Washington Post: Federal and state financial regulators announced yesterday that they are levying $80 million in fines against ABN Amro Bank NV, a giant Dutch lender, for violating money-laundering laws and sanctions restricting dealings with Iran and Libya.
Reuters: France, Britain and Germany resume low-level talks with Iran this week about its nuclear programme, but EU diplomats expressed little optimism that talks with Iran's hardline government would yield a breakthrough.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 19 Irans President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, several of his ministers and senior military and government figures attended a special service at the Presidential Office in Tehran on Monday to honour a top presidential bodyguard, who died in an ambush during Ahmadinejads visit to south-eastern parts of the country, the government-owned ISNA news agency reported.
Reuters: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denial of the Holocaust is a matter for academic discussion and the West should be more tolerant of his views, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 18 Irans chief nuclear negotiator and Secretary General of the powerful Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) described on Sunday United States President George W. Bush as an odd man.
AFP: A Turkish court has said that neighboring Iran trained Turkish Islamist radicals and supported "terrorist" activities aimed at undermining Turkey's strictly secular order, media reports said Sunday.
AFP: Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this week signed off on legislation that could limit UN inspections into Iran's nuclear sites if its case is taken to the UN Security Council, the semi-official Fars agency reported Saturday.
Reuters: The Iranian president's remarks that the Holocaust was a myth risk isolating his country and will hinder talks to resolve a dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, Germany's foreign minister said.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 17 Irans President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad signed into law a bill that lays the foundations for a new military organisation to develop ballistic missiles, the government-owned Fars news agency reported on Saturday.