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Press Roundup provides a selected summary of news from the Iranian press, and excerpts where the source is in English. Click on the link to the story to read it in full. Tehran Bureau has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. Please refer to the Media Guide to help put the stories in perspective. You can follow other news stories through our Twitter feed.

Ahmadinejad, Larijani appear chummy

EA | photos | Aug 23, 2010

The Islamic Republic of Iran News Network is loudly featuring the "co-operation" proclaimed at yesterday's Larijani-Ahmadinejad press conference. At the same time, Iranian media are highlighting the appointment of Ahmadinejad Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim-Mashai as special representative for the Middle East, while largely ignoring the other three special representatives who were named.

Oriflame workers detained in Iran as operations shut

BBC | Fars photos | Aug 23, 2010

Iranian authorities have closed the Tehran operations of Oriflame Cosmetics and detained five workers, the Swedish firm has said.

The reasons for the move were disputed, with Tehran alleging fraud and Oriflame saying the authorities disliked it employing women in certain roles.

Last week, Iran's commerce and culture ministries called the company illegal and blocked its local internet site.

Iran Begins Producing Missile-Carrying Speedboats After Announcing Drone

Bloomberg | Aug 23, 2010

Iran announced it has begun producing two types of missile-equipped speedboat, a day after the country unveiled a long-range drone that can carry bombs.

"Enemies should be careful not to play with fire," Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on state television today at the opening ceremony for the vessels' production lines. "If they attack Iran our response will not be limited to one region and will be unpredictable."

Turkey Removes Iran From Its `Red Book' Threat List, Milliyet Reports

Bloomberg | Aug 23, 2010

Iran will be removed from a list of threats to Turkey in the biggest overhaul of the country's national security document since the end of the Cold War, the Milliyet newspaper said.

The Turkish military, intelligence and diplomatic agencies are drafting changes to the country's so-called Red Book that include the removal of any reference to the possibility that Iran may export its Islamic Revolution to Turkey, the newspaper reported without saying where it got the information.

Iran inaugurates leg of gas pipeline

UPI | Aug 23, 2010

The first phase of $75 million pipeline designed to deliver natural gas to Pakistan was inaugurated Monday by Iran's first vice president, the government said.

First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi attended a ceremony marking the completion of a 560-mile leg of a pipeline from gas facilities in Asalouyeh to the Pakistani border, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reports.

Tehran and Islamabad finalized a deal in June for the delivery of 750 million cubic feet of natural gas through the pipeline from the South Pars gas complex in the Persian Gulf.

Ahmadinejad appoints 4 special envoys

Press TV | Aug 23, 2010

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed his special envoys for Middle East, Asia, Afghanistan and Caspian Sea affairs.

In separate decrees issued on Sunday, Esfandiyar Rahim-Mashaei was appointed as the presidential envoy for Middle East and Hamid Baqaei for Asian affairs. Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh was assigned as the special envoy for Caspian Sea issues and Abolfazl Zohrehvand is Iran's representative for Afghanistan affairs, Mehr News Agency reported.

Iran working against Iraqi democracy: US general

AFP | Aug 22, 2010

Iran is funding extremist groups in Iraq out of fear of a strong democracy as a neighbor, the commander of US forces in Iraq said Sunday.

"I think they don't want to see Iraq turn into a strong democratic country, General Ray Odierno told CNN.

"They would rather see it become a weak governmental institution so they don't add more problems for Iran in the future."

Odierno said Iran is funding and training Shia extremists in Iraq in an effort to improve insurgents' capabilities.

Foreigners invest $5b in Iran petchem projects

Mehr | Aug 23, 2010

The director of Iran National Petrochemical Company stated that 10 foreign investors have participated an amount of $5.1 billion to develop petrochemical projects in the country.

Abdolhossein Bayat added that the company has founded an independent firm in the UK to attract foreign investors and supply finance, and is currently negotiating three large projects worth $2.2 billion with foreign investors, IRINN reported.

'Do Not Swallow My Mom' to become Iran's first 3D movie

Mehr | Aug 23, 2010

Iran will be producing its first 3D movie under the temporary title "Do Not Swallow My Mom," producer Hossein Saberi told Fars News Agency on Monday.

This is the first 3D movie project and it will have a fantasy plot, Saberi said.

It took one year to provide the primary facilities for shooting, Saberi said, adding, "Three minutes of the movie were tested out and we are pleased with the results," Saberi said.