Reuters: U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday backed an initiative by Russian President Vladimir Putin to end a stalemate over Iran's nuclear project as the two leaders held talks that appeared to avoid areas of open disagreement.
Washington Times: The discovery of a secret Iraqi Interior Ministry torture chamber confirms what has been an open secret in Baghdad for months: Pro-Iranian militia have deeply infiltrated the ministry and are acting as a law unto themselves.
AFP: The United States said Thursday that an informal meeting on Iran's nuclear program would be held in London on Friday, confirming reports, after Tehran resumed nuclear fuel work that it had earlier suspended.
AFP: UN atomic inspectors were Thursday putting the final touches on a report on Iran's nuclear program as EU negotiators rejected an offer by Russia to host a meeting aimed at resolving the standoff, diplomats said.
Iran Focus: London, Nov. 17 The European Parliament voted to condemn remarks last month by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who proclaimed that Israel must be wiped off the map and threatened neighbouring Muslim nations that developed ties with the Jewish state.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 17 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed more than 30 of his former advisers and deputies from Tehrans city council to senior posts in his new government, according to an Iran Focus tally.
Iran Focus: London, Nov. 17 The Badr Brigade who were accused this week of jailing and torturing their Iraqi opponents, along with their political front Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), are financed and run by neighbouring Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), according to a report on an Arab-language website, which said it had uncovered documentary evidence of financial ties between Tehran and the dangerous militia.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 17 Agents of Irans morality police flogged a young man outside the Open University in the southern town of Behbahan, a student from the university reported in an email to Iran Focus.
Iran Focus: London, Nov. 17 An American expert on Iran affairs warned the United States government that the world was facing a real threat of a nuclear-armed Iran hostile to the U.S. and urged the Bush Administration to consider a policy of regime change.
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.