Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 17 Fifty thousand Iranians have signed up for martyrdom-seeking operations and 1,000 of them have already been organised into operational units, Mohammad-Ali Samadi, the spokesman for a government-orchestrated campaign to recruit suicide bombers told an Iranian news agency.
Reuters: A purge of former Iranian government officials is damaging unity in the country and could exacerbate foreign pressure on the Islamic state, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Wednesday.
The Times: Scores of families flocked to the offices of Iraqs main Sunni party yesterday in the hope that their missing relatives could be among the prisoners found in a secret underground jail raided this weekend.
AP: An appeals court has upheld the acquittal of an Iranian secret agent in the killing a Canadian-Iranian journalist, whose death in detention two years ago led to a diplomatic row between Canada and Iran, defense counsel said Wednesday.
AP: Iran said the satellite would be purely scientific. But a month after its launch - and only weeks after the president said Israel should be wiped off the map - the head of Tehran's space program now says the Sina-1 is capable of spying on the Jewish state.
AFP: The European Union renewed Wednesday a call to Iran to resume negotiations with Europe over its suspect nuclear programme, while reiterating condemnation of recent comments on Israel by its president.
AFP: Iran on Wednesday started a new round of converting uranium ore into the feedstock gas for making enriched uranium, a move likely to complicate diplomacy over Iran's disputed nuclear program, diplomats said.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 16 A senior member of Irans parliament said on Wednesday that hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has had to cancel scheduled visits to several foreign countries, including Tunisia and the Czech Republic, while a majority of governments around the world have been canceling visits to their capitals by Iranian government delegations.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 16 Hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejads choice for the key post of Irans new Oil Minister is a veteran of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Iran Focus has learnt.
New York Times: Iraq's government said Tuesday that it had ordered an urgent investigation of allegations that many of the 173 detainees American troops discovered over the weekend in the basement of an Interior Ministry building in a Baghdad suburb had been tortured by their Iraqi captors.
Los Angeles Times: One day after a raid on an Iraqi Interior Ministry building revealed a large number of undocumented prisoners, some with injuries consistent with abuse, a U.S. Army general said that American and Iraqi troops planned to carry out checks at every ministry detention facility in the capital.