Monday December 18, 2000 / Azar 28, 1379, No. 1128
* The chimp might not agree
That Turk, who gladdens my heart with her laugh,
Drives me to anguish with her flying hair.
She made me write the words that set her free,
And wrote those words herself that enslaved me.
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June 8, 2001 set for presidential election
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's constitutional watchdog, the Guardian Council, Sunday set June 8, 2001 as the date for presidential elections, the official IRNA news agency said. With just under six months left before the polls, it is not yet clear whether incumbent President Mohammad Khatami will stand for re-election. He had announced he would run for a second term in office, but later said he was still considering whether to do so >>> FULL TEXT
Reformist in court over impeachment allegations
TEHRAN, Dec 16 (AFP) - A reformist who claimed conservatives were trying to impeach President Mohammad Khatami was in court briefly Saturday to answer questions over the allegation. Mohammad Salamati, after a brief interview with the judge, was told a formal hearing would be held within the next three weeks so that he would have time to prepare his defence >>> FULL TEXT
Two dissidents arrested
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Two leading Iranian dissidents were arrested Sunday on charges of insulting Iran's supreme leader. Ezatollah Sahabi, a member of the dissident Freedom Movement that opposes Iran's clerical rule, was interrogated and arrested on the orders of the hard-line Tehran Revolutionary Court, said Reza Alijani, an editor of the now banned Iran-e-Farda magazine >>> FULL TEXT
Reformist student leader arrested
Pro-reform journalist freed on bail
TEHRAN, Dec 16 (AFP) - Veteran pro-reform Iranian journalist Massud Behnud, facing a battery of serious charges including harming national security, was freed on bail Saturday, his lawyer said. Behnud was released after putting up his house as collateral, lawyer Amir Hossein Abadi told the state IRNA news agency >>> FULL TEXT
Japan trading houses to join Iran oil deal-MITI
TOKYO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Major Japanese trading houses will lend $3 billion to Iran to secure rights to explore and develop a portion of the giant Azadegan oil field, capable of producing an estimated 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day. That is more than 80 percent of the amount of crude that Japan now imports from Iran, its third-largest oil supplier >>> FULL TEXT
Iran says OPEC must cut output
DUBAI (Reuters) - OPEC (news - web sites) must cut output by at least one million barrels per day when it meets in January in order to rectify a growing global supply/demand imbalance, Iran's OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili said on Monday >>> FULL TEXT
New managers appointed for free-trade zones
TEHRAN, Dec 18 (AFP) - The Iranian government appointed three new managers for the country's free-trade zones, replacing the reformist director of the Persian Gulf's Kish zone, the official IRNA news agency said Monday >>> FULL TEXT
Reformist film official ready to quit
Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- Following the resignation of Ataollah Mohajerani as culture minister, his deputy, Seyfollah Dad, who is in charge of the film industry, is also ready to call it quits >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Writers in Paris
Writers: Gathering place
Bagheri makes Charlton's squad
London - December 15 (Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian International midfielder, Karim Bagheri, has managed to force his way into the 19 man squad who traveled to Leicester today, for their premiership game on Saturday. Karim who has been disappointedly left out of the Charlton squad since Iran's World cup qualifiers in Tehran a few weeks ago, has got a chance to show manager Alan Curbishley why who should become a regular in the Charlton's team >>> FULL TEXT
The revolutionary court in Tehran has ordered the arrest of two leading pro-reform figures: a leading dissident, Ezatollah Sahabi, and a student leader, Ali Afshari. Both face charges of insulting the Islamic system at a student meeting in Tehran last month. At the meeting, Mr Sahabi said that a system based on repression couldn't last for long. Mehdi Sharif asked Reza Alijani, a journalist in Tehran, about the details of Mr. Sahabi's arrest >>> LISTEN HERE
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