The Globe and Mail: Today, I'll be at the Portugal-Iran game in Group D of this thrilling World Cup. Group D has two first-string teams, Portugal and Mexico, and the underdogs are Iran and Angola. Portugal is the glamour team, although it struggled to beat Angola last weekend. But it's Iran I'm thinking of today.
Reuters: The United States has heard some positive statements from Tehran over an offer from major powers aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Friday.
Iran Focus: London, Jun. 16 The international human rights groups Amnesty International condemned a crackdown by Irans State Security Forces (SSF) on a peaceful demonstration earlier this week by women in Tehran.
Iran Focus: Auvers-sur-Oise, France, Jun. 16 Three years after a spectacular raid by more than 1,300 anti-terrorism officers on the offices of the Iranian opposition movement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the Paris Court of Appeals overturned all restrictions on the movement and its leader Maryam Rajavi.
Reuters: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said a package of incentives and penalties aimed at inducing it to abandon its nuclear programmes was a positive step, but gave no hint as to when he might formally respond.
AP: The Senate on Thursday endorsed President Bush's diplomatic approach to the problem of Iran's nuclear program after rejecting a proposal that would have increased sanctions against the Tehran government and those helping it.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 15 Irans State Security Forces have carried out nearly 80,000 on the spot interrogations over the past two months in the streets of Tehran alone, according to the chief of police in the Iranian capital.
Bloomberg: Iran has reduced cooperation with United Nations atomic agency inspectors since the announcement of a U.S.-backed offer of incentives tied to the shutdown of nuclear-fuel production, European Union diplomats said today.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 15 Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Thursday that Tehran would continue its nuclear activities, effectively rejecting the terms of a package of incentives offered by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (P5) and Germany.