Reuters: OPEC President Edmund Daukoru arrived in Iran on Thursday to discuss how the cartel should deal with high prices and how to solve a thorny dispute between Iran and Kuwait over the OPEC secretary-generalship.
Reuters: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cautioned Syria and Iran on Wednesday that they faced further isolation if they tried to scupper U.S.-led attempts to get a cease-fire between Lebanon and Israel.
Iran Focus: London, Jul. 27 - The Following is the text of remarks on Wednesday by United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema, and Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora at a press conference in Rome following a summit of world powers to discuss the crisis in Lebanon:
New York Sun: Tehran is using Hezbollah's confrontation with the Jewish state to test its weapons capabilities and to observe Israeli military tactics, Lebanon's Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, said yesterday.
Daily Telegraph: As the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, comes West for the first time, the Middle East is in turmoil. All its problems have one common feature - Iran. Teheran's mullahs have spread their evil influence in all areas, directly and indirectly.
Reuters: Iran's foreign minister was due to arrive on Thursday in Malaysia, which is hosting a regional security conference that will include U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Iranian and Malaysian diplomatic sources said.
Reuters: Ali Larijani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, flew to Syria on Wednesday for talks with senior Syrian officials as the crisis in the Middle East deepened, diplomats told Reuters.
AFP: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Syria and Iran on Wednesday that it was time for those countries to "make a choice" about their role in Middle East peace, following international crisis talks on Lebanon.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 26 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held a telephone conversation on Tuesday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the government-run news agency Fars reported on Wednesday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 26 Irans hard-line Majlis Speaker said on Tuesday that the flame of battle with Israel will not be extinguished and praised the Lebanese militia Hezbollah for continuing to lunch attacks on the Jewish state.
The Guardian: Iran warned the west yesterday that attempts to broker a Lebanon peace deal at today's Rome summit are destined to fail and it predicted a backlash across the Muslim world unless Israel's military forces were immediately reined in.
The Times: Iran and Syria have violently disordered the Middle Eastern chessboard using their Hamas and Hezbollah pawns. The anxious and, they must hope, futile scamper to reassemble the pieces must be mightily pleasing to both these scheming, nihilistic and intransigent regimes.