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Jan 20, 2011

Analysis: Higher oil price empowers Iran, blunts sanctions

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Oil’s ascent toward $100 a barrel, which OPEC blames on western financial speculators, has handed Iran a windfall to help contain domestic discontent and take the sting out of sanctions designed to squeeze its economy.

Tehran’s financial room for maneuver is likely to expand, while oil prices are expected to stay firm following a rally that earlier this month took it to its highest level since October 2008.

Dec 14, 2010

Analysis: Ahmadinejad flexes muscle by dumping foreign minister

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s sacking of his foreign minister was no mere cabinet reshuffle but a victory that tightened his grip on foreign policy and showed he still enjoys strong support from Iran’s supreme leader.

Iranians were shocked by the sudden dismissal of Manouchehr Mottaki on Monday. The face of Iran abroad since Ahmadinejad first became president in 2005 was unceremoniously dumped while he was still on an official trip to Africa.

Dec 11, 2010

Iran TV shows stoning woman acting out husband’s murder

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian television aired a documentary on Saturday in which a woman whose stoning sentence caused global outrage staged a graphic reconstruction of her husband’s murder for which she faces possible hanging.

State-run English language Press TV said its half-hour film was meant to show the other side of a story that has been misrepresented by international media, but it may prompt yet more questions about human rights and press freedom in Iran.

Dec 10, 2010

Iranian TV denies rumor stoning woman freed

TEHRAN (Reuters) – An Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning has not been freed, state television said on Friday, quashing a rumor that brought joy to human rights campaigners around the world.

Press TV said on its website that “contrary to a vast publicity campaign by Western media that confessed murderer Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has been released”, she was still in custody.

Dec 4, 2010

Iran welcomes talks with world powers

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s nuclear negotiator on Saturday welcomed next week’s talks with world powers as a way to thaw relations, but accused some of the countries involved of “terrorism” against the Islamic state’s atomic program.

Saeed Jalili will meet European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, conducting the meeting involving the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, in Geneva on Monday amid tensions heightened by bomb attacks in Tehran and leaks of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables.

Dec 4, 2010

Iran welcomes talks, condemns pressure, “terrorism”

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s nuclear negotiator on Saturday welcomed next week’s talks with world powers as a way to thaw relations, but accused some of the countries involved of “terrorism” against the Islamic state’s atomic programme.

Saeed Jalili will meet European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, conducting the meeting involving the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, in Geneva on Monday amid tensions heightened by bomb attacks in Tehran and leaks of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables.

Dec 1, 2010

Iran chokes as politics delay Metro expansion

TEHRAN (Reuters) Tehran is choking. Gridlock on urban highways makes the city feel more like Los Angeles than the Middle East, while adding a toxic yellow halo of smog to otherwise perennially blue skies.

Emergency hospital admissions have risen 20 percent in recent days due to respiratory problems, according to the Health Ministry, and the government all but closed the capital down on Wednesday and Thursday by declaring impromptu holidays for public sector workers – a desperate attempt to clean the air.

Nov 4, 2010

Iran arrests “UK-linked terrorists” – report

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has arrested four people it alleges were paid by a Kurdish militant based in Britain to carry out assassinations, state-run TV said on Thursday in a report that accused the UK of funding anti-Iranian “terrorists.”

The news coincided with the anniversary of the storming of the U.S. embassy in Tehran after the 1979 revolution — an event which has come to symbolise the Islamic Republic’s resistance to Western hostility to the Islamic Republic.

Oct 26, 2010

Iran fuels up nuclear plant as sanctions bite

TEHRAN, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Iran began loading fuel into the
core of its first nuclear power plant on Tuesday, its atomic
energy chief said, the last major step toward realizing its
stated goal of becoming a peaceful user of nuclear energy.

Officials said the fueling at the Bushehr plant showed
Iran’s nuclear plans were on track despite sanctions aimed at
forcing it to curb uranium enrichment that many countries fear
is aimed at developing atomic bombs.

Oct 26, 2010

Iran begins inserting fuel into nuclear plant core

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has begun loading fuel into the core of its first nuclear power plant on Tuesday, one of the last steps to realizing its stated goal of becoming a peaceful nuclear power, state-run Press TV reported on Tuesday.

A government spokesman said the fuelling showed Iran’s nuclear program was on track despite international sanctions aimed at forcing it to curb uranium enrichment activities which many countries fear are aimed at developing atomic weapons.