Iran Focus: Baghdad/Tehran, Dec. 16 Iranian agents in Iraq carried out a widespread campaign of poll manipulation to ensure victory by Shiite groups allied to Tehran in Thursdays parliamentary election in the Islamic Republics eastern neighbour, according to reports received by Iran Focus.
AP: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday there is no evidence that Iran intends to back down in a diplomatic standoff over its disputed nuclear program, but she hedged her bets on when the United States might seek punishment at the U.N.
Washington Post: Prince Turki al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia's new ambassador to the United States, took issue yesterday with the Iranian president's description of the Holocaust as a myth, saying the "horrific genocide" is a "historical fact" no longer in dispute.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Dec. 16 As part of a campaign to ensure the victory of its Shiite allies in the parliamentary elections, Iran attempted to buy votes in the southern Iraqi provinces for a list it backed during Thursdays presidential elections in Iraq, according to reports received by Iran Focus.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Dec. 16 Iraqs Interior Ministry, already under a barrage of allegations of running secret torture chambers managed by agents of Irans intelligence services, was on Friday reported to have prevented Sunni voters from participating in Thursdays parliamentary elections in the key province of Diyala, Iran Focus has learnt.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Dec. 16 Iran was accused on Friday of tampering with election ballots in Thursdays parliamentary elections in neighbouring Iraq and attempting to influence voters to cast their ballots in favour of a Shiite slate with which it is allied, Iran Focus has learnt.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 16 Irans former President and strongman Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Friday described Thursdays elections in Iraq as a victory for the Islamic Republic.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 16 Iran may end up facing United Nations Security Council action over its nuclear non-cooperation, if it continues to defy the international communitys demands of suspending sensitive nuclear work, United States Secretary of States Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday.
AFP: The European Union cranked up pressure on Iran Friday, slamming President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's latest outbursts against Israel and warning Tehran over its nuclear programme, in draft summit conclusions.