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August 23, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
An Iranian lawmaker vowed today to examine allegations that dozens of unidentified people killed in the recent post-election unrest were secretly buried in the country's largest cemetery last month. The reformist website Norooznews.org on Friday cited an unnamed employee of the capital's Behesht Zahra cemetery as saying that 44 unidentified corpses were buried under heavy security July 12 and 15. Majid Nasirpour, a reformist lawmaker who serves on parliament's Social Affairs Committee, filed a request for an inquiry into the mass burial allegation, the website Parlemannews.
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December 2, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT — The chief of the Tehran police unit charged with investigating online crime has been fired for "negligence and insufficient supervision" of subordinates in the incendiary case of a dissident Iranian blogger who died in police custody, Iranian news media reported Saturday. Iranian news reports identified the police official as Mohammed Hassan Shokrian, who headed the capital's cyber-police branch, known by the Persian initials FATA. Iran's police chief, Brig. Gen. Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam, dismissed the cyber-police commander in a decree issued Saturday, reported Press TV, Iran's English-language news service.
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February 5, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim
TEHRAN -- Authorities arrested a former top Iranian prosecutor who was once labeled a “serial human rights abuser” and linked to the deaths in custody of three protesters following the nation's disputed 2009 elections, according to news accounts here. Officials announced the arrest late Monday but initially gave no  reason for the detention of Saeed Mortazavi, a contentious figure in Iranian politics and a close ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The president denounced the arrest and hinted that his political rivals were behind it. On Tuesday, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported that Mortazavi was charged with misappropriating public property.
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December 29, 2009 | By Borzou Daragahi
Students clashed with pro-government Basiji militiamen on the campus of a Tehran university Tuesday and security forces continued to round up dissidents as Iran reeled from the aftershocks of last weekend's deadly protests. Iran's hard-liners, who dominate the government, official media and security forces, struggled to show that they had the upper hand after the Ashura protests that shook the nation and left at least seven people dead. Iranian authorities have arrested more than 1,000 protesters, dissidents, activists and journalists in the last two days and broadcast nonstop calls for government supporters to head to the streets today to rally against those who "desecrated" the holy day of Ashura.
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February 11, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
Chanting anti-U.S. slogans, thousands of Iranians marched in Tehran to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that toppled the shah ? and to celebrate the Egyptian uprising that resulted in President Hosni Mubarak's ouster Friday. Braving low temperatures and biting winds, people of all ages gathered in Azadi, or Freedom, Square, some sipping fruit juice and waving balloons provided by organizers. Others took advantage of free subway rides offered by authorities.
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August 2, 2009 | Liz Sly
Three Americans who apparently strayed across the Iranian border while on a hiking trip in the northern Iraqi region of Kurdistan are in Iranian custody, that country's state-run television reported Saturday. The Arabic-language Al Alam station quoted an Interior Ministry official as saying the Americans, two men and a woman, were detained after they ignored warnings from border guards and crossed into Iran in a remote mountainous area about 55 miles northeast of the Kurdish town of Sulaymaniya.
NATIONAL
September 26, 2011 | Tina Susman
In a no-holds-barred statement, two Americans who spent 781 days in an Iranian prison on spying charges called themselves hostages of sour U.S.-Iranian relations and described the screams of prisoners being beaten, the mental manipulation of their jailers, and how they lived in "a world of lies and false hope" until their sudden release last week. Gone was the diplomacy and the words of gratitude to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that marked the statements from their fellow prisoner Sarah Shourd one year ago, when she was freed after 410 days in prison ahead of companions Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal.
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December 4, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
Iran's armed forces brought down a U.S. drone that officials said had violated the country's airspace along the eastern border, Iranian media reported Sunday. The aircraft suffered minor damage and was in the possession of the armed forces, according to an Iranian military official quoted by the official Islamic Republic News Agency. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's U.S.-led force in neighboring Afghanistan said Iranian authorities might be referring to an unarmed U.S. reconnaissance plane that went missing during a mission in western Afghanistan late last week.
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