Reuters: France, Britain and Germany are considering letting Iran keep nuclear technology that could be used to make bombs, an apparent move towards a compromise with Tehran, diplomats said on Wednesday. However, they said such a step would lead to a clash with Washington, which has backed European Union talks with Iran on condition Tehran permanently renounce all activities that could produce nuclear fuel.
Reuters: Iran coach Branko Ivankovic claimed his players' lives were in danger after their 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in North Korea on Wednesday.
Iran's victory meant they took the outright lead in their Asian World Cup qualifying group but their joy was soured by a rare outbreak of crowd violence in Pyongyang.
AFP: Iran on Wednesday gave reporters a rare glimpse of the heavily-defended centerpiece of its controversial nuclear programme, sending another clear message that it was eager to resume sensitive enrichment activities. "The people involved in the project are frustrated by the suspension," Mohammad Saeedi, the deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, said after a group of some 50 journalists were allowed to ...
DPA: Iran and the European Union trio of Germany, Britain and France will meet on 10 April to resume negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme, the deputy of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said on Wednesday. Iran-EU nuclear talks have been pending since 23 March as both sides try to reach a consensus in the dispute over uranium enrichment.
AFP: Iraqi border guards have temporarily shut one of the main frontier posts with Iran, blocking large numbers of pilgrims from entering the country ahead of a major Shiite Muslim holy day, press reports said Tuesday. According to the official news agency IRNA, the Shalamsheh crossing point -- situated close to the southern Iraqi city of Basra -- was closed on Monday, the eve of the end of mourning for the seventh-century martyrdom of Shiite Imam Hussein.
The Times: SIR BOBBY ROBSON was at the centre of one of footballs more curious episodes last night when the Iran Football Federation (IFF) pronounced itself confident that the former England manager was to be appointed coach of the countrys Olympic and youth teams. This surprising revelation caused most shock in one particular household. This is absolutely bizarre, Robson said.
Washington Times: Britain, France and Germany recently persuaded President Bush to let them offer bigger carrots in their negotiations to coax Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions. The new carrot ending U.S. objections to Iran's membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO), a long process probably requiring the best part of a decade. Understandably, this has elicited more yawns than yelps among the bearded turbans of Tehran and Qum.
AFP: India's oil minister Mani Shankar Aiyar Monday said he would visit Islamabad in the second half of May to discuss the modalities of a gas pipeline from Iran through Pakistan to India.
"Over the weekend, I received an invite from the Pakistan Prime Minister through their High Commission (embassy) in India to visit Islamabad in April," Aiyar told reporters in New Delhi, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency said.
Los Angeles Times: In its scramble to marshal resources for gathering intelligence on Al Qaeda and Iraq, the CIA shut down a spy ring it was operating in South America that was providing a rare glimpse of the activities of Iranian militants and intelligence networks, according to a former agency official involved in the operation.
New York Times - Magazine: Imagine with me a nation's security leaders sitting around the conference table being briefed on the progress of things in Iraq. They celebrate the overwhelming victory of their favorites in the Iraqi elections. They are pleased with the effectiveness of their huge investment in building schools and hospitals in Shiite communities. They are delighted that the thousands of their security forces in Iraq are doing well, with few casualties. The nation? Iran.
AFP: An Egyptian was jailed for 35 years by an emergency tribunal Sunday for spying for Iran and plotting to assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in a sentence that cannot be appealed. The court also sentenced former Iranian diplomat Mohammed Reza Doust to 25 years' imprisonment in absentia for being Egyptian Mahmud Aid Dabbus's handler.
Reuters: A Cairo court sentenced an Egyptian to 35 years in prison Sunday after finding him guilty of spying for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and planning to assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Iran Focus: London, Mar. 26 The European Union must immediately abandon its failed and counterproductive policy of appeasement" towards Iran and instead support the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people and their resistance, according to a London-based legal expert.
Iran Focus: Tehran, 25. Mar At least five people were killed and dozens left injured outside the Azadi stadium in Tehran after anti-government protests erupted at the end of the IranJapan World Cup qualifier football match this evening. Eye-witnesses reported that the regime used special anti-riot units and hundreds of State Security Forces (SSF) to launch an offensive on the 100,000-strong crowd, after spectators started chanting anti-government slogans.
Boston Globe: A member of an exiled Iranian opposition group said yesterday that Iran's government has just completed a secret underground facility to enrich uranium using laser technology, and began a second, secret construction project at the same site earlier this month.
AP: Iran is quietly building a stockpile of thousands of high-tech small arms and other military equipment - from armor-piercing snipers' rifles to night-vision goggles - through legal weapons deals and a U.N. anti-drug program, according to an internal U.N. document, arms dealers and Western diplomats.
Los Angeles Times: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticized Israel in unusually sharp terms Thursday, warning that its plans to expand an Israeli West Bank settlement was "at odds with American policy" and could threaten progress toward peace with the Palestinians at a critical moment.