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Nov 29, 2011

Iranian protesters enter British Embassy compound in Tehran

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian protesters stormed two British Embassy compounds in Tehran on Tuesday, smashing windows, hurling petrol bombs and burning the British flag during a rally to protest against sanctions imposed by Britain, live Iranian television showed.

The attacks followed the rapid approval by Iran’s Guardian Council of a parliamentary bill compelling the government to expel the British ambassador in retaliation for the sanctions, and warnings from a lawmaker that angry Iranians could storm the British embassy as they did to the U.S. mission in 1979.

Nov 28, 2011

Sound of blast reported in Iran’s Isfahan city

TEHRAN (Reuters) – The sound of an apparent explosion was heard from Iran’s Isfahan city on Monday afternoon, the head of the judiciary in the province said, according to Iran’s ISNA news agency.

“In the afternoon, there was a noise like an explosion, but we don’t have any information from security forces on the source of the noise,” Gholamreza Ansari was quoted as saying.

Nov 23, 2011

Iran lawmakers push to cut UK ties after sanctions

TEHRAN, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Iran’s parliament voted on
Wednesday to review relations with Britain after it imposed
sanctions on its central bank, a move described as “vindictive”
by a leading lawmaker who called for the British ambassador to
be expelled.

“Britain’s government once again showed a depth of hatred
and enmity towards the Islamic Republic system worse than that
of the devil and it took another step towards being an enemy …
by announcing sanctions on the central bank,” said a statement
signed by 228 lawmakers and read out in parliament.

Nov 22, 2011

Iran says new sanctions from West “in vain”

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran dismissed a new wave of sanctions on Tuesday, saying the West’s attempts to isolate its economy would only serve to unite Iranians behind their government’s nuclear program.

The United States, Britain and Canada announced new measures against Iran’s energy and financial sectors on Monday and France proposed “unprecedented” new sanctions, including freezing the assets of its central bank and suspending purchases of its oil.

Nov 20, 2011

Iran daily closed over Ahmadinejad aide interview

TEHRAN, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Iranian authorities shut
down a reformist newspaper on Sunday after it published a
scathing attack by an aide to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the
president’s rival conservatives, the latest sign of a split in
the highest echelons of the Islamic Republic.

Tehran’s prosecutor’s office ordered the daily Etemad to
close for two months for “disseminating lies and insults to
officials in the establishment,” according to the semi-official
Fars news agency.

Nov 19, 2011

Iran defiant after U.N. nuclear resolution

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian media on Saturday described a resolution from the U.N. nuclear watchdog expressing “deep and increasing concern” about the country’s atomic program as a victory, celebrating the fact it does not call for new U.N. sanctions.

But Washington has already lined up new unilateral sanctions aimed at Iran’s multi-billion-dollar petrochemical industry and will pressure its allies to follow suit, sources told Reuters.

Nov 8, 2011

Factbox – Key political risks to watch in Iran

TEHRAN (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has weathered a series of attacks from rivals within the conservative elite that runs the Islamic Republic and is under a renewed threat from parliament to answer questions that could lead to impeachment.

Splits at the top became very visible in April when Ahmadinejad’s move to sack his intelligence minister was overturned by a rare intervention from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. A huge banking scandal has added to the pressure.

Nov 5, 2011

Iran says U.S. plot suspect is anti-Tehran militant

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has complained to the United Nations about a U.S. accusation it tried to assassinate a Saudi diplomat, saying one of the alleged plotters Washington calls an Iranian military official is really a member of an anti-Tehran rebel group.

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Saturday the plot was part of a multi-pronged U.S. strategy to smear Tehran, a process he said would continue next week when the U.N. nuclear agency publishes a report western diplomats say will contain new evidence about Iran’s nuclear program.

Oct 25, 2011

Analysis: Is Ahmadinejad Iran’s last president?

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Could Mahmoud Ahmadinejad be Iran’s last president?

Some Iranians think so after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggested scrapping a directly elected presidency, which critics say would weaken Iran’s version of democracy and make the Islamic Republic more Islamic than republican.

Ahmadinejad, whose second and final term ends in June 2013, dismissed Khamenei’s proposal — dropped into the middle of a lengthy speech — as “academic” rather than a policy plan.

Oct 22, 2011

Iran central bank dismisses US sanctions threat

TEHRAN, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Iran dismissed on Saturday a
threat by Washington to impose sanctions on its central bank in
response to an alleged assassination plot, saying the United
Nations would block the plan and other central banks would not
accept it.

Central bank Governor Mahmoud Bahmani said allegations that
Iran had plotted to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington –
already rejected by Tehran as a fabrication — should not be
used as an excuse to further undermine an economy already under
a raft of sanctions over its nuclear activities.