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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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
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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.
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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."
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September 25, 2012 | By Mark Olsen and Nicole Sperling
Iran is boycotting the Oscars. Although writer-director Asghar Farhadi's acclaimed family drama "A Separation" was named best foreign-language film at February's Academy Awards ceremony, Iranian officials have opted out of the upcoming Oscar contest. The move comes as a protest against the recent anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims," which has sparked violence throughout the Middle East. PHOTOS: 10 controversial films based on religion In a statement reported by the Iranian Students' News Agency, Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Mohammad Hosseini said the Academy Awards boycott is "to protest against the making of a film insulting the Prophet [Muhammad]
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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.
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January 28, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Iran executed two people today and sentenced nine more 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 Iranian city of Shiraz, the Iranian Students News Agency reported, citing a statement by the Tehran prosecutor's office.
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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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December 21, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
A celebrated Iranian filmmaker and opposition supporter has been sentenced to six years in prison and barred from making films or participating in political activity for two decades, his lawyer said Monday. Jafar Panahi, 50, is the director of internationally renowned Iranian art films such as "The Circle" and "Crimson Gold," which delved into Iran's complex social problems. He was a supporter of the protest movement that sprang to life after the disputed 2009 reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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