AP: The U.S. national security adviser met with Russia's foreign minister on Monday, as Washington pushes diplomatic efforts to confront Iran over its nuclear program. Iran's foreign minister held separate talks in the Russian capital.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 23 A court ruling in the northern town of Rudsar that only imposed a fine on a hard-line judge accused of shooting a young man to death at point blank has led to public anger, according to the local residents.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 23 The trial behind closed doors of a senior Revolutionary Guards commander in the northern province of Gilan and five of his accomplices on charges of murdering a local official began in the city of Rasht, Iran Focus learned on Sunday.
Foreign Policy: British Prime Minister Tony Blair has decided to play hardball with Iran. Frustrated by the lack of progress in negotiations over Tehrans nuclear program, the Britishwho used to give Iran the benefit of the doubtare now hedging their bets on nuclear diplomacy by using Irans meddling in Iraq to make military options more palatable to the British public.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Oct. 22 Irans Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance banned the publication of several books about Irans ethnic minorities, according to a statement by the ministrys Supervisory Council for Publication of Books. Every author has to obtain the councils green light to be allowed to publish a book.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Oct. 22 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assured key ultra-conservative allies that the Islamic Republic would continue to pursue its nuclear activities despite international disapproval.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Oct. 22 Irans former intelligence chief and a top aide of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that the Islamic Republics nuclear negotiators could only re-commence talks aimed at ending the countrys nuclear standoff if there were no pre-conditions by the other parties.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Oct. 22 In a fiery Friday prayers sermon delivered in Arabic, Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Arabs to reject peace with Israel and to consolidate gains by radical Islamic fundamentalists in Iraq, as the country heads to parliamentary elections in December.
Iran Focus: London, Oct. 22 Compact discs containing al-Qaedas training manuals and propaganda materials are being freely distributed in Irans eastern and southeastern provinces, according to local residents.
The Guardian: It's suddenly like the bad old days: accusations flying between capitals, crowds chanting angry slogans outside the British embassy, ambassadors summoned to explain their governments' positions and public insults attesting to a sudden deterioration in a long and troubled relationship.
Daily Telegraph - Leader: Not all the arguments against invading Iraq were couched in idealistic terms. Many hard-bitten Foreign Office types argued that the intervention would "destabilise" the region. They now look vindicated. Precisely as the cynical Arabists predicted, neighbouring states have been "sucked in". America blames Syria for allowing insurgents to cross its border, while Iran stands accused of arming the Shia militia who have been harrying British forces in Basra.
Iran Focus: Washington, DC, Oct. 21 A bipartisan meeting on Capitol Hill heard speeches by several members of the United States Congress calling on the administration of President George W. Bush to back democratic change in Iran by supporting the Iranian opposition and by removing the terror tag on the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK) opposition group.