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The EU and the US confirmed Friday that nuclear talks between with the Iranian regime will resume on December 17 in Geneva after the last round of talks failed to reach a deal with Tehran last month.
The European Union's diplomatic service said the talks will be at the level of senior policy officials rather than foreign ministers.
The world powers and the Iranian regime will resume nuclear talks in Geneva next Wednesday, the state-run news agency IRNA reported on Friday.
Before the talks, bilateral meetings at deputy minister level between Iran and the P5+1 group, including Britain, France, the United States, Russia, China plus Germany, will also be held in Geneva, said Abbas Araqchi.
Human rights have not just been abused, but are 'virtually non-existent in President Hassan Rouhani's Iranian regime, the Friends of a Free Iran in the European Parliament have declared.
There have been at least 1,100 executions during his 15 months in office - more than in any similar period in the past 25 years, the group said.
The United States must make 'transparency and openness' a condition of all negotiations with Iran, former US governor Howard Dean has told a conference in Brussels on Wednesday.
He also condemned the recent spate of acid attacks against women perpetrated by the regime's Basij paramilitary force and with the approval of Iran's ruling mullahs.
The U.N. atomic watchdog dismissed on Thursday an offer by the Iranian regime of access to a region where explosives experiments of possible use in nuclear weapons development may have taken place, saying this did not address its concerns.
The Iranian regime told a board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency last month it would let IAEA inspectors visit the western Marivan.
Sunni Muslims jailed in Iran have issued an International Human Rights Day message condemning the death sentences on 30 fellow prisoners and widespread violations of their rights.
The 81 Sunnis in Gohardasht prison in city of Karaj said they had been tried without lawyers in the Tehran’s Revolutionary Court and that the public had been banned from the hearing.
Iran's hosting of Asian Men's Volleyball Championship has been cancelled, the Iranian Volleyball Federation has acknowledged.
The prestigious men's event will instead be held in Taipei in August, and the 1st Asian Men's U23 Championship will be held Nay Pyi Taw city in Myanmar in May, the Asian Volleyball Federation has ruled.
The bodies of two young Afghans, killed while fighting for the Syrian dictator, were buried on Tuesday in Iran.
The state-run news agency IRNA identified the two as Ramazan Mirzaei and Feizallah Khoda-dady, but claimed they were killed while defending sacred places in Syria.
On Sunday, December 7, four prisoners are reported to have been executed in the Central Prison in the city of Zahedan, capital of the Sistan Baluchestan province in southeastern Iran.
The news of these executions have not been published by the regime.
Reports from Iran also indicate that another seven prisoners have been hanged in the courtyard of Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad (the second largest city of Iran in the north). These seven prisoners were hanged on Wednesday, December 3.
Intesar Allawi, a leader of al-Wataniya Coalition (National Coalition) in Iraq, issued a press release on December 8, announcing the coalition’s opposition to the continuing medical siege against residents of Camp Liberty (near Baghdad Airport).
Iraq's NINA News Agency reported on December 8 that this leader of the al-Wataniya Coalition has called for “friendly treatment of Camp Liberty residents and humanitarian assistance to them in any way and any method possible, especially with respect to their patients, and the facilitation of their access to hospitals”.
The Iranian government is to reduce its state subsidy for bread by 1,500 tomans for the next fiscal year, making the country's staple diet unaffordable to the nation's poorest families.
State-run daily Doniayeh Eqtesad, meaning World of Economy, said of the budget for the Persian year of 1394: "This is one of the most important changes in the figures of the 1394 proposed budget compared to the current year. According to this budget, the subsidy for bread is predicted at 2300 billion tomans compared to 3800 billion tomans this year, which represents a reduction of 40 per cent."
Iran has brought in a new law on the 'Promotion of virtue and prevention of vice' in the latest repressive measure against women.
The regime's paramilitary Basij forces and Revolutionary Guards will enforce the new rules which include arrest and punishment for women who break Iran's draconian dress code.
A recent spate of human rights abuses, acid attacks and stabbing of women, which met with widespread protests across Iran, have been justified by the regime as 'promoting virtue.
Hundreds of prisoners have been on hunger strike in Iran since December 2 in protest at the execution of 11 inmates.
The 538 prisoners are also demanding a halt to group executions and the unconditional abolition of capital punishment.
Javad Larijani, the regime’s notorious advocate of torture and execution, hinted in a December 4 interview with France 24 that some changes may be made to capital punishment legislation, although days later regime judiciary officials denied any changes would be made and insisted the barbaric and medieval sentences would remain in law.