Reuters: An exiled Iranian opposition leader accused European Union states on Wednesday of appeasing Tehran and urged them to support regime change in Iran. Maryam Rajavi, the self-styled president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the political wing of the People's ...
Iran Focus: Strasbourg, Dec. 15 The Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi was the keynote speaker at a meeting of the members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Rajavi addressed some 200 MEPs, their assistants and other political personalities during a session, entitled The Future of Iran: Oppression or Democracy, that was organised by Friends of a Free Iran.
New York Times: On a list of 228 candidates submitted by a powerful Shiite-led political alliance to Iraq's electoral commission last week, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim's name was entered as No. 1. It was the clearest indication yet that in the Jan. 30 election, with Iraq's Shiite majority likely to heavily outnumber Sunni voters, Mr. Hakim may emerge as the country's most powerful political figure.
AFP: US President George W. Bush warned Iran and Syria Wednesday against "meddling" in Iraq after that country's defense minister accused them of helping insurgents and terrorists spread deadly chaos. "We will continue to make it clear, to both Syria and Iran, that -- as will other nations in our coalition, including our friends the Italians -- that meddling ...
AFP: Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi on Wednesday rejected any talks with the United States on the standoff over its nuclear programme because of Washington's hostile attitude towards the Islamic republic.
New York Times: Iran is willing to talk with the United States about its nuclear program if Washington treats it as an equal partner, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said Tuesday. "If negotiations are on the basis of equality and mutual respect in the same way we are talking to Europeans now, there is no reason not to talk to others," Mr. Kharrazi said in response to a question at a joint news conference with South Africa's visiting foreign minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
AP: Iraq's defense minister on Wednesday accused neighboring Iran and Syria of supporting terrorists in his war-ravaged country. Hazem Shaalan also accused Iran of backing the al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist group headed by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and said his country's opponents want ''turbaned clerics to rule in Iraq.''
AFP: Iran's top nuclear official Hassan Rowhani said Wednesday his country would not accept long drawn-out negotiations with the Europeans over a nuclear deal, the state news agency IRNA reported. "I must say that the duration of the negotiations constitutes a red line.
Associated Press: Amnesty International said Tuesday that Iran planned to execute a mentally disabled 19-year-old woman for "acts contrary to chastity,'' referring to alleged crimes stemming from her having been forced into prostitution as a child.
AFP: Iran's former conservative foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, now a top advisor to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has announced he will compete in the presidential elections scheduled for mid-2005, the student news agency ISNA reported on Tuesday. "I believe it is my duty to enter the electoral competition and the voters can evaluate each candidate's capabilities", Velayati said.
Reuters: Iran would not object to Washington joining negotiations with the European Union over its nuclear program provided the United States treated Tehran with respect, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said Tuesday. Britain, France and Germany began talks in Brussels on Monday with Iran aimed at brokering a long-term agreement over Tehran's nuclear activities, which Washington says are geared to building atomic arms.
AFP: A 26-year-old Iranian man, convicted of murdering a woman, was hanged in prison in the northern city of Semnan, the conservative daily Jomhuri Eslami reported on Tuesday. Quoting local judiciary officials, the paper indentified the man, who was hanged on Monday, as Qadir Zamaemi-Fard and said he had a history of repeated theft.
New York Times: Iran and its European partners pledged Monday to work to overcome their differences and lingering suspicions as they began negotiations for a long-term agreement on nuclear, economic and security cooperation.
The Independent: A teenage girl with a mental age of eight is facing the death penalty for prostitution in Iran. The trial comes only four months after the hanging of another mentally ill girl for sex before marriage in a case that has prompted a human rights lawyer to prepare a charge of wrongful execution against the presiding judge.
Daily Telegraph: A 19-year-old Iranian girl with a mental age of eight who was forced into prostitution by her mother has been sentenced to be flogged and executed for 'morality-related' offences, Amnesty International said yesterday. The human rights pressure group has asked Iran's supreme court to stay the execution. The girl, named only as Leyla M, had suffered a "litany of abuse", it said.
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