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Iran president: Trying to restrict the Internet like bringing a wooden sword to a gunfight

By Mehrdad Balali DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran should embrace the Internet rather than see it as a threat, President Hassan Rouhani has said, in remarks that challenge hardliners who have stepped up measures to censor the Web. Rouhani, a comparative moderate elected last year, said trying to win the battle…

Iran won’t accept ‘nuclear apartheid’: Rouhani

Iran will not accept "nuclear apartheid" but is willing to offer more transparency over its atomic activities, President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday ahead of new talks with world powers. Iran and the P5+1 group of nations will start hammering out a draft……

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani hits back after attacks from hardliners

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday derided hardliners critical of his style of governance and outreach to the West, saying they do not speak for the country. After a backlash stemming from rising prices of fuel, utilities and basic foods, Rouhani……

Iranian President Rouhani insists women are not second-class citizens

Rouhani says Iranian women not second class citizens (via AFP) Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani admitted Sunday that women in his country still face discrimination and cultural barriers but he insisted they are not universally treated as second-class citizens. In a speech marking Women’s Day in Iran, Rouhani, seen…  …

Iran’s president promises ‘good faith’ in nuclear talks with U.S.

President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that Iran was committed to negotiate on its nuclear program in “good faith” after the highest-level talks yet held with world powers. “We are fully prepared to seriously engage in the process toward a negotiated and mutually agreeable settlement and do so in good faith…

Prisoner’s father renews appeal to Iranian president for his release

The father of a US citizen imprisoned in Iran forwarded a letter to President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday pleading with him to free his son on humanitarian grounds. Ali Hekmati, who is originally from Iran and lives in the US state of Michigan, said he was “very sick” with a…

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