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Equipment testing at the nuclear plant constructed by Russian specialists in southern Iran's Bushehr has been completed, and the energy block will go into operation between August 23 and September 22, ITAR-TASS reports, citing the head of the Iranian nuclear energy organization.Ali Akbar Salekhi emphasized that with the start of the A4 stage, which involves inspecting reactor equipment at high temperatures, there are no more obstacles to launching the power plant.

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Iran plans to launch a new satellite at the end of August, RIA Novosti reports, citing Iranian Minister of Telecommunication Rezu Tagipura. The Rassad-1’ Satellite will be launched using an Iranian rocket.The deputy minister of telecommunications, Mohammed Khosseynpur, said that Iran plans to launch 2 satellites this year. The launch of the first national satellite into orbit was carried out in February 2008. In November 2008 Tehran launched a second rocket - Kavoshagar-2 - carrying scientific equipment.

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The US will continue pressurizing Iran to fulfill its internationalobligations, President Barack Obama said at a meeting with IsraeliPremier Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, ITAR-TASS reports. Healso noted that it is necessary for Iran to halt its "provocativebehaviour."Netanyahu thanked the president for the commitment to prevent Iranfrom obtaining nuclear arms. He added that the world should take evenharsher actions against Tehran, mainly in the energy sector.

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On Tuesday President Ilkham Aliev signed an order appointing Ali Fikret oglu Alizade as Azerbaijani Consul General in the Iranian city of Tabriz, Trend reports.Another presidential order vested Ali Fikret oglu Alizade with the title of first-class minister extraordinary and plenipotentiary.

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Addressing a meeting devoted to the Day of Industry and Mining, the governor of the province of East Azerbaijan, Ahmad Ali Reza Beigi, claimed that the President of Iran has consented for the province to have its own bank, Iran News reports. Mr. Beigi stressed that credits would be available to the population and should be used to develop manufacturing. According to the governor, the province has great economic and industrial potential and really needs its own bank.

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The European Commission has revised the list of prohibited airlines in the EU, increasing the restrictions put on Iran Air. Two-thirds of Iran Air airplanes are now prohibited from entering the air territory of the European Union, Trend reports. "There can be no compromise when issues of air communication safety are affected. We have evidence that safety regulations are being violated and we have to secure the safety of air communications for our citizens", said European Commissioner Siim Kallas.

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The European Air Security committee has closed EU airspace for two thirds of Iran Air planes, the committee's spokesperson Helen Kerns said, RIA Novosti reports.This measures concern all of the Iranian company's  Airbus-320, Boeing-727 and Boeing-727 planes. Kerns stressed that this decision had no political motives and was dictated by security concerns only.Iran Air is the major Iranian Air company, with a fleet of some 50 planes

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Iranian cellular operators have started selling catchy phone numbers. A record-breaking price of 57 million tomans (a little less than 57 thousand dollars) was paid for the 0912-777-77-77 number,

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The airport of Dubai (United Arab Emirates) is continuing to fueling Iranian airplanes, despite the introduction of new US sanctions against Tehran, RIA Novosti reports, citing France Press.The Iranian information agency ISNA cites spokesman of the Iranian Airlines Union, Mehdi Aliyari, that the airports of the UK, Germany and the UAE have refused to fuel Iranian airplanes due to the US sanctions.

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Iran willnot fuel planes on its territory that belong to the countries that refuse to fuel Iranian planes, according to the member of the Iranian parliamentary commission for national security and exterior policy, Khishmatulla Falakhatpishe, Trend reports, citing ISNA.He added that the planes of countries such as the UK, Germany, and the United Arab Emirates often carry out transit flights through Iran and that they should remember about the actions Iran may take in response.

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The airports of UK, Germany and United Arab Emirates stopped fuelingairplanes belonging to Iranian air companies due to new sanctionsagainst Iran, Gazeta.ru reports, citing Ynet.news. The Iraniansecretary of the air company guild, Mehdi Aliyari, said that theairplanes are either fueled in Iran or carry out forced landings inother countries.

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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said efforts made by the Western countries and US to impose sanctions against Iran were only attempts to save themselves from the dead end they are caught in, Trend reported.Making the remarks in the inauguration ceremony of the development project of a steel complex in this northwestern city, he said sanctions would never affect Iranians in any possible manner.He said the Iranian nation would zealously defend its country whenever it saw its dignity, identity and values threatened in the world.He said the Western world knew very well that Iranians'

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The Iran Six of mediator states have expressed a readiness to reopen talks with Tehran on its nuclear program, a spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry told ITAR-TASS after a foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels on July 2.The diplomats shared opinions on the situation and the UN's recent resolution on Iran. They also confirmed their willingness for a political and diplomatic settlement of the conflict, including a swap deal to provide uranium for a Tehran research reactor.

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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini on Monday, 1news.az reports.A deal on close cooperation in the sphere of culture was signed at the meeting, at which the successful development of bilateral cooperation in all areas was stressed.

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Russo-Iranian "alert partnership" (Part 1)

Russo-Iranian "alert partnership" (Part 1)Many different events have taken place in the history of Russo-Iranian relations, both positive and negative. However, the parties have always sensed and been aware of each other's significance.Historical facts

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