Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 14 Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei defended President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his administration in the face of dissenting voices among various factions within the religious theocracy that the hard-line president failed to live up to his pre-election promises, the state-run ISNA news agency reported on Monday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 14 More than a hundred people have been arrested in the province of north-western province of Ardebil for disturbing the peace and causing trouble, Irans state-run press reported on Monday.
AP: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave her strongest rebuke yet on Sunday to the renewed hardline Islamic leadership of Iran, saying that "no civilized nation" can call for the annihilation of another.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 13 Seventy-five percent of the ministers and deputy ministers in the government of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad come from Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the elite ideological army loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a source close to a state institution told Iran Focus on Sunday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 13 Irans para-military policemen paraded seven handcuffed men around for several hours as a way to punish them for making trouble, the countrys state-run press reported on Sunday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 13 Irans ultra-Islamist group Ansar-e Hezbollah accused the countrys former ambassadors who were recently sacked by hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of financial corruption.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 13 Two young men were hanged in a public square in the northern city of Gorgan after being found guilty of lavat, or homosexual relationship, a semi-official daily reported on Sunday.
AP: The head of the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency has thrown his weight behind a plan calling on Iran to move its uranium enrichment program to Russia, and he may fly to Tehran within days to push for the proposal, a European official and diplomats said Sunday.
Reuters: New evidence suggests Iran has made significant progress in its pursuit of nuclear weapons and that should strengthen the case for increasing international pressure on Tehran to end the program, U.S. and European officials say.
New York Times: In mid-July, senior American intelligence officials called the leaders of the international atomic inspection agency to the top of a skyscraper overlooking the Danube in Vienna and unveiled the contents of what they said was a stolen Iranian laptop computer.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 12 An ultra-Islamist ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Irans parliament told a conference of the radical Ansar-e Hezbollah group on Saturday that the issue of Irans nuclear program has become the frontline between Islam and the Heathens, referring to non-Muslims.
Iran Focus: Brussels/London, Nov. 12 - A panel of Euro-MPs called for the immediate referral of Irans nuclear dossier to the United Nations Security Council, citing the refusal by Tehran to suspend its nuclear fuel cycle which could lead to the development of a nuclear bomb and the covert nature of its activities.
Reuters: Iran on Saturday insisted upon its right to enrich its own uranium, rebuffing a proposal that Russia should perform the sensitive atomic fuel work to allay fears Tehran is seeking atomic arms.
AFP: The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation said Saturday that the production of nuclear fuel would be on Iranian soil, effectively rejecting proposals for the sensitive work to be carried out abroad.
Iran Focus: London, Nov. 12 Photos of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and defeated presidential contender and former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani standing side by side and shaking hands are causing a stir among Iran analysts who suspect it was a deliberate gesture of national unity among senior figures of the religious theocracy.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 12 Capital flight in Iran over the past fortnight reached its highest recorded level since the 1979 Islamic revolution, prompting financial advisors to the hard-line government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to call for a temporary suspension of the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE), according to market investors.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 11 Irans chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani rejected on Friday reports of an expected Russian proposal which would allow Tehran to continue limited nuclear activities on its own soil, including uranium conversion, as long as uranium enrichment was carried out outside the countrys borders.