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February 7, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - Thirty-eight-year-old Reza Ali Mohammadi, a typist, and his wife, who stays at home, recently had their second son and wouldn't mind having a larger family. But when he sees the price of Pampers at a grocery store, it knocks some sense into him. He can barely afford one package of diapers a week, the prices are so high. Mohammadi represents a worrisome trend to the Iranian government: More young couples are wary of having babies in the climate of economic instability caused by international sanctions.
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January 20, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - A pair of thieves caught in the act on a video posted to YouTube were executed at dawn on a residential street Sunday by a method dating back beyond medieval times: hanging. The handcuffed men, convicted of the crime of moharebeh (waging war against God), were strung from twin cranes placed side by side in the upscale district. They were then hoisted aloft in front of a crowd of nearly 100 onlookers, with the crane operators, in effect, serving as executioners. Their sentence was widely viewed as a get-tough message from Iranian authorities alarmed about reports of escalating street thuggery amid an economic downturn driven by escalating international sanctions.
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October 6, 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
tehran -- Iran's president delivered fiery remarks Friday about Israel and his country's nuclear program on Quds Day, the annual event marking Muslim opposition to the Jewish state's control of Jerusalem. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the occasion to criticize Israel's policies and Western laws that bar questioning the Holocaust. He repeated his suggestion that the West relocate Israel's Jewish population to "somewhere in Canada or Alaska."
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December 14, 2009 | By Ramin Mostaghim
Three Americans arrested while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border last summer will soon be put on trial, Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki said, accusing them of "dubious intent." U.S. citizens Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd, all living in or visiting the Middle East, were arrested July 31 during what friends and family describe as a travel adventure in the picturesque mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, which abuts Iran. A friend who was with them said they may have accidentally strayed across the Iranian border.
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October 15, 2007 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, Special to The Times
Iranian authorities imprisoned one of their nation's most prominent human rights activists Sunday after he appeared at a court appointment, said his lawyer. Emadeddin Baghi, a writer who has campaigned vigorously against the death penalty in Iran, was taken during a hearing in Tehran's Revolutionary Court, which tries those charged with political crimes. Baghi's relatives said the court imposed a previously suspended one-year sentence on state security charges and denied bail.
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October 20, 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
The head of Iran's law enforcement agency warned Friday of a renewed crackdown on Iranians who adhere to Western cultural ways. Esmail Ahmadi-Moghadam, chief of Iran's security forces, said pressure on "thugs and gangs" over the last six months had proved successful, and told Iranians to expect tougher enforcement of the Islamic Republic's moral codes.
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October 20, 2008 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
Iran's envoy to OPEC has been a busy guy. As oil prices plunged in recent weeks, Mohammad Ali Khatibi has been working the phones and traveling in a frenetic attempt to get the oil-producing cartel to agree to reduce supply to keep the price from dropping further. "I think the low price is a real damage to the future of production," he told media. Iran has reason to worry.
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August 1, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Iranian authorities will announce a verdict and sentence within days in the case of two U.S. hikers arrested two years ago near an unmarked section of the Iran-Iraq border, their lawyer and court officials said Sunday after what appeared to be the final court hearing in the case. On the anniversary of their July 31, 2009, arrest, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal spent four hours at a hearing at the Tehran Revolutionary Court, where they face charges of espionage and trespassing. "The last session was held," Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei was quoted as saying by the state-owned Al Alam television channel.
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December 23, 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
The wife of a U.S. businessman and former FBI agent who disappeared nine months ago during a trip to Iran said Saturday that she was leaving the country with no new clues about his whereabouts. Christine Levinson, wife of private investigator Robert Levinson, arrived in Iran with her son and sister Tuesday to retrace her husband's steps during what was supposed to have been a 24-hour trip in March to the southern Iranian island of Kish.
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November 11, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim
WASHINGTON - The United States and Iran traded heated accusations Monday over who was to blame for the failure of weekend talks to seal a preliminary deal to limit Tehran's nuclear program. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, visiting Abu Dhabi to strengthen its support for the nuclear diplomacy, insisted that it was Tehran, not the French, whose last-minute objections stalled a deal that diplomats hoped would open the way to a comprehensive settlement of the Iran nuclear issue after a decade of stalemate.
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