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The speed of a microprocessor being produced in Iran will be equal to34,000 MHz, Deputy Iranian President for Science and Technology SalarAmuli said, the official website of the Iranian television iribnews.irreports.According to him, the national computer will be ready for use thisyear and will enter the list of the top 500 most powerful computers inthe world.

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World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (February 1, 2011)

Today The Washington Post published an article headlined "A democratic Egypt or a state of hate?" that is devoted to the present day situation in Egypt and the whole region of the Middle East. According to the author, Islamist movement is now extremely powerful and the political configuration of the Middle East can change dramatically. "Egypt and the entire Middle East are on the verge of convulsing. America needs to be on the right side of human rights. But it also needs to be on the right side of history. This time, the two may not be the same," says the author.

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Iranian Roads and Transport Minister Hamid Behbahani has beendismissed, IRIB News reports.147 members of parliament voted for the dismissal, 78 voted against, 9abstained from voting. 234 out of 242 deputies took part in the votingprocess.Hamid Behbahani did not make a report at the parliament on Tuesday.Iranian Speaker Ali Larijani called it a violation of the law.The parliament says Behbahani is unable to fulfill his duties asminister, citing the poor condition of air transport and numerous aircrashes.

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Iran backs the protests in Egypt against President Hosni Mubarak,Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Akbar Salehi said, RIA Novostireports, citing ISNA.Salehi says that the protests demonstrate the need for reforms. Hecondemned the USA for intervening in the internal affairs of Egypt.

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Millions of Iranian citizens have gathered at the capital's FreedomSquare to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in1979, Press TV reports.Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the revolution and founder of the currentregime, returned from his 14-year emigration in France to Tehran onFebruary 1, 1979.Iran will celebrate until February 11, the victory day of the IslamicRevolution. On February 11, 1979, the regime of the pro-Western ShahMohammad Reza Pahlavi was overthrown.

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The prices for oil have exceeded $100 per barrel for the first time in over 2 years. The dramatic rise was caused by fears of investors that the disorder in Egypt will spread to oil extracting countries in the Middle East.

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The Defense Ministry of Iran will soon present to the public newmissile carriers and satellites. The presentation will be held incelebration of the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic revolution, in thefirst week of February, InterRight reports.During the celebrations Iran will demonstrate the Safir 1-B andKavoshgar 4 systems, as well as the satellites Rashad and Fajr.As previously reported by InterRight, despite international sanctionsIran continues to actively work on its own space program. As President

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A conference and exhibition dedicated to the strengthening of trade ties between Iran and Afghanistan will take place in Tehran from March 6-7, Iran News reports. Not so long ago ran a vital transportation route that was used for regional and interregional trade was running through Afghanistan.

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Yerevan and Tehran have reached an agreement on constructing apipeline for transit of Iranian oil products to Armenia, IranianPetroleum Minister Masoud  Mir Kazemi said at a meeting with ArmenianMinister of Energy and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyan in Tehran,Armenia Today reports.The Iranian minister said that the pipeline will be built from Tabrizto Armenia. Mir Kazemi said that the prices and the amounts of exportwill be decided in the near future, Press TV reports.

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Iran's parliament has passed a vote of confidence in Ali Akbar Salehi, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's candidate for the office of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iranian news agency Press TV reports.Out of 243 members of Parliament who attended the session, a total of 241 deputies cast their votes. Salehi received a vote of confidence from 146 Iranian lawmakers, while 60 voted against him and 35 abstained.

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An Iranian-Dutch woman, arrested after taking part in anti-government protests in Iran in 2009, has been hanged for drug smuggling, Reuters reports.

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The Islamic Center for Information and Documentation in Tehran hasdeveloped an Internet-guide on the laws of Islam, and a free InternetWikifiqh encyclopaedia on Farsi, Iran.ru reports.The center also plans to launch English and Arabian versions.The encyclopaedia contains information on numerous concepts of theIslamic law and Muslim religion.Wikifiqh was partly developed for specialists, experts and scientistswho may register to take part in discussions.

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The second power block has been launched at Iran's Karun-4 dam. Thepower unit produces 250 MW, IRIB News reports.The first power block was launched a month ago.Khosein Randzhaban, executive director of Karun-4 construction, saidthat the hydro electric plant will have 4 power blocks. The third andfourth power blocks start operating before March 20, 2011.The executive director said that approximately $1.2 billion wasinvested into Karun-4. Its water storage has 17 billion cubic metersof water.

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Russia shares the dissatisfaction expressed by the other members ofthe Iran Six group of negotiators on the Iranian nuclear issue afterthe latest round of talks, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister SergeiRyabkov said, RIA Novosti reports."We agree on and share a kind of disappointment, and there are reasonsfor this," Ryabkov said, speaking on Thursday in the Nixon Center inWashington."Firstly, we have not decided on the date and place of the nextmeeting. Secondly, we have been bogged down because Iran demands the

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The strategic partnership between Russia and Iran is beyond anydisagreements, the first vice-speaker of the State Duma, Oleg Morozov,said, ITAR-TASS reports.Morozov stressed the long tradition of good relationships between thetwo countries, which open up new horizons for cooperation, not only inthe political sphere, but also in the cultural one.At the same time he has noted that Russia supports the continuation ofnegotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue.

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Two earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.9 and 5.8 have occured insouth-east Iran with an interval of 30 minutes, the US GeologicalSurvey reports.The first earthquake started 100 km south-east of Bam in KermanProvince at 10.32 (local time). The earthquake epicentre was 54.8 kmdeep.The second earthquake happened 120 km south-east of Bam at a depth of17.3 km at 12.08 (local time).There is no information on victims and damage.

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Baku hopes to reach an agreement on the status of the Caspian withTehran, Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov saidin an interview with Russia Today, Trend reports.Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan have already reached an agreement,and there is rapprochement with Turkmenistan. If four states reach anagreement, it is possible to reach it with a fifth, the ministernoted.A framework convention on protection of the Caspian Sea was signed inNovember 2003.

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