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PHOTO ESSAY | Majles | Aug 29 | It's not the first time Principlist MP Mehdi Kouchakzadeh has exhibited such great dispassion for fellow Principlist Ali Larijani, Majlis speaker.

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.

Iran ex-prosecutor suspended over prison deaths

AFP | Aug 30, 2010

Tehran's notorious former prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi and two judges have been suspended over the prison deaths of three anti-government protesters, Iranian newspapers reported Monday, quoting MPs.

The Iranian judiciary had earlier this month announced the suspension of three high-ranking officials, paving the way for their trial over the deaths in Kahrizak jail last summer, but did not name them.

Iranian lawmakers in a statement identified the three as Mortazavi and two unnamed judges and said they had been suspended over the deaths of Mohammad Kamrani, Amir Javadifar and Mohsen Ruholamini in Kahrizak jail.

"The suspension of the former prosecutor and two judges accused in the case is comforting," said 216 lawmakers in a joint statement published in Shargh newspaper.

"The crime in Kahrizak was a bitter incident which broke the heart of the nation and the leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, they said.

Larijani: Iran ready for nuclear talks

Press TV | Aug 29, 2010

As the US expresses optimism about future talks on Iran's nuclear program, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says Tehran has never refused nuclear talks.

US State Department spokesman P J Crowley on Thursday said the United States is hopeful that talks between Iran and P5+1 - Russia, China, France, Britain and the US as well as Germany -- and with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tehran's nuclear issue will be held in the next few weeks.

"We are hopeful that the constructive meetings, both at the IAEA and with the P5+1, can be set up in the next few weeks," Crowley said.

The Iranian Parliament speaker reacted to the remarks, saying, "We have never declined negotiations and at certain juncture they left the negotiations table."

"Iran had earlier raised the issue of negotiations on the nuclear case within the framework of 5+1 or the Vienna group," ISNA quoted Larijani as saying on Sunday.

"Nothing new has happened and Iran raised no new issue," he added.

Judiciary issues statement on Ashtiani

Press TV | Aug 29, 2010

The Human Rights Headquarters of the Iranian Judiciary says the death sentence handed down to an Iranian woman for adultery is final, but remains on hold for the time being.

Iran Says Probe In U.S. Hikers Case Near Completion

RFE/RL | Aug 29, 2010

Iran's investigation of the case of three young U.S. hikers detained in the country is nearing its completion.

Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi, was quoted by the ISNA news agency on August 28, as saying, "The investigation into these three persons is close to being completed and when completed the results will be announced."

Iran sentences opposition leader's aide to 5 years

AP | Aug 29, 2010

An Iranian reformist website says a top aide to the country's opposition leader has been convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.

Friday's report by Kaleme website didn't specify the charges against Qorban Behzadiannejad, who was the campaign manager for Mir Hossein Mousavi in June 2009 presidential election.

The report says Behzadiannejad was also ordered to pay a fine of 1 million rials ($100) for insulting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

'Iranian search engine in offing'

Press TV | Aug 29, 2010

A top Iranian information official said studies are under way to develop a national search engine dubbed 'Ya Haq.'

"The project aims to meet the local needs of Iranian users in the country," Director General for Research and Development at the Iranian Information Technology Company Hadi Malek-Parast was quoted by Mehr News Agency as saying on Saturday.

"International search engines Google and Yahoo are used to meet domestic and global needs of users, but the national search engine is merely aimed at offering services to Iranian users inside the country," he said.

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.

related | Tabnak | Aug 28 |

Hailing universities as a place "to educate people according to Islamic values," Kamran Daneshjoo, Minister of Science, Research and Technology, announced that changes will be made "to some of the core courses in the human sciences to reflect Islamic essentials." Later, a student speaker praised the Minister for his efforts "in assailing secularism in academic institutions."

Kayhan Criticizes Friday Prayers Sermon

Tabnak | Aug 28 |

In an editorial today in Kayhan, Hossein Shariatmadari criticized last week's Friday prayers sermon by Tehran's Provisional Friday Prayers Leader, Hojjatoleslam Kazem Sediqi, for lacking clarity and giving "enemies" like BBC analysts something with which to criticize the government.

Shariatmadari, editor-in-chief and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameinei's representative at Kayhan newspaper, said part of Sediqi's speech had been intentionally misinterpreted by foreign media and the "leaders of the sedition," referring to the opposition leaders. He chastised the cleric for not stating his intentions more clearly.

In his sermon, Sediqi asked the audience to mend ties with the people who "came apart from the political system." Shariatmadari mocked a BBC analysis which cited Sediqi's speech as a sign of the authorities' failure to put an end to the post-election unrest and a conciliatory gesture toward reformists to improve relations with them.

Referring to Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi as "Israel's representatives in Iran" and accomplices of the United States, Shariatmadari wrote, "Virtuous people will never take as friends those who are the enemy of God and his Prophet," citing the Quran. Unity, he continued, meant the darkening of the borders between friends and foes. He concluded his editorial by demanding punishment for those who have committed crimes.

Public should be aware of rights and obligations: Tehran mayor

Mehr | Aug 29, 2010

The Mayor of Tehran, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, in a meeting with a number of judges and officials of the Administrative Justice Court, said people are usually unaware of their rights and responsibilities, thus they cannot assert their rights or carry out their responsibilities properly.

Brazil defeats Iran in FIBA World Championship |

Payvand | Aug 29

Brazil beat Iran in the opener of the 2010 FIBA World Championship on Saturday night. The two-time world champion defeated Iran 81-65 at the Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul, Turkey.

Haddadian slams Ahmadinejad

Saham | Aug 29

"Ahmadinejad is a headstrong and anti-clerical person who is not part of Hezbollah," Saeed Haddadian, a well known fundamentalist religious eulogist, said while leaving Arg mosque in central Tehran.

"I repeat myself, Ahamdinejad is a headstrong, cocky, and anti-clerical person. Being headstrong is one of the Devil's attributes. Some claim [Esfandiar Rahim] Mashaei [unduly] influences Ahamdinejad's rhetoric, but I do not agree [with them]. I think whatever Ahmadinejad says is his own and he believes it. "

Haddadian's colleague, Mansour Arzi, has harshly criticized Mashaei over his recent comments advocating a "school of Iran" thought over "school of Islam" one. They eulogists called on President Ahamdinejad to fire Mashaei, but Ahmadinejad has continued to speak in support of his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei.

Iran holds on for first win in world championship

USA Today | Aug 30

Iran earned its first victory ever at basketball's world championship, blowing most of a 24-point lead before holding on to beat Tunisia 71-58 on Monday.

Hamed Haddadi of the Memphis Grizzlies had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Iranians (1-2), whose lead was down to three in the final minutes before they pulled away again

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