Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 24 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected on Monday a demand by the Untied Nations Security Council for the Islamic Republic to suspend its uranium enrichment activities by April 28.
Bloomberg: Iran needs to cooperate with the international community in seeking a diplomatic solution to the brewing crisis over the country's nuclear development program, said European Commission President Jose Barroso.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 24 Irans Foreign Minister said on Monday that the Islamic Republic would continue to push ahead with its sensitive nuclear work despite a request by the United Nations Security Council for it to suspend all its uranium enrichment activities.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 24 An agent of the State Security Forces, Irans paramilitary police, was killed and a second was injured during clashes with unknown assailants in the southern city of Shiraz, state-run media reported on Monday.
Wall Street Journal: The Bush administration is intensifying efforts to cut off funding to Hezbollah, the Shiite organization the U.S. believes is Iran's principal vehicle for conducting terrorist attacks globally.
Reuters: Iran will cancel the 960 million euro ($1.19 billion) "Olefins 11" contract signed last year with German industrial gases firm Linde and South Korea's Hyundai, Iran's Oil Ministry Web site reported on Monday.
AP: Israel's consul general in New York said Sunday that the world needs to take a tougher stance with Iran and warned that a "strong" and "determined" Israel will never allow another Jewish Holocaust.
Reuters: Conducting business with Iran encourages its nuclear ambitions, said U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman on Monday when asked for his reaction to a $7 billion gas pipeline deal between Iran, Pakistan and India.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 23 A commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was shot dead in the holy city of Qom, south of Tehran, earlier this week by a conscript soldier, state-run Persian-language websites reported on Sunday.
Los Angeles Times: Iran's key ally in the current nuclear crisis is not Russia or China. It's oil. Tehran can easily drive up prices and is already beginning to do so to rattle the West. As the crisis escalates, Washington's diplomatic partners will become gravely worried about their energy supplies. In the end, Iran's petro power will probably trump Western diplomacy.
TIME: Ahead of this week's U.N. Security Council deadline for Iran to abandon its nuclear activities and an expected report from nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei, U.S. officials have been mapping a plan to hit the defiant regime.