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September 15, 2000

Iran to chair group of 133 developing countries

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Iran was elected by acclamation on Friday to the chairmanship of the influential Third World coalition called the Group of 77, which now numbers 133 developing countries. The election took place at the annual meeting of the group's foreign ministers, now in New York for the U.N. General Assembly >>> FULL TEXT


Cleric says courts must not delay in provincial unrest

TEHRAN, Sept 15 (AFP) - Iran's judiciary should act quickly on last month's provincial unrest to avoid a repeat of long delays in other politically sensitive cases, a leading conservative cleric said Friday. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, speaking at weekly prayers at Tehran university, made the comments a day after a conservative-led inquiry blamed last month's unrest in the western city of Khoramabad on leading pro-reform figures >>> FULL TEXT


Britain closes Iran charity after complaints

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's charities watchdog announced Friday it had closed down an Iranian charity called Iran Aid after investigating allegations that it was linked to an armed group which opposes the Iranian government. ``After two years' investigation Iran Aid has failed to give us verifiable evidence that money donated by the British public was actually spent on charitable work in Iran,'' Director of Operations at the Charity Commission, Simon Gillespie said >>> FULL TEXT


UK's Cook presses Iran on Jewish prisoners

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 15 (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook raised the fate of 10 Iranian Jews jailed for alleged spying for Israel with Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on Friday, British officials said. ``On the Shiraz detainees, the foreign secretary pressed for an early and successful outcome to their appeal,'' an official said, adding that Kharrazi had ``registered'' the message >>> FULL TEXT



* Iran to chair group of 133 developing countries
* Cleric says courts must not delay in provincial unrest
* Britain closes Iran charity after complaints
* UK's Cook presses Iran on Jewish prisoners
* Dalai Lama: Help drought victims
* Cleric shot for second time in three months: paper
* U.S. judge faults feds on terror data
* Kuwait and Iran to sign accord to combat drugs
* Iran names London ambassador
* Iran names new ambassador to Saudi Arabia
* Khatami says Iran needs more than religious faith
* Renovation of former U.S. embassy in Teheran
* More than 100,000 Afghans sent home from Iran
* Turkish Muslim militant admits visiting Iran, denies aid

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September 14, 2000

Dalai Lama: Help drought victims

September 14, (Water Aid) -- The Dalai Lama has called on the world community to help drought vicitims in Iran. UN monitors say the country is facing its worst drought since the mid-60's >>> FULL TEXT


Cleric shot for second time in three months: paper

TEHRAN, Sept 14 (AFP) - An Iranian cleric, Mohammad-Reza Bozorgi Araqi, was shot and wounded by two unknown motorcyclists earlier this week, just three months after another assassination attempt against him, a newspaper reported Thursday. According to the conservative Qods daily, Araqi was shot at twice late Sunday by two unidentified men in Tehran. The first bullet entered his back, close to the spinal cord, and exited from his stomach. The second bullet missed him >>>FULL TEXT


U.S. judge faults feds on terror data

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge said Thursday he is ``greatly disappointed'' in the Treasury Department for destroying documents sought by victims of a terrorist bombing. Lamberth ruled in Flatow's favor and ordered Iran to pay $247.5 million in damages. More than two years have passed, however, and Flatow has not collected a cent. The U.S. government has opposed his efforts to collect the judgment by laying claim to frozen Iranian assets >>> FULL TEXT


Kuwait and Iran to sign accord to combat drugs

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 14 (AFP) - Kuwait and Gulf neighbour Iran will this month sign a security agreement to combat drug smuggling, the emirate's interior minister announced in Thursday's newspapers. "Iranian Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mussavi-Lari will visit Kuwait on September 30 to complete joint security efforts to combat (drug) smuggling and infiltrations and sign an agreement," Sheikh Mohammad Khaled al-Sabah said, quoted in Al-Qabas >>> FULL TEXT


September 13, 2000

Iran names London ambassador

September 9, 2000, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The leader of a pro-democracy student group jailed for his outspoken criticism of government hard-liners was released this week but said Saturday he would keep fighting for political freedoms >>> FULL TEXT


Iran names new ambassador to Saudi Arabia

TEHRAN, Sept 13 (AFP) - Iran on Wednesday named Ali-Asqar Khaji, an advisor to the country's foreign minister, as Tehran's new ambassador to Riyadh, the official IRNA news agency reported. Khaji, who is also the head of the foreign ministry's Persian Gulf department, replaces Mohammad Nuri-Shahroudi >>> FULL TEXT


September 12, 2000

Khatami says Iran needs more than religious faith

TEHRAN, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Reformist President Mohammad Khatami told the powerful Islamic establishment on Tuesday that Iran needed more than strong religious faith in order to keep pace with the West. Khatami, a moderate Shi'ite Moslem cleric who advocates greater understanding of other cultures, told a large audience of mainly senior clerics that Iran should make greater scientific and industrial progress >>> FULL TEXT


Renovation of former U.S. embassy in Teheran

September 12, Teheran (dpa) - The former embassy of the United States in Teheran is being renovated, according to eye-witnesses Tuesday. Several workers were seen cleaning the walls of the embassy which are covered with anti-U.S. slogans and there were also some renovation activities inside the embassy, the eye-witnesses said >>> FULL TEXT


More than 100,000 Afghans sent home from Iran

TEHRAN, Sept 12 (Reuters) - More than 100,000 Afghan refugees have been sent home from Iran since April, a statement issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. The returnees have received help from the UNHCR and other international organisations under a joint programme with the Iranian government since April 8, the UNHCR statement said >>> FULL TEXT


Turkish Muslim militant admits visiting Iran, denies receiving aid

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Sept 11 (AFP) - A suspected Turkish Muslim militant told a court here Monday that he had visited Iran, a country Turkey accuses of aiding extreme Islamist groups, but denied receiving any support there. "I went to Iran three times out of personal curiosity. I did not receive any political or military training there and did not meet with any (Iranian) officials," Edip Gumus, a suspected commander of the Turkish Hizbullah, told a state security court in this southeastern city >>> FULL TEXT


September 11, 2000

Khatami to U.S.: Change behavior

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, returning from the U.N. Millennium Summit in New York, said Saturday that the United States should recognize Iran's new words and change its behavior toward this Gulf country. ``Now that the world has accepted that Iran has something new, fresh and logical to say, the U.S. should recognize it, too,'' Khatami said of efforts he has made since being elected in 1997 to open Iran to Western nations. He spoke to reporters upon his arrival at Tehran airport from a weeklong trip to the United States >>> FULL TEXT


Paper says Khatami should win Nobel peace prize

TEHRAN, Sept 11 (AFP) - A pro-reform Iranian newspaper said Monday that President Mohammad Khatami should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for his efforts to create a "dialogue among civilisations." The Iran Daily, which is published by the state news agency IRNA, said "Khatami's message has been well received in the international arena," citing the Islamic republic's improving ties with the rest of the world >>> FULL TEXT


Official calls for AIDS education in schools

TEHRAN (Reuters) - A senior Iranian official has called for the inclusion of AIDS education in school textbooks, the official IRNA news agency reported on Monday. Gholamreza Sahraian, a reformist ally of President Mohammad Khatami and governor of Fars province in southern Iran, also said that teachers should be educated on the consequences of the spread of AIDS, IRNA said >>> FULL TEXT


Militia forces discover huge booze-manufacturing center

TEHRAN, Sept 10 (AFP) - Iran's Islamic Basij militia forces have discovered and shut down a huge centre manufacturing illicit alcohol, the Kayhan paper reported Sunday. Two 1,000-liter (260 gallon) tanks, and more than seven 20-liter (five gallon) canisters of alcoholic drinks were discovered in a house located in the southwest of Tehran, and later destroyed by the Basij forces >>> FULL TEXT


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