Iran Focus: Baghdad, Apr. 17 Leaders and representatives of 11 Iraqi political parties and groups unveiled a petition signed by 2.8 million Iraqis, sharply criticising neighbouring Irans rising meddling in Iraq and warning of the spectre of Islamic fundamentalisms stealthy domination of their country. The announcement came in a conference yesterday in Baghdads Palestine Hotel in the presence of about 500 Iraqis representing political, social and cultural groups.
AFP: Iran said Saturday it had not seen enough incentives from the European Union to pave the way for a deal over its controversial nuclear activities, ahead of a new round of talks next week. Senior negotiator Cyrus Nasseri warned that Tehran would pull out of the talks with the so-called EU3 without tangible progress, but said nevertheless that the negotiations were on the right track.
Iran Focus: Paris, Apr. 16 A key Iranian opposition leader called on the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to send a fact-finding mission to the south-eastern city of Ahwaz to investigate events there on a day that she described as Bloody Friday".
Anti-government protests erupted yesterday through the night in the city of Ahwaz, in Khuzestan province, leaving at least six people dead and hundreds injured or arrested.
AFP: European diplomats say the EU is "rock-solid" in its insistence that Iran cease uranium enrichment, ahead of crucial talks next week designed to win guarantees from Tehran that it will not make nuclear weapons. European Union negotiators Britain, France and Germany are studying an Iranian proposal that would allow some enrichment, and there have been hints of a crack in their unity over this issue.
U.S. Newswire: On Thursday, April 14, state delegations of Iranian-Americans across the U.S. held their 2005 National Convention for a Democratic, Secular Republic in Iran, declaring their resounding support for democratic change in Iran, in Washington's Constitution Hall. In its U.S. policy platform, the Convention called for "third option" in policy toward Tehran, first introduced by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, in her address to the European parliament last December.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 16 - Anti-government protests erupted yesterday through the night in the city of Ahwaz, southwest Khuzestan province in Iran, leaving at least six people dead and hundreds injured or arrested. Ahwaz, close to the Iraqi border, is a major hub of Iranian ethnic minority groups, and its largely Arab population has faced brutal repression undere clerical rule.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 15 Irans former president Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani accused Mohammad Khatamis government of having a hand in the 1998 dissident serial murders. Speaking to a gathering of students north of Tehran, Rafsanjani said, A crime occurred for which the present government is responsible. They should have answered for it.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 15 - A teenager was sentenced to death for a crime he is alleged to have committed when he was 17 years old, according to a state-run daily.
The boy who was only identified by his first name Saeid is to be executed shortly, the Ettemad daily reported.
Iran Focus: Washington, D.C., Apr. 14 - Iranians from across the United States gathered in the Constitution Hall here today to take part in what they called Iranian-American National Convention for Democratic Change in Iran.
AFP: Iran on Thursday publicly hanged a serial bank robber who killed a policeman during a clash with security forces, the afternoon daily Kayhan reported.
Ghobad Siah-Mansour was found guilty of several armed bank robberies in the central city of Ispahan and was hanged in the neighbouring town of Najaf-Abad.
Voice of America: Iranian President Mohammad Khatami recently escorted a group of international journalists around parts of Iran's underground nuclear facility at Natanz. The existence of the secret uraniumenrichment plant at Natanz was first disclosed by an Iranian opposition group in exile in 2002. That disclosure alerted the International Atomic Energy Agency, or I-A-E-A, to Iran's clandestine nuclear program.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 14 Nearly a quarter of the more than 825 people discovered sleeping in the streets of Tehran who had been rounded up during the last four months had received good education according to the Director of Social Risks Department of Tehrans Governorship.
U.S. Newswire: State delegations of Iranian-Americans across the U.S. are converging on Washington, DC, to participate in the 2005 National Convention for a Democratic, Secular Republic in Iran. The historic event is scheduled for Thursday, April 14, at 1 p.m. at DAR Constitution Hall, Washington D.C.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 13 A young man in Iran is to have his right hand and left leg amputated today for theft, a state-run daily reported. The young man identified only as Mohammad B. is currently being held in Karoon prison in the south-western town of Ahwaz.
Voice of America: A U.S. congressional committee has approved legislation seeking to strengthen existing U.S. sanctions on Iran and put more pressure on Iran's government on the issue of weapons of mass destruction, while providing greater support for Iranian democracy groups. The Iran Freedom Support Act declares it should be U.S. policy to support human rights and pro-democracy forces in the United States and abroad opposing what it calls the non-democratic government of Iran.
New York Times: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel, winding up a three-day visit to the United States, said Wednesday that despite mounting concern in Israel over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, his government was not "planning any military attack on Iran" and would push for "an international effort" to deal with the problem.
Reuters: The United States will decide this summer whether to pursue a tougher stance on Iran's nuclear program at the United Nations Security Council, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Thursday.