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​Iran's Qeshm Air to buy 10 planes from Boeing

- Only a day after two Iranian airlines announced deals to purchase planes from European aviation giant Airbus, another Iranian carrier says it has sealed a third deal to buy advanced aircraft from US plane-maker Boeing. Iran's media quoted the head of Qeshm Air as saying on Friday that the company had placed an order for 10 Boeing 737 MAX planes. - 6/23/17

Prominent Civil Rights Activists Urge Iran's Parliament to Ban Use of Deadly Force Against Border Couriers

- The killing, by border guards, of another kulbar-the Persian word for the border-crossing couriers who transport illegally imported goods into Iran-has prompted 250 Iranian civil rights activists to demand that Parliament implement measures to protect the downtrodden laborers. - 6/23/17

Iran Begins Pipeline Gas Exports To Iraq After Years Of Delay

- Iran has begun exporting natural gas to neighboring Iraq after several years of delays, Iranian state media report. The semiofficial Fars news agency on June 22 said the exports began late the previous day through a pipeline to Baghdad. - 6/23/17

Iran sets sights on arrival of 6.5 million foreign tourist this year

- Iran aims to draw some 6.5 million foreign travelers by the end of the current calendar year 1396 (March 20, 2018), though the country's tourism infrastructure and public services are in need to be improved, a senior tourism official said on Monday. In 1395, some 5.5 million travelers visited Iran, fetching about $8 billion for the country - 6/22/17

Airbus to sell 73 planes to Iranian airlines Zagros and Iran Airtour

- European aviation giant Airbus says it has signed basic agreements with two Iranian airlines over the purchase of a total of 73 planes. Airbus said in a statement that Iran's Zagros Airlines would pick up 20 aircraft from the single-aisle Airbus A320neo family and eight A330neo planes. It added that another airline, Iran Airtour, would also buy 45 planes of the A320neo type. The agreements were signed on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show. - 6/22/17

Iran's Pistachio Exports Up 3% Year/Year

- Iran has exported $1.240 billion worth of pistachios to the world markets in the past Iranian calendar year 1395 (ended on March 20) to register a three percent rise compared to its previous year, IRIB news reported. - 6/21/17

Iran's annual GDP growth at 12.5%: Central Bank

- TEHRAN- Iran's growth of gross domestic product (GDP), including oil sector, hit 12.5 percent in the previous Iranian calendar year 1395 (ended on March 20, 2017), the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) reported. Iran's GDP stood at 6.691 quadrillion rials (about $178.5 billion) last year, based on the market prices in fiscal year 2011-12. - 6/21/17

Iran's oil industry paves way for capable women

- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has issued an order, paving the way for women with high capabilities to boost presence in the oil industry. As per the ministerial decree which released on Sunday, all gender discrimination between male and female employees should be removed for all occupational positions, except for working on oil and gas platforms. - 6/20/17

Iran still world's biggest natural gas player

- A new report shows Iran still has the world's largest reserves of natural gas and is closely followed by market rivals Russia and then Qatar. The global energy giant British Petroleum (BP) in its annual report on world energy reserves put Iran's natural gas reserves at 33.5 trillion cubic meters (tcm). - 6/17/17

Senate's Iran Sanctions Bill Faces Differing Views in House

- A newly passed Senate bill that would impose additional U.S. sanctions on Iran faces uncertain prospects for passage in the House, whose members are expressing differing views about its efficacy. Hours after the Senate approved the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act in a near-unanimous 98-2 vote Thursday, the House's majority Republican leaders had not said when they will act on it. The bill also would sanction Russia for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election, a charge Moscow denies. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 6/16/17

New US sanctions in breach of nuclear deal: Iranian official

- Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, has slammed a new set of sanctions approved by the US Senate against Tehran as a breach of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the P5+1 states, vowing a proper response to the hostile move. - 6/16/17

Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan province lures tourism investors: Official

- Sistan-Baluchestan, a southeastern Iranian province, is more and more attracting tourism investors in particular in its ecotourism and hospitality sector, the provincial tourism chief says. A Dubai-based Iranian individual aims to invest $500 million in building a tourism town in the region, ISNA quoted Kambiz Moshtaq-Gohari as saying on Wednesday. - 6/16/17

Iran's tech boom: Amid blocks on Apple, Facebook, Google, new apps are emerging

- "I want the world to look at Iran as a positive opportunity," says Niki Aghaei a creative consultant in Tehran, as she outlines how her home country has undergone massive digital and tech growth in the past few years. -Damian Radcliffe, ZDNet - 6/13/17

Tehran, Vienna Seek Deeper Economic Ties: Austria To Open 1 Billion Euro Credit Line For Iran

- Iranian Finance Minister Ali Tayyebnia and Industry Minister Mohammadreza Nematzadeh in separate meetings with Austria's Federal Minister of Finance Hans Jorg Schelling on Saturday and Sunday sought avenues for increasing economic and banking ties between the two countries. - 6/12/17

Iran exports first wheat cargo in years

- Iran says it has exported its first consignment of wheat after a hiatus of multiple years - what is seen as a robust sign that shows the country has not only been able to support domestic needs but also move ahead with overseas sales. - 6/12/17

Iran's Aseman Airlines Concludes Purchase Of 60 Boeing Planes

- Iran's Aseman Airlines sealed a deal in Tehran on Saturday with the American manufacturer Boeing on purchasing 60 aircrafts. As per the deal, Aseman is going to receive 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts as of 2022 over the course of two years, ISNA reported. - 6/10/17

Iran oil exports to West return to pre-sanction levels: Ground lost to Saudis reclaimed

- Iran's hard-fought mission to recoup its oil market share in the West is almost complete after exports in May came within a whisker of pre-sanction levels. Exports to Europe in the month surged to their highest level since the lifting of sanctions in early 2016 to 1.1 million barrels per day (bpd), Reuters news agency reported, citing sources familiar with Iran's oil exports. - 6/10/17

US Senate Works on New Iran Sanctions, Possible Russia Sanctions

- The U.S. Senate has moved forward on a bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran. The bill advanced on a procedural vote Wednesday. It now will be available for amendments before a final Senate vote. Bernie Sanders was one of the few senators opposed to holding the vote Wednesday because of twin attacks on Iran's parliament and a major historical site earlier in the day. -VOA - 6/8/17

Iran's 2017 GDP growth estimated at 4%: World Bank

- In its latest report, the World Bank (WB) predicted a four-percent growth for Iran's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017. According to the same report, titled as Global Economic Prospects (June 2017), the forecasted Ian's GDP growth in 2017 registers a 1.2 percent drop from the GDP growth previously predicted by WB in January 2017. - 6/6/17

China says will support Iran's full membership in Shanghai Cooperation Organization

- A senior Chinese diplomat has thrown his country's weight behind Iran's membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), an emerging economic and security alliance jointly led by China and Russia. - 6/6/17

Pistachios, a source of tension between Iran and United States

- Pistachio producers from Iran and the United States are on a war footing. Two of the largest producers of pistachios in the world, Iran and the United States (specifically, California), are engaged in a dispute that won't be solved soon. -Fresh Plaza - 6/2/17

Iran signs deal with Gazprom over Farzad B gas field: Oil Minister

- Iran says it has signed a basic agreement with Russia's energy giant Gazprom over the development of Farzad B gas field - a project which the country has for long been negotiating with an Indian consortium. The announcement over Farzad B agreement was made by Iran's Petroleum Minister Bijan Zanganeh. - 6/1/17

Iran's Annual Non-Oil GDP Growth At 6.3 Percent

- Iran's non-oil gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 6.3 percent during the past Iranian calendar year (March 2016-March 2017), according to the newest report of the Statistical Center of Iran (SCI). According to the same report, GDP growth, including the oil sector, touched 8.3 percent in the said period. - 5/31/17

UAE pays Iran over $4B in gas dues

- Reports say Iran has received over $4 billion from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for purchases of gas condensate made before sanctions were imposed against Iran in 2011. The payments have been made by Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), reported Al Jazeera on its website. - 5/31/17

The Expat's Guide to Working in Iran

- Are you preparing to relocate to Iran for work? Or maybe you are already an expat in Iran and would like to get more familiar with working conditions in Iran. Read this article to find out the answers to your questions about moving to Iran for work as an expat. -Daryoosh Dehestani, TechRasa - 5/31/17

Iran, Russia seal oil-for-goods barter deal: Report

- Iran has reportedly signed an agreement with Russia under which it will sell crude oil to Russia in exchange for products. The announcement was made by Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh, as reported by Russia's RIA and TASS news agencies. - 5/27/17

Senate Panel Backs New Sanctions on Iran

- CAPITOL HILL - A Senate panel has overwhelmingly approved new U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's support for international terrorism and its ballistic missile program, the first move to punish Tehran since a landmark nuclear accord went into effect. -Michael Bowman, VOA - 5/26/17

Response to Passing of Deeply Flawed Iran Sanctions Bill (S.722)

- "With a vote for this flawed sanctions bill the Senate Foreign Relations Committee decided to give Donald Trump new tools to kill the Iran deal and stumble into war with Iran. After Iranians overwhelmingly voted for openness and engagement, Senators have effectively endorsed Trump's calls for a provocative and dangerous approach to the Middle East. NIAC Action condemns this vote and urges the full Senate to abstain from moving the bill forward." -NIAC Action - 5/26/17

U.S. Treasury Eyes More Sanctions On Iran, Reviews Aircraft Sales

- The U.S. Treasury chief told Congress on May 24 that he is looking for ways to increase sanctions on Iran, including by reviewing licenses the Treasury previously granted to Boeing and Airbus to sell aircraft to Iran. - 5/25/17

Iranian Women Face Bias in the Workplace: Human Rights Watch

- Laws and policies that discriminate against women interfere with Iranian women's right to work, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Women confront an array of restrictions, such as on their ability to travel, prohibitions on entering certain jobs, and an absence of basic legal protections. - 5/25/17

What's on Rouhani's second-term economic agenda?

- Hassan Rouhani's re-election on May 19 is welcome wind in the sail of the moderate political forces in Iran. The sharp rise in the index of the Tehran Stock Exchange can also be seen as an indication that economic players view the election results as a positive development. -Bijan Khajehpour, Al-Monitor - 5/25/17

Iran-EU trade up 165% in first quarter of 2017

- The European Union's trade with Iran amounted to 5.3 billion Euros in the first quarter of 2017, a 165 percent rise from 2 billion Euros in the first quarter of 2016, based on the latest figures released by the European Union's statistics agency Eurostat. - 5/23/17

US Extends Obama-era Nuclear Sanctions Relief for Iran, Adds Other Sanctions

- The Trump administration has announced that it will continue nuclear sanctions relief for Iran, keeping in place an Obama-era deal. Under the 2015 deal, sanctions punishing Iran for its nuclear program were waived in exchange for Iran's commitment to roll back the program. But continuing the sanctions relief requires the renewal of a six-month waiver. The most recent waiver, issued by former Secretary of State John Kerry in December, was set to expire this week. - 5/18/17

French automakers rushing into Iran's market in the absence of rivals

- French carmakers are rushing into Iranian market in the absence of rivals. PSA and Renault are turning the U.S. absence in the Iranian market into an advantage by piling into a resurgent market still off-limits to foreign rivals fearful of sanctions under Donald Trump's administration, Reuters reported on Tuesday. - 5/18/17

Iran receives 4 new ATR planes

- Iran has received the first batch of medium-range planes that it has purchased from Franco-Italian aviation player ATR. Four ATR 72-600 turboprop planes landed in Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport on a direct flight from the French city of Toulouse. - 5/17/17

Iran starts construction of ion therapy center

- KARAJ - Iran began building its National Ion Therapy Center with Austrian help on Monday, in a 200 million Euros project which follow the country's landmark nuclear deal with six world powers in July 2015. - 5/16/17

Iran to tap southern coasts maritime tourism potential

- Iran aims to take advantage of southern coasts to make the best use of its maritime tourism potential by means of developing hospitality infrastructures, diversifying sea routes, and drawing private sector investors. "Constructing maritime hotels and building recreational vessels by the private sector in the country's free zones is currently on the agenda," Mana news agency quoted an official with the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization as saying on May 10. - 5/16/17

Financial tech gaining steam in Iran

- The Iranian capital played host to the four-day FINEX 2017 exhibition April 15-18. The annual event gathered more than 250 Iranian entities involved in banking and finance. While organizers dubbed it an international expo, only three foreign firms took part. -Alireza Ramezani, Al Monitor - 5/12/17

Iran's non-oil growth to boost in 2017: IMF

- According to the latest report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Regional Economic Outlook, Iran is expected to see non-oil growth accelerate from 0.75 percent in 2016 to almost 3.5 percent in 2017. - 5/11/17

Europeans see huge potential in Iran's energy market

- European exhibitors participating in the 22nd International Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Exhibition of Iran (Iran Oil Show 2017) believe that there is huge potential for business in Iran's oil, gas and petrochemical sectors. The exhibition, which was held at the Tehran Permanent International Fairgrounds from May 6 to 9, hosted some 2500 domestic companies and 1500 foreign participants from 37 countries including Germany, France, Spain, Britain, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, China, South Korea, Australia, the U.S. and Canada. - 5/11/17

Pall Corporation first US tech firm to invest in Iran in years

- An Iranian company says a top American technology leader plans to invest in an Iranian oil equipment production project - what could be the first direct investment by a US oil company in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Speaking at a press conference at Iran's Oil Show, Neda Mousavizadegan, the managing director of Iran's Panid Engineering, named the US company as Pall Corporation. - 5/10/17

Rouhani's rivals are making pledges Iran cannot afford

- While incumbent Hassan Rouhani's main challengers in the Iranian presidential race are making grand pledges of bigger cash handouts and more jobs, there is little to suggest that the promises can be realized. -Bijan Khajehpour, Al Monito - 5/10/17

MTN To Invest 1.1 Billion Dollars In Iran Fiber Optic Project

- Iran says South Africa's MTN will invest as much as $1.1 billion in an ambitious fiber optic internet connectivity project which will be launched in eight major cities across the country. - 5/10/17

Iran reports rise in number of tourists

- Iran says the number of tourists that visited the country last year increased by above 30 percent from a year earlier - what could be an indication that one of the world's top travel destinations is already finding its lost flavor after the removal of sanctions. - 5/9/17

Iran starts exports from South Pars oil layer

- Iran exported the first cargo of crude oil to the tune of 700,000 barrels from the South Pars oil layer last week. Hamid Bovard, the managing director of Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC), made the remarks in a press conference on the sidelines of Iran Oil Show 2017 in Tehran. - 5/9/17

Iran's Rouhani Promises to Withdraw Anti-Labor Amendments While Police Quash Peaceful Protests

- During a ceremony marking International Labor Day on May 1, 2017, President Hassan Rouhani, who will be running for re-election on May 19, pledged to withdraw an amendment opposed by trade unionists. Meanwhile, the police blocked a separate ceremony organized by independent labor organizations in Tehran, arresting one activist. - 5/8/17

Hopes Fade As Iran Mine Explosion Death Toll Climbs To 35

- Rescuers searched a damaged Iranian coal mine for a second day on May 4 as hopes of finding survivors faded following a blast, with the labor minister saying the death toll had risen to 35. The explosion tore through the Zemestanyurt mine in Golestan Province on May 3, reportedly trapping up to 80 miners underground at a depth of about 1,800 meters. - 5/4/17

China, Iran's biggest exporter after sanctions lifted

- Official figures show Iran's imports from China saw a major rise over the past four years in what is seen as a result of the removal of sanctions against the country and the subsequent return of global shipping lines to its ports. Figures reported by Iran's state news agency IRNA show that imports from China since 2013 - when President Hassan Rouhani was elected to office - had already reached $43.7 billion. - 5/4/17

Iran Khodro beging mass production of Peugeot 2008

- French auto giant Peugeot has started the mass production of its latest flagship crossover in Iran - a landmark move that could cement its presence in the Middle East's biggest vehicle market. The production of Peugeot 2008 subcompact SUVs officially started in the central site of Iran Khodro Industrial Group (IKCO) in capital Tehran in a ceremony attended by the country's President Hassan Rouhani. - 5/2/17

Iranian bank to open branch in Germany's state of Bavaria

- German officials say the Middle East Bank of Iran has received a license to open a branch in the country's state of Bavaria which hosts a wide range of big industrial names. The announcement was made by Markus Wittmann, a top official with an economic delegation from Bavaria that was in Tehran over the weekend for talks on ways to promote mutual trade. - 5/2/17

37 countries to participate in Iran Oil Show 2017 held May 6-9 in Tehran

- According to Shana news agency, in this year's exhibition 1016 domestic companies and 811 foreign exhibitors from different countries including China, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, France, Britain, U.S. and Canada are going to showcase their latest products and achievements in oil, gas, refining and petrochemical sectors. - 5/2/17

Iran exports to Europe up by 300% after JCPOA: EU

- Iran's exports to the European Union have increased by over 300 percent after the implementation of the historic 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, European Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete says. - 5/1/17

Meet the Iranian tycoon smashing gender stereotypes

- Businesswoman, city councillor and social activist Fatemeh Daneshvar tells Al Jazeera that she fears 'nothing but God'. -Al Jazeera - 4/29/17

Iran's Industry Spotlight: Technology Sector

- There are many factors that have led to a thriving tech industry in Iran, including abundant resources, lifted sanctions, and a youthful, highly educated population. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the industry has also benefited in large part due to active support from the Iranian government. -Sarah Bryn Witmer - 4/28/17

The Effects of the JCPOA on the Iranian Economy

- Over one year has passed since the formal implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed by the US and P5+1 members, which lifted certain "nuclear-related secondary sanctions," on various Iranian business sectors. All parties to the JCPOA agreed to implementing it "in good faith and in a constructive atmosphere" and to "refrain from any policy specifically intended to ... affect the normalization of trade and economic relations with Iran." -AIC - 4/28/17

Foreign tourist spent $32B in Iran in last four years

- Foreign tourists have spent some $32 billion in Iran over the past four years, said an official with the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization. A total of 19.9 million travelers visited the country during the mentioned period (March 2013 - March 2017), IRIB quoted CHTHO Deputy Director Morteza Rahmani-Movahhed as saying on April 23. - 4/27/17

Iran says early delivery of Boeing plane cancelled

- Iran says a plan for the early delivery of a plane from US aviation giant Boeing has been cancelled and the plane will not be delivered before next spring. Farhad Parvaresh, the head of the country's national flag carrier airline Iran Air, told the domestic media that Boeing had proposed to hand over a 777-300ER by summer after Turkish Airlines withdrew its order for it. - 4/27/17

Supreme Leader Khamenei Says Iran Should Not Look To West For Economic Growth

- Iran's supreme leader has called on presidential candidates to focus on making the economy grow without help from the West, distancing himself from President Hassan Rohani's policy of promoting growth through foreign trade and investment. - 4/26/17

Germany's Volkswagen picks local partner in bid to cement foothold in Iran

- Volkswagen in a statement named the Iranian company as Khodro Sazi Sina (KSS) which it said had been chosen after "thorough and intense studies". The company emphasized that the KSS' closest rival - Mammut Group - was only a few points behind. - 4/25/17

Iran's Kharg Terminal dispatches 780 million crude barrels in one year

- Head of Iran Oil Terminals Company's (IOTC) Export Department Gholamhossein Gerami said over 230 million barrels of light crude oil, 480 million barrels of heavy crude and about 70 million barrels of blazing oil were exported from the Iranian terminal in the previous year. - 4/25/17

Trump Adviser Seeks Political Deal To Settle Iran Sanctions Case

- A close ally of U.S. President Donald Trump is lobbying U.S. prosecutors to go easy on a man charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions because he could be a potential bargaining chip in a political deal with Turkey. Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and Trump adviser, was hired recently to represent Reza Zarrab, a wealthy Turkish-Iranian businessman accused of arranging hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of financial transactions for Iran's government and businesses in violation of U.S. sanctions from 2010 to 2015. - 4/21/17

Samsung & Amirkabir University Launch Their Tech Center in Tehran

- Samsung, the Korean electronic giant has joined Amir Kabir University of Technology and launched Samsung-AUT Tech center in Tehran. Samsung Electronics the world's second largest information Technology Company by revenue, after Apple, invests at least 9% of its sales revenue in R&D activities according to their website. -Techrasa - 4/21/17

Iran-EU trade up 171% in January

- The European Union's trade with Iran amounted to 1.55 billion Euros in January 2017, a 171 percent rise compared to the first month of 2016, based on the latest figures released by the European Union's statistics agency Eurostat. The figure was 572 million Euros in January 2016, Tasnim news agency reported. - 4/20/17

Trump Orders Review of Iran Nuclear Deal

- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed the review in a letter Tuesday to House Speaker Paul Ryan. Tillerson said that as of Tuesday, Iran is complying with its responsibilities under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which it agreed to in 2015 after negotiations with the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany. - 4/19/17

UK cautiously eyes $600bn opportunity in Iran investment drive

- UK firms are cautiously eying opportunities in Iran ahead of an expected $600bn boom in trade and infrastructure investment over the next ten years. The Islamic Republic is embarking on an ambitious investment drive as it emerges from decades of isolation imposed by international sanctions. -Jillian Ambrose, UK's Telegraph - 4/18/17

Russia says trade with Iran to grow further in 2017

- Russia says it expects trade relations with Iran to grow further this year after increasing almost twofold in 2016. Alexander Maksimov, the honorary representative of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Iran, was quoted by the media as saying that trade with the Islamic Republic had increased by a whopping 70 percent after the removal of sanctions against the country early last year. - 4/18/17

Iran moves into flourishing ecotourism market

- The ecotourism market in Iran has witnessed a growth over the past couple of years, drawing more domestic and foreign backpackers to the pristine and relatively undisturbed natural areas of the country. Some 530 ecotourism projects have been implemented since the current administration took office in 2013, Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Director Zahra Ahmadipour said on April 11. - 4/17/17

Foreign Minister Zarif in Central Asia as Iran seeks to fire up economy

- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has started touring Central Asia and the Caucasus to boost Iran's ties with three major countries in the region, especially in the field of economy. The three-day tour spans Turkmenistan, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan. A 20-member delegation of businessmen and company representatives is accompanying Zarif who cited transit cooperation among the objectives of the visit. - 4/17/17

Iran's President Rouhani inaugurates mega gas projects in Persian Gulf

- Iran has officially inaugurated several mega projects in its natural gas hub of South Pars - projects that can put the country in the lead over production from a giant field that it shares with Qatar. The projects included South Pars Phases 17 and 18, Phase 19, as well as Phases 21 and 22. They were inaugurated by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. - 4/16/17

Sanctions impaired Iran's economic transparency: Iranian FM Zarif

- Sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program dealt a major blow to the country's economic transparency, an issue much neglected in assessing the outcomes of the 2015 international nuclear deal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday. - 4/16/17

Moghadam Award: Long-Term, Sustainable Economic Development in Iran

- The Stanford Iran 2040 Project announces the first annual Moghadam Award in Iranian Economics to recognize the best original paper on Long-Term, Sustainable Economic Development in Iran. The awardee will be asked to present the paper at the next Stanford Iran Economic Forum to be held in Summer 2017. All travel expenses will be covered and the awardee will also receive a $10,000 prize. - 4/12/17

EU extends sanctions on Iran over human rights claims

- The European Union has extended by another year sanctions against Iran over alleged claims of "human rights violations" despite the fledgling rapprochement between Tehran and the bloc since the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement. - 4/12/17

Iran named as Afghanistan's biggest trade partner

- Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Spokesman said Iran has turned into the biggest trading partner of Afghanistan. "With 1.8 billion dollars of trade exchange level between the two countries, Iran is now Afghanistan's biggest trade partner," Seyamuddin Pesarlai told IRNA correspondent in Kabul, on Monday. - 4/12/17

Iran's President Rohani Coy As He Kicks Off Election Season, Concedes He's 'Not Fully Satisfied'

- President Hassan Rohani has defended his policies on the eve of the registration period for candidates in Iran's presidential election in May, saying his administration has helped boost prosperity and chip away at obstacles to openness in Iranian society. But the 68-year-old cleric and ally of reformers stopped short of announcing a reelection bid at his televised April 10 press conference, although aides have said in recent months that he will seek another four-year-term. "We have a prosperous Iran and we will definitely have a better Iran in the next years," Rohani said. - 4/11/17

Boeing, Iran, and American Jobs

- The IranAir and Iran Aseman deals are among Boeing's largest open orders and come at a time of softening demand for commercial aircraft among the world's airlines. Boeing's engagement with Iran pits the Trump administration's skepticism of the value of the Iran nuclear deal directly against an avowed commitment to support American jobs, particularly in the manufacturing sector. -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, LobeLog - 4/11/17



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