Iran Focus: London, Feb. 28 Diplomats from the 35 member states of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will gather for a crucial meeting in Vienna on March 6 to discuss the latest report on Iran by the United Nations nuclear watchdog. Read the full text here.
Wall Street Journal: On Feb. 22, terrorists bombed the Askariya shrine in Samarra, Iraq. The attack shocked Iraqis and infuriated Shiites. The Iranian government sought to direct public anger toward Washington. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei blamed "intelligence agencies of the occupiers of Iraq and the Zionists."
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 28 Irans Interior Minister blamed agents of foreign governments for carrying out Mondays bomb attacks on the offices of the governors of the south-western Iranian oil cities of Abadan and Dezful in the volatile province of Khuzestan.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 28 Close to a hundred bus drivers and conductors, who have been released recently from Evin Prison after being locked up for taking part in union protests, gathered on Monday outside the Tehran Bus Company headquarters to protest against the governments handling of their case.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 28 Irans former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that Iran had to muster all its national might and resources to obtain nuclear energy, government-run Persian-language websites reported on Tuesday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 28 The secretary general of Islamic Republics Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and Irans chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, will lead a delegation to Moscow on Wednesday to hold talks with Russian officials on Irans nuclear program, the official state news agency reported on Tuesday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 28 Some 60 percent of drug addicts in Iran are between 14 to 16 years of age, according to a study conducted on the national crisis which has reached epidemic proportions.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 28 A senior Iranian cleric has approved attacks on foreign embassies in Tehran over the publication of insulting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in European dailies, a website belonging to the office of hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reported.
New York Times: Shortly before the American-led invasion of Iraq, Amr Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League, warned that the attack would "open the gates of hell." Now, three years later, there is a sense in the Middle East that what was once viewed as quintessential regional hyperbole may instead have been darkly prescient.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 28 Hundreds of people in an ethnic Arab neighbourhood of the south-western city of Ahwaz staged an anti-government demonstration hours after three explosions in Khuzistan Province on Monday morning, according to local residents.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 28 The United States and Britain are illegally smuggling arms into the Islamic Republic via its western neighbour Iraq in a bid to destabilise the Islamic Republic, Irans police chief said on Tuesday.
Reuters: Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday that Tehran would not give up its nuclear programme, but added that ongoing talks with Russia to jointly enrich uranium would ease international concerns over its atomic ambitions.
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