Tuesday January 2, 2001 / Dey 13, 1379, No. 1136
Kayhan: Reformists want to hold a referendum >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Rah-e Kargar: What are they afraid of? >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Love's blazinf fire will turn cold into hot;
Love's brilliant light will soften hardest rock.
Don't judge the sins of lovers harshly, friend:
Love's wine will leave us shameless in the end.
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Four more defendants confess in murders trial
TEHRAN, Jan 2 (AFP) - Four more defendants confessed in court Tuesday to involvement in the 1998 assassinations of several dissidents and intellectuals blamed on "rogue" secret agents, state radio reported. Three admitted to personally carrying out some of the murders and a fourth said he had supervised the killing of nationalist opposition leader Dariush Forouhar and his wife Parvaneh, it said >>> FULL TEXT
Iran says security pact with Saudi ready to be signed
TEHRAN, Jan 2 (AFP) - Iran and Saudi Arabia have ironed out the details for an historic security agreement as the two nations work toward moving on from their past difficulties, Tehran's interior minister, Abdol-Vahed Mussavi-Lari, said Tuesday. "The text of the agreement has been finalised by experts on both sides and will be signed during a visit by Saudi Interior Minister Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz," Mussavi-Lari told reporters >>> FULL TEXT
Khatami sure to run for re-election: minister
TEHRAN, Jan 2 (AFP) - President Mohammad Khatami is certain to run for re-election in June because he is determined to keep fighting for his reform programme, his interior minister and close ally said on Tuesday. "There's no doubt that he will stand in the elections, so I can tell you: Khatami will certainly be a candidate," Abdol-Vahed Mussavi-Lari told a Tehran press conference >>> FULL TEXT
Ganji to be moved to another cell block after murder of cellmate
TEHRAN, Jan 2 (AFP) - A judge has agreed to transfer prominent journalist Akbar Ganji from the cell block for common criminals to another block after his cellmate was murdered last week, a press report said Tuesday. "With the agreement of press court judge Said Mortazavi, Ganji will soon be transferred to another cell block," the Aftabe-Yazd paper said >>> FULL TEXT
Iran begins re-trial of police chief in torture case
TEHRAN, Jan 1 (AFP) - Defence lawyers for a former top police chief requested a postponement Monday as his re-trial began in a Tehran military court on torture charges, sources told AFP. Former security police chief Mohammad-Reza Naqdi was already acquitted once for allegedly ordering the torture of detainees during an investigation into official corruption in Tehran >>> FULL TEXT
Khatami government to protect political meetings in Iran
TEHRAN, Jan 2 (AFP) - President Khatami's government is currently working on a plan to protect political gatherings and meetings from extremist attacks, Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mussavi-Lari said Tuesday. "This plan is currently being studied by the interior ministry's security council", he told a news conference in Tehran, saying authorities were "determined to prevent and fight against attacks on political meetings" >>> FULL TEXT
Iran expecting more than one billion dollars in tourist revenue
TEHRAN, Jan 1 (AFP) - Iran is expecting a total of more than one billion dollars in revenue from tourism by the end of the current Iranian year in March, the state IRNA news agency reported Monday. That figure marks a massive jump from just over 350 million dollars in 1997, it said, as the Islamic republic has worked to attract tourists and cut its dependence on petrodollars >>> FULL TEXT
Iran to begin accepting private bank applications next week
TEHRAN, Jan 1 (AFP) - Iran will begin accepting applications next week for the establishment of private banks with start-up capital of at least 25 million dollars, the central bank said Monday. But private banking will still be off-limits to foreigners as applications will only be accepted by Iranian nationals or legal entities, it said, cited by the state broadcasting website >>> FULL TEXT
Rocks thrown at Mehrjuie's "Mix"
Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- Agitators throw rocks during screening of Daryoush Mehrjuie's new film ("Mix") at three theaters in Tehran. They were apparently protesting scenes where women are playing musical instruments >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Ups and dows at the box office
Tehran (Dowran-e Emrooz) -- New films for the winter season will soon be screened. Some are in a good position to make a good profit at the box office. But Farmanara's award-winning film has no chance >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Abadan film fest
Esteghlal and Persepolis fight to a draw
Tehran - December 29 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Arch rivals Persepolis and Esteghlal battled to a 2-2 draw on Friday in a highly physical match. The encounter was highly charged from the beginning, as both teams tried to cope with the tension built by over 100,000 spectators in Azadi Stadium >>> FULL TEXT
Disciplinary committee slaps down fines and suspensions
Tehran - December 31 (Iran Sports Press) -- The Disciplinary Committee of the Iranian Football Federation issued its verdict on nine players and one coach who were incolved in the chaos on Friday in the match between Esteghlal and Persepolis >>> FULL TEXT
Blazevic and Ivanovic to guide Iran in WC2002 qualifiers
Tehran, December 30 (Iran Sports Press) -- Miroslav Blazevic and Branko Ivanovic will guide the Iranian National Team at the World Cup 2002 qualifiers, a reliable confirmed on Saturday. The Croatians are expecting to begin their duties from January 17. Ivanovic will serve as assistant coach under 65 year old Blazevic >>> FULL TEXT
Four New Cabinet Ministers
Iranian newspapers have reported that four new ministers will soon be appointed to start working in Mohammad Khatami's cabinet. This is despite the fact that Mr. Khatami's term of office will end in about six months. Mohammad Matin talks to Daryush Sajjadi, Iranian affairs analyst about the significance of these new appointments >>> LISTEN HERE
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