Iran

January 2, 2001

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An Iranian judge has agreed to transfer prominent journalist Akbar Ganji from the cell block for common criminals to another block after his cellmate

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Iran will begin accepting applications next week for the establishment of private banks with start-up capital of at least $25 million, the central bank said Monday, January 1.

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Introduction:Iran is faced with a litany of environmental problems, many of which the country is only beginning to tackle as the problems reach a crisis point.

January 1, 2001

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Russian President Vladimir Putin defended last week Moscow\'s improving ties with Soviet-era allies such as Iraq, Cuba and North Korea and vowed to continue building closer trade relations with Iran.

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Iran has given a German and an Iranian firm a 145 million-dollar contract to build what officials said would be the world's largest methanol plant, the state IRNA news agency said Sunday.

December 31, 2000

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Iraqis begin the new year with the decade-old air embargo against the country crumbling and some signs of support for their cause around the world. Bu

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The Iranian parliament will hold a three-day international conference in April on backing \"the Islamic revolution in Palestine.\"

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Iran has given a German and an Iranian firm a 145 million-dollar contract to build what officials said would be the world\'s largest methanol plant.

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Iran\'s conservative-led judiciary will issue a verdict next week in the trial of more than a dozen reformists charged with attending an \"un-Islamic\

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An Iranian cleric who edits a culture and sport magazine has been slapped with a four-month prison sentence by a religious court for insulting his col

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Based on a report by Platt's, the government-owned Russian company (Transneft) is currently reviewing a plan to establish an oil pipeline to export the Russian oil through Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and

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One may argue whether President Mohammad Khatami has enjoyed much success in introducing political reforms in Iran since he took office in May 1997. But few can argue his economic attractiveness.

December 30, 2000

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Iranian security forces seized around three-quarters of a ton of narcotics in the central city of Yazd that had been hidden in a fish delivery truck.

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The secretary-general of the banned but tolerated opposition Iran Freedom Movement (IFM) has been hospitalized for treatment in the United States.

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The cellmate of jailed Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji, who was imprisoned after alleging top officials were involved in several 1998 political murders