AFP: The mayor of Iran's second largest city has been beaten up after he challenged workers on an illegal construction site, the conservative Kayhan newspaper reported Sunday. Seyed Hashem Bani Hashem, mayor of the northeastern pilgrimage city of Mashhad, was driving around the city's outskirts when he spotted bulldozers at work.
AFP: A Swiss magistrate said this weekend that he was pressing ahead with an investigation into the assassination of exiled Iranian opposition leader Kazem Rajavi in Switzerland exactly 15 years ago on Sunday.
"It is a case that is still being dealt with as a priority matter. The investigation will be pursued to the end," Jacques Antenen, an investigating magistrate in the western Swiss canton of Vaud, told Swiss television TSR.
Reuters: Iran is determined to resume uranium enrichment whether talks with the European Union over its nuclear programme succeed or fail, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday. Last November, Tehran suspended uranium enrichment -- which could produce nuclear fuel for power plants or bombs -- while it negotiated a settlement to its nuclear dispute with the EU.
New York Times: With elections less than two months away, Iran's presidential hopefuls are scrambling to lure voters, promising everything from lowering the soaring prices of fruit and vegetables to normalizing relations with the country's longtime foe, the United States. But much of the public is deeply apathetic. There is no real chance for a candidate who can spearhead the democratic changes once promised by the departing president, Mohammad Khatami, who proved unable to ward off the encroachment of the Guardian Council and its repressive agenda.
Iran Focus: Ahwaz, Apr. 23 Irans Revolutionary Guards executed a number of teenage demonstrators in the streets of Ahwaz, southern Iran, according to eye-witnesses. Residents reported that Revolutionary Guards arrested demonstrators in the city streets and gunned them down to terrorise the local people and end a weeklong anti-government uprising that has spread throughout the oil-rich Khuzestan Province.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 23 There are presently four million drug addicts in Iran, according to a state-run news agency. The news agency also said that there are more than 2.5 million drug users, without offering much detail. According to the latest official survey in the country, the number of drug addicts in Iran stands at four million, with more than 2.5 million current users, it said.
Reuters: Two of Iran's state-owned auto manufacturers are considering buying MG Rover, the last major British-owned car manufacturer which collapsed this month, the semi-official ISNA student news agency said on Friday.
Iran Focus: London, Apr. 22 The London-based Guardian newspaper drew an angry response from the Iranian embassy in London after it published a half-page advertisement containing statements by prominent British parliamentarians and jurists, who argued the case for the removal of the Iranian opposition group, the Peoples Mojahedin (PMOI), from terrorism lists.
Fox News: It was in the summer of 2001 when a top secret message was delivered to Farid Solemani. We received news from a very valuable source within the Iranian regime, said Solemani, who worked for more than a decade to expose Iran's nuclear program.That message, if true, was explosive in more ways than one.
Iran Focus: London, Apr. 21 At least 62 people have been killed and over 1,000 arrested in the week-long clashes between people and security forces in Irans southern Khuzestan province, according to the main Iranian opposition group, the Peoples Mojahedin Organisation of Iran. Fierce fighting has brought the province to a complete stand-still since Friday, when State Security Forces (SSF) opened fire on a 3,000-strong anti-government demonstration in the city of Ahwaz.
Iran Focus: Paris, Apr. 21 Irans Supreme Court upheld an execution sentence for a 38-year-old political prisoner from the western Iranian town of Boukan. Esmaeil Mohammadi was informed of the decision through a letter from the authorities, which indicated that his execution would be carried out within the next few days. Mohammadi, a father of five, has been imprisoned for the past two years in the city of Urumiya (northwest Iran), accused of being a supporter of the Kurdish Komala organisation.
Daily Telegraph: Senior British ministers held a series of meetings with the Iranian government before the collapse of MG Rover, hoping to clear the way for a deal that could have doubled Rover's worldwide production and perhaps saved the company.
AFP: An Iranian convicted of murdering a soldier during an armed robbery has been hanged in Saravan, in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, Jam-e-Jam daily reported Thursday.
The man, identified only as Khodabakhsh M., had a record of carrying out armed robberies in the region, the report said without specifying if Wednesday's execution was carried out in public or in prison.
AFP: One child was killed and several other passengers were injured late Wednesday when a plane caught fire upon landing at Tehran airport, state television and the official IRNA news agency reported. The Boeing 707 plane operated by Saha Airlines, which belongs to the Iranian military, had 157 passengers and crew members on board, state television reported.