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November 3, 2000

Iranian site hacked

Hyundai Iran's web site altered by pro-Isreali hacker. Is this the first time an Iranian site has been hacked? >>> GO HERE


Embattled Culture minister to explain resignation before parliament: MP

TEHRAN, Nov 3 (AFP) - Embattled Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani will appear before the Iranian parliament on Tuesday to explain his decision to resign from the government, the state IRNA news agency said. Mohajerani, a close ally of reformist President Mohammad Khatami who has been under heavy pressure from conservatives, has already handed in his resignation letter to the president, it said Friday >>> FULL TEXT


President Khatami winds up Japan visit

TOKYO, Nov 3 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami left here for home by special plane Friday after a four-day official visit to Japan, the first by a top Iranian leader in 42 years. During his stay, Japan clinched exclusive negotiating rights to develop the Azadegan oil field in southwest Iran, one of the biggest oil fields in the Middle East >>> FULL TEXT


Iranians march against U.S., Israel

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Thousands of Iranians marched from the former U.S. embassy to Friday prayers to mark the 21st anniversary of the hostage crisis that followed Iran's Islamic revolution. The demonstrators, led by busloads of schoolchildren, carried banners denouncing the United States and Israel >>> FULL TEXT



* Iranian site hacked
* Embattled Culture minister to explain resignation
* President Khatami winds up Japan visit
* Iranians march against U.S., Israel
* Khatami meets Japanese emperor
* Turkey Keeps Eye on Iran Flights to Syria -Source
* Kermanshah hit by mortar attack
* Iran marks hostage anniversary
* Six killed, 25 wounded in prison breakout attempt
* Khatami speaks out against US
* Turkey confirms it stopped Iranian plane for inspection
* Republicans fail in bid for state dept subpoena
* Khatami arrives in Japan
* Iranian ballistic missile test fails, says Jane's
* Iran says its missile programme is independent
* Fars provincial police chief, bodyguard shot
* Iran wants mysterious mummy from Pakistan
* Parliament mulls payouts to victims of US "terrorism"

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November 2, 2000

Khatami meets Japanese emperor

TOKYO, Nov 2 (AFP) - Visiting Iranian President Mohammad Khatami met Japanese Emperor Akihito Thursday, thanking Tokyo for its hospitality and vowing to expand ties between the two countries. The emperor greeted Khatami at the entrance to the Imperial Palace building and the two talked for 25 minutes, said a spokesman for the Imperial Household Agency >>> FULL TEXT


Turkey Keeps Eye on Iran Flights to Syria -Source

ANKARA, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Turkey has told Iran it could ask Iranian aircraft crossing its airspace to Syria to land at a Turkish airport for a search of its cargo, official sources said on Wednesday. "We don't want to entertain any doubts...about support for any terrorist elements in the Middle East," one source said. "We're not imputing any responsibility (on Iran's part), but we simply don't want to have a time of tension." >>> FULL TEXT


Kermanshah hit by mortar attack, no injuries or damage: radio

TEHRAN, Nov 2 (AFP) - The western Iranian city of Kermanshah, close to the border with Iraq, was hit by five mortar shells overnight, state radio reported Thursday. It said the shells hit a "vacant plot" in the city and that there had been neither casualties nor damage. Two people were arrested in connection with the attack, the radio said without gving further details >>> FULL TEXT


Iran marks hostage anniversary amid mounting anti-US anger over Israel

TEHRAN, Nov 2 (AFP) - Iran will mark the 21st anniversary of the hostage taking at the American embassy in Tehran on Friday amid a resurgence in anger over US support for Israel in the latest Middle East crisis. The anniversary is an annual national holiday but this year it comes on the heels of the worst Middle East violence in a decade, which has left some 170 dead and 5,000 wounded, almost all of them Palestinians >>> FULL TEXT


Six killed, 25 wounded in Iran prison breakout attempt: IRNA

TEHRAN, Nov 2 (AFP) - Six prisoners were killed and 25 wounded in an attempted prison breakout in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, the official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday >>> FULL TEXT


November 1, 2000

Khatami speaks out against US-dominated global economy

TOKYO, Nov 1 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday took a swipe at a US-oriented global economy, while promising to take legislative measures to boost foreign investment in his country. "Economic globalisation cannot and must not be wielded as a weapon by those who fantasise about the establishment of a unipolar world system," Khatami said in a speech at a luncheon with Japanese business leaders >>> FULL TEXT


Turkey confirms it stopped Iranian plane for inspection

ANKARA, Nov 1 (AFP) - Turkey confirmed Wednesday it had forced a Syrian-bound Iranian plane to land for a cargo inspection at Diyarbakir airport in the southeast of the country. The foreign ministry said the Damascus-bound charter flight was stopped on Tuesday and inspected under international civil aviation rules >>> FULL TEXT


Republicans fail in bid for state dept subpoena

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans Wednesday failed to muster enough support to issue a subpoena aimed at forcing the State Department to hand over key documents relating to Vice President Al Gore (news - web sites)'s 1995 pact with Moscow on Russian conventional arms sales to Iran. ``The subpoena will not be served. They couldn't get 10 signatures,'' a Senate source told Reuters >>> FULL TEXT


October 31, 2000

Khatami arrives in Japan

TOKYO (AP) - Iran on Tuesday dismissed concerns by Japan that it is developing missiles with technology provided by North Korea (news - web sites), a Japanese official said. Japanese Foreign Minister Yohei Kono told his Iranian counterpart, Kamal Kharrazi, that Tokyo was worried about the similarity between Iran's ballistic missiles and those of North Korea, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry >>> FULL TEXT


IIran says its missile programme is independent

TOKYO, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Iran's missile programme is purely defensive and was developed independent of foreign powers, including North Korea, Iranian Foreign Affairs minister Kamal Kharrazi told his Japanese counterpart, Yohei Kono, on Tuesday. U.S. intelligence officials have repeatedly said they believe that Iran, which in September conducted its second test-firing of a medium range Shahab-3 missile in two months, poses a security threat to the United States >>> FULL TEXT


Iranian ballistic missile test fails, says Jane's

LONDON, Oct 31 (AFP) - Iran's third flight test of its Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile was a failure, according to the specialised British monthly Jane's Intelligence Review (JIR). In its November issue, the magazine cites a US defence official as saying the United States was not yet sure what caused the problem, but suspected possible engine problems or difficulties with the missile's guidance system >>> FULL TEXT


October 30, 2000

Fars provincial police chief, bodyguard shot

TEHRAN, Oct 30 (AFP) - The police commander of Iran's Fars province and his bodyguard were seriously wounded in an attack, a newspaper reported Sunday. The Kayhan paper said General Hossein Zolfaghari and his bodyguard were shot several times with an automatic weapon while trying to arrest several youths who were stealing a car in the southern city of Shiraz >>> FULL TEXT


Iran wants mysterious mummy from Pakistan

TEHRAN, Oct 29 (AFP) - Iran wants Pakistan to hand over an ancient mummy recently discovered in the Pakistani border province of Baluchistan, press reports said here Sunday. Iranian media identified the 2,600-year-old mummy as the remains of an Achaemenian prince although reports from Pakistan said it was a princess who could have originated in Egypt or Iran >>> FULL TEXT


Parliament mulls payouts to victims of US "terrorism"

TEHRAN, Oct 30 (AFP) - The foreign policy committee of Iran's parliament is mulling tit-for-tat legislation that would allow victims of US "terrorism" to sue for compensation, an MP said in Monday's press. "This is a counter-measure against the recent decision by the US Congress to pay US families who claim to be victims of terrorism supported by Iran," the Entekhab paper cited the unnamed deputy as saying >>> FULL TEXT


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