Reuters: German Chancellor Angela Merkel may be emerging as a pivotal figure in the Iran nuclear crisis, using her ties with Washington and Moscow to try to forge a common approach to confronting the Islamic Republic.
Reuters: A senior U.S. general flew to Iraq's vast desert frontier with Iran on Sunday and vowed to stop what he said was the smuggling of bomb materials from Iran that is wreaking havoc among American troops.
Reuters: China's Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing will attend a foreign ministers' meeting in New York on Monday to discuss strategy on Iran, amid debate at the United Nations over how to curb Tehran's nuclear programmes.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 07 Irans radical President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic could fast become an unrivalled world power by obtaining nuclear capabilities.
Bloomberg: Iran, which has the world's second- largest oil and natural gas reserves, rejected a call by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan for the U.S. to hold direct talks with the Islamic Republic about its nuclear program.
Scotland on Sunday: For the dwindling Jewish community in Iran, a sacred ritual is observed at 6.30 every evening as shortwave radios are switched on to listen to the daily Farsi broadcast from Israel.
Washington Times: Iran's vast oil and gas resources undermine the Iranian regime's claim it needs a nuclear program for domestic energy needs. Iran has the world's third-largest known oil reserves and second-largest natural gas reserves. However, support for terrorism and economic mismanagement have damaged oil and gas development in Iran.
AP: Russia's foreign minister and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talked about Iran's nuclear program on Saturday after Russia and China opposed the latest draft of a U.N. Security Council resolution that could eventually lead to sanctions of the Islamic republic.
Iran Focus: London, May 06 A group opposed to the government of Iran announced on Saturday that its members had executed a local commander of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in the south-eastern province of Sistan-va-Baluchistan.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 06 Iran rejected on Saturday a statement by the European Union denouncing its human rights record and instead criticised European states of violating their own citizens human rights.