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Topics of the day:

1. Iranian police investigating attack on Americans: minister
2. Iran's interior minister vows to track down opposition leader's killers
3. Grandson of Iranian nationalist Mossadeq dies in Tehran
4. Iranian navy hails recent successes against Iraqi sanctions-busting
5. Iranian speaker on tour of Asia
6. Iran considering Norway's request to upgrade relations
7. Iraqi Kurdish leader doubts Saddam will be toppled soon
8. Iranian government to submit austerity budget to parliament Sunday
9. Iranian army deserter kills six in rampage
10. IRNA: Killer of 14 shot dead
11. IRNA: 20% rise in price indexes
12. IRNA: Greate Iranian poet, Hamid Mosadeq, died at 50
13. AFP: Grandson of Iranian nationalist Mossadeq dies in Tehran

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 09:58:06 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian police investigating attack on Americans: minister

TEHRAN, Nov 28 (AFP) - Iranian police are investigating an
attack on a group of visiting Americans by Islamic fundamentalists
last week and are close to identifying the culprits, Interior
Minister Abdol-Vahed Musavi-Lari said Saturday.
"Police are investigating the attack on the bus and culprits
have been identified to a large extent," Musavi-Lari told a press
conference.
Denouncing the visiting Americans as "spies," a group of Islamic
hardliners attacked their bus with iron bars and stones last
Saturday, breaking windows and slightly injuring several passengers
with flying glass.
The Americans left the country the following day.
A group calling itself the "Fedayeen (Devotees) of Islam"
claimed responsibility for the attack, which it said was a warning
to the Iranian authorities and "CIA spies" visiting Iran in the
guise of tourists.
But the minister insisted "this group is illegal and it will be
dealt with accordingly. We will halt their activities," he said.
"We will not let any one in whatever disguise and under any
banner to cause disorder and abuse freedom in the name of sacred
values," he vowed. "Such a capricious act by a group of people is
against the interests of the regime.
"We must respect all those who are our guests and who have
entered the country legally. There's no justification for the attack
and no one in the Islamic republic approves of it," Musavi-Lari
said.
Most of the press and many officials have condemned the attack
and President Mohammad Khatami described it as "intolerable."
The foreign ministry on Friday condemned it as "illegal and
unacceptable."

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 09:58:13 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran's interior minister vows to track down opposition leader's killers

TEHRAN, Nov 28 (AFP) - Iranian Interior Minister Abdol-Vahed
Musavi-Lari vowed on Saturday to track down and arrest the killers
of nationalist opposition leader Dariush Foruhar and his wife.
"This case will definitely be clarified. We will not hesitate
for one moment. You will see that it will soon be discovered and the
people will be informed," Musavi-Lari told a press conference.
"The government is determined to get to the root of the matter
and deal with the culprits whoever they may be or whatever their
position," he said.
Foruhar, the leader of the Iranian Nation's Party, a movement
banned but tolerated, and his wife, Parvaneh, were stabbed to death
in their Tehran home over the weekend by intruders posing as
guests.
Known for his strongly-held secular and nationalist views,
Foruhar, a former labor minister, had been a strong critic of the
Islamic regime.
Musavi-Lari said he had been given instructions to "seriously
pursue the case" by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and
President Mohammad Khatami.
"I assure you that the entire regime is behind the drive to
solve the case with authority. They see the bitter incident as a
move to fight the regime," he said.
"Some unclean, known or unknown hands are behind this attempt to
destroy the new atmosphere of law and order which the government
advocates," the minister added.
He said a committee has been set up at the country's national
security council to pursue the matter. The committee held a
five-hour meeting on Friday and "some clues have been found," he
said.
"Several people have been arrested and are being interrogated
and some others are being sought. Their arrest may help us find the
truth," Musavi-Lari said.
But he said the authorities were still weighing various theories
behind the murder case. "So far, we have no preference. I can't make
a final judgement," the minister said.
Earlier a group of about 700 academics and liberal opposition
sympathisers signed a joint letter denouncing the murder of Foruhar
and his wife.
"Once again the criminal hands of the enemies of freedom have
savagely killed a hero and his combatant wife," the 673 signatories
said in their letter published in the moderate paper Ettelaat.
Signatories, who included former ministers and prominent
professionals close to Iran's liberal opposition movement, announced
they would gather on Monday in a central Tehran mosque close to the
victims' home.
The murder has caused uproar in Iran, with Khatami denouncing it
as a "repulsive crime" and ordering a special probe into the case,
even though Foruhar was one of the Islamic regime's most outspoken
domestic critics.
The victims were buried on Thursday, following funeral
ceremonies attended by over 6,000 sympathisers and democracy
supporters.

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 09:58:21 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Grandson of Iranian nationalist Mossadeq dies in Tehran

TEHRAN, Nov 28 (AFP) - Hamid Mossadeq, grandson of one of Iran's
most popular and controversial prime ministers Mohammad Mossadeq,
died in Tehran on Saturday following a heart attack.
The 59-year-old Mossadeq died in a Tehran hospital, the official
news agency IRNA reported.
Mossadeq, whose grandfather was toppled in a CIA-backed military
coup in 1953 and who has since become a symbol of
liberal-nationalist aspirations in Iran, was known as a writer and
poet, though he was a lawyer by profession and a lecturer at Tehran
University's law faculty.
Another of prime minister Mossadeq's grandchildren, Massumeh
Mossadeq, died in mysterious circumstances last April. She was found
hanged in her Tehran home.
Friends said she had come to Iran to sell her properties before
returning to the United States, where she took residence after
Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution. She had been described as Mossadeq's
favourite grandchild.

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 09:58:27 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian navy hails recent successes against Iraqi sanctions-busting

TEHRAN, Nov 28 (AFP) - The Iranian navy announced on Saturday
that it had intercepted a number of boats in its territorial waters
over recent days carrying cargo for Iraq in violation of UN
sanctions.
The navy impounded another vessel earlier this month, but a
court order later forced it to release it, the official news agency
IRNA said.
Iran has angrily denied US charges that it turns a blind eye to
Iraq's efforts to get round the crippling UN embargo imposed
following its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
Commanders of a multinational flotilla based in the Gulf to
enforce the eight-year-old embargo have frequently charged that
vessels headed for Iraq are able to evade their checks by using
Iranian territorial waters.

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 09:58:35 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian speaker on tour of Asia

TEHRAN, Nov 28 (AFP) - Iran's conservative parliamentary speaker
Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri is due to begin a three-nation tour of
southeast Asia on Sunday, visiting Thailand, Vietnam and the
Philippines.
Nateq-Nuri, one of Iran's chief conservative politicians and
rival to the moderate president Mohammad Khatami, will first visit
Thailand where he is due to meet with King Bhumibol Adulyadej and
other Thai officials, the official news agency IRNA reported
Saturday.
The visit follows a trip to Tehran last week by Thai Foreign
Minister Surin Pitsuwan.
Thai-Iranian relations deteriorated in 1994 when Thai
authorities accused Iranians of involvement in an attack against the
Israeli embassy in Bangkok.
Iran prevented its nationals from travelling to Thailand before
1990, where they had a reputation for heading straight for the
brothels.
Nateq-Nouri will proceed to Vietnam and the Philippines with
which Iran expanded economic relations in the early 1990s.

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 09:58:44 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran considering Norway's request to upgrade relations

TEHRAN, Nov 28 (AFP) - Iran's foreign ministry said Saturday it
was considering Norway's decision to restore full diplomatic ties
with the Islamic republic.
Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said Oslo's decision
showed that there were "developments in the Norwegian government's
attitude towards Iran," the official news agency IRNA reported.
Norway announced Friday it would upgrade relations with Iran,
currently at charge d'affaires level, and send an ambassador,
following discussions in Oslo between diplomats from both
countries.
Iran and Norway downgraded diplomatic relations in 1995
following an attack in Oslo on a Norwegian publisher of the British
book "Satanic Verses" deemed blasphemous by the Iranian authorities.
The book's author Salman Rushdie has been the subject of a death
threat or fatwa since 1989, issued by Iran's late supreme leader
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, causing tensions between Iran and
European countries.

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 09:59:00 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iraqi Kurdish leader doubts Saddam will be toppled soon

TEHRAN, Nov 28 (AFP) - Visiting Iraqi Kurdish leader Jalal
Talabani voiced doubts here on Saturday that Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein will be toppled soon.
"I cannot predict a date when Saddam will be overthrown, but it
won't be any time soon," Talabani told the English-language
newspaper Iran News.
The leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of two
main rival Kurdish factions which control northern Iraq in defiance
of Baghdad, also said he was opposed to any "foreign, including
American" bid to topple the Iraqi leader.
"Making changes in the Iraqi leadership is the responsibility of
Iraqi people and democratic revolutionary forces, not foreign
elements," he was quoted as saying.
The United States has officially announced its support for the
Iraqi opposition in exile as part of a long-term strategy to topple
Saddam.
But Talabani, who has earlier said he will not participate in
any moves to to overthrow Saddam, said his views were shared by
other Iraqi opposition group, including the Iran-based Supreme
Assembly of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SAIRI).
"The PUK has close cooperation with these groups and we all
share the same stance on Iraq's future," he said.
Talabani, who arrived here several days ago, said he will hold
talks with Iranian officials and brief them on the latest
developments in his country.
The PUK and the rival Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of Massud
Barzani have controlled mainly Kurdish districts of northern Iraq
since Western governments intervened to stop Baghdad crushing a
Kurdish uprising following the 1991 Gulf War.

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 09:59:39 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian government to submit austerity budget to parliament Sunday

TEHRAN, Nov 28 (AFP) - Iran's government, its finances squeezed
by plunging oil prices, will submit an austerity budget to
parliament on Sunday that includes huge tax hikes and spending
cuts.
The budget for the Iranian fiscal year beginning March 1999
foresees revenue of 85,368 billion rials (about 28 billion dollars
at the official exchange rate) and expenditure of 93,800 billion
rials (31 billion dollars), leaving the government with a three
billion dollar deficit, newspapers said Saturday.
The government has proposed meeting the deficit with a 34
percent increase in tax revenues.
Iran, the world's second largest oil producer, is facing a
severe cash shortage caused by falling oil prices which have sunk to
their lowest levels in a decade.
The proposed budget has forecast oil revenues of 25,880 billion
rials (8.4 billion dollars) based a price of 12 dollars a barrel,
although Iranian oil is currently selling at below 11 dollars.
Iran, which earns 80 percent of its hard currency from crude
exports, has seen its revenues cut by 40 percent, leaving a budget
shortfall this year of around 6.3 billion dollars and prompting the
government to resort to a series of emergency measures to make ends
meet.
The government of President Mohammad Khatami has called for
various measures to reduce its dependence on oil revenues, including
more efficient tax collection and boosting non-oil exports.

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 09:59:48 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian army deserter kills six in rampage

TEHRAN, Nov 28 (AFP) - An Iranian army deserter shot dead six
people, including three policemen, after a traffic accident in
Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported Saturday.
A number of other people were also injured, some of them
seriously.
The incident happened on Thursday when the soldier, driving a
stolen van, rammed into a motorcycle. In order to escape arrest, he
drew his gun and fired indiscriminately at police and bystanders,
IRNA said.
Police have lanched a massive manhunt to arrest the killer, whom
they named as Siavash Rahmani-Aqdam.


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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 11:03:17 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: IRNA: Killer of 14 shot dead

shahre-ray, tehran prov. nov. 28, irna -- a runaway soldier who had
killed 14 tehranis and wounded another 11 in an indiscriminate
shooting incident in a tehran street saturday and fled the scene was
eventually shot dead by plice in the wake of a hunt for his arrest
in a southern suburb of tehran.

the soldier, siavosh rahmani aqdam, who was with the iranian
air force had fled his barracks with a firearm and a large amount of
cartridges some days ago.

no motive for his violent action has yet been offered.

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 11:04:13 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: IRNA: 20% rise in price indexes

tehran, nov. 28, irna -- the price index of consumer goods and
services in urban areas in the iranian month of mehr (september
23-october 22) showed a 20.1 percent increase compared to the figure
recorded in mehr of last year, the economic statistics department of
the central bank of iran (cbi) reported monday.
according to the report, the price index of consumer goods and
services in mehr reached 635.3 points, up 1.2 percent compared to
the figure registered by end of the preceding month.
cbi said that average price index of consumer goods and services
in the first seven months of the current iranian year (started march
21), registered an increase of 19 percent over the same period last
year and of 18.2 percent between october 23, 1997, and october 22,
1998, compared to the figure concerning the same period in the
preceding year.
hormuzgan, fars and chaharmahal-bakhtiari provinces had the
highest index and ilam the lowest index in mehr compared to other
provinces. the index for tehran stood at 629.2 points in the said
month.
the index for foodstuffs, non-alcoholic beverages and tobacco
showed a rise of 25.5 percent and that of textiles 6.6 percent
in mehr compared to the figures for mehr of last year.
the index for housing, fuel and light picked up by 20 percent
and that of furniture, goods and household appliances by seven
percent in mehr compared to the mehr of last year.
the cbi report added that increases of 19.2 percent in the price
index of transportation and telecommunications sector, of 25.5
percent in that of health and medicare sector, of 8.6 percent in that
of recreation and education and of 20.5 percent in that of
miscellaneous goods and services were recorded in mehr compared to
the figure for the corresponding month last year.

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 15:11:51 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad.abdolian@RSA.ERICSSON.SE>
Subject: IRNA: Greate Iranian poet, Hamid Mosadeq, died at 50

tehran, nov. 28, irna -- iranian contemporary poet hamid mosadeq
died of an heart attack at a tehran hospital on saturday.
born in shahreza, isfahan province in 1938, mosadeq got his ma in
law and economy from tehran university.
since then he had been serving in the capacities of university
instructor at allameh tabatabaie university and tehran university's
faculty of law, member of lawyers council and editor-in-chief of the
council's periodical.
he has left behind a collection of poems, among which
'derafsh-e kavian', 'blue, gray, black', 'years of patience',
'separations' and 'on way of wind.'

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Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 15:13:08 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad.abdolian@RSA.ERICSSON.SE>
Subject: AFP: Grandson of Iranian nationalist Mossadeq dies in Tehran

TEHRAN, Nov 28 (AFP) - Hamid Mossadeq, grandson of one of Iran's
most popular and controversial prime ministers Mohammad Mossadeq,
died in Tehran on Saturday following a heart attack.

The 59-year-old Mossadeq died in a Tehran hospital, the official
news agency IRNA reported.

Mossadeq, whose grandfather was toppled in a CIA-backed military
coup in 1953 and who has since become a symbol of
liberal-nationalist aspirations in Iran, was known as a writer and
poet, though he was a lawyer by profession and a lecturer at Tehran
University's law faculty.

Another of prime minister Mossadeq's grandchildren, Massumeh
Mossadeq, died in mysterious circumstances last April. She was found
hanged in her Tehran home.

Friends said she had come to Iran to sell her properties before
returning to the United States, where she took residence after
Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution. She had been described as Mossadeq's
favourite grandchild.

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