News ID: 130932
Published: 0633 GMT November 15, 2015

Managers of 20 Telegram channels arrested

Managers of 20 Telegram channels arrested

The police spokesman said on Sunday that security forces arrested administrators of more than 20 channels on the messaging app Telegram for spreading "immoral contents."

Brigadier Saeed Montazer al-Mahdi also added that the channels run by the suspects also were blocked by police, IRNA reported.

Smartphone messaging applications are highly popular in Iran, with millions of Iranians using Telegram, which was launched in 2013.

He also said more than 100 "hackers" had been arrested in the past month, without giving more details.


Six people behind bars on corruption charges


The deputy head of Chabahar Free Trade and Industrial Zone Organization along with five other people were arrested on corruption charges, a judicial official conformed on Sunday.

According to IRNA, Mohammad Marzieh, the general prosecutor of the provincial capital city Zahedan, said the arrests were made earlier this week "in coordination with judicial officials of Sistan and Baluchestan Province."

He added that the suspects are facing charges of "embezzlement, bribery and land grabbing."

"The cases of these people are being completed and the investigations are underway," Marzieh said, adding that further details will be disclosed in the coming days.


Iraq: Iran, US, France on terrorists attack list  

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said his country's intelligence services shared information they had which indicated that France, the United States and Iran were among countries being targeted for attack.

He did not elaborate, but the comments came after 129 people were killed in Paris on Friday by gunmen and suicide bombers in attacks claimed by the ISIL terrorist group, Reuters reported.

"Information has been obtained from Iraqi intelligence sources that the countries to be targeted soon, before it occurred, are Europe in general, specifically France, as well as America and Iran," Jaafari said from the sidelines of talks in Vienna on ending the war in Syria on Saturday.

He said the countries had been informed. A video of his comments was posted on his website.

Though he did not specify the threat was ISIL terrorists, who control large areas of Iraq and Syria, Jaafari said recent attacks in Egypt, Lebanon and France required a global response to the terrorist group.


Minister: Universities banned from holding mixed-gender tours


Iranian Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad Farhadi said on Sunday that universities have been banned from holding mixed-gender tours.

The minister said that the decision was made following the recent remarks made by the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Tasnim News Agency reported.

"We issued directives about mixed tours. We repeatedly advised the chancellors of the universalities to avoid mixed tours. We had no mixed tours and will not have in the future," the minister said.

In a meeting with university chancellors and presidents of higher education centers and institutes on November 11, the Leader highlighted cultural issues at universities and while criticizing certain measures. Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Some have mistaken cultural activity for mixed concerts and camps, and in order to justify their wrong work they claim that students must be happy!”

“Happiness is good for every environment, but at what price? At the price of organizing mixed ceremonies and camps? What else have the Westerners gained from the free mixing of sexes other than the ongoing sexual crimes that we are seeking to follow those methods?” the Leader questioned.

Noting that cultural activity is totally different, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Cultural officials at universities should know what they are doing! A correct cultural activity is to train pious, creative and revolutionary people who would be committed to ideals, be devoted to the country and the Islamic establishment and have insight as well as in-depth political and religious understanding.”

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