11 Dec 2023
Monday 22 December 2014
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Thursday's live events

Iranian FM was detained in Cyprus
According to Iran Independent News Service,Greek media report that Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi was detained at the airport of Larnaca on Tuesday.

Iranian news agency ILNA quoted Greek press as saying that Salehi who was traveling by a charted fly to Cyprus was detained for a short while by the airport police since his name stays on the EU sanction lists.

ILNA also added that Cypriot authorities have expressed their regrets for the incident at the airport.

But the cypriot officials rejected reports on Salehi detention.

Tehran and London formalize embassy closures
Irans Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Thursday from now on Kingdom Omans Embassy would host Islamic Republic of Irans interest section in London and Swedish Embassy would host the British interest section in Tehran.

Both countries shut down their diplomatic missions after Iranian hardliners stormed Britains embassy in Tehran last year.

In London, Britains Foreign Ministry could not immediately confirm Thursday whether the nations had finalized an agreement, The Washington Post said.

Iran Central Bank Says Dollar Gain Psychological
Bloomberg BusinessWeeknoted that Iran Central Bank Governor Mahmoud Bahmani urged Iranians not be influenced by the psychological atmosphere that has resulted in a recent increase in the dollars value, Shargh reported.

Fluctuations in the market are mostly due to psychological factors connected to political events and are not related to changes in the supply and demand of the U.S. currency inside Iran, Bahmani said, according to the Tehran-based newspaper.

The dollars value has risen this month, selling over the past week for about 19,000 rials on the open market, the report said. The dollar was sold on the open market for 19,210 rials yesterday, it said.

Salman Rushdie fatwa turned into Iranian video game
According to Guardian, Salman Rushdiewas the target of a notorious fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic republic ofIran, 23 years ago. Now, the author of The Satanic Verses is the subject of an Iranian computer game aimed at spreading to the next generation the message about his "sin".

The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of his Verdict is the title of the game being developed by the Islamic Association of Students, a government-sponsored organisation which announced this week it had completed initial phases of production.

News of the computer game came as Tehran on Tuesday played host to the country's second International ComputerGamesExpo. "The organisers considered the event as an opportunity to introduce Iranian culture, value and Islamic identity, and also a way to present Iranian products to international computer games designers and producers," the English-language state television channel, Press TV, reported on its website.
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