The Times: Syria and Iran: what should we now do about them? Relations with Syria took a long step backwards yesterday, after a blast of hostility from its President, Bashar Assad. Those with Iran took maybe a tiny step forward, with Russia joining the US and Europe in trying to find a way to cool its nuclear ambitions.
Reuters: A Russian plan aimed at satisfying the world that Tehran's atomic aims are peaceful has won tentative backing from the United States and the European Union's top powers, diplomats said on Thursday.
Reuters: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday denied Washington and its European allies had a proposal that would let Iran pursue limited nuclear activities to try and avoid a confrontation with Iran.
New York Times - Editorial: It might have been awkward for President Bush to have told Ahmad Chalabi, a deputy prime minister in Iraq, that he would receive no official welcome in Washington this week. Mr. Chalabi does not easily take no for an answer, and he seems to have no inhibitions about embarrassing his former friends with impolitic remarks, especially if they help him in next month's Iraqi elections. But it is disgraceful to hand this multiply discredited schemer the prestige he will surely milk from his meetings with Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the national security adviser, Stephen Hadley.
Reuters: Iran is not being fully open with U.N. inspectors about its nuclear programme and may still be hiding something from the international community, Germany's designated foreign minister said on Thursday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 10 Irans Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) dictated the Islamic Republics official stances regarding its nuclear activities to the countrys state-run press, according to a report on a government-owned Persian-language website.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 10 Iran has finally proven the role of the United Kingdom in a spate of deadly bombings in the south-western city of Ahwaz in October, the countrys intelligence chief told reporters in the eastern province of Khorrasan Jonoubi.
New York Times: The Bush administration and three European allies have approved a new offer to be made to Iran in a last-ditch effort to head off a confrontation over its suspected nuclear weapons program.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 09 Iranian police are planning to boost a national security plan that will effectively increase a crackdown already in effect, the chief of police in Greater Tehran announced on Wednesday.
Reuters: British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw on Wednesday told Iran that referring it to the U.N. Security Council remained an option if it did not comply with international obligations on its nuclear activities.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 09 Irans national security chief Ali Larijani said that Iran was not afraid of having its nuclear dossier sent before the United Nations Security Council, the state-run news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday.
Iran Focus: London, Nov. 09 The United States Department of State in its 2005 annual International Religious Freedom Report designated Iran as a Country of Particular Concern for severely violating religious freedoms.