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Iran's Next Astronaut Will Be A Persian Cat
2013-09-17 08:18:31

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Iran is looking to the Persian cat as their next space explorer, according to the country’s official news agency, the IRNA. The aptly named cat would follow a gray-tufted monkey that was allegedly launched into space at the beginning of the year. The IRNA says Iran should blast the cat into space by the end of the Iranian year, or March 21. Mohammad Ebrahimi, an Iranian senior space official, told the state-run paper the...

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2011-04-17 07:16:14

IRNA news agency reports that the Iranian officials believe the U.S. and Israel are behind the computer worm Stuxnet designed to hurt Iran's controversial nuclear program. "Investigations and studies show that the source of Stuxnet originates from America and the Zionist regime," the commander of the Iranian civil defense organization, Gholam Reza Jalali, told IRNA. Stuxnet was publicly identified last June and it reportedly wreaked havoc on computerized industrial equipment in Iran. The...

2008-11-25 15:44:49

Iranian stage, TV and film actor Ahmad Aqalou has been buried in Tehran's Behesht Zahra cemetery in a section reserved for artists, IRNA reported. Aqalou died Sunday after a long battle with bone marrow cancer. He was 59. A public funeral was held in Ark Square Tuesday for the actor whose TV credits included The Sultan and the Shepherd and whose film resume featured roles in Sometimes Look at the Sky, Patal and Small Wishes. Among those who turned out to pay their respects at the service...

2008-10-26 09:00:08

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is suffering from exhaustion but his illness is not serious, a political ally says. Mohammad Esmail Kowsari, an Ahmadinejad supporter and member of Iran's parliament, told Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency, IRNA, the president will recover soon and rumors of a more serious illness are merely disinformation spread by political opponents meant to influence upcoming elections, CNN reported Sunday. "The president will eventually fully recover...

2008-10-11 09:00:22

Text of report in English by Iranian official government news agency IRNA website Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki on Saturday [11 October] voiced Iran's readiness to cooperate with foreign firms willing to make investment in Iran's oil and gas projects. Addressing opening session of the 2nd Iran Oil Refining Forum, he also announced readiness of Iran's Foreign Ministry to cooperate with those companies and states. Referring to the current turmoil in the Caucasus region, he added that...

2008-10-10 12:00:34

Text of report in English by Iranian official government news agency IRNA website Mashhad, 10 October: Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinezhad said here Friday [10 October], "Taking full advantage of modern technology, we need to move towards getting access to new sources of energy today." Ahmadinezhad who was speaking on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of Razavi Khorasan Province's Binalud Wind Power Plant and the ground braking ceremony of the 2nd phase of that power plant with 50 new...

2008-10-06 09:00:47

Text of report in English by Iranian official government news agency IRNA website Beijing, China, 6 October: Head of the National Iranian Oil Company Seyfollah Jashnsaz, heading a delegation, arrived in Beijing on Monday [6 October 2008]. Ways of expanding bilateral ties, cooperation in South Pars gas field, purchase of LNG and the presence of Chinese companies in the North Pars gas field will be discussed by the two sides. Currently, China imports about 13 per cent of its needed oil...

2008-10-04 12:00:18

Text of report in English by Iranian official government news agency IRNA website Iran 4 October: Iran's Oil Minister Gholam Hoseyn Nowzari said on Saturday [4 October 08] that 100d a barrel oil price is not appropriate, neither to producers nor to the consumers. Talking to reporters prior to kicking off the 2nd Iran's Gas Export Conference in Tehran, he expressed concern about current fluctuations in oil prices. Almost 5d fluctuation in oil prices is intolerable, Iranian oil minister...

2008-09-29 12:00:27

Text of report in English by Iranian official government news agency IRNA website Tehran, 29 September: Some 2,900 billion rials [over 290m dollars] have been earmarked for procuring safety equipment for airports nationwide, said managing director of State Airports Company. Speaking to IRNA Monday, Seyyed Ahmad Mo'meni added that the funds allocated this year will be used to procure necessary equipment for flight services, developmental projects, training and recruitment of manpower. He...

2008-09-24 15:00:56

Text of report in English by Iranian official government news agency IRNA website Tehran, 24 Sept: The issue of gas deal between the Islamic Republic, Oman and Pakistan will be pursued next week in Tehran. A group of experts from Oman and Pakistan will hold talks with the Iranian side on the gas deal next week. On September 2, Iran's Oil Minister Gholamhoseyn Nowzari visited Oman to follow up the Iran-Oman gas deal. During the visit, Nowzari said that Iran and Oman will pursue...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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