Reuters: A group of 75 European Union lawmakers called on Thursday for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be banned from entering the bloc until he renounces inflammatory statements on Israel and the Holocaust.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 01 Iranian officials said on Thursday that the United States had to lift its preconditions before they were willing to accept the offer by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to take part in direct talks with the U.S. over Tehrans sensitive nuclear activities.
Knight Ridder Newspapers: Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday ordered thousands of Iraqi troops to Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, to disarm the Shiite Muslim militias that have taken control there, a move that underscores how little of the country the central government in Baghdad has secured.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 01 Irans former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that the United States made a mistake in launching a war on Iraq in 2003 since it had helped to strengthen Tehran-Baghdad relations.
Xinhua: The chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei urged Iran on Wednesday to stop its uranium enrichment program to facilitate the resumption of the nuclear talks with the European Union (EU) and the United States.
New York Times: Members of the Bahai religious minority in Iran said this week that the government had recently intensified a campaign of arrests, raids and propaganda that was aimed at eradicating their religion in Iran, the country of its birth.
Wall Street Journal - REVIEW & OUTLOOK: When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad publicly released a long, insulting letter seeking direct talks with the U.S. last month, President Bush dismissed it as unworthy of reply. But yesterday Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered the real U.S. answer: Yes.
Iran Focus: London, May 31 The international media freedoms watchdog Reporters Without Borders said on Wednesday that it was very worried about the fate of an Iranian student web-logger who disappeared on Friday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 31 Iranian authorities hanged a man in a prison in the south-eastern province of Sistan-va-Baluchistan which has been the scene of numerous attacks by armed insurgents against government and security officials.
AFP: Two Islamic charities in Gaza said Wednesday they had distributed more than one million dollars donated by Iran to families of "martyrs", including those who carried out anti-Israeli suicide attacks.