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Headlines: Ramadan Rituals on the Wane in Iran

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Iranian Ramadan rituals on the wane

Mehr | Aug 17, 2010

Iranian rituals for Ramadan are gradually diminishing in Iran.

People used to wake up at midnight for a meal at sahar-khani, special poems and supplications performed on the rooftops and through the alleys of cities.

Today, all these rituals have been forgotten, the Persian service of CHN reported on Tuesday in an article.

Iran's Unemployment Rate Jumps to 15 Percent

Uskowi | Aug 17, 2010

Iran's unemployment rate has reached 15 percent in the quarter ending 21 June, a jump of 4 percentage points over the same period last year.

Fighter Jet Crash in Bushehr

Uskowi | Aug 17, 2010

An Iranian F-4 Phantom fighter jet crashed today in Bushehr. The crews of two sustained injuries and were hospitalized. They are reported to be in fair condition. The crash occurred at 10:10 AM local time near Bushehr's Industrial Complex.

Bomb kills head of Iran's military drone program

DEBKAfile | Aug 16, 2010

On Aug. 1, Reza Baruni, the father of Iran's military UAV program, died in an explosion that destroyed his closely secured villa, debkafile's military and intelligence sources reveal. He lived in the high-scale neighborhood secluded for high Iranian officials in the southern town of Ahwaz in oil-rich Khuzestan.

Lawyer says Iran stoning woman 'will not be executed'

BBC | Aug 17, 2010

The Iranian lawyer who publicised the case of the Iranian woman condemned to death by stoning has talked to the BBC about the case, after being given asylum in Norway.

"Sakineh Mohammadi will be rescued," he says, "I am sure about it. And her case will help others to be rescued too."

Veterans interrupt Mashaie's Speech

Uskowi | Aug 16, 2010

Today, in a rare public display of hardliners' dismay at Ahmadinejad's chief of staff, Eskandar Rahim Mashaie, the participants at a large gathering of the veterans of the Islamic revolution and the Iraq war forced Mashaie to stop his speech and leave the podium. The disturbance occurred while Mashaie was introducing Ahmadinejad to the audience. Ahmadinejad then went to the podium and strongly supported Mashaie and compared him to the heroes of the Iranian revolution, Ayatollah Beheshti and the slain former president Rajaie. The audience listened in silence and later expressed their disbelief at Ahmadinejad's spirited defense of Mashaie. Mr. Mashaie is accused by the hardliners of spreading the idea that the country's "Iranian identity" is paramount and more important than its "Islamic identity."

Commerce minister avoids impeachment by fulfilling demands

Mehr | Aug 17, 2010

MP Vali Ismaeli announced on Tuesday that MPs have abandoned their bid to impeach Commerce Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari.

Agriculture minister may face impeachment over excessive imports

Mehr | Aug 17, 2010

A number of lawmakers have called on the parliament to agree with the impeachment of Agricultural Jihad Minister Sadeq Khalilian, MP Mohammad Karami-Rad announced on Tuesday.

They cited excessive import of agricultural products, Khalilian's incompetence, and disregard for insurance fund of agricultural crops as the major reasons to impeach the minister.

Man Gets 2 ½ Years for Breaking Iran Embargo

NYT | Aug 16, 2010

An Iranian immigrant who had earned a Ph.D. from Princeton and aspired to a career in biotechnology was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Monday for violating the Iran trade embargo by using an informal money-transfer system known as hawala to move millions of dollars between the United States and Iran.

Iran says to unveil array of weapons next week

AFP | Aug 17, 2010

Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Tuesday that Iran will unveil next week an array of weapons, including missiles, speedboats and a long range drone, the ISNA news agency reported.

Two missiles, Qiam (Rising) and the third generation Fateh 110 (Conqueror) would be tested next week when Iran marks the annual government week, Vahidi said in reference to the Iranian week which starts on Saturday.

Iran will also unveil the long-range drone, Karar, he said using the nickname of revered Shiite Imam Ali.

Vahidi said the unveiling of these weapons indicate that "sanctions have had no impact on us, but made us more experienced and self-sufficient."

Iran to Start New Uranium Enrichment Sites

Uskowi | Aug 16, 2010

Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has announced it plans to build 10 new uranium enrichment facilities inside protected mountain sites.

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