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.
AP: The United States and key European nations moved closer to agreement with Russia Tuesday on a Security Council resolution that would give Iran about a month to suspend uranium enrichment or face economic and diplomatic sanctions.
Reuters: Key members of the U.N. Security Council were close to agreement on a draft resolution demanding Iran suspend all nuclear enrichment and reprocessing work and threatening to consider sanctions if it refuses, diplomats said on Tuesday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 25 Irans Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said on Tuesday that Majlis, or parliament, would reconsider its approach over its membership in the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if its nuclear dossier was sent before the United Nations Security Council.
AKI: An Iranian woman convicted of killing her husband and of having extramarital sex has been sentenced to death by stoning. The sentence of Ashraf Kalhori could be carried out in the coming weeks, her lawyer said.
New York Times: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Lebanese officials here on Monday to try to prop up the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and to reassure Arab allies who have become increasingly impatient with the Israeli bombardment, which has killed close to 400 people, mostly Lebanese civilians.