Today’s top headlines in Iran, 09-01-2013

Iran’s Intelligence Minister Heidar MoslehiToday’s top headlines in Iran include releasing  48 Iranians abducted in Syria; Bushehr nuclear power launching operation; Iran’s Intelligence Minister remarks over details of foiled attempts to kill Iranian scientists; Iran’s plan to produce a movie in response to “Argo”; begining  a new round of crackdowns on thugs in Tehran.

Syrian rebels free 48 Iranians in prisoner swap

Mehr news agency quoted Al-Alam as saying, Syrian rebels freed 48 Iranians held captive since August. They will be returned to country soon, Iranian embassy in Damascus said. Syrian government will release 2130 prisoners including a number of Turkish national prisoners in return.


 Bushehr power plant begins operation

Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Fereydun Abbasi announced on Wednesday that primary operation of the Bushehr nuclear power plant has started from Saturday. it is scheduled to become fully operational in next 2-3 years, he added.

Intelligence minister: New information on details of foiled attempts to kill Iranian scientists

Iran’s Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said Tehran will soon publicize details of foiled attempts to assassinate the country’s nuclear scientists. “Good news will  be publicized  soon on defusing assassination plots against some of the nuclear scientists of our country,” Moslehi told on Wednesday.

Iran to produce ‘The General Staff’ in response to “Argo”

Iran’s Art Bureau plans to produce a movie to respond to “Argo”, the Warner Bros. drama about the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. “The movie named ‘The General Staff’ is about the 20 American hostages who were delivered to the United States by the revolutionaries,” director Ataollah Salmanian said on Tuesday.


Tehran police chief: Arrests of 173 thugs in Tehran

Tehran police chief, Commander Hossein Sajedinia announced the arrests of 173 individuals as “thugs and hoodlums” on Wednesday in South of Tehran, Fars news agency reported. It seems that a new round of crackdowns on thugs has started in Tehran.