Twelve young Iranians were flogged publicly Saturday in eastern Tehran.
Each received between 75 and 80 lashes on charges of consuming alcohol,
forbidden in Islamic Iran, dealing in "depraved" CD-ROMs
and harassing young girls.
Twenty-five young Iranians accused of consuming drugs and alcohol
have flogged publicly in Tehran.
Eight young Iranians accused of drinking alcohol and causing public
disturbance were publicly flogged Tuesday in Tehran's northern Vanak
Five Iranians accused of disrupting public order and breaking shop
windows were flogged in public in southwest Iran Sunday.
A 19th woman in the northeastern holy city of Mashhad has fallen victim
to an Iranian killer who has been dubbed "the spider murder"
because the headscarves entangle and suffocate the women the way a
spider uses its web to trap victims.
Islamic regime announced the discovery of an oil field in the south
of the country with estimated reserves of "some 400 million barrels".
The "Tossan" field situated some 35 kilometers (20 miles)
southeast of the Lengeh port on the Persian Gulf, could produce "some
100 millions of barrels in the first phase".
The three oil fields are named Koushk, Arash and Tossan, as well as
four gas fields, Homa, Karanj, Day and Arash.
OPEC will produce between 50 million and 59 million barrels a day
by 2020, while Iran's daily production share would double by 2020.
Iran has the world's second largest gas reserves after Russia, and
is the second largest oil producer in OPEC after Saudi Arabia with
an estimated daily production of 3.7 million barrels, 2.4 million
barrels of which are exported.
The German authorities arrested an Iranian citizen suspected of spying
on Iranian exiles since 1999. Mohammad Bahman Ali, based in Frankfurt
had concentrated his activities on Iranian opposition figures in Germany
and France. The German authorities say the 40-year-old man was working
for the Iranian intelligence service Vevak and had previously been
detained from February to August last year.
Islamic regime says its military has achieved the capability of maintaining
and upgrading its helicopter fleet.
Iran has duplicated spare parts and stole technical expertise that
ensures the maintenance of a range of military helicopters. They said
this has saved the military millions of dollars a year.
Majid Aqhiqhi Avan, head of army aviation service, said the military
has manufactured 170,000 spare parts for helicopters. Iran has 560
helicopters, about 300 of them in service. Except for a handful, the
fleet was acquired in the late 1960s and 1970s.
Islamic judges ordered another group of young men to be flogged in
public despite opposition. Five men were whipped in the western town
of Boroujerd on Sunday on charges of public disorder and breaking
shop windows. In the past few weeks about 100 young men have been
flogged in several incidents in Iranian towns.
Britain has acknowledged that military equipment has been sold to
Iran despite an embargo on the Islamic republic.
Officials said the equipment approved were meant to suppress people's
uprising. The British military sales to Iran were cited in the latest
report by the Foreign Office. The report said the approval of British
export licenses to Iran decreased during the year 2000.
Last year, the government approved 60 out of 80 applications worth
$29 million for exports to Iran. In 1999, 84 out of 99 license applications
were approved in sales worth $53 million.
Another system approved for sale was that of an industrial turbine,
which could be used in military jet engines.
Islamic regime in Iran votes to prevent Jewish people from attending
World Conference Against Racism.
Lake Arjan in southern Iran has dried. Hundreds of Ghashghayi tribe's
livestock died in the middle of the scorched landscape.
Islamic regime says it has successfully test-fired an anti-tank missile
capable of destroying the most sophisticated armored equipment. The
ministry said the missile, known as Saeqeh-1 (Lightning-1), was notable
for its accuracy, range and adaptability to different geographical