Tehran Times http://www.tehrantimes.com/ Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:18:15 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Companies from five countries negotiating to invest in Iran’s FTZs http://www.tehrantimes.com/economy-and-business/117312-companies-from-five-countries-negotiating-to-invest-in-irans-ftzs TEHRAN – Companies from Austria, China, Germany, Italy, and Japan have been negotiating with Iran in recent months to invest in the country’s free trade zones, according to Mohammad Mo’ezzodin, who is the vice chairman of the Iranian High Council for Free Trade Zones.
“Iran offers special incentives to foreign investors, such as a 20-year tax exemption, the possibility to establish companies with one-hundred-percent ownership, and visa-free travel, in order to encourage them... Read more

]]> Economic Desk Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:30:33 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/economy-and-business/117312-companies-from-five-countries-negotiating-to-invest-in-irans-ftzs ‘Palestinian resistance threw Israel’s calculations into disarray’ http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117311-palestinian-resistance-threw-israels-calculations-into-disarray TEHRAN – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has said the “heroic resistance” of the Palestinians has made the Zionist regime desperate and has thrown the enemy’s calculations into disarray.
The Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs made the remarks in a meeting with Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah in Beirut, ISNA reported on Sunday. 
Amir-Abdollahian also stated that Iran would continue to support the innocent Palestinians and their resistance... Read more

]]> Political Desk Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:30:18 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117311-palestinian-resistance-threw-israels-calculations-into-disarray Leader approves amnesty for eligible prisoners http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117317-leader-approves-amnesty-for-eligible-prisoners TEHRAN – In a decree issued on Sunday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei approved Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani’s request that some prisoners be released and the sentences of others be reduced.
The amnesty is being granted ahead of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival held after the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Ayatollah Larijani appealed to the Supreme Leader to grant amnesty to people convicted in... Read more

]]> Political Desk Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:29:36 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117317-leader-approves-amnesty-for-eligible-prisoners World public opinion best judge of Israel’s massacres: SNSC chief http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117310-world-public-opinion-best-judge-of-israels-massacres-snsc-chief TEHRAN – The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has said world public opinion is the ‘best judge’ of the merciless massacres of women and children being conducted by Israel in the Gaza Strip.
SNSC Secretary Ali Shamkhani made the remarks in a telephone conversation with Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah on Sunday.
Shamkhani reiterated Tehran’s stated policy that Iran will continue its support of the Palestinians.
The SNSC chief also predicted that... Read more

]]> Political Desk Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:29:34 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117310-world-public-opinion-best-judge-of-israels-massacres-snsc-chief Palestine death toll exceeds 1100 http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/117313-palestine-death-tollnexceeds-1100 Hamas on Sunday agreed to observe a 24-hour humanitarian truce, as fighting resumed and the two sides wrangled over the terms of a lull the international community hopes can be expanded into a more sustainable truce, AP reported.
Between the rival announcements Palestinian groups fired rockets deep into Israel, prompting Israel to resume its offensive.
Hours later Hamas said it would be willing to abide by a new 24-hour humanitarian truce ahead of the... Read more

]]> By staff & agencies Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:28:20 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/world/117313-palestine-death-tollnexceeds-1100 Chinese ambassador meets Iranian economy minister http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117309-chinese-ambassador-meets-iranian-economy-minister- TEHRAN – The new Chinese ambassador to Tehran, Pang Sen, met with Iranian Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Ali Tayebnia on Sunday.
Tayebnia said the Iranian government in general and the ministry under his leadership in particular are tasked with directing economic relations with China and both the government and the ministry believe that economic cooperation between the two countries should be expanded.
Both countries have great potential to expand economic ties, he... Read more

]]> Political Desk Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:28:18 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117309-chinese-ambassador-meets-iranian-economy-minister- Leader offers condolences over death of Ayatollah Shabzendedar http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117308-leader-offers-condolences-over-death-of-ayatollah-shabzendedar TEHRAN – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has issued a message in which he offered condolences over the death of Ayatollah Hossein Shabzendedar.
Ayatollah Shabzendedar passed away in a hospital in Tehran on Saturday at the age of 85.
High-ranking officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, and Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, issued separate messages and offered condolences over the demise of the ayatollah. 
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Political Desk Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:28:16 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117308-leader-offers-condolences-over-death-of-ayatollah-shabzendedar
Norway expels Iranian students over sanctions http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117306-norway-expels-iranian-students-over-sanctions TEHRAN – Academics from Norway’s top technical university have expressed concern after almost a dozen post-graduate science students from Iran had their residence permits cancelled because of international sanctions, BBC reported on Sunday. 
According to the report, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration in recent months has sent letters to a number of Iranian PhD students informing them that they must leave the country.
The letters say that Norway’s Police and Security Service has ruled... Read more

]]> Political Desk Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:24:46 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117306-norway-expels-iranian-students-over-sanctions Israeli atrocities should not divert attention from ISIL crimes: legal expert http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117307-israeli-atrocities-should-not-divert-attention-from-isil-crimes-legal-expert TEHRAN – A lawyer has warned that the atrocities Israel is committing against the Palestinian people in Gaza should not be allowed to divert the world’s attention from the crimes of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Hossein Mir Mohammad Sadeqi told the ISNA news agency that the crimes committed by ISIL terrorists are clearly linked to those carried out by the Zionists in the Gaza Strip. 
The former Judiciary spokesman... Read more

]]> Political Desk Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:24:46 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117307-israeli-atrocities-should-not-divert-attention-from-isil-crimes-legal-expert Zarif discusses Gaza with Hezbollah leader, EU foreign policy chief http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117303-zarif-discusses-gaza-with-hezbollah-leader-eu-foreign-policy-chief TEHRAN – On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held telephone conversations with Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on the situation in the Gaza Strip.
In his phone talks with the Hezbollah chief, Zarif said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran defends the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.”
Zarif also said it is very important that the Islamic world pay special attention to the... Read more

]]> Political Desk Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:18:43 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/117303-zarif-discusses-gaza-with-hezbollah-leader-eu-foreign-policy-chief