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Oct 17, 2011

Iran: US plot allegations resemble Iraq WMD claims

TEHRAN (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday U.S. allegations of an Iranian assassination plot resembled its claims of weapons of mass destruction that formed the basis for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and would prove to be equally untrue.

Ahmadinejad said Washington had fabricated the plot of an Iranian seeking to kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington in order to cause a rift between Tehran and Saudi Arabia and dominate the oil-rich Gulf.

Oct 13, 2011

Gold Fields venture suspends Kyrgyz drilling

ALMATY, Oct 13 (Reuters) – South African miner Gold Fields’
joint venture in Kyrgyzstan will suspend drilling after
supporters of its exploration project in the Central Asian state
received death threats only days after a violent attack on its
camp, the company’s chairman told Reuters.

Talas Copper Gold, a joint venture between Gold Fields and
Britain’s Orsu Metals , said it would postpone a
drilling programme due to begin next month until Kyrgyzstan was
able to guarantee the safety of local residents.

Oct 8, 2011

Iran tells Turkey: change tack or face trouble

TEHRAN (Reuters) – A key aide to Iran’s supreme leader said on Saturday Turkey must radically rethink its policies on Syria, the NATO missile shield and promoting Muslim secularism in the Arab world — or face trouble from its own people and neighbors.

In an interview with the semi-official Mehr news agency, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s military adviser described Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s invitation to Arab countries to adopt Turkish-style democracy as “unexpected and unimaginable.”

Sep 28, 2011

Ousted Iran bank chief says he is scandal fall guy

TEHRAN (Reuters) – The former head of a bank at the center of Iran’s biggest ever financial scandal said on Wednesday he had been made a scapegoat by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government which is under mounting pressure over the record $2.6 billion scam.

Mohammad Jahromi, forced from his post as head of part-privatized Bank Saderat on Tuesday by a government committee, said he had helped uncover the crime rather than being responsible for it, and accused another disgraced bank chief of fleeing the country.

Sep 27, 2011

Iran bank chiefs ousted in $2.6 bln fraud fallout

TEHRAN, Sept 27 (Reuters) – A $2.6 billion financial fraud
that has shaken the government of Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad saw the heads of three of the country’s banks ousted
on Tuesday as lawmakers threaten to impeach the economy
minister.

The biggest fraud in the 32-year history of the Islamic
Republic could result in the death penalty for anyone found
guilty of it and has become part of an increasingly ugly split
in the conservative elite that runs Iran.

Aug 31, 2011

Khamenei warns of security risk for Iran elections

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s supreme leader said on Wednesday a parliamentary election scheduled for early next year posed a potential risk to the country’s security and he called for national unity.

After the contested re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009 when huge protests were crushed by security forces, Iran’s ruling elite is keen for the voting next March to pass off without similar unrest or, as seems more likely, a low turnout from disaffected voters.

Aug 25, 2011

Iran hopes Gaddafi domino will fall the right way

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Seen from Iran, Libya is either the latest dictatorship to fall to an “Islamic awakening” that will unite the Muslim Middle East, or a new foothold for the treacherous West to assert its economic and political domination over the region.

Muammar Gaddafi, who fled his Tripoli compound this week, was no friend to the Islamic Republic which considered him a flamboyant despot almost as bad as the despised former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Aug 25, 2011

Analysis: Iran hopes Gaddafi domino will fall the right way

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Seen from Iran, Libya is either the latest dictatorship to fall to an “Islamic awakening” that will unite the Muslim Middle East, or a new foothold for the treacherous West to assert its economic and political domination over the region.

Muammar Gaddafi, who fled his Tripoli compound this week, was no friend to the Islamic Republic which considered him a flamboyant despot almost as bad as the despised former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Aug 15, 2011

Iran sees ally Syria surrounded by U.S., Arab “wolves”

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Beset by civil unrest at home and lambasted by the West and his Arab neighbours for his violent crackdown on dissent, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad can count on one firm ally: Iran.

In a country that knows a thing or two about diplomatic isolation, Iran’s politicians and media describe the Damascus government as an outpost of resistance to Israel that has been set upon by Washington and its lackeys in the region.

Aug 15, 2011

Analysis: Iran sees ally Syria surrounded by U.S., Arab “wolves”

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Beset by civil unrest at home and lambasted by the West and his Arab neighbors for his violent crackdown on dissent, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad can count on one firm ally: Iran.

In a country that knows a thing or two about diplomatic isolation, Iran’s politicians and media describe the Damascus government as an outpost of resistance to Israel that has been set upon by Washington and its lackeys in the region.