Reuters: Iran should suspend all uranium enrichment, China said on Tuesday, as Russian and Iranian nuclear negotiators were to hold a second day of talks to try to strike a deal to ease international concerns that Tehran wants a nuclear bomb.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 20 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that the recent victory by the Islamist group Hamas in the Palestinian elections brushed aside the Oslo Peace Accord and the Roadmap to Peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and expressed hope that soon all of Palestine will be liberated, Irans official news agency reported.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 20 Iran has sentenced to death two men it claims were responsible for twin bombings in the south-western city of Ahwaz in January, the semi-official news agency Fars reported on Monday.
New York Times: A Russian effort to forge a compromise over Iran's nuclear programs stalled today after five hours of negotiations in the Kremlin ended inconclusively. Negotiators for both countries agreed to hold new talks but did not announce when or where they would take place.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 20 Several dozen hard-liners gathered outside the Danish embassy on Monday in protest to the publication of insulting cartoons depicting Islams Prophet Muhammad in European dailies.
Washington Post: Iran is playing "a negative role" in Iraq by providing weapons, training and other support to militias and insurgent groups that interfere in Iraqi politics, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq said at a news conference on Monday.
Reuters: Iran vowed on Monday to pursue nuclear research even if talks in Moscow lead to agreement on a Russian offer to enrich uranium for Iranian power plants -- a plan aimed at defusing fears Tehran wants atomic bombs.
Reuters: Iran will not hold back its vital oil exports as a weapon in its nuclear dispute with the West, a move that could push crude oil prices to fresh record highs, a senior Iranian oil official said on Monday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 20 Iran said on Monday that Britain was behind a blast that had gone off in the south-western city of Ahwaz on Sunday night which was similar to several recent explosions in the volatile city.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 20 Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told senior officials from the radical Palestinian group Hamas in Tehran on Monday that the groups victory in the recent Palestinian elections was due to their jihad against the Zionist regime.
Iran Focus: London, Feb. 20 The United Nations Security Council must not be used as a political tool, Irans Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters after a meeting with Belgian Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht in Brussels on Monday.
Reuters: Iran should be more sincere with the rest of the world about its disputed nuclear programme and accept Russia's proposal to enrich uranium for it, the German and South Korean foreign ministers said on Sunday.
AP: The head of an Iranian delegation in Moscow for talks on Tehran's nuclear program said Monday that a proposal to move Iran's uranium enrichment to Russia had no ties to demands for Iran to restore a moratorium on enrichment activities, a Russian news agency reported.
Reuters: The American ambassador to Iraq, taking an unusually blunt line with Iran, accused Iraq's eastern neighbour on Monday of giving training and weapons to militias operating in Iraq. "Iran has another policy as well: to work with militias, provide training and provide weapons to extremist groups, direct and indirectly," Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters after a news conference.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 18 Iranian police confiscated 28,000 bottles of liqueur, large quantities of banned CDs, and several thousand satellite dishes at a facility in Tehran as part of a crackdown on social vice in the Iranian capital.
Xinhua: Chief of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which groups six Gulf Arab countries, said on Saturday that the bloc did not oppose referring Iran's nuclear file to the UN Security Council, which might lead to sanctions.
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