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October 24, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
The international community waited anxiously today for Iran's response to a proposal to transfer the bulk of its nuclear material abroad to be turned into fuel for a peaceful medical research and treatment reactor. Earlier in the day, the United States, Russia and France formally signed off on the plan, which would retrofit the bulk of Iran's nuclear fuel stockpile into rods for a Tehran reactor used to diagnose and treat cancer. The U.S. delivered its positive response to the proposal to Mohamed ElBaradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, a spokesman for the National Security Council confirmed this morning.
August 30, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
Iran's new judiciary chief ousted the hard-line prosecutor behind the ongoing trials against opposition figures in Tehran, replacing him with a relatively moderate newcomer from the provinces, an Iranian news agency reported today. For years, Tehran prosecutor-general Saeed Mortazavi, a staunch ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been the bane of reformists, journalists and activists. His firing suggests an attempt by the new judiciary chief, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, the scion of a powerful conservative family, to curtail the influence of hard-liners and clean up the image of the country's legal system.
December 16, 2001
Iran's hard-line judiciary has sentenced a top aide to President Mohammad Khatami to six months in prision for criticizing a powerful conservative body, the Iranian Students News Agency reported. Abdollah Ramazanzadeh, an ethnic Kurd and former governor general of Kurdistan province, is Khatami's Cabinet secretary.
June 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Iranian Americans detained on charges of spying have "accepted that they carried out some activities," an Iranian judge was quoted as saying. The Iranian judiciary last month said academic Haleh Esfandiari and social scientist Kian Tajbakhsh were accused of spying. The United States has denied that they are spies.
April 9, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
An Iranian American journalist has been charged with espionage by Iran's security court, judicial officials and her lawyer said Wednesday. Roxana Saberi, 31, a freelance journalist living in Tehran, was arrested more than two months ago and is being held in Evin prison in the capital. Sohrab Heydarifard, the judge overseeing her case, told state television that Saberi was being charged with working for U.S. intelligence. "The charge against her is one of espionage," he said.
October 25, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
The powerful speaker of Iran's parliament today derided a Western-backed proposal to transfer the bulk of the country's enriched-uranium stockpile abroad as a trick meant to rob Iran of its nuclear fuel. "My guess is that the Americans have made a secret deal with certain countries to take [low]-enriched uranium away from us under the pretext of providing nuclear fuel," Ali Larijani, who is close to supreme leader Ali Khamenei, told the Iranian Students News Agency. "We hope Iranian officials will pay due attention to this issue."
August 27, 2011 | By Ellen Knickmeyer, Los Angeles Times
Security forces in the Syrian capital increased checkpoints, troop deployments and helicopter patrols Saturday in a bid to keep an overnight surge of antigovernment protests in the suburbs from spreading to the heart of Damascus, a crucial stronghold for President Bashar Assad. The beefed-up deployments came as Iran, Syria's closest ally, for the first time publicly pressed Assad's government to accede to the "legitimate" demands of the Syrian public. Damascus and the commercial city of Aleppo are key centers of support for Assad's government.
September 2, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Tuesday that the country was prepared to resume talks with world powers over its contentious nuclear technology program and that it has prepared a package of proposals for future discussions. Saeed Jalili, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council and its point person on the nuclear issue, did not disclose details of what Iran's nuclear proposal will entail but said it would be an updated version of one it submitted last year. That package was criticized by the West for failing to address key points of disagreement.
December 29, 2005 | From Reuters
Iran said Wednesday that it would "seriously and enthusiastically" study a Russian proposal aimed at reducing international fears about its nuclear program, the Iranian Students' News Agency reported. The remarks by Javad Vaeidi, deputy head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, were the most positive yet by a senior Tehran official about Moscow's offer to form a joint venture with Iran to enrich uranium in Russia. The Russian offer is backed by the United States and the European Union.
January 28, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi
Iran executed two men today and sentenced nine people described as political protesters to death as "enemies of God," in an apparent attempt to intimidate a widespread protest movement challenging the nation's hard-line establishment. Mohammad-Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour were hanged before dawn for their alleged role in the deadly April 2008 bombing of a mosque in the southern city of Shiraz, the Iranian Students News Agency reported, citing a statement by the Tehran prosecutor's office.
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