Iran

October 18, 2000

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Indicators:  1998  1999  2000e  GDP real growth rate (%)  3.2  1.5  2.5  Budget Balance (% of GDP)  -3.5  -2.0  1.0  Inflation (%)  20.0  21  16.0  Total Exports (US$bn)  12.98  18.69  14.0  Total Imp

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Armed drug traffickers kidnapped six people Tuesday in the northeastern Iranian province of Khorassan, state radio reported. Iran is a major transshipment point for drugs from Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Iran's pro-reform parliament is studying a constitutional amendment that would permit the nation's first-ever private television networks, an MP told the official <i>IRNA</i> news agency Monday.

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OPEC has no plans to "punish" supporters of Israel by lowering exports to the West in reatliation for the latest Middle East violence, Iran's representative to the cartel said in Tuesday's press.

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Iran's defence minister said Tuesday that oil could be used to bring international pressure to help support the Palestinians, the official IRNA news agency reported.

October 17, 2000

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Progress on human rights in Iran this year has been overshadowed, notably by attacks on press freedom and a high number of executions.

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Iran's wealthy state Foundation for the Disinherited has arranged for some 100 Palestinians badly wounded in the recent violence to be treated in hosp

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OPEC has no plans to "punish" supporters of Israel by lowering exports to the West in retaliation for the latest Middle East violence.

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A booby-trapped car exploded near a Shiite mosque in the Sunni-majority southeast Iranian town of Zahedan, wounding several people.

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OPEC has no plans to "punish" supporters of Israel by lowering exports to the West in reatliation for the latest Middle East violence, Iran's representative to the cartel said in Tuesday's press.

October 16, 2000

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Two Iranians found guilty of "sexual perversion" have been hanged at Qom to the south of the capital, a newspaper reported.

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Iran is offering some eight billion dollars in housing and infrastructure projects to foreign firms at a two-day construction fair beginning Tuesday.

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Iran's air cargo fleet has been banned from making international flights after being ruled unfit to fly, due mainly to a lack of spare parts, press re

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Iran's conservative religious court has concluded its closed-door trial of an ailing pro-reform cleric facing a battery of serious charges.

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Iran said Monday's peace summit in Egypt is aimed at "influencing" next week's Arab summit in Cairo and vowed it would have no effect on Muslim suppor