Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 11 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described Israel on Thursday as an evil regime that would soon be annihilated, while claiming that the Jewish state was a Western creation to undermine the security of Muslim nations, the official news agency reported.
AP: Russia's U.N. ambassador said Wednesday the confrontational approach to Iran over its nuclear program has changed to a new strategy of offering Tehran broad incentives to suspend uranium enrichment.
Iran Focus: London, May 10 Most Americans do not believe that the United Nations will be able to effectively deal with Irans nuclear threat, according to a poll jointly conducted by USA Today and Gallup.
Reuters: A group of Iranian and German businesspeople have been arrested on suspicion of helping Iran try to get technology useable in war drones and Czech fighter planes, German customs authorities said on Wednesday.
Reuters: President George W. Bush said on Wednesday that a letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this week did not answer the key question of when Tehran would abandon its nuclear programme.
Reuters: European Union lawmakers will urge political leaders on Thursday to back a letter to FIFA calling for Iran to be banned from the World Cup finals because of controversial remarks by the country's president.
AP: A new proposal that European diplomats will soon present to Iran makes plain the international cost of going forward with disputed nuclear development, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday.
Reuters: Jordan said on Wednesday that Hamas had tried to recruit activists for military training in Syria and Iran to stage possible attacks in Jordan and said it had found new weapons that included Iranian rocket launchers.
UPI: Middle East analysts will be burning the midnight oil for the next few days, trying to decide if the letter sent by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President George W. Bush represents a bold step by the conservative president of the Islamic republic; if it should be interpreted as a sign of weakness; or if it has ulterior motives.
Daily Telegraph: In the confrontation with Iran over nuclear weapons, there is much talk of the dangers that the West would run in imposing sanctions on the regime, let alone attacking it militarily. The heirs of Ayatollah Khomeini have a long reach, as demonstrated in the assassination of political opponents exiled in Europe or the car-bombing of a Jewish cultural centre in Argentina.
Washington Times: The standoff over Iran's nuclear program has been a chief irritant driving oil prices to record highs this year. The tensions are likely to continue pressuring prices well into next year and could flare up at any time, analysts say.
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