Reuters: Instead of celebrating his 18th birthday at home with friends and family this month, Ali Torabi will be wondering if it will be his last. Torabi is one of at least 12 juvenile offenders sentenced to death by Iran's hardline courts and held in detention centres until they are deemed old enough to be executed without attracting international criticism, human rights activists say.
AFP: Seven drug traffickers were hanged publicly on Tuesday in a park in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan, the Kayhan evening newspaper reported. It said the men had been found guilty of involvement in international narcotics trafficking and attacks on security forces. They were hanged in Zahedan's Laleh Park.
AFP: Iran confirmed Tuesday that it has tried and sentenced fugitive members of Al-Qaeda detained on its soil, but maintained a tight secrecy over which members of Osama bin Laden's network were in the Islamic republic.
AFP: Negotiations between officials from Iran and Britain, France and Germany aimed at building on the Islamic republic's agreement to freeze sensitive nuclear work are to start next week, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday. Iran's top national security official and nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani said the first round of the dialogue was likely to involve himself, the foreign ministers of the EU's "big three" ...
Human Rights Watch: Secret squads operating under the authority of the Iranian judiciary have used torture to force detained Internet journalists and civil society activists to write self-incriminatory confession letters, Human Rights Watch said today.
AFP: Human Rights Watch said Monday that secret squads operating under the Iranian judiciary have used torture to force detained Internet journalists and activists to write self-incriminatory "confession letters."
BBC: Iranian students have interrupted a speech by President Mohammad Khatami to mark Student Day at Tehran university.
Students chanted "Shame on you" and "Where are your promised freedoms?" to express their frustration with the failure of Iran's reform movement.
Reuters: Iran denied on Monday it had handed over to Egypt prominent militant Mustafa Hamza, leader of the Gama'a al-Islamiya group that tried to overthrow the Egyptian government in the 1990s. Hani el-Sibai, head of Egypt's Maqrizi Centre for Historical Studies, told Reuters on Sunday Tehran handed over Hamza to Cairo in October in exchange for information about members of an Iranian exiled group living in Egypt.
Reuters: Students, once the backbone of Iran's reformist movement, have barracked and harangued President Mohammad Khatami, accusing him of lacking the courage to deliver promised democratic reforms in the Islamic state. "Khatami, what happened to your promised freedoms?", "Khatami, shame on you", "Students are wise, they detest Khatami" groups shouted as the moderate cleric attempted ...
Iran Focus: Tehran, Dec. 5 - Students from Payam University in the north eastern Iranian town of Nayshabour demonstrated outside the main university gate in protest to government crackdown.
Students also complained about the lack of welfare opportunity and the quality of teaching.
AFP: Iran's embattled reformist President Mohammad Khatami was given a mixed reception from university students on Monday, winning some cheers but also a tirade of jeers for his record in office.
In an difficult appearence to mark national students day, the beleaguered president even complained to students -- once the main supporters of the reform movement -- of being "humiliated and destroyed".
Jerusalem Post: The head of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mustafa Hamza, who is No. 1 on Egypt's most-wanted list, was handed over to Egypt by Iran, Brotherhood officials in London revealed Sunday. Hamza has been the most sought after men by Egypt since the attempt to assassinate President Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa in June 1995, which was planned by the exiled ...
AFP: Iran's embattled President Mohammad Khatami, isolated as one of the few reformists left in office, has admitted that he cannot wait until his second and final term in office ends next year. "I am counting the moments for my involvment in political affairs to be over," he was quoted as saying during a meeting Saturday with staff from the student news agency ISNA.
AFP: Iran responded to fresh EU criticism of its human rights situation by saying it was concerned by what it alleged were violations in Europe and a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment in the Netherlands. "We are seriously concerned about the human rights situation in Europe," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters.
Sunday Telegraph: Sekineh stumbled over the white-shrouded corpses that lined the roadside as she tried to find her way to the hospital. Minutes later, her wanderings vain, she lay down in the rubble and gave birth, her cries indistinguishable from the wails of those mourning their dead.
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