Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 12 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has replaced the Islamic Republics ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, according to a report on Monday in Fars news agency, which is owned by the Office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
DPA: The German government said Monday it will ask European Union leaders formally to condemn remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denying the Holocaust happened and suggesting that Israel be moved to Europe.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Dec. 12 Iran is setting the grounds to influence Thursdays parliamentary elections in Iraq by sending its agents across the border in large numbers under the guise of pilgrims, according to a Baghdad security official.
Washington Post: An Iraqi government search of a detention center in Baghdad operated by Interior Ministry special commandos found 13 prisoners who had suffered abuse serious enough to require medical treatment, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Sunday night.
AP: Iran opened the door Sunday for U.S. help in building a nuclear power plant - a move designed to ease American suspicions that Tehran is using its nuclear program as a cover to build atomic weapons.
AFP: The European Union and Iran are planning to go ahead with nuclear talks on December 21 despite very low expectations for guarantees that Tehran will abandon sensitive nuclear activities, Western diplomats told AFP Saturday.