Reuters: Iran reiterated its intention to develop a fully-fledged nuclear program on Wednesday as Europe's top three powers revived a dialogue with Tehran over suspicions it is secretly trying to make nuclear bombs.
Iran Focus: London, Dec. 21 Iran is building secret underground tunnels where it is carrying out undeclared nuclear weapons activity, according to an Iranian opposition group that has provided reliable information on Tehrans nuclear program in the past.
Washington Post: Sunni and secular political groups angrily claimed Tuesday that last week's Iraqi national election was rigged, demanded a new vote and threatened to leave a shambles the delicate plan to bring the country's wary factions together in a new government.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 20 Irans former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani announced on Tuesday that Tehran was determined and resolute in its sensitive nuclear work, including its nuclear fuel cycle activities which could lead to the development of the A bomb, despite the looming threat of referral to the United Nations Security Council.
Iran Focus: London, Dec. 20 United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned on Monday that recent remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Israel should be wiped off the map and his denial of the Holocaust were dangerous, and said that Iran was seeking a Middle East that was at odds with U.S. interests.
AFP: Iran has spelled out clearly it will not back away from its bid to conduct sensitive nuclear fuel work, limiting the chance for a compromise at a key meeting on Wednesday with Britain, France and Germany.
AFP: President George W. Bush on Monday said incendiary statements on Israel by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad showed why it was "universally" accepted that Tehran should not have nuclear weapons.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 20 Iranian State Security Forces raided a residence in the northern city of Noshahr over the weekend, arresting some 20 men and women who had attended a co-ed party, according to an email sent to Iran Focus from the area.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Dec. 20 More than a dozen Iraqi officers involved in the illegal torture of detainees at secret prisons in Baghdad and other cities recently fled to neighbouring Iran and do not intend to return, according to a report in an Iraqi daily.
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.