Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 30 The head of Irans Judiciary on Monday called harsh and speedy punishments for individuals convicted of a variety of organised crimes, many of which carry the death penalty.
Ayatollah Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi was speaking at a gathering of senior judicial officials a day after the shooting of a judge in the Iranian capital.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 30 Irans former Intelligence Minister was on Tuesday given a senior judicial post, a day after head of Judiciary called for speedy execution of criminals.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 30 Irans State Security Forces announced in a statement on Tuesday that street-celebrations during weddings were banned and that the police would crack down on any Joy Caravans (celebrations in cars).
Iran Focus: London, Aug. 29 - Senior diplomats from the European trio of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom will meet in Paris on Wednesday to discuss their options in the wake of Irans resumption of its nuclear activities, the German news agency, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, reported on Monday.
UPI: Iran`s Revolutionary Guard commander met secretly with A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan`s atomic bomb, in an effort to acquire nuclear-capable missiles with a range of 1,800 miles, according to Iranian dissidents.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 29 Irans new hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is planning to appoint his close confidante Ali Saeedlou as director of the countrys central bank, according to sources close to the presidential office.
Ahmadinejad nominated Saeedlou, 41, as his oil minister, but he failed to win enough ballots during the confirmation vote in Irans Majlis (Parliament).
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 29 Irans State Security Forces have arrested 442 trouble-makers in the coastal province of Gilan, northern Iran, according to the provincial police press office.
The arrests come after Iranian authorities announced that they had launched a new crackdown to root out dissent in society.
Bloomberg: French President Jacques Chirac said Iran will face referral to the United Nations Security Council if it doesn't suspend its nuclear program and respond to proposals by European Union negotiators.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 29 Iran appointed on Sunday a new deputy chief for state broadcasting, a state-run news agency reported. Abdolreza Rahmani was appointed as the deputy head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) by its current chief Seyyed Ezatollah Zarqami.
AFP: A 10-year-old Iranian boy launched a landmark legal action against the Australian government Monday, with his lawyers arguing he was psychologically damaged by living in immigration detention camps for more than a year. Through his father Mahommad Saeed Badraie, Shayan Badraie is suing the Immigration Department and two detention centre operators in a case which could open the way for other inmates to claim compensation from the government.
Xinhua: Iran on Sunday rejected what it termed conditional negotiations with Europe over Tehran's nuclear program and said it wanted instead to have talks with the UN's international nuclear watchdog agency.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 28 A once firebrand Shiite cleric who acted as the leader of radical Islamist students who seized the United States embassy in Tehran in 1979 was appointed on Sunday to head the Militant Clerics Association.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 28 Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed a Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General as the new intelligence chief for the countrys State Security Forces on Sunday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 28 The head of the Tehran Criminal Court on Sunday announced that all judges would be allowed to carry arms and shot at will anyone whom they feel threatened by.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 27 - An unmanned plane crashed after hitting a mountain in western Iran, according to government officials in the Iranian capital.
The plane crashed in the Alashtar Mountains in Lorestan Province, Ali-Asghar Ahmadi, the Deputy Minister of the Interior for security affairs, told reporters on Saturday.
Newsday: Most troubling for U.S. policy in the Middle East is that many Iraqis believe the police who commit these killings are working ultimately for Iran, where most of them lived for many years in exile from Saddam Hussein. Sources with access to U.S. intelligence confirm that Shia Iran has infiltrated large numbers of agents into both police security and Interior Ministry paramilitary forces.
AFP: A prominent Iranian dissident claimed Tehran had mastered the design of nuclear capable cruise missiles secretly sold to the Islamic Republic by Ukraine and was on the verge of producing copies.
AP: Iran hopes talks with Europe on easing tensions over Tehran's nuclear ambitions are not dead, but it does not fear the threat of U.N. Security Council action if it continues activities linked to uranium enrichment, the country's top negotiator said Friday.
Ali Larijani also said he hoped Iran would present new ideas within a month aimed at reducing suspicions about its nuclear agenda, which Tehran insists is to produce power for peaceful purposes.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 26 A senior Iranian cleric welcomed on Friday the establishment of an Islamic republic in Iraq and hailed the countrys new constitution as one based on Islamic precepts.
Iran Focus: The news in Tehran and elsewhere in Iran on Friday, Aug. 26 - Ban on Music Day
Ahmadinejad shuns journalists
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New crackdown in Tehran
14,205 street children rounded up in Tehran
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