Toronto Sun: Prime Minister Stephen Harper yesterday blasted Iran's "absolutely abhorrent" plan to make Jews and Christians wear coloured labels, as Iranian politicians denied the anti-Semitic law was even in the works.
AFP: Iraq on Saturday formed its first permanent post-invasion government, a national unity coalition aimed at uniting a country torn by sectarian bloodshed but still lacking ministers in key security posts.
AP: Senate Democrats, saying they want to "avoid repeating mistakes made in the run-up to the conflict in Iraq," sent President Bush a letter Friday urging him to direct the nation's intelligence agencies to prepare an updated National Intelligence Estimate on Iran.
Reuters: European countries have asked the United States to consider selling new airplanes to Iran as part of a proposed package of incentives aimed at resolving the nuclear crisis with Tehran, diplomats said on Friday.
Reuters: Germany, Britain and France have proposed offering Iran a number of incentives to abandon its nuclear enrichment program, including nuclear power plants and guarantees of atomic fuel, an EU diplomat said.
New York Times: The United States and Europe are divided over the latest phase of their negotiating strategy on Iran, with the Bush administration resisting a new European offer that includes a proposal for a Middle East security "framework" for Iran if it gives up its nuclear activities, diplomats from each side said Friday.
Reuters: Britain, France and Germany are expected to meet on Wednesday in London with American, Russian and Chinese officials to discuss a package of incentives for Iran if Tehran curbs its nuclear ambitions, European diplomats said.
Iran Focus: London, May 19 A senior U.S. State Department official accused Iran on Thursday of failing to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations nuclear watchdog, over its suspected atomic weapons program.
Reuters: OPEC will not change its crude production ceiling and oil prices are not expected to hit $100 a barrel, Iranian Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh told the students' news agency ISNA on Friday.
Reuters: Iran initially enriched uranium from China but is now using domestically processed uranium in its nuclear programme, an Iranian diplomat said on Friday after some doubts were cast on his country's recent enrichment claims.
Reuters: Iranian claims last month of a major nuclear breakthrough were undermined on Thursday when several diplomats said the uranium Tehran had enriched was high-quality processed uranium it acquired from China.
Reuters: German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a delicate balancing act when she visits China next week to forge unity on Iran and bolster bilateral economic ties, while delivering unwelcome messages on human rights and piracy.
Washington Post: In 1967, after Israel trounced its Arab neighbors in the Six-Day War, five oil-producing Arab countries used what they called the "oil weapon" and cut off supplies to the United States and its European allies. But the weapon turned out to be a dud. The United States increased its production by a million barrels a day, and more modest boosts by three other oil-producing nations defused the crisis.