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Iran to ‘remove fuel’ from Bushehr N-plant

Iran to ‘remove fuel’ from Bushehr N-plant

TEHRAN – Iran said on Saturday it is removing the fuel from the reactor of a Russian-built nuclear power plant, a move seen as a big blow to its controversial nuclear programme.
The decision to remove the fuel from the reactor of the nuclear plant in the southern city of Bushehr comes just months before the facility – which has seen a roller-coaster ride since its construction began in the 1970s – was scheduled to generate electricity.
“Based on the recommendation of

Iran ready to export gasoline

TEHRAN – Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Alireza Zeighami said the country had begun marketing plans for the imminent exports of its gasoline, local satellite Press TV reported on Wednesday. Zeighami said that neighboring countries were Iran’s priority, according to Press TV.
The National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) has issued a permit for the export of one billion litres of gasoline, Zeighami was quoted as saying. He expressed hope that four shipments of

World must react ‘firmly’ to Iran navy move: Israel

JERUSALEM – Israel on Tuesday urged world powers to respond “firmly” after two Iran warships began sailing through the Suez Canal en route to the Mediterranean, in what the Jewish state says is a provocation. The two ships entered the canal shortly after dawn and were expected to emerge into the southeastern Mediterranean in the early evening, some 12-14 hours later, a canal official said.
“We are talking about an unprecedented Iranian military presence in the Mediterranean, and

Israel and Chile spied on Iran: WikiLeaks

JERUSALEM – Israel worked with Chile to spy on the Iranian ambassador in Santiago as the Jewish state grew increasingly concerned about Tehran’s influence in South America, a leaked US cable from 2008 showed. “Israel is monitoring Iranian influence in the region, which includes enhanced Iranian diplomatic relations with Colombia and Venezuela,” reads a cable sent from the US embassy in Santiago in July 2008 which was leaked to whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
“Israel is also

Iran to release two detained Germans

TEHRAN – Iran will soon release two Germans arrested in October after converting their sentence to fines, the students news agency quoted a judiciary official as saying on Saturday. “Their jail sentences have been changed to $50,000 cash payments for each … They will be released after that,” ISNA quoted a Revolutionary Court official as saying.
ISNA said initially they had been sentenced to 20 months jail “… but were pardoned based on Islamic clemency”. The two were arrested

Exports to Iran drop by 37.5pc

KARACHI – Pakistan’s export to Iran suffered a dent, dropping by 37.5 percent during 2009-2010 in comparison with the last financial year. This slump was a result of the increase in import duty from 25 percent to 50 percent by the Iranian government. Iranian government had increased the ad valorem safeguard duty on import of various goods by 100 percent during 2009-2010. Pakistan’s export, recorded at $360 million in 2008-2009, dwindled to around $225 million, sources said.

Conflicting reports as Egypt denies barring Iran ships

CAIRO – Egypt insisted Thursday it had not denied two warships belonging to Iran passage through the Suez Canal, but canal and shipping officials privately admitted they were blocked. Iran’s official press had reported earlier this month that two warships, part of a flotilla, would pass through the canal, prompting Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to brand the move a provocation.
The ships were due to pass the canal on Thursday, Lieberman claimed on Wednesday, but a

Iran accuses opposition chiefs of treason

TEHRAN – Iran on Thursday accused two opposition leaders of treason and vowed to block their ability to communicate with their supporters on the eve of a pro-regime “hatred” rally against them in Tehran. Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi are under de facto house arrest but have regularly issued defiant messages to their supporters through their websites, including one which led to anti-government protests on Monday that left two people dead and several wounded.
The protests

Pakistan initiates meat export to Iran

KARACHI – Pakistan, for the first time, has started export of frozen meat, carrying an international market of $400 million to $500 million, to Iran. Products of the country have successfully created a market in the neighbouring country, sources told Pakistan Today on Tuesday. A Lahore based company, they said, has recently started exporting frozen meat to Tehran.
This was another progress of the Halal food sector of the country after it entered few markets of gulf countries,

Iran MPs rage against Opp after deadly demo

TEHRAN – Furious Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday demanded the hanging of opposition leaders who had called anti-government protests which left one person dead, saying they had been “misled” by Iran’s arch-foes.
MPs singled out Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who had called for protests in Tehran on Monday in support of Arab uprisings that quickly turned into anti-government demonstrations and ended in clashes with police in which several people were hurt, including nine

Iran isolates opposition leader as police deploy

TEHRAN – Iran Monday blocked access to opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi’s house to prevent him attending a rally in support of Arab revolts and also deployed anti-riot police in parts of Tehran, reports said.
Witnesses said anti-riot police on motorbikes armed with riot shotguns, tear gas, batons, paintball guns and fire extinguishers were deployed in parts of the capital to prevent gatherings which could turn into anti-government demonstrations. Police blocked access to the

Iran and Turkey determined to strengthen ties

TEHRAN – Iran and Turkey are determined to boost their political and economic ties, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a joint press conference Monday with his visiting Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul.
“This cooperation (…) will rapidly bring our region to the political, cultural and economic fore,” which is “in the interest of peace and stability” in the region, Ahmadinejad said. President Gul said there were “no obstacles to the development of cooperation between

Iran hails Revolution Day fall of US ally Mubarak

TEHRAN – Iran on Saturday revelled in US discomfiture at the loss of veteran ally Hosni Mubarak and pointedly ignored parallels, bluntly drawn by Washington, between the protest movements in Cairo and Tehran.
Iranian officials trumpeted the fact that the veteran Egyptian strongman’s shock resignation after 18 straight days of protests came on February 11 — the same day as the 1979 Islamic revolution which overthrew the US-backed shah. And disregarding US accusations of

Nine arrested for trafficking children to Iran

KHAIRPUR: Police have claimed to arrest nine members of Inter-Provincial group involved in disabled children’s trafficking to Iran for begging the other day. Khairpur District Police Officer (DPO) Khadim Hussain Rind said in a press conference that the police had arrested nine people who used to smuggle handicapped children to Iran where they were positioned at the shrines and every child used to collect Rs fifty thousand per month. He said that Sarang Jaffery, Laiq Jaffery, Wahab

Iran regime ‘hurting republic the most’: Opp

TEHRAN – Iran’s opposition leaders lashed out at the country’s Islamic regime on Tuesday, saying the “oppressive and anti-religion” establishment was hurting the Islamic republic the most.
The bitter criticism from Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, once seen as pillars of the Islamic regime, comes three days before 32nd anniversary of the Iranian revolution that toppled the US-backed shah. “Today, the regime is hiding behind this concern that if it does not exist, religion

Iran to launch several satellites: Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN – Iran plans to launch several home-built satellites by March 2012, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday after the unveiling of four new prototypes.
“I think from the end of this (Iranian) year (to March 20) and through the next year, we will see many launches” of domestically-built satellites, Ahmadinejad said at a ceremony in Tehran. The president’s remarks coincide with celebrations of the 32nd anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution that falls on Feb

Iran envoy summoned over hanged Dutch woman’s burial

THE HAGUE – The Netherlands said on Monday it had summoned Iran’s ambassador in The Hague to protest the hushed burial of a Dutch citizen after she was executed by the regime in Tehran. A foreign ministry spokesman said the Dutch ambassador to Tehran was also being brought back to The Hague for consultations after Zahra Bahrami was buried in the absence of her family who had wished to be present.
“We were taken aback by the manner in which Mrs Bahrami’s remains were treated, and