Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 18 A senior delegation from the radical Palestinian group Hamas will travel to Tehran on Monday to meet and hold talks with senior Iranian officials including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the news agency Fars, run by the Office of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reported Saturday evening.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 18 A judge at Tehrans Appellate Court announced on Saturday that the Islamic Republic would continue to issue death verdicts for juvenile delinquents without considering other available options.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 18 At least five people were killed and dozens injured or arrested in the course of clashes between Kurdish demonstrators and government forces in Irans Kurdistan and West Azerbaijan provinces, according to a statement emailed to Iran Focus by Kurdish activists.
Reuters: Delaying action against Iran's suspected nuclear capabilities allows Tehran to increase its uranium enrichment knowledge and step up threats of withholding oil, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said on Friday.
Los Angeles Times: The Islamic government in neighboring Iran watched with trepidation in March 2003 when U.S.-led troops stormed Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein's regime and start remaking the political map of the Mideast.
Reuters: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged reluctant Arab nations on Friday to threaten to isolate Iran unless it bows to international pressure to curb its suspected nuclear weapons programs.
Washington Times: It is easy to damn the 1930s appeasers of Adolf Hitler -- such as Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain in England and Edouard Daladier in France -- given what the Nazis ultimately did when unleashed.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran. Feb. 17 Chinese economic cooperation with Iran has de-fanged the threat of possible international economic sanctions against Tehran over its suspected nuclear weapons development, a semi-official daily which represents the views of Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wrote in its Saturday editorial.
Reuters: Poland's Foreign Minister Stefan Meller on Friday ruled out allowing any Iranian researchers to examine the scale of the Holocaust committed by the German Nazis on Polish soil during World War Two.
Iran Focus: London, Feb. 17 British Prime Minister Tony Blair defended the presence of British troops in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Friday after Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki demanded a withdrawal of British forces from the Shiite-dominated city.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 17 A senior Iranian cleric blasted the Untied Nations Security Council as an instigator of insecurity during Friday prayers in Tehran, two weeks after the governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency decided to report Tehrans suspected nuclear weapons file to the top international security body.
The Christian Science Monitor: With Poland's Solidarity movement of the 1980s as its model, the Bush administration wants to boost support for opposition groups inside Iran as a way to counter the actions of the Tehran government.