AFP: Iranian authorities have barred relatives of a dissident couple murdered by intelligence agents in 1998 from marking the anniversary in public this year, the couple's daughter told AFP Sunday. Parastoo Foruhar, the daughter of Daryush Foruhar and his wife Parvaneh Eskandari, said "objections" to her plans for this year's ceremony "were so strong" that the office of the governor of Tehran withdrew a permit issued two days ago.
The Observer: Pentagon hawks have begun discussing military action against Iran to neutralise its nuclear weapons threat, including possible strikes on leadership, political and security targets. With a deadline of tomorrow for Iran to begin an agreed freeze on enriching uranium, which can be used to produce nuclear weapons, sources have disclosed that the latest Pentagon gaming model for 'neutralising' Iran's nuclear threat involves strikes in support of regime change.
Washington Times: My e-mail fills up daily with dozens of press releases, analyses, articles and exhortations from interest groups; there seem to be as many of them in Washington as there are countries and causes. Many of these I kill out, either because I find the groups so extreme that nothing they say is to be taken seriously or because their causes are too obscure or bizarre. But there are others that have to be looked at, because they occasionally make news.
Sunday Times: Iran is expected to thwart American attempts to send its nuclear dossier to the United Nations Security Council this week, despite a fresh flurry of concerns about its apparent ambitions to make a bomb. Iran has pledged to suspend all activities linked to uranium enrichment an important stage on the way to making a bomb under a tentative deal last week with Britain, France and Germany.
New York Times: President Bush heightened the administration's pressure on Iran on Saturday by using his first summit meeting since he won re-election to accuse Iran of speeding the production of the raw material used to produce fuel for a nuclear weapon, calling it "a very serious matter."
Reuters: President Bush on Saturday warned Iran of growing international concern over reports that Tehran is preparing large amounts of uranium for an enrichment process that can be used to make nuclear weapons. "This is a very serious matter ..."
Knight Ridder Newspapers: Since they were locked up in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, the four Mirmehdi brothers have insisted that they aren't terrorists. This summer, an immigration appeals court agreed, concurring with an immigration judge that the government's case is weak and doesn't conclusively tie them to terrorism.
The Guardian: A breakthrough deal between Iran and the EU aimed at defusing an international crisis over Tehran's alleged nuclear ambitions was thrown into uncertainty last night when diplomats said Iran was rushing to process feed material for the manufacture of bomb-grade uranium.
Los Angeles Times: Secretary of State Colin L. Powell stands by his charge that Iran is working on a missile system to deliver a nuclear bomb and believes the intelligence he cited in making the accusation is sound, State Department officials said Friday.
Daily Telegraph: A briefing war erupted in Washington yesterday over the threat posed by Iran's nuclear ambitions and how to counter them - a debate reminiscent of the countdown to the invasion of Iraq. Washington has been thrown into a frenzy following Secretary of State Colin Powell's remarks that Iran is studying how to equip a missile with a nuclear bomb.
AFP: Eighteen people were killed and 52 injured when three busses collided in central Iran, state news agency IRNA reported Saturday. The accident occurred late Friday night 30 kilometers (18.5 miles) from Golpayegan on the road to Isfahan.
Washington Post: Despite promises to freeze its nuclear programs, Iran has continued to convert uranium for enrichment, diplomats in Washington and Vienna said yesterday, a situation that they said signals potential trouble for a new and still untested agreement between the Islamic republic and European countries.
Washington Post: The crowd around her chanted for democracy in Iran yesterday, and Zolal Habibi thought of her father. She said Mohammad Hossein Habibi, a writer and human rights activist, was killed in 1988 in Iran for speaking out against the Iranian government.
New York Times: Despite having collected substantial information about Iran's nuclear and weapons programs over the last several years, Western officials have limited intelligence about the crucial question of whether Tehran is trying to meld those two programs to produce a nuclear ...
Boston Globe - EDITORIAL: Because Iran has not been truthful about its nuclear activities in the past, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the European Union, and the United States have been trying to ascertain whether some of those activities belong to a nuclear weapons program and, if so, what may be done to dissuade Iran's clerical rulers from actually developing nuclear weapons.
AP: The main opposition to Iran's government should not be labeled a terrorist organization, Iranian protesters said Friday. At a rally in the Capitol, thousands of Iranians gathered to call on world governments to denounce the terrorist label that has been applied to the People's Mujahedeen, or Mujahedeen Khalq.
Iran Focus: Paris, Nov. 19 - Iran Focus has obtained the text of a press conference by senior representatives of the Iranian opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which took place in Paris on Friday, Nov. 19. Mohammad Mohaddessin, chairman of the NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee, accused Tehran on Friday of using advanced laser technology to secretly enrich uranium and of lying to the United Nations nuclear watchdog body about the covert program.
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