12 Jul 2010 11:50
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AP | July 12, 2010
Iran says it has reached a final agreement with merchants on raising taxes following protests that flared in Tehran's main bazaar earlier this week.
Ghasem Nodeh Farahani of the Commerce Ministry said the tax department and the merchants agreed Monday on a compromise increase of the tax rate by 15 percent.
The new rate would set a top tax bracket of around 17 percent.
Russia warns of Iran's potential to build nuclear bomb
AFP | July 12, 2010
Iran is close to having the potential to build a nuclear weapon, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday in the clearest indication of Moscow alarm over Tehran's atomic drive.
"Iran is nearing the possession of the potential which in principle could be used for the creation of a nuclear weapon," Medvedev said at a meeting with Russian diplomats quoted by Russian news agencies.
Russia, traditionally a diplomatic and economic ally of the Islamic Republic, has in the past taken a milder line against Tehran than Western powers but has noticeably hardened its position in recent months.
Clerics to Work Within Schools of Iran's Capital
NYT | July 11, 2010
Iran's educational authorities will send 1,000 religious clerics into schools in Tehran to tamp down Western influence and political opposition, newspapers reported on Sunday. The deputy director of Tehran's education department, Mohammad Boniadi, said that the clerics would start work at schools in the capital in September to make students "aware of opposition plots."
Russian Tigers Struggle With Tehran Heat Wave
Mehr | July 11, 2010
Two tigers, one male and one female, gifted to Tehran by Moscow in April, are in poor health due to two consecutive weeks of 100-plus degree weather in Tehran. The two tigers were supposed to be moved to a wildlife refuge in the north of Iran near the Caspian Sea, but the refuge is not ready yet. (As a return gift, Tehran sent Moscow two Leopards.)
According to Mehr, after the female tiger lost its appetite and was exhibiting signs of stress, zoo keepers moved the tigers from cages into an open space with a large pool.
Iranian Cure for the Mississippi Delta's Blues
AARP | July 1, 2010
While political leaders in the United States and Iran are practicing boisterous brinkmanship over nuclear proliferation, a small group of health care professionals from both countries are quietly working together to practice a new type of medicine, beginning in Mississippi, a state that has been mired at the bottom of nearly every health index for decades.
Russia's Refusal to Deliver S-300 to Iran Helps China
KM.RU | July 11, 2010
Iran is reorienting it's purchasing needs away from Russia on the hope that China will be able to sell it more arms, especially weapons like the S-300 missile system. At the same time, writes the analyst, Iran is building its own anti-aircraft missile system which it hopes to bring online as soon as possible.