Iran Focus: London, Jul. 17 The group of eight major industrialised nations (G8) chided Iran for its failure to suspend its uranium enrichment activities and said that they were seriously concerned over its proliferation implications.
AP: A unanimous U.N. Security Council vote to condemn North Korea's missile launches has set an important precedent and strengthened the powerful U.N. body as it turns to its next challenge: confronting Iran's suspect nuclear program, diplomats said.
New York Times: As sectarian violence soars, many Sunni Arab political and religious leaders once staunchly opposed to the American presence here are now saying they need American troops to protect them from the rampages of Shiite militias and Shiite-run government forces.
Reuters: Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi telephoned Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani on Sunday to urge Tehran to take an "active role" in diplomatic moves to solve the crisis in the Middle East.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 16 Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described Israel on Sunday as satanic and cancerous and praised the Lebanese group Hezbollah for its jihad against the Jewish state.
Bloomberg: U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair joined President George W. Bush in blaming Iran and Syria for violence in the Middle East, raising pressure on the two nations during a fifth day of Israeli attacks in Lebanon.
Sunday Telegraph: Iran was thrust to the forefront of widening conflict in the Middle East last night when Israel and America blamed it for supplying the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah with sophisticated weapons to fight a proxy war against the Jewish state.
New York Times: As the threat of economic sanctions over Irans nuclear activities has helped push the price of crude over $78 a barrel, the country, the worlds fourth-largest oil exporter, is struggling with the cost of its gasoline imports.
Iran Focus: London, Jul. 15 United States President George W. Bush said on Saturday that America and Russia were willing to work together to send a clear message to Iran that its nuclear weapons ambitions were not acceptable.
Reuters: Hizbollah's spectacular rocket attack on an Israeli warship is proof of what Hizbollah has claimed for several years -- it has an array of weapons that could trouble the Middle East's mightiest army.
AFP: Iran's leadership has decided to reject demands that it suspend uranium enrichment as part of an international proposal aimed at resolving a nuclear crisis, a senior official was quoted as saying Saturday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 15 Irans chief nuclear negotiator will travel to Saudi Arabia later in the day to hold talks with top Saudi officials, the official news agency IRNA reported on Saturday.