Reuters: Direct talks on Iraq between Iran and the United States were impossible, a Foreign Ministry official said on Sunday after an influential Iraqi politician encouraged Tehran to take part in discussions.
AFP: Foreign ministers of Islamic nations gather on Monday in Baku for a meeting expected to be dominated by the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme, as well as developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and in Iraq.
AFP: Iran said Sunday it would not accept any "preconditions" for fresh international talks over its disputed nuclear programme, implicitly rejecting demands that the Islamic republic suspend sensitive uranium enrichment work.
Sunday Telegraph: The American spy who persuaded Libya to renounce its weapons of mass destruction is to return to the Central Intelligence Agency, where he will direct an aggressive drive to recruit informants inside Iran to aid possible negotiations over Teheran's nuclear capability.
Washington Times: A largely overlooked article in the Sunday Telegraph (London), datelined Washington April 12, 2006, should have been a wake-up call for our top policymakers. This piece convincingly described Iran's alarming potential for seizing control of the Persian Gulf. The probable Iranian conviction they have this ability must no doubt be perceived by them as greatly strengthening their position on nuclear development.
AP: Iran's foreign minister said Saturday the government likely would suggest amendments to a Western package of incentives meant to persuade the Islamic republic to give up its uranium enrichment program.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 17 Police in Tehran have issued a ban on the use of motorcycles on Saturday afternoon as Irans national football team squares off against favourites Portugal in the 2006 World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Globe and Mail: Today, I'll be at the Portugal-Iran game in Group D of this thrilling World Cup. Group D has two first-string teams, Portugal and Mexico, and the underdogs are Iran and Angola. Portugal is the glamour team, although it struggled to beat Angola last weekend. But it's Iran I'm thinking of today.
Reuters: The United States has heard some positive statements from Tehran over an offer from major powers aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Friday.
Iran Focus: London, Jun. 16 The international human rights groups Amnesty International condemned a crackdown by Irans State Security Forces (SSF) on a peaceful demonstration earlier this week by women in Tehran.
Iran Focus: Auvers-sur-Oise, France, Jun. 16 Three years after a spectacular raid by more than 1,300 anti-terrorism officers on the offices of the Iranian opposition movement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the Paris Court of Appeals overturned all restrictions on the movement and its leader Maryam Rajavi.
Reuters: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said a package of incentives and penalties aimed at inducing it to abandon its nuclear programmes was a positive step, but gave no hint as to when he might formally respond.