New York Times: A senior Bush administration official said Thursday that he anticipated that the United Nations would move rapidly in September to impose sanctions on Iran if it refused to halt uranium enrichment, a process central to building nuclear weapons.
AFP: Turkey has grounded two Syria-bound Iranian planes over the past month to search for weapons following Israeli intelligence that Iran is supplying rockets to Hezbollah, officials and media reports said Thursday.
AFP: The United States will move quickly for UN Security Council action on sanctions against Iran if Tehran refuses to halt uranium enrichment by the end of the month, a senior State Deparment official said Thursday.
AFP: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed Thursday to stand by the country's nuclear work, insisting the UN Security Council cannot deprive Iran of its "rights", state news agency IRNA reported.
AFP: Iran's ambassador to Paris reaffirmed Thursday that international calls for his country to halt uranium enrichment were "not acceptable", after Tehran said it would be prepared to discuss a freeze.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 17 Dozens of Iranian Kurds have been arrested over the past few days in the course of a new crackdown by Irans State Security Forces (SSF) on political activists in the western province of Kurdistan, according to a local rights group.
Iran Focus: London, Aug. 17 The relatives of a political prisoner who recently died while on hunger strike in one of Irans notorious jails have blamed the countrys clerical rulers for their sons death.
New York Times: Iraqi security forces and British troops fought Shiite militias and tribesmen in two major cities south of Baghdad on Wednesday in sustained battles that left two policemen and a dozen militiamen dead. The violence underscored the tenuous grip the Iraqi government maintains even in regions not under the sway of Sunni Arab insurgents.
Reuters: At the exhibition entrance, a poster shows a helmet with the Star of David lying on top of others carrying a Nazi Swastika. Inside, the Statue of Liberty is pictured holding a Holocaust book while giving a Nazi salute.
Washington Post - By Condoleezza Rice: For the past month the United States has worked urgently to end the violence that Hezbollah and its sponsors have imposed on the people of Lebanon and Israel. At the same time, we have insisted that a truly effective cease-fire requires a decisive change from the status quo that produced this war.
Reuters: The Iranian foreign minister said on Wednesday Iran was ready to discuss the issue of suspending uranium enrichment in talks with the West but would seek to explain that Tehran believes any halt would be "illogical".
Iran Focus: London, Aug. 16 Iran masterminded the July 12 attack on an Israeli military squad by the Lebanese militia Hezbollah which ignited a major military offensive against the group by the Jewish state, Iran Focus has learnt.