SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ Car Explosion Near High Security Prison Killed Driver & Wounded Two Security Officials ‘

#AceNewsReport – SAUDI ARABIA:Post Update:July.17: A car explosion at a checkpoint near Saudi Arabia’s highest security prison killed the driver and wounded two security officials, the interior ministry said on Thursday, as reported by AFP.

“The driver blew up the car and killed himself,” said the spokesman, adding that the explosion is now under investigation.

The policemen, who were in a “stable condition,” were taken to the hospital, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

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‘ TEHRAN: ‘ WOMAN IS SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR IN PRISON AFTER SHE TRIED TO ATTEND VOLLEYBALL GAME’

#AceNewsServices – TEHRAN – November 02 – A British-Iranian woman has been sentenced to one year in prison – after she tried to attend a volleyball match in Tehran SkyNews reported. 

' Woman Jailed for Watching Volleyball in Iran'

‘ Woman Jailed for Watching Volleyball in Iran’

Ghoncheh Ghavami, who was arrested outside the Freedom Stadium, was given no reason for her conviction.

The law graduate, from Shepherd’s Bush in west London, had been accused of “propaganda against the state”.

' Detained British-Iranian women’s rights activist goes on hunger strike '

‘ Detained British-Iranian women’s rights activist goes on hunger strike ‘

Iranian officials maintain she was detained for security reasons. The 25-year-old, an alumna of the School of African and Oriental Studies, went on hunger strike after she was moved to the “brutal” Evin Prison in June.

' Free Ghoncheh Ghavami '

‘ Free Ghoncheh Ghavami ‘

A campaign calling for her immediate release has attracted more than 700,000 supporters to date.

Amnesty International has labelled Ms Ghavami’s continued incarceration as “appalling”, and described her as a prisoner of conscience.

Its director, Kate Allen, said: “It’s an outrage that a young woman is being locked up simply for peacefully having her say about how women are discriminated against in Iran.

“The authorities should investigate allegations that Ghoncheh was subjected to death threats by her interrogators and provide compensation for her arbitrary detention and her prolonged solitary confinement.”

A family spokesman added: “A fair and just legal process, according to Iran’s legal framework, is the basic right of every Iranian citizen. Why are these rights not upheld in Ghoncheh’s case?”

' Iran, women are not allowed to spectate at certain male sports '

‘ Iran, women are not allowed to spectate at certain male sports ‘

Prior to the volleyball match between Iran and Italy, women were barred from attending the event altogether.

Gen Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam, chief of the national police, had said it was “not yet in the public interest” for men and women to share the stands.

Women are already banned from Iranian football matches, but authorities insist this rule is designed to protect them against inappropriate behaviour from men.

“We have concerns about the grounds for this prosecution, due process during the trial and Ms Ghavami’s treatment whilst in custody,” a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.

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‘ ZIONIST LOBBY IN US STAGING NEW ATTACKS AGAINST PRO-PALESTINIAN AMERICAN AUTHOR ‘

#AceNewsServices – TEHRAN – November 01 – The Zionist lobby in the US has begun a new wave of attacks on the Pulitzer Prize-winning black author and essayist Alice Walker for supporting the Palestinians in her new book titled ‘The Cushion in the Road’ and also writing a letter to the American singer Alicia Keys asking her not to travel to Israel.

The wave of Zionists’ attacks on Walker came after she asked Alicia Keys to stay away from a music concert in Israel and instead hold it in the Gaza Strip for the Palestinians and also compared Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians to the behaviour of the Nazis during the World War II, Eelaf news website reported.

' The Cushion in the Road '

‘ The Cushion in the Road ‘

Walker’s book titled The Cushion in the Road is a series of essays on varying topics containing 80 pages on the Israeli brutalities against the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.

“I want the Israeli government to be made accountable for its behavior toward the Palestinians, and I want the people of the United States to cease acting like they don’t know what’s going on,” Walker wrote in The Cushion in the Road.

“All colonization, all occupation, all repression basically looks the same, whoever is doing it. Our heads cannot remain stuck in the sand,” the American author said in her book.

Last month walker wrote an open letter to American R&B singer Alicia Keys, urging her to boycott Israeli “apartheid”.

“It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in danger (soul danger) by performing in an apartheid country that is being boycotted by many global conscious artists,” she wrote in her letter to Keys.

Walker, who participated in the Civil Rights Movement, has long criticized Israel’s mistreatment of the Palestinian people, which she has compared to Black oppression in the United States, and has traveled to West Bank and Gaza to protest.

Last year, she refused to allow her award-winning classic, The Color Purple to be translated into Hebrew by an Israel publisher, in protest of Zionism and what she called Israel’s “apartheid” policies.

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TEHRAN: ‘ IRANIAN WOMAN CONVICTED OF MURDERING MAN WHO RAPED HER IS HANGED ‘

#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – October 25 – A 26-year old Iranian woman, who was convicted of murdering a man she has accused of raping her when she was a teenager, was hanged in Tehran’s Evin Prison Saturday, the official IRNA news agency reported.

' Iran executes woman who killed her alleged rapist '

‘ Iran executes woman who killed her alleged rapist ‘

Reyhaneh Jabbari failed to get a reprieve from the victim’s relatives within the 10-day deadline stipulated by Sharia law, which has been in force in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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TEHRAN: ‘ RISE AND FALL OF THE AGREEMENT ON BILATERAL COOPERATION ON NUCLEAR ENERGY ‘

#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 18 – Iran and Russia have held a new round of consultations on bilateral cooperation in the area of nuclear energy in the Iranian capital, Tehran, the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom says.

Rosatom’s Communications Department announced on Thursday that Nikolaï Spasski, the deputy director general for international affairs at Rosatom, met with Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi in Tehran on October 15, Ria Novosti reported.

“The parties discussed the current state as well as the prospects of nuclear cooperation between the two countries,” Rosatom added.

Last month, Kamalvandi said Tehran and Moscow were “close to reaching final agreements on the construction of two power plants” in Iran’s southern province of Bushehr before the end of the current Persian calendar year (20 March 2015).

In September 2013, Iran officially took over from Russia the first unit of its first 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Bushehr for two years.

The Obama administration re-submitted the U.S.-Russian agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation to Congress on May 10, 2010. The agreement, which would allow the two countries to trade nuclear materials, technology and services, was originally signed and submitted to Congress for review in May 2008.

However, following the August 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia, the U.S.-Russian relationship deteriorated significantly; the Bush administration withdrew the agreement from Congress on September 8 of that year. The agreement will automatically enter into force unless both houses of Congress pass a resolution of disapproval within 90 legislative days.

The initial construction of the Bushehr facility began in 1975 by German companies, but the work was halted following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

After signing a deal on the construction of nuclear plants in 1992, Iran and Russia reached an agreement in 1995 to complete the Bushehr plant.

Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said on September 14 that Russia plans to build eight power plants in three Iranian cities.

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TEHRAN: ‘ SENIOR IRANIAN CLERIC SAYS PERSIAN GULF MONARCHY ARE SPONSOR’S OF TERRORISTS ‘

#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 18 – A senior Iranian cleric has dismissed as “false” recent allegations by the Saudi foreign minister that Iran meddles in the internal affairs of regional countries, saying the Persian Gulf monarchy is the source of all problems as it sponsors terrorists in the region.

Saudi regime source of all Mideast problems: Top Iran cleric

Saudi regime source of all Mideast problems: Top Iran cleric

Addressing worshippers at the weekly Friday Prayers in the Iranian capital, Tehran, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami expressed surprise over the allegation by Saud al-Faisal, saying the Saudi regime is attempting to shift the blame for fueling tension in the Middle East to Iran. 

He went on to ask, “Doesn’t everybody know that your petrodollars created the ISIL? To whom is it unknown that every act of terror in the Islamic world is carried out with your petrodollars?” 

Addressing the Saudi officials, the cleric added, “If you want to know the truth, it is that you are not part of the problem but the whole problem [in the Middle East].”

“Of course, we totally understand why you are upset,” Khatami said, noting that Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars to topple the Syrian government and to achieve its objectives in Iraq but all its plots have failed.

Speaking in a joint press conference with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Monday, Faisal claimed Iran was “part of the problem, not the solution” in the Middle East, alleging that Tehran “cannot play any role in the region” if its policies remain unchanged.

The Saudi foreign minister also accused Iran of having “occupying forces” in Syria despite the fact that Iran has firmly dismissed reports about its military involvement in Syria and Iraq, stressing that Tehran’s support for the two Arab nations is in the form of humanitarian aid and military consultation.

The allegations against Iran come as the Iraqi and Syrian authorities have repeatedly criticized Riyadh and its Persian Gulf Arab allies for fomenting terrorism in their countries.

Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf kingdoms are widely known as being the major sponsors of Takfiri terrorist groups, including ISIL and al-Nusra Front, which are operating in Iraq and Syria.

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TEHRAN: ‘ MULLING OVER UNITED STATES PROPOSAL ON ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM – REPORTS ‘

#AceWorldNrews IRAN (Tehran) – October 17  – Iran is reportedly mulling a compromise over its nuclear program, suggested by the United States, AP reports.

The proposal, detailed by two unnamed diplomats, would allow Tehran to keep more uranium enrichment centrifuges than previously demanded by the US if the country agrees to shrink its stockpile of low-enriched uranium.

Iran is reportedly in talks with Russia about possibly moving its stockpile.

The number of centrifuges left intact has become a major sticking point for negotiators, with Iran insisting on maintaining some 10,000 while the US looks to limit the number to a few thousand and increase the amount of time it would take to develop a bomb.

Source: AP – USA Today – RT 

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GENEVA: ‘ Iran Asks US Nuclear Negotiators to Focus of Bigger Issues and Not Trivial – Citing Numbers of Centrifuges ‘

#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – October 15 – US nuclear negotiators should stop focusing on Iran’s number of centrifuges, Reuters quoted a senior Iranian politician as saying on Wednesday.

Exclusive: Iran digs in heels on nuclear centrifuges at Vienna talks - envoys

Exclusive: Iran digs in heels on nuclear centrifuges at Vienna talks – envoys

“This is something like a trivial matter and we should not bargain over trivial matters,” Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said in Geneva.

“This is not going to be useful, this is not going to solve any real problems,” he said, adding that the negotiators should rather push for a deal to help build confidence between Iran and the six world powers.

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TEHRAN: Iranian Intelligence Minster Warns CIA, MOSSAD AND MI6 AGAINST SPYING on Defence Programs ‘

#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 15 – Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alawi warned that foreign spy agencies, including the CIA, Mossad and MI6, are seeking to target and carry out sabotage operations against Iran’s nuclear and defence programs, yet he stressed that his forces know how to fool the foreign spies.

Intelligence Minister: CIA, Mossad, MI6 Seeking to Target, Sabotage Iran's N., Defense Programs

Intelligence Minister: CIA, Mossad, MI6 Seeking to Target, Sabotage Iran’s N., Defense Programs

“Some (spying) services like Mossad, the MI6 and the CIA and the countries which are enemies of Iran are naturally in pursuit of negative objectives in the Islamic Republic or sometimes they act directly and leave negative effects in political, economic and social fields,” Alawi said in a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday afternoon.

“And sometimes they make use of other spying services for proxy jobs or use people’s internet pages,” he added.

“Our nuclear, defense and missile industries and advanced technologies are the arenas in which they seek to gain intelligence and carry out sabotage operations,” Alawi said.

He, meantime, stressed that the Iranian intelligence forces have kept vigilant, identified the hostile spy agencies’ weak and strong points and adopted the necessary actions to manage these spy agencies.

Senior Iranian officials have always reiterated Iran’s intelligence supremacy over the enemies’ moves and espionage operations in the region, saying that the Iranian intelligence forces’ successful operations against CIA and Mossad operatives in recent years prove the superiority of the Iranian side.

In June 2013, a senior Iranian legislator lauded the intelligence ministry for its vigilance and power in foiling enemies’ plots against Iran, and said the ministry has thwarted several Israeli and US plots across the country.

“Numerous events (plotted by the enemies) have happened in the country in the past few years which have been defused due to the desirable performance of the intelligence ministry and other Iranian intelligence and security bodies,” Chairman of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi told FNA.

“The intelligence ministry enjoys a very desirable dominance and control over intelligence issues both in and outside Iran,” he added.

Boroujerdi said that the Iranian intelligence bodies today are to confront Mossad, the CIA and their regional collaborators “and we have succeeded in defusing the operations of the US and Israeli intelligence bodies and showing the intelligence might and power of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the whole world”.

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Pakistan: ‘ Three Senior Iranian Police Commanders Among Seven Killed in Plane Crash ‘

#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – October 12 – Three senior Iranian police officers were among seven people killed in a plane crash after a police turbo-propeller aircraft went down in the restive Sistan-Baluchistan province, which borders Pakistan, local media reported.

Iranian Police Officers Killed in Plane Crash

Iranian Police Officers Killed in Plane Crash

The highest-ranking officer was the deputy of Iran’s police inspectorate.

The officers were heading from Tehran to the provincial area of Zahedan to investigate a series of attacks on security forces this week.

The reports said the plane was not shot down but investigators cannot rule out the possibility.  

AFP

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VIENNA: ‘ Iran Fails to Satisfy IAEA of Two Issues Related to Atomic Use of Nuclear Capability ‘

#AceNewsServices – VIENNA – October 09. /TASS/. Iran failed to propose any new practical measures to resolve the disputable issues of its nuclear program at the October 7-8 meeting in Tehran, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement on Thursday.

“Iran did not propose any new measures during the meetings in Tehran,” the statement reads.

Iran and the IAEA have been unable to agree on two unsettled issues in an effort to allay the UN watchdog’s concerns about the possible military dimensions of the program.

During the talks, the sides discussed the fulfilment of two practical measures agreed in May concerning neutron transport calculations and high explosives detonators, the statement says.

The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran have agreed to continue negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program, but the date has not been set yet.

“The Agency and Iran will continue discussions on these measures,” the Vienna-based UN agency said.

Western nations suspect Iran of using its nuclear research for developing atomic weapons while Iran insists its nuclear program is intended for peaceful purposes only.

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IRAN: ‘ Foreign Minister Tongue Lashes Australia for Mistreating Asylum Seekers on the Death Ships’

#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 07 – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates’ Affairs Hassan Qashqavi lashed out at Australia for mistreating asylum seekers, and warned Iranians, specially the youth, not to travel to Australia through illegal channels, particularly on “death ships” sailing from Indonesia to Australia.

' Death Ships Sailing from Indonesia to Australia '

‘ Death Ships Sailing from Indonesia to Australia ‘

“Young people travel to some regions legally and then get on these death ship to sail the way between Indonesia and Australia (illegally), which in 90 percent of the cases leads to ship sinking and their death,” he added.

He further expressed regret that even if the Iranian nationals reach Australia sound and safe, they will still lose their lives in refugee camps, and demanded Iranian families to discourage their youth from travelling to Australia through illegal channels.

Last month, the Iranian deputy foreign minister had rapped Australia for mistreating the refugees after an Iranian national died in the country due to the inhuman conditions of a refugee camp.

The "Death Ships" Sailing from Indonesia to Australia.

The “Death Ships” Sailing from Indonesia to Australia.

“The islands that Australia has considered for sheltering the refugees who intend to enter the country via the sea have hard and inhumane weather conditions and the refugees are not treated well in them,” Qashqavi said.

He referred to the Iranian refugee who lost his life after suffering septicemia and then brain death in Australia, and said, “The bad respiratory conditions in Manus Island and the impacts of this region’s sewage on people’s living conditions made the Iranian national’s health conditions grow critical and led to his septicemia.”

Noting that he had held several meetings with Australian officials and the country’s ambassador has been summoned to the Iranian foreign ministry to protest at the situation of the Iranian nationals seeking asylum in Australia, Qashqavi called on human rights activists and institutions to use their capacities to put an end to such inhumane conditions in Australia.

“Sometimes, the refugees are deliberately kept in bad weather conditions, made to suffer malnutrition and don’t receive proper medical treatment, and we have always protested at such a behaviour of the Australian government,” the deputy foreign minister stressed.

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#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – At least two former Iranian nuclear negotiators joined with Holocaust deniers, 9/11 truthers, and anti-Semites from across the globe this week in Tehran for Iran’s second annual New Horizons conference, an anti-American hate fest that U.S. lawmakers say highlights the country’s dangerous duplicity.

Among those in attendance at the conference—which the U.S. State Department admitted it was not even aware of—were notorious Holocaust deniers, American anti-Israel activists, and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s closest adviser.

They were joined by two of Iran’s former nuclear negotiators, Saeed Jalili and Ali Asghar Soltanieh, both of whom were once responsible for inking a deal with the West over Tehran’s contested nuclear program.

The presence Jalili and Soltanieh triggered concern on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers warned that this is another sign that Tehran cannot be trusted to deal honestly in ongoing nuclear talks, which have been extended through November.

As the Obama administration continues to provide billions of dollars in sanctions relief to Tehran in a bid to foster a final nuclear deal, some in Congress say that the White House is letting itself be fooled into backing a bad deal with Iran.

“The so-called ‘New Horizon’ conference in Tehran proves why the current Iranian regime under President Hassan Rouhani is, at its core, no less extremist and dangerous than the regime under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,” Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) said in a statement.

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IRAN: ‘ Iranian-British Woman Held in Tehran’s Evin Prison For Going to a Volleyball Game Goes on Hunger Strike ‘

#AceNewsServices  – IRAN (Tehran) – October 06  – Ghoncheh Ghavami, an Iranian-British woman held in a Tehran prison for trying to attend a volleyball match between Iran and Italy, has gone on a hunger strike, the opposition website Kalame reported on Sunday.

' Detained British-Iranian women’s rights activist goes on hunger strike '

‘ Detained British-Iranian women’s rights activist goes on hunger strike ‘

In Iran, women are not allowed to be a spectator at certain male sports, a law that Ghavami, 25, challenged as she and a group of supporters showed up for a demonstration in front of the Azadi Stadium in the Iranian capital in June.

' Iran, women are not allowed to spectate at certain male sports '

‘ Iran, women are not allowed to spectate at certain male sports ‘

Iran does not recognize dual citizenship and treats Ghavami as Iranian, despite protests from Britain.

British-Iranian law graduate Ghoncheh Ghavami, right, with her mother, Susan Moshtaghian. She is accused of ‘propaganda against the regime’. Photograph: PA

British-Iranian law graduate Ghoncheh Ghavami, right, with her mother, Susan Moshtaghian. She is accused of ‘propaganda against the regime’. Photograph: PA

In an interview with the Guardian, Iman Ghavami said his sister, Ghoncheh, 25, was told for the first time on Tuesday that she had been formally charged with “propaganda against the regime” – a charge that carries a possible prison term of several years.

Iman, 28, who lives in London, said his desperate parents were growing increasingly concerned for their daughter when prison officials cancelled a visit without explanation after it emerged that her case would be heard by Tehran’s notorious revolutionary court.

“My parents are devastated. My mum is restless, she is breaking down emotionally all the time,” he said, adding that his father, a surgeon, had been unable to work for three months because of the strain.

Ghoncheh, a law graduate of SOAS, University of London, was arrested on 20 June after trying to watch a men’s volleyball match at the Azadi stadium in Tehran – in breach of the Islamic republic’s ban on women attending big sporting events.

' Detained in Evin Prison for Trying to watch Volleyball Game '

‘ Detained in Evin Prison for Trying to watch Volleyball Game ‘

She spent nearly 50 days in solitary confinement in Evin prison, Tehran, and has been allowed only minimal contact with her family.

On Tuesday, Iman flew to New York in a desperate attempt to raise his sister’s case with the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, who is due to speak at the UN general assembly.

' Free Ghoncheh Ghavami '

‘ Free Ghoncheh Ghavami ‘

A petition started by Iman on the site Change.org has amassed more than 223,000 signatories.

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ISLAMIC STATE: ‘ Jihadist’s Plan to Dominate the World by Stealing Nuclear Technology ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 06  – An alleged policy plan of the Islamic State outlines some chilling, if unrealistic, plots of the would-be terrorist state, including bribing Russia with access to oilfields in exchange for nuclear technology, and digging a canal across the UAE.

ISIS grand plan: Bribe Putin for Iran’s nuclear secrets  Isis militants have plans to establish bases across ‘Arab lands’ (AP)

ISIS grand plan: Bribe Putin for Iran’s nuclear secrets
Isis militants have plans to establish bases across ‘Arab lands’ (AP)

The document reported by Britain’s Sunday Times is believed to have been written by Abdullah Ahmed Meshedani, a member of the highly secretive six-man war cabinet of the terrorist group, which wants to build an Islamist state, or caliphate, in parts of Iraq and Syria.

It was captured by Iraqi special forces during a March raid on the home of a senior Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) member and confirmed as authentic by Western security officials.

The 70-point plan provides an insight into the grandiose, if somewhat far-fetched, strategy aimed at undermining Shiites in the Arab world and Iran as that branch of Islam’s powerhouse nation.

One of the goals listed in the documents is to offer Russia access to oilfields in Iraq’s Anbar province in exchange for Moscow severing ties with Tehran and sharing secret nuclear technology known to Iran with the IS.

The bribe is also meant to convince the Russian government to stop supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad and ally with Sunni states of the Arab Gulf in their confrontation with Iran and Syria. 

A security source familiar with the document told the newspaper, “Nothing shocks Western governments these days in relation to ISIS and its fanatical aspirations.

We have known and feared  for some time that they want to obtain chemical and nuclear weapons… So when you place their future aspirations against their current achievements, this document which purports to be the group’s manifesto does stop and make you think.”

Another bizarre plan to undermine Iran’s power-base involves building a canal across the United Arab Emirates “like the Panama Canal in America’s hands,” which would allow oil tankers travel to and from the Persian Gulf, bypassing the Iran-controlled Strait of Hormuz, the newspaper reports.

Sources: The Sunday Times – RT – AP  

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TEHRAN: ‘ Iranian Reporters Challenge President Rouhani in Open Letter Demanding he Stop Lying about Persecution of Journalists ‘

#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 04 – More than 130 Iranian reporters and editors have challenged President Rouhani in an open letter, demanding that he stop lying about the persecution of journalists in the Islamic Republic.

Rouhani pledged in his Presidential campaign last year to ease restrictions on media and to free political prisoners; however, the closure of newspapers and detention of journalists has continued.

Last week, while he was in New York for the UN General Assembly, Rouhani was asked in a CNN interview about Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s correspondent in Tehran who was arrested in July with his wife and fellow journalist Yeganeh Salehi.

Rouhani replied, “I do not believe that an individual would be detained or put in prison for being a journalist.”

Full Letter: Link

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‘ Rouhani Flies to Astrakhan’s Caspian Sea Summit ‘

#AceWorldNews – ASTRAKHAN – September 28 – Iran President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday flew to Astrakhan, in Russia, where he will participate in the 4th Caspian Sea Summit.

' 4th Caspian Sea Summit. '

‘ 4th Caspian Sea Summit. ‘

Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are the five littoral states of the Caspian Sea, which acquired special geopolitical significance following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the emergence of newly independent countries.

Rouhani flew to Russia following a trip to New York, where he attended the 69th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.

RT 

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‘ Iran’s Armed Forces Prepared For ISIS Threats ‘

#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – September 27 – Iran’s Armed Forces are “fully prepared” to repel any potential threats from the Islamic State militants, Brigadier General Ahmadrez Pourdastan, Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces, said.

If the ISIL terrorist group intends to come near the country’s borders, we will target them deep inside the Iraqi territory,”Pourdastan is cited by PressTV.

Iranian forces have been deployed in the country’s western border regions to beef up security there, he added.

The jihadist Islamic State has claimed large parts of land in Iraq and Syria, and plans to expand its territory, despite the ongoing air-strikes by the US and its allies. 

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‘ Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Interview Brands ISIS and US-led Coalition ‘

#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) TEHRAN – September 18 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Ann Curry, denounced ISIS for its savagery but also branded the U.S.-led coalition against the terror group as “ridiculous.”

' Video at Source Link '

‘ Video at Source Link ‘

Speaking from the presidential palace in Tehran ahead of his visit to the United Nations, Rouhani questioned President Obama’s decision to go after ISIS with air-strikes.

“Are Americans afraid of giving casualties on the ground in Iraq? Are they afraid of their soldiers being killed in the fight they claim is against terrorism?” Rouhani said.

“If they want to use planes and if they want to use unmanned planes so that nobody is injured from the Americans, is it really possible to fight terrorism without any hardship, without any sacrifice? Is it possible to reach a big goal without that? In all regional and international issues, the victorious one is the one who is ready to do sacrifice.

“Maybe it is necessary for air-strikes in some conditions and some circumstances,” he added. “However, air strikes should take place with the permission of the people of that country and the government of that country.”

Asked about the extremists’ beheading of American James Foley and Steven Sotloff and Briton David Haines, Rouhani said ISIS’ actions are at odds with Islamic tenets.

“They want to kill humanity,” he said. “And from the viewpoint of the Islamic tenets and culture, killing an innocent people equals the killing of the whole humanity. And therefore, the killing and beheading of innocent people in fact is a matter of shame for them and it’s the matter of concern and sorrow for all the human and all the mankind.”

But he also took issue with the American-led coalition, saying members include nations that helped ISIS with weapons and training.

He declined to name the countries.

He said Iran will give Iraq any support it requests for combating ISIS, but made a point of saying religious sites must be protected.

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IRAN: ‘ Minister Accuses US of Lacking Understanding of ISIL in Interview ‘

#AceWorldNews – IRAN (Tehran) – September 08 – Iran accused the United States on Sunday of not taking the threat from ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria seriously, and charged that US aid had previously helped the Takfiri militants.

“There is still no serious understanding about the threat and they (the United States) have as yet taken no serious action,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with IRIB on Sunday morning.

 US has not been serious in fighting ISIL which roots in their double standards; the US supported ISIL back in Syria and now they want to fight them in Iraq,” he added, according to Mehr news agency.

The top Iranian diplomat said that there has not been enough and comprehensive understanding of ISIL threat yet, but “the Islamic Republic of Iran was aware of its danger since the beginning of ISIL establishment and Iran president’s WAVE (World Against Violence and Extremism) suggested to the last year UN General Assembly proves the Islamic Republic’s logic regarding such issues.”

He pointed to the Leader’s emphasis on danger of radicalism and said that “we know the ISIL danger and stand besides our Iraqi sisters and brothers to control it but this is dangerous for the whole region and international cooperation is needed to eradicate it.”

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