Washington Post: Iraq's president appealed for national unity and the renunciation of sectarian violence ahead of a parliament meeting set for Wednesday, saying he had met with Sunni Arab insurgent leaders and observed a "great change" in their war aims.
Reuters: Oil rose to almost $75 a barrel on Wednesday, near record highs as mounting tension over Iran's nuclear plan compounded worries of global supply disruptions amid forecast of falling fuel stocks in the United States.
Washington Times - Editorial: Advocates of solving the Iranian nuclear weapons crisis through negotiations between the United States and Iran (and depending on the particular advocate, the European Union and/or Russia, China and the United Nations) face a huge challenge explaining away the failure of virtually all such previous efforts.
Bloomberg: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will use a visit to the U.S. starting today to stress that her government stands united with President George W. Bush in efforts to halt Iran's suspected nuclear-weapons program.
Reuters: With no clear sign the United States can win U.N. support for sanctions against Iran, the Bush administration said on Tuesday it could work instead with like-minded nations to punish Tehran for its nuclear programs.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May. 02 Irans former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Tuesday that Gulf nations should unite to expel foreigners from the region, the state-run news agency ISNA reported.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 02 Thousands of workers attended a demonstration on Monday in the Iranian capital to mark International Workers Day and demanded the resignation of Irans Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.
Reuters: Iran's foreign minister was quoted on Tuesday as saying that Russia and China had officially informed Tehran they would not support sanctions or military action over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
AFP: High-ranking officials from the UN Security Council's five permanent members are to gather in Paris Tuesday to thrash out a common position on how to tackle a defiant Iran over its nuclear programme.