Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 23 The editorial of Irans leading hard-line daily hailed the outcome of Iraqs parliamentary elections as the creation of the first Islamist state in the Arab world, and warned against American plots to prevent the formation of the new Iraqi government by Iranian-backed Shiite groups.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Dec. 23 United States troops in Iraq have arrested a senior official of the Iranian-backed Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) in connection with the entry of forged ballots from neighbouring Iran prior to last weeks parliamentary elections in Iraq, according to Baghdad dailies.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 23 Irans new ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna officially submitted his credentials to the United Nations nuclear watchdog director general Mohamed ElBaradei, the state-run news agency reported.
The Washington Times: Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr, overseer of two detention centers raided by U.S. troops in the past two months, has been relieved of his duties, according to a former Iraqi special forces commander at the ministry.
AFP: Iran is to halt its human rights dialogue with the European Union after the bloc condemned what it described as continued abuses by the Islamic regime, foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said in comments published Thursday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 22 More than 10,000 trouble-makers have been arrested in Tehran over the past two months, according to the spokesman for the armed forces in the Iranian capital, state-run press reported on Thursday.
New York Times: Representatives of three European countries and Iran met Wednesday for the first time since negotiations over Iran's nuclear development program were suspended four months ago in bitterness. After five hours of closed-door meetings in Vienna, the delegates said the two sides had agreed to hold further talks in January.
AP: Iranian and European negotiators tentatively agreed Wednesday to meet next month, signaling a possible new start to negotiations to restrain the Tehran regime's nuclear program and reduce fears it is trying to make atomic bombs
AP: The families of three Americans killed in Palestinian suicide bombings have accused the Italian government of siding with Iran in a legal battle to collect damages from the Islamic regime's assets in Italy.
The Wall Street Journal - Review & Outlook: In recent weeks, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" and denied that the Holocaust ever happened, much to the dismay of the West and probably a silent majority of Iranians, too.
Los Angeles Times - EDITORIAL: Iran's president is a menace. In October, he said Israel should be "wiped off the map." Last week he called the Holocaust a "myth." A nation led by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad needs to be kept as far from nuclear weapons as possible.
Bloomberg: Iran has been concealing part of its nuclear program in purpose-built tunnels for several years, an Iranian opposition group said before talks resume in Vienna tomorrow between the Islamic Republic and the European Union.