Middle East Online: Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed concern about Iran's atomic programme on Tuesday and said it must not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons.
"Russia has cooperated with Iran and we will continue to do so, but like our European colleagues France, Germany, Britain, and the US, we are concerned by the fact that questions are being raised about Iran's nuclear programme," Putin said.
Associated Press: Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew said Tuesday that Canada has not ruled out sanctions against Iran to protest the death in custody of a Quebec-based photojournalist.
Pettigrew, who was on his first visit to the European Union as Canada's new foreign affairs minister, said he discussed the case of slain Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi with EU counterparts during two days of meetings in Brussels.
Associated Press: An Iranian nuclear arms buildup would be a "nightmare," German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer warned Sunday, saying Europe is looking to head off any dangerous confrontation with Tehran.
USA TODAY: The core of President Bush's foreign and national security policy is that he will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to acquire the world's most dangerous weapons.
But Iran, a charter member of Bush's "axis of evil," is believed to be only one to three years away from being able to make nuclear weapons, and a growing number of nuclear experts worry that there may be no way to stop it from becoming ...
Washington Post: A John F. Kerry administration would propose to Iran that the Islamic state be allowed to keep its nuclear power plants in exchange for giving up the right to retain the nuclear fuel that could be used for bomb-making, Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards said in an interview yesterday.
The Washington Times: Iran's parliament is preparing fashion designs for national Islamic costumes to combat what they call the corrupting influence of Western fashion.
Agence France Presse reports the move comes after the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned the nation about a "cultural invasion" and the dangers to public morality of imitating foreigners. Iranians needed to design their own styles, he said.
Sunday Telegraph: Atefeh Rajabi appears to have been a fairly normal 16-year-old: sulky, disobedient, and eager to have sex. In London, those attributes earn lectures from parents and teachers on the importance of acting responsibly and not being offensive. In the city of Neka in Iran, where Atefeh Rajabi comes from, they get you hauled up in front of a judge.
Atefeh's typical teenage behaviour meant that she was charged and found guilty of "acts incompatible with chastity".
MINSK. Aug 27 (Interfax-West) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami plans to visit Belarus in September 9-10, during which he will meet with the Belarussian leadership and see leading industrial enterprises, the Belarussian Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.
AFP: THE UN nuclear watchdog must accept Iran's right to enrich uranium as part of its civil nuclear program, Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said today.
"We are still hoping that with the negotiations we have had, we will arrive at a logical solution that they recognise our right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes and accept us into the club," the president said.
AP: A Stanford University lecturer and veteran mountain climber suffered a fall while descending a mountain in Iran and has been missing for four days, her daughter said Thursday.
A body was found in the area where Kathleen Namphy, 69, was climbing Mount Damavand near Tehran.
AFP: When entering a music hall in the Iranian capital to hear a performance by folk diva Pari Zanganeh, one could be forgiven for thinking the venue was a top secret military installation.
At the door, uniformed security guards demand entrants to surrender cameras, mobile telephones and tape recorders. The aim is for nothing to leak out from the Jasmine festival, a series of singing performances by women that began in 1999.
The Globe and Mail: A senior official said yesterday that Iran has cleared up all the questions surrounding its nuclear program. Unfortunately, the official was from Iran.
The rest of the world has serious and growing doubts about Tehran's contention that its nuclear activities are purely peaceful. The International Atomic Energy Agency is still investigating how traces of enriched uranium that could be used for bomb-making found their way to Iranian nuclear sites ...
Radio Farda: The Islamic government has heightened its campaign against violations of the Islamic dress code, as more women appear in Tehran and other major cities dressed in tighter overcoats, displaying the curves of their bodies in violation of the Islamic dress code, according to a dispatch from Tehran by the Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
Washintgon Times: Media coverage of Iraqi politics paints a warped picture of the reality inside the country. A serious misunderstanding of Iraq is developing in the West. Muqtada al-Sadr is not a populist; the Najaf standoff has little to do with Iraqi popular will and everything to do with Iranian political muscle flexing.
Reuters: Iranian authorities have told an Iraqi reporter working for a Gulf-based television station he can no longer work as a journalist in Iran, his employer said today.
Abu Dhabi TV correspondent Najah Mohammed Ali is the second foreign journalist to fall afoul of Iranian authorities this year.
AFP: The door to Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi's home was forced open twice in the past 10 days, she said Wednesday, adding that she believed the break-ins were intended as a threat.
"I'm taking it as a threat, some people want to make me understand that, even at home, I am not secure," she told AFP.
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