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A "Cobra" AN-1 helicopter has crashed in Iran's Isfahan, at the airbase of Vetenpur. The pilot and his assistant died, Trend reports.

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Iranian military helicopter crashed on Monday near the town of Isfahan in the central part of the country, reports Xinhua news agency quoting the website of state broadcasting corporation IRIB.Deputy Governor of the province of Isfahan on the Political and Security Affairs Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaili reported that a helicopter Cobra 209 crashed in the vicinity of Isfahan at 10.30 local time. As a result of the crash the pilot and copilot died. According to the deputy governor, the accident was caused by the technical problems, reports RIA Novosti.

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During the first three months of this year, Iran sent  more than 1.8 million tons of crude oil to Turkey and became the largest supplier oil to the country,  Iran News reports. About 30 percent of Turkey's crude oil needs  are covered by Iran. The cooperation in the energy sector is a critical component of economic and trade relations between the two countries. In addition, Iran is the largest gas supplier to Turkey after Russia. Russia used to be the largest supplier of crude oil to Turkey.  At the

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Employee of the Iranian diplomatic mission in Cairo, Sayyid Qasim al-Husayni, whom Egyptian authorities accused of spying,  left Egypt today, RIA Novosti reported citing the official Egyptian agency MENA.Al-Husseini flew home from Cairo Airport, accompanied by a group of Iranian diplomats.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will have an extended press conference on May 31. A wide range of Iranian and foreign media companies were invited, Iran News reports.Ahmedinejad will answer some of the most topical questions regarding interior and foreign policy of Iran, IribNews reports.It will be Ahmadinejad’s second public speech for media in the new year, according to the Iranian calendar (March 21, 2011).

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Tehran is hosting the 10th joint Armenian-Iranian session of aninter-governmental commission. The Armenian delegation is headed byMinister for Energy and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyan. It arrivedin Tehran on May 29.Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namju noted that in two weeks the twostates will start construction of a third power line with a voltage of800-900 MW . The project is worth $110 million, the Tehran Timesreports.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will pay an official visit to Armenia in order to discuss ways to consolidate Tehran-Yerevan relations in various spheres, Iranian news agency Press TV reports. President Ahmadinejad's two-day visit to Yerevan will take place on June 6 in response to an official visit to the Iranian capital by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to attend the International Nowruz Celebrations in March.

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Egypt has detained a member of the Iranian diplomatic mission in Cairo. The suspect is currently under investigation for spying for a foreign country, Azerbaijani news agency Trend cites Egyptian media. Sayed Kassem al-Hosseini was recently detained for gathering political, economic and military information on Egypt and some Gulf countries.

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Members of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) have decided to renew the membership of Iran in the organization, despite the active opposition of the US and Canada, Iranian English-language channel Press TV reports.Most of the 54 members of the ECOSOC have voted for the resumption of Iran's membership in the organization, headquarters of the Iranian representative at the UN announced.The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations is one of the main UN bodies. It consists of 54 members elected by the UN General Assembly for 3 years.

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The head of the Iranian Customs Administration, Moamarnezhad, saidthat the non-oil exports of the country in the last two monthsincreased by 35%. The data was announced at the opening ceremony ofthe customs building and the first terminal of combined transport inMerage, in East Azerbaijan province, Iran News reports.According Moamarnezhad, during this period Iranian exports to 170countries amounted to 6.2 billion dollars.Moamarnezhad claimed that the sanctions imposed on Iran by the West

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The Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, has called upon Malaysia to fully utilize its potential to become the “gateway to East Asia” during a meeting with his Malasian counterpart, Anifah Aman, Press TV reports.Salehi approved the current level of bilateral ties between the two countries, but stressed that “the two sides should increase cooperation potentials through increased efforts.”

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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has met foreign ministers ofthe Non-aligned Movement and his Egyptian counterpart Nabil Al-Arabiin Indonesia on May 25, Trend reports.The sides agreed to develop bilateral ties and hold meetings in the future.Iran and Egypt broke diplomatic ties after signing of a peace treatybetween Israel and Egypt and providing of asylum for Iranian ShahMohammad Reza Pahlavi. The started improving relations after thecollapse of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's regime.

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Seyed Reza Azimi, Director of the Department for GeologicalExploration of the Ministry of Industry and Mining, said that Iranwill soon start searching for gold deposits, Iran News reports.There have been requests for exploration in 14 districts. Privatebusiness may take part in the process.Iran has 9 gold fields, 7 of them are used for extraction two arebeing prepared. About 1.5 million tons of golden ore has beenextracted.

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