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.
Washington Post: Federal agents operating undercover in Maryland snared an Iranian citizen who sought to buy and export fighter planes and other restricted equipment for use by the Iranian military, authorities said yesterday. Abbas Tavakolian, 58, of Tehran admitted in federal court in Baltimore yesterday that he attempted to acquire components for a rapid-fire aircraft gunnery system and other equipment.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 13 - A father and his 17-year-old son will be executed by hanging on Saturday after being convicted of rape and theft, a state-run newspaper reported today. The execution of Mousa Ali-Mohammadi and his son Rasoul will take place at dawn on Saturday before which each will receive 74 lashes, the Iran daily wrote. Mousa Ali-Mohammadi is due to be hanged in public, while his son will be simultaneously hanged in Isfahan prison.
Reuters: French President Jacques Chirac has been pushing the EU to drop its refusal to consider letting Iran enrich uranium, despite U.S. and European fears Iran could use enrichment technology for weapons, EU diplomats say. Sharing U.S. suspicions that Iran may have atom bomb ambitions, the European Union's three biggest powers -- France, Britain and Germany -- have demanded Iran give up its nuclear fuel programme in exchange for economic and political benefits.
The Globe and Mail: Iran's judicial authorities have formally rejected Ottawa's renewed request for a forensic examination of Zahra Kazemi's remains, saying her dual citizenship makes any Canadian claims spurious.
New York Times: Spreading photographs of Iranian nuclear sites over a lunch table at the Bush ranch in Texas on Monday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel urged President Bush to step up pressure on Iran to give up all elements of its nuclear program, according to senior American and Israeli officials.
AFP: Two Iranian men were hanged in prison on Monday in Yasooj, southwestern Iran, for murdering three people in a fight, Hambastegi daily reported Wednesday. Hatam Jarideh Kish, 38, and Ali Fath Hemati, 50, were convicted of killing two men and a woman in a village in Kohkilouyeh and Boyerahmad provinces in summer 1997, the report said.
Washington Times - Embassy Row: Iranian exiles plan to hold a constitutional convention in Washington tomorrow, inspired by the stirring words of President Bush from his State of the Union speech and from America's own such convention more than 200 years ago.
Iran Focus: Washington, DC, Apr. 12 Thousands of members of the Iranian Diaspora across the United States are expected to convene at Washington's Constitution Hall to voice support for a democratic, secular republic in Iran, organisers said. The political convention will be held with the support of leading American and international figures calling for a firm policy against the theocratic regime in Iran, according to organisers.
Reuters: The U.N. nuclear watchdog is making an inventory of processed uranium in Iran amid concerns that inconsistencies in the tally could mean Tehran secretly shifted some uranium out of a nuclear facility, diplomats said.
AP: Iran rejected Tuesday a Canadian demand for an international team of forensic scientists to examine the corpse of an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist who died in its custody. Zahra Kazemi, a 54-year-old Canadian photographer of Iranian origin, died in July 2003, several days after being arrested for taking photos of a demonstration outside a Tehran prison.
Fox News Channel - Your World with Neil Cavuto: Now if you dont fight them, coerce them. The Bush administration thinks there is a lot to be said to saying a lot about democracy period in of all places, Iran. Even if it can appear illegal. Megyn Kendall fills us in from Washington, Megyn.
Iran Focus: London, Apr. 11 Irans state-run media and press reacted harshly to a recent meeting held in the United States Congress by an Iran policy group in Washington, at the invitation of the newly-formed Iran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus of the U.S. House of Representative. Irans state-run radio said in a commentary yesterday, A number of U.S. personalities and groups have for some time attempted to beautify this organisation and remove its name from the list of terrorist organisations, so as to put pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran...
Global Politician: "Humint" --- this military shorthand for "human intelligence" has entered the vernacular. It is on the tongues of every politician, agency head and military leader. It is the one thing that those on the left and the right agree has impaired the U.S.'s ability to combat terrorism.
Iran Focus: Neka, Apr. 11 A number of government officials and security officers were arrested during raids on at least five houses used as brothels in and around the town of Neka (northern Iran).
The raids, conducted during the past two weeks, uncovered several organised child prostitution rings running the brothels.
Many runaway girls, some as young as 13, were being forced into prostitution by these gangs.
The Globe and Mail: Even as Iran's Foreign Ministry accused Canada of taking the "wrong approach" in the Zahra Kazemi case, Ottawa released documentary evidence yesterday bolstering recent claims that the 54-year-old Canadian photojournalist was tortured and raped by Iranian security police before she died.Ten days ago, Shahram Azam, an Iranian military doctor and former Tehran emergency-room physician who examined Ms. Kazemi before she died, released gruesome details of the abuse she suffered while in Iranian custody.
Canadian Press: Iran on Sunday said Canada was following the "wrong approach" in the case of an Iranian-born Canadian photojournalist who died while in Iranian custody. Canada has demanded an international forensic examination to determine the cause of Zahra Kazemi's death.