Daily Telegraph - Leaders: We can be sloppy in our approach to foreign affairs. Because of their geographical and alphabetical proximity, we tend to bracket Iran and Iraq together.
You will hear even politicians and television presenters committing the solecism of describing Iranians as Arabs. It is imprecision of this kind that is clouding the debate over the proper response to the mullahs.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Jan. 21 The father of an Iranian political prisoner who has been held without charge in Tehran's notorious Evin prison said that his son was being kept in solitary confinement for the past three months despite government assurances that such practices were not being carried out. In an interview with the Prague-based Radio Farda the father of Saeid Massouri, a member of the main Iranian opposition group, the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran, said yesterday that his son was transferred to a solitary cell in Evin prison just over three months ago, without any explanation as to why he was forced there.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Jan. 21 - A member of Iran's Majlis (parliament) said today that at least 90 percent of the country's population is under the poverty line. "90 percent of the population are living under the poverty line and only ten percent of the people have access to social services provided by the government", Mohammad Abbaspour said in an interview ...
AFP: Twenty-five people were killed in northern Iran on Friday when the bus they were riding in skidded off a mountain road into a ravine, student news agency ISNA reported. Another seven people were injured in the accident on the road between Tehran and Babolsar, which occurred when the driver swerved to avoid rocks falling from the mountainside.
Amnesty International - URGENT ACTION: Ali, a 16-year-old student, may be at risk of imminent execution for the murder of another student in his high school, which took place between mid-January and mid-February 2003. Amnesty International has recently learned that Ali was sentenced to death in June 2004, and his sentence has already been confirmed by the Supreme Court.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Jan. 21 At least 1,000 people were arrested in the Caspian province of Gilan (northern Iran) on drug related charges, according to the Public Relations department of State Security Forces in Gilan.
Thirteen kilograms of drugs including opium and cannabis were confiscated, over the past week.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Jan. 21 An explosion in the central prison in the town of Zahedan (southeast Iran) left at least eight wounded.
Officials announced that the explosion was due to a malfunctioning air capsule.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Jan. 21 An underground armed group operating in Iraq's Diyala province was discovered and several of its members detained by Coalition Forces, according to well-informed sources in the area. U.S. forces arrested an Iraqi by the name of Fakhri along with an agent of Iran's Qods Force (Jerusalem Force) in the Qareh Tapeh region near the Iraqi town of Kifri.
BBC: The United Nations refugee chief says thousands of Afghans may have been forced to return to Afghanistan because of Iran's policies. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has been increasingly concerned that Iranian officials are pressurizing Afghan refugees to go home. There have been radio campaigns informing them that they have to leave.
The Times: DICK CHENEY placed Iran at the top of Washingtons list of world troublespots and said that he feared that Israel may strike Tehran in order to eliminate its nuclear threat. We dont want a war in the Middle East if we can avoid it, said Mr Cheney, who was yesterday sworn in for a second term as President Bushs Vice-President.
Daily Telegraph: Now comes the hard part. President George W Bush's elegy to freedom yesterday and his vision of it flowering around the world fitted into the long tradition of inaugural speeches that blend America's optimism with smugness about the reach and benefits of its power. But unlike most of his predecessors Mr Bush has repeatedly made clear that he sees "spreading freedom" as more than a slogan. For him it is a mission. The challenge for his aides now is how - and where - to act on his words.
Financial Times: The Bush administration's changing of the guard at the State Department was almost complete yesterday as Colin Powell bid an emotional farewell to his staff just as senators were wrapping up their grilling of Condoleezza Rice, the next secretary of state. Speaking of the foreign policy challenges ahead, Mr Powell said the focus was on ...
AFP: An Iranian journalist has been arrested on charges of giving interviews to foreign radios, a newspaper reported Thursday. Arash Sigarchi, chief editor of Gilan-e-Emrooz (Today's Gilan) in the northern province of Gilan, gave interviews to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the US-funded Radio Farda, Shargh said.
Reuters: Vice President Dick Cheney said on Thursday that Iran was at the top of the administration's list of world trouble spots and expressed concern that Israel "might well decide to act first" to eliminate any nuclear threat from Tehran. "You look around the world at potential trouble spots, Iran is right at the top of the list," Cheney said in an interview aired on MSNBC ...
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Jan. 20 Iraq's Minister for Provincial Affairs accused Iran of spreading its "sphere of influence" throughout Iraq, in preparation for the January 30th elections. "Many Iranians are producing fake Iraqi identity cards to be able to take part in the elections", Wa'el Abdol-Latif said, speaking to the London-based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (Middle East) daily yesterday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Jan. 20 There are currently "200,000 sufferers of the Hepatitis C virus in Iran", according to the head of the Iranian Medical Association. Speaking to a state-run news agency, Dr. Iraj Khosronia warned, "One of the most dangerous viruses affecting human society is Hepatitis C but people's awareness about this disease is very limited".
Iran Focus: Tehran, Jan. 20 - A young man who was accused of killing a member of Irans security forces when he was a minor was hanged in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran.
Iman Farrokhi who was 17 at the time of the offence was on death row in the Tehran Centre for Reform and Education (Juvenile Prison).