Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 19 - Clashes erupted between motorcyclists and Iranian security forces in Yazd (central Iran) following reports of harassment of cyclists by local police.
Police set up patrols in Karkard Square in Yazd yesterday morning and arrested a number of motorcyclists. Ensuing clashes between some 300 cyclists and security forces left a number of people wounded.
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AFP: It makes no real difference to Iran whether US President George W. Bush or Democrat contender John Kerry wins the presidential elections, a senior Iranian official said Tuesday.
"It makes no difference for us which of the two parties wins the elections," Iran's top national security official Hassan Rowhani said in an interview on state television.
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Press Association: A Japanese court today convicted two executives of a Tokyo machinery-maker of illegally exporting equipment to Iran that could be used to make missile fuel.
The Tokyo District Court gave Haruhiko Ueda, 70, president
of Tokyo-based Seishin Enterprise, a two-and-a-half-year suspended prison sentence. Akira Kamiya, 42, Seishin’s former South Korea branch manager, was given a suspended 18-month prison term.
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AFP: Spain's leading energy group Repsol YPF has signed a 27-million-dollar (21.6-million-euro) deal with Iran to obtain prospection rights in two fields over the next 30 months, the financial newspaper Expansion reported on Monday. A Repsol YPF statement confirmed the firm would prospect at Mehr and Foruz, near Kish Island off the port of Bushir in the southern Persian Gulf, with the total project covering 14,600 square kilometres (5,000 square miles).
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AFP: Iran's hardline Basij militia has written to UN secretary general Kofi Annan to ask if the Islamic republic can send observers to the US presidential election in November, a government newspaper said on Monday.
"By this symbolic request, we want to ridicule the so-called democratic slogans of the American leaders," a Basij official ...
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AFP: Two quakes measuring 5.2 and 4.2 on the Richter scale hit Iran's southeastern province of Kerman early Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or serious material damage.
The official news agency IRNA said the first quake, measuring 4.2, hit the town of Zarand at 4:51 am (01:21 GMT).
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AFP: Fourteen people were killed and six others injured when
a minibus colided with two trucks in southern Iran, the state news agency IRNA reported Monday.
According to a provincial police official, Rasoul Dehghani, the accident occurred Sunday when the minibus veered out of its lane and crashed into two heavy vehicles on a road between the towns of Bandar Abbas and Minab.
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Reuters: Iranian authorities have arrested at least six Internet journalists and webloggers in recent days, colleagues and relatives said on Wednesday, in a further blow to limited press freedoms in the Islamic state. News-based Internet sites and online journals known as Weblogs have flourished in Iran where the disproportionately youthful population often turns to the Internet for information and entertainment.
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IRNA: Iran will sign a contract with France's Total Company on development of phase 11 of South Pars gas field and the LNG production unit. The Persian-language daily 'Abrar-e Eqtesadi' on Saturday quoted Managing Director of Iran's National Oil Company (NIOC) Mehdi Mirmoezzi as saying Total Company won the tender for development of phase 11, adding talks are currently underway to finalize the contract.
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BBC: A murder trial in Iran has been adjourned after relatives
of the dead screamed and shouted at one of the accused and tried to attack him. The attack occurred as the defendant coolly confessed to his crime. No new date has been set for the trial, which is taking place behind closed doors, to resume.
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AP: Statoil ASA on Thursday said it would accept a fine imposed by police for alleged corruption in Iran, but without admitting or denying any guilt in the case. In June, Norway's economic crime police, Oekokrim, said a US$15.2 million consulting deal that Statoil ASA made with Iran's Horton Investment Ltd. in June 2002 was an attempt to improperly influence Iranian oil officials.
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AFP: Iran has accused the European Union countries of committing "blatant human rights violations" in a response to fresh EU criticism of the Islamic republic's own record, press reports said Wednesday.
"The issue of violating the rights of Muslims, as well as other discriminatory laws regarding minorities, worries the Islamic republic of Iran," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza
Asefi was quoted as saying.
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The Age: The Federal Government has forcibly deported an Iranian Christian to Iran, sparking criticism from church groups that he has been placed at risk. The deportation is only the second involuntary deportation of a Christian to Iran where converting to Christianity is an offence. A Catholic nun working at the Baxter immigration detention centre in South Australia said she was with the man at a church service just before he was summoned to an Immigration Department office. He had then "disappeared".
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IRNA: French Foreign Trade Minister Francois Loos said in Paris on Thursday that Iran ranks first among France Trade partners in the Middle East. Speaking at a seminar on "Foreign Investment Prospect in Iran", he said that the reforms made on foreign investment policy in Iran and the country's suitable investment atmosphere have paved the ground for expansion of bilateral trade relations.
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BBC: The trial has started in Iran of two men accused of murdering 17 children, two men and a woman in the desert outside the country's capital, Tehran. Iranian state media said seven others would go on trial later, accused of sexually abusing the children. At least 16 police are being reprimanded or referred to the judiciary for incompetent handling of the investigation into the killings.
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