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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Iran Says Navy Test-Fires New Missiles In Persian Gulf

RFL/RE – An Iranian official says the country’s navy has successfully test-fired its latest missiles during military drills in the Persian Gulf, part of the first major exercise in the area since the January 20 inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said on February 27 that naval forces test-fired the newest versions of the medium-range Nasr …

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Moonlight, Iran’s The Salesman Win As Oscars End In Chaos

RFL/RE – The coming-of-age drama Moonlight upset La La Land to win the best-picture Oscar in one of the wildest finishes ever for the Academy Awards, while The Salesman, a film by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, won in the best foreign-language film category. http://www.rferl.org/5ae67b33-bf88-48c6-9188-b4ef4c259b9b The ceremony on February 26 was plunged into chaos when presenter Faye Dunaway incorrectly announced that …

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Rafsanjani’s daughter: Mysterious cause behind my father’s death

Al-Arabia – Fatima Rafsanjani, daughter of former Iranian President and chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, said that the reasons behind her father’s death are still ambiguous. On January 8, Rafsanjani died at the age of 83 after a heart attack, as announced by the Iranian government. However his daughter Fatima said in an interview with Iranian …

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Iran Begins Navy Drill off Strait of Hormuz As US Newly Wary

VOA – Iran’s navy began an annual drill Sunday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, its first major exercise since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, state television reported. The TV report quoted navy chief Adm. Habibollah Sayyari as saying the two-day maneuver will cover an area of 2 million square kilometers (772,000 square miles) in the Sea of …

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Iran’s budget bill proposes $125M to deal with dust storms

PayvandNews – The national budget bill for the next Iranian calendar year (March 2017-March 2018) has proposed a budget of 5 trillion rials (nearly $125 million) to mitigate the effects of dust storms, MP Abbas Papizadeh said. Dust storms which consistently disturb local residents of southwestern province of Khuzestan coupled with public utility outage has become a national concern lately. …

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad Throws Weight Behind Trump’s Tough Stance against Washington’s Political Elites, Media

PayvandNews- Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a letter to the US President on Sunday voiced strong support for Trump’s uncompromising stand against Washington’s “corrupt” political structure and media, and meantime, cautioned Trump not to be fooled by the falsified image presented by the US media about Iran. “Will the populists unite?” In his lengthy letter, Ahmadinejad endorsed a number …

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Trafalgar Square screening of The Salesman film is ‘right response’ to US travel ban

Amnesty – Amnesty International has renewed its criticism of the US travel ban ahead of a special screening of an Oscar-nominated Iranian film in Trafalgar Square this weekend. Richard Ratcliffe to raise awareness of his wife’s detention in Iran Photo-call with activists holding placards – ‘Stand Together Against Hate’, ‘Free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’ and ‘Free Kamal Foroughi’ – at 2.30pm Asghar Farhadi, …

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Trump proposal for terrorist listing of Iran Revolutionary Guard in limbo: sources

Reuters- A proposal the Trump administration is considering to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization has stalled over warnings from defense and intelligence officials that the move could backfire, according to officials familiar with the matter. By John Walcott and Matt Spetalnick | WASHINGTON “If you do that, there is no way to escalate, and you would foreclose any possibility of talking …

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U.S. Reportedly Found Little Terror Threat From Seven Targeted Countries

RFL/RE – The Associated Press reported on February 24 that U.S. security analysts have found no clear terror threat from citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries targeted in President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban. According to a draft document obtained by AP, analysts at the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence unit concluded that citizenship in the targeted countries is an …

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Iran’s Enriched Uranium Stock Halves After Flirting With Limit

VOA – Iran’s official stock of enriched uranium has fallen by half after large amounts stuck in pipes have been recategorized as unrecoverable under a process agreed with major powers, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Friday. But before that process began last month, Iran came close to reaching a limit on its uranium stock, one of the most sensitive …

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