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Weekly report: Iranians mark US embassy takeover by students

November 6, The Iran Project – Iran’s Parliament giving votes of confidence to three candidates proposed by President Hassan Rouhani, Slovenian Deputy Foreign Minister Darja Bavdaz Kuret trip to Iran and meeting with senior Iranian officials, Iranian people marking day against global arrogance, start of The 22nd International Press Exhibit and Iran signing 1st MoU with ITER dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Oct.31– Nov 06).

Politics

Kerry praises Iran’s Zarif as ‘a patriot … who fought hard for his nation’s interests’ during nuclear negotiations

Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday praised his Iranian counterpart as a tough negotiator and “a patriot …who fought hard for his nation’s interests” during the marathon talks that produced the nuclear agreement.

Rouhani’s picks for 3 ministries win lawmakers confidence vote

Iran’s Parliament has given votes of confidence to three candidates proposed by President Hassan Rouhani to lead the ministries of sports and youth affairs; culture and Islamic guidance; and education.

Iran’s Air Defense deters threats beyond borders: Commander

Iran’s Air Defense has such advanced gear that can detect and act against threats well before they could approach the country’s airspace, a top commander said.

Swiss attorney general halts Iran talks political espionage case

Switzerland’s attorney general has halted an investigation into suspected political espionage at a Geneva hotel, which was opened a month after talks on Iran’s nuclear plans took place.

Iran sentences rioters who stormed Saudi diplomatic posts

Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency says an undisclosed number of suspects who stormed Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran early this year were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to six months.

ITER chief: Iran’s ITER partnership to yield ‘win-win’ results

Director-General of ITER International Fusion Energy Organization voiced his full support for Iran’s joining of the nuclear fusion megaproject, saying the partnership will yield win-win results for both sides.Bernard Bigot made the remarks on Saturday in Tehran, on the sidelines of signing the first memorandum of understanding between ITER and Iran.

Iran president appoints new head for cultural heritage, tourism organization

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has appointed a new vice president who will double as the head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) as well.

Economy

Iran in possession of world’s biggest floating oil inventory

According to a report by Fars, as translated by IFP, global ship tracking data indicate that Iran has berthed 43 tankers at 4 ports which totally store over 35.4 million barrels of crude oil and gas condensate, the biggest floating inventory in the world.

A look at European, Asian nations servicing Iranian airline

Iran’s second-largest carrier, Mahan Air, is flying commercial routes to more than a dozen European and Asian countries in spite of U.S. terror-related sanctions.

Saudis threaten to raise oil output again as sparring with Iran returns

Old disputes between Saudi Arabia and rival Iran resurfaced at a meeting of OPEC experts last week, with Riyadh threatening to raise oil output steeply to bring prices down if Tehran refuses to limit its supply, OPEC sources say.

German Bank says initiated business with 20 Iranian banks, financial institutes

Thomas Junge, director of the EIH-BANK of Germany says that the German bank initiated business with Iranian banks and financial institutes and the prospect for improving EU trade relations is positive.

World’s most expensive Dates come to fruition in Iran

According to a report by IRIB News Agency, as translated by IFP, Hamid Zargari, the head of Agricultural Research, Education, and Extension Organization of Iran’s southern city of Jahrom, said that Iran’s Ministry of Agriculture brought the medjool date from Africa 10 years ago.

 Society

Ebtekar urges public to campaign against food waste

The chief of Iran’s Department of Environment (DOE) has urged the public to join the campaign against food waste.

22nd Press Exhibit opens in Tehran

The 22nd International Press Exhibit kicked off in the Iranian capital on Friday.

FIFA fines Iran over ‘religious manifestations’

FIFA fined Iran and slapped them with a warning over “several religious manifestations” during a recent World Cup qualifier in Tehran, one of numerous countries punished on Thursday (Nov 3).

Iranian researchers win Best Robot Design at ICSR 2016

Iranian researchers at Sharif University of Technology won the top prize of innovations competition at the 8th International Conference on Social Robotics, Kansas City, US.The project ‘Abrbot’ which is a robot for educating and informing children on optimal water usage won the Best Robot Design at the 8th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2016) that was held on November 1st to 3rd in Kansas City, US.

Iran runner-up at Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup Dubai 2016

Iran men’s national beach soccer team has achieved a commendable second-place finish at the Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup Dubai 2016 in the United Arab Emirates.

Regional Affairs

Saudi council rejects proposal for study of women’s driving

Saudi Arabia’s top advisory body, known as the Shura Council, has rejected a proposal for conducting a study on the issue of women’s driving, ignoring international calls for easing restrictions on women.

US, allies use truce deals to protect terrorists at war: Assad

The Syrian leader has held the US and its Western allies responsible for the collapse of the latest ceasefire in his country, saying they resort to the truce option only when the terrorists they support begin to flounder on the battlefield.

Crisis settlement in Middle East impossible without Iran, Russia – Sarkozy

“The people who want to reach settlement in the Middle East without getting Russia and Iran engaged in it simply don’t understand anything in international politics,” he said.

Kurdish women fighters battle ISIS with machineguns and songs

When ISIS insurgents fired mortar bombs at Iranian Kurdish women fighters holding a desert position in northern Iraq, the women first hit back by singing through loudspeakers.

IRGC Quds Force deputy commander sees this year as climax of war in Syria

Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Brigadier General Esmayeel Qa’ani said the end of the Syrian war will come in sight in coming months.

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