Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 23 Iran declared on Sunday that it would ignore demands by the United Nations Security Council to freeze its uranium enrichment activities, saying that its sensitive nuclear work was irreversible.
The Sunday Times: Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, attended a meeting in Syria earlier this year with one of the worlds most wanted terrorists, according to intelligence experts and a former national security official in Washington.
Reuters: Iran's ambassador to the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Saturday that Iran had a basic deal to enrich uranium in a joint venture in Russia but said details were still being worked out, Iranian state radio reported.
The Wall Street Journal - Review & Outlook: Bill Clinton often complained that history had denied him the sort of historic challenge -- a Great Depression or war -- that might have made his Presidency great. We suspect that, after five tumultuous years, President Bush has more than once wished that he could have been so lucky.
Knight Ridder Newspapers: The U.N. Security Council's impending showdown over Iran's nuclear ambitions is a critical test of the effectiveness of the world body, United Nations Ambassador John R. Bolton said yesterday.
New York Times: The Bush administration called today for Russia and the countries of Europe to impose their own penalties on Iran over its suspected nuclear arms program if no agreement on sanctions can be reached soon at the United Nations Security Council.
AP: The Shiite alliance nominated a tough-talking Shiite politician, Jawad al-Maliki, as prime minister Friday in a move that breaks the long impasse over forming a new government aimed at pulling Iraq out of its sectarian strife.
Reuters: Russia must stop any arms deals with Iran and other nations must bar the sale of dual-use technologies to Tehran to put pressure on Iran to abandon its nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.
Iran Focus: London, Apr. 21 More than a dozen European lawmakers urged the European Union on Wednesday to cut all ties with Irans hard-line government and actively support the opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran.
Reuters: Hardening its opposition to sanctions against Iran, Russia said on Friday only proof that the Islamic Republic was seeking atom bombs could justify consideration of such measures by the U.N. Security Council.
Reuters: Iran's president said on Friday the rise in oil price was "very good," Iran's Mehr News Agency reported, emphasizing the hawkish position of the world's fourth largest oil exporter as crude prices have hit record levels.
Reuters: Iraq's Shi'ite Alliance said on Thursday it would hold a new internal vote to name a prime minister, raising the possibility that Ibrahim al-Jaafari would be removed to end a months-long impasse over a unity government.