International Herald Tribune: Germany joined in criticizing the latest Iranian nuclear proposal Thursday, as an exiled opposition group charged that Iran was secretly building advanced centrifuges at a rate that could dramatically accelerate its production of nuclear fuel.
New York Times: After demanding for three months that Iran suspend its uranium enrichment or face penalties, the formal reaction from the United States and its European allies to Irans refusal to suspend uranium enrichment has been decidedly low-key.
Washington Post: British troops abandoned a major base in southern Iraq on Thursday and prepared to wage guerrilla warfare along the Iranian border to combat weapons smuggling, a move that anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called the first expulsion of U.S.-led coalition forces from an Iraqi urban center.
Reuters: Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that their two countries had been subjected to "tyranny" from the World War Two victors and should cooperate to end the "imposed" world order.
Christian Science Monitor - The Monitor's View: Every day, air travelers willingly give up dangerous items in inspections because of uncertainty that one passenger might hijack the plane. A similar uncertainty now exists with Iran: Should it be forced to give up the potential to have nuclear weapons?
VOA News: A senior military spokesman says there is clear evidence that Iran has directly aided insurgents in Iraq. Those comments follow Iraq's deadliest month since the U.S.-led invasion, in terms of civilian casualties.
Washington Post - A test for China and Russia - Editorial: It's been four years since the existence of Iran's nuclear program was confirmed, and since then Iran has succeeded in stalling the world's efforts to ensure that the country's enriched uranium is used exclusively for peaceful purposes. Sometimes inspectors from the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency have been granted permission to enter the country; sometimes they have been denied access.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 24 Iranian authorities hanged a man in public in the south-eastern Iranian town of Khash, Sistan-va-Baluchistan Province, the official news agency IRNA reported on Thursday.
Iran Focus: Paris, Aug. 24 - Iran has secretly built more than a dozen advanced P2 nuclear centrifuges in breach of is commitments to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), an Iranian opposition leader announced on Thursday.
AP: The United States is working with European allies and other governments over a possible U.N. response to what the Bush administration characterizes as Iran's inadequate answer to demands that it cease uranium enrichment.
Reuters: U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan plans to go to Lebanon and Israel shortly and probably Syria and Iran as well to help enforce the cease-fire in Lebanon, the United Nations announced on Wednesday.
AFP: The United States said Wednesday it was carefully reviewing Iran's reply to an offer meant to end the standoff over Tehran's atomic programs, but insisted the Islamic republic must freeze sensitive nuclear activities.