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Much more bandwidth for Iranian messaging apps: ICT ministry

“The replacement of Telegram, as the most popular messaging app in Iran, with Iranian messaging applications has turned into a challenge on the national level” reports tehrantimes.com. The alternatives for Telegram is a number of Iranian messaging applications introduced during recent months.He said that the ICT Ministry used the capacity of the National Information Network for bandwidth. “However, many messaging applications have not used their previous bandwidth capacity completely,” he lamented. Domestic messaging applications eye officials for further support to help them to convince subscribers to move to another application.TEHRAN…

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OPEC has shown it can reach deal despite splits: Iran oil minister

“OPEC … has shown the capacity in which members can hold talks and reach important results regarding their common interests despite having the most intense political disputes or even military conflicts (such as during the Iran-Iraq war),” Zanganeh said on Twitter” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The OPEC deal had hung in the balance for two days – first on fears that Russia would cut too little, and later on concerns that Iran, whose crude exports have been depleted by U.S. sanctions, would receive no exemption and block the…

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Iran imposing stricter rules on GM foods   

“GM foods stem mostly from plants, but in the future foods derived from GM microorganisms or GM animals are likely to be introduced on the market” reports tehrantimes.com. TEHRAN — Iran’s Food and Drug Administration is forcing harsher rules on labelling genetically modified (GM) food products, ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.GM foods are being produced at a lower price than organic foods and are believed to have a greater benefit in terms of durability and nutritional values.Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WHO Codex guidelines exist for risk analysis…

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Erdogan pushes for stronger ties with Iran 

“While in Turkey, Vaezi held talks with the Turkish finance and trade ministers as well as a number of Iranian and Turkish businesspersons” reports tehrantimes.com. Vaezi has said promoting inclusive relations with neighbors is of “strategic importance” to Iran.TEHRAN – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said late on Friday that his government is willing to strengthen tie with Iran, especially in economic sphere. “Development of ties with Iran is of strategic significance for Turkey,” Erdogan said in a meeting with Iranian presidential chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi, Tasnim reported. Source: tehrantimes.com…

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‘Iraq seeking exemption from U.S. sanctions to continue Iran’s gas imports’

“TEHRAN- Iraq will send a delegation to the United States seeking an exemption from sanctions against Iran that would allow it to keep importing Iranian gas, Reuters reported quoting Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi as saying on Tuesday” reports tehrantimes.com. Washington gave Iraq a 45-day waiver for imports of gas from Iran when it reimposed sanctions on Iran’s oil sector on November 5. “The American side is cooperating with Iraq to find solutions that would remove pressure on Iraq because the (Iranian) gas is linked to a very sensitive…

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Rouhani urges unity in face of psychological and economic war

“It was a horrible, horrible deal” reports tehrantimes.com. Speaking to a select Jewish audience on December 7 at the White House reception for Hanukkah, Trump boasted for leaving what he called “the horrible Iran nuclear” deal.President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. unilaterally from the 2015 nuclear deal in May and ordered sanctions against Iran.Trump ditched the nuclear despite by warnings by the international community, including its Western allies. Source: tehrantimes.com Share This:

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Arrest of Huawei executive is a dangerous escalation of Trump’s economic war with China

“One can say, without exaggeration, that this is part of an economic war on China, and a reckless one at that” writes Jeffrey D for marketwatch.com. America’s motivations in this economic war are partly commercial — to protect and favor laggard U.S. companies — and partly geopolitical. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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India to begin interim operations at Chabahar Port within weeks

“The strategic Chabahar port is being considered a gateway to golden opportunities for trade by India, Iran and Afghanistan with central Asian countries” reports tehrantimes.com. Putting speculation and concern to rest, Indian government is making preparations to begin interim operations at the strategic port in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province.India joined the world community to condemn the “despicable terrorist attack” and offered condolences to the government and people of Iran.In May 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India would invest $500m to develop and operate the strategically important port. Source: tehrantimes.com…

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