament's rejection last September of three proposed ministers, two of them women.

Ahmadinejad had initially wanted to have at least one more woman in his cabinet but apparently revised his decision.

Two convicted rapists hanged in western Iran

IranTehran - Two convicted rapists were hanged in western Iran, the Tehran daily Kayhan reported Sunday.

The two men, aged 20 and 25, had last year kidnapped an 8-year-old girl, raped and killed her and put the body in a sack under a bridge, the report said.

The two were hanged on Thursday in the city of Hamedan after their initial death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court.

Murder, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking of quantities in excess of 5 kilograms are among crimes punishable by death in Iran. (dpa)

Iran invites Egyptian foreign minister to Tehran for talks

Iran invites Egyptian foreign minister to Tehran for talks Tehran - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Saturday invited his Egyptian counterpart to Tehran but did not disclose the date, ISNA news agency reported.

Iran has tried in the last ten years to normalize diplomatic relations with Egypt.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is eager to upgrade bilateral ties and several times stressed that if Egypt agreed to normalize diplomatic relations "today," Iran would send an ambassador to Cairo "tomorrow."

US moves to seize building tied to Iranian bank

US moves to seize building tied to Iranian bank Washington  - The US government moved to seize a New York skyscraper controlled by entities allegedly operating as fronts for an Iranian bank already under sanctions, the Justice Department said Thursday.

The Justice Department filed a complaint in civil court seeking the forfeiture of the Alavi Foundation's interest in a 36-story office tower, located at 650 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Delivery of advance missiles to Iran under review: Russia

Delivery of advance missiles to Iran under review: RussiaMoscow, Nov 12 : Russia is yet to finalise the delivery of advance air defence systems to Iran and will not freeze the contract as a concession to the US, an official said here Thursday.

Russia signed a contract with Iran for the supply of S-300 air defence systems in December 2005. However, there have been no official reports about the start of the contract's implementation since then.

Iranian protestor sentenced to jail term, lashes

IranTehran - An Iranian political protestor has been sentenced to a seven-year jail term and 74 lashes, the opposition website Mowjcamp reported Wednesday.

According to Mowjcamp, Soheyl Navidi-Kia, the son of a war veteran, was arrested during protests following last June's disputed presidential election on June 12 which led to the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Navidi-Kia was convicted of endangering national security, propaganda against the establishment and disturbing public disorder.

Lashes are usually used in Iran as penalty for hooligans and so far no political prisoner had been given the punishment.

Danish student journalist detained in Iran returns to Denmark

Copenhagen - A Danish student journalist who was detained in Iran a week ago for allegedly working illegally returned to Denmark Wednesday following his release.

Niels Krogsgard, who is studying at the University of Southern Denmark, was arrested in Tehran on November 4 at a protest rally against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

He told reporters at Copenhagen Airport that while in detention he was questioned about his sources in Iran.

Krogsgard, along with fellow Danish student, Henrik Fallesen, had been in the Islamic republic doing research for an essay on Iranian politics.

He said they planned to complete the essay.

Nuclear deal delay has economic reasons, says Tehran

Nuclear deal delay has economic reasons, says TehranTehran - Tehran said that the delay of the nuclear fuel deal has economic and not political reasons, ISNA news agency reported Monday.

"The nuclear deal has some economic angles and therefore technical and economic experts' opinions should be thoroughly considered [before finalizing the deal]," Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeid Jalili told visiting Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

Tehran police: More than 100 arrested at opposition rally

Tehran police: More than 100 arrested at opposition rallyTehran  - Tehran's police arrested more than 100 people on charges of "disturbing the public order" during a demonstration earlier this week in Tehran, the official news agency IRNA reported on Saturday.

Ignoring warnings from security officials, thousands of opposition supporters gathered on the streets of Tehran to protest the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday. The protest took place at the same time as annual state-organized, anti-US rallies were underway.

Danish student reported arrested during protests in Iran

Danish student reported arrested during protests in IranCopenhagen  - A Danish student has been arrested in Iran during protests earlier this week, the Danish Union of Journalists said Friday.

The Danish journalist union said the Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) had helped trace Niels Krogsgard.

Krogsgard, a student at the University of Southern Denmark, went missing Wednesday. A fellow Danish student alerted the Danish embassy in Tehran when Krogsgard did not turn up to a meeting.

The two students were in Iran to write an essay on Iranian politics.

Tehran says German chancellor influenced by "Zionists"

Tehran says German chancellor influenced by "Zionists" Tehran - Tehran on Thursday accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of being influenced by "Zionist circles" in a reference to Israel after her remarks that a nuclear bomb in Iran's hands would not be acceptable, state media reported.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Merkel's remarks were against the national interests of Germany.

Merkel said Tuesday in Washington that "zero tolerance needs to be shown when there is a risk of weapons of mass destruction falling, for example, into the hands of Iran."

AFP reporter in Iran arrested during protests

Tehran - An Iranian reporter working for the Agence France Presse news agency was arrested during anti-government protests, the AFP office in Tehran said Thursday.

Its bureau chief, Jay Deshmukh, said Farhad Pouladi was arrested by security agents while covering Wednesday's demonstrations in Tehran.

The AFP office and Pouladi's family have had no information about his whereabouts.

Pouladi has a press card from the foreign press department of the Iranian Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry, but since mid-June, the department has prohibited all foreign media from directly covering protests or making contact with opposition figures.

Iranians hold protest march against US

Iranians hold protest march against US Tehran, Nov 4 : Thousands of Iranians including students held a protest march Wednesday marking the anniversary of the US embassy seizure in Iran 30 years ago, a report said.

The demonstrators chanting "Down with the US" and "Down with Israel" gathered in front of the former US embassy in Tehran to show wrath against US policies around the world, ISNA news agency reported.

Iranian students, during their seizure of the US embassy, had claimed to have discovered documents revealing that the US was carrying out espionage against Iran.(IANS)

Quake shakes southern Iranian port, 270 injured

Tehran  - An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 on the Richter scale shook the southern Iranian port of Bandar Abbas Wednesday and injured at least 270 people, state media reported.

The quake occurred in the early morning hours of Wednesday and led to technical problems in the city such as power cuts and telephoe outages, state television reported.

The US Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 4.8, saying it occurred at 2:56 am (2326 GMT Tuesday).

There have been no reports so far of fatalities.  (dpa)

Anti-government protestors, police clash in Tehran

Tehran  - Police and protestors criticizing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government clashed Wednesday in Tehran as demonstrators shouted slogans such as "Death to the dictator" and authorities responded with tear gas, witnesses said.

The clashes occurred on a square near the US embassy, where the main state-organized anti-US rally is to be held Wednesday in observance of the Day of National Confrontation against World Imperialism. The day is marked on November 4 every year, the anniversary of the 1979 occupation of the US embassy in Iran in support of the Iranian Revolution.

Iran's supreme leader raises red flag about talks with US

Iran's supreme leader raises red flag about talks with US Tehran - Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Tuesday rejected any talks backed by the United States and said the Islamic state would not be deceived by a superficial conciliatory tone from Washington, media reports said.

Tehran is currently negotiating with world powers, including Washington, over a deal on the provision of nuclear fuel for a research reactor in Tehran.

Syrian foreign minister expected in Iran

Walid al-MoallemDamascus - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem will visit Tehran on Tuesday, a Syrian diplomat told the German Press Agency dpa.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said al-Moallem would likely act as an intermediary between Saudi Arabia and Iran on regional issues.

Al-Moallem is expected to discuss developments in Iraq, Lebanon, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and increasing three-way cooperation among Turkey, Syria and Iran, the diplomat said.

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