Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 02 Irans State Security Forces (SSF) have arrested hundreds of individuals in the north-eastern province of Khorrasan Razavi as part of a crackdown of trouble-makers, Fars news agency, which is close to the Office of the Supreme Leader, reported.
AFP: Kuwait plans to start exploration for natural gas in what it calls "undisputed" parts of the offshore Dorra field also claimed by neighboring Iran, a senior official said in comments published Monday.
Reuters: Turkey said on Monday that newspaper reports which say the United States has asked Ankara for permission to use military bases in Turkey for possible attacks on neighbouring Iran are not connected with reality.
Reuters: The Iranian government on Monday ordered the closure of a daily newspaper and banned a planned women's publication in the first media crackdown since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took office in August.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 02 The spokesman for the hard-line government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted on Monday that Iran had a right to carry out uranium enrichment, the process that could lead to the development of a nuclear bomb, on its own soil, despite efforts by Russia to have it transfer the work to Russian soil to ease international concerns.
AP: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's hard-line president who has said the Holocaust was a myth, now has charged that European countries sought to complete the genocide by establishing a Jewish state in the midst of Muslim countries.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 01 Irans top security official is expected to announce later on Sunday the Islamic Republics official position vis-à-vis a Russian proposal for Tehran to carry out uranium enrichment on Russian soil rather than its own, according to a report in the state-owned Fars news agency.
Reuters: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she opposed banning Iran from the soccer World Cup because of controversial remarks by Iran's president, saying it would be wrong to punish the players for his words.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 31 Irans state-run press called Saturday on the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to reject an offer by Russia for Tehran to carry out sensitive nuclear activities on Russian soil in order to avert possible referral of its suspected nuclear weapons file to the Untied Nations Security Council for possible sanctions.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 31 Some 200 workers from the Miral glass factory held a demonstration and set fire to tyres south of Tehran Saturday morning in protest to their employers refusal to pay their overdue salaries.