AP: Islamic extremists have been moving supplies and new recruits from Iran into Iraq, say Iraqi Kurdish and Western officials, though it's unclear whether Tehran is covertly backing them or whether militants are simply taking advantage of the porous border. Iranian involvement with extremist groups in the Iraqi insurgency would be potentially explosive, especially given the history of U.S.-Iranian animosity. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said recently Iran was engaged in "a lot of meddling" in Iraq but gave no details.
Bloomberg: Iran and Europe failed to reach an accord on Tehran's uranium enrichment program, the state-owned Iranian news agency said, increasing the chances the U.S. may call for United Nations sanctions against the Islamic nation. Representatives from France, Germany, and the U.K. couldn't agree to Iran's refusal of a European proposal for indefinite suspension of uranium enrichment, IRNA said ...
Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 6 - Officials in the city of Masjid Soleiman (southwestern Iran) have admitted for the first time that harmful gases polluted the area, leaving behind numerous fatalities as well as permanent physical side effects on residents including brain damage, severe chest infections and respiratory problems.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 6 A 26-year-old female student committed suicide by jumping off a bridge over the Tajrish river, in the suburbs of the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday.
The young womans body was found in the river by local residents. She was identified only by her first name, Esmat, and is reported to have been a diplomatic studies student for a number of years.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 6 Hundreds of students at the Teachers Training College staged a protest Wednesday over poor quality of food and administrative mismanagement in the institution.
Students also complained of a lack of proper tutorials and insufficient academic facilities.
Associated Press: European countries have rejected an Iranian offer to suspend its nuclear activities for six months, state-run television reported as China's visiting foreign minister sought to resolve the dispute without formal UN security council involvement.
Reporters Without Borders: Reporters Without Borders today called on women's media and women's rights groups around the world to rally to the defence of two Iraqi women journalists who have been arrested in the past eight days in connection with their work for pro-reform websites.
AFP: Iran and European Union officials are sticking to their positions on key questions in negotiations on the Islamic republic's nuclear programme which were underway on Saturday in Paris, a top Iranian official said. "The two sides are sticking to their positions on the fundamental questions," Hassan Rowhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme ...
AFP: Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi dismissed on Saturday fresh allegations of interference in neighbouring Iraq, asserting that the Islamic republic was playing a "positive role" and not fuelling unrest. "Iran is playing a positive role in Iraq, and if anyone thinks that Iran is interfering in Iraq's internal affairs they had better show their evidence," Kharazi said in a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart Li Zhaoxing.
AFP: Iraqi interim prime minister Iyad Allawi Friday urged the European Union to use its influence with Syria and Iran to stop them from "fuelling violence" in his country. "We need your help in persuading Iraq's neighbours that fuelling violence in Iraq will only damage their own security in the long term," he told European Union leaders in a speech made available to the press.
AFP: Iran wants China to replace Japan as its biggest importer of oil and gas, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh was reported as saying here Saturday. "Japan is our number one energy importer due to historical reasons ... but we would like to give preference to exports to China," Zanganeh was quoted as saying the China Business Weekly magazine.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 6 - Security forces have raided and arrested three webloggers in Tehran, according to reports from the Iranian capital.
The three, identified by their first names as Dariush, Omid and Payvand, were arrested in midnight raids on their homes on Thursday.
New York Times: In an effort to stop Iran from producing a nuclear bomb, the 25 leaders of the European Union on Friday offered Iran economic and political incentives if it suspended its production of enriched uranium. The proposal, issued in a statement at the end of a two-day summit meeting in Brussels, coincided with negotiations that opened here in which Iran was seeking concessions from France, Germany, Britain and the European Union to allow it to produce enriched uranium.
Daily Telegraph: With Iran believed to be coming ever closer to developing nuclear weapons, President Bush may have to decide in the next four years whether to order pre-emptive military action against another "rogue" state. As with Iraq, the debate would revolve around the quality of intelligence on weapons of mass destruction and what constitutes "active" co-operation by Iran with weapons inspections.
AFP: Canada on Friday introduced a draft resolution at the UN General Assembly on what it maintains is the worsening human rights situation in Iran, a foreign ministry statement said. The text follows an earlier resolution on human rights violations by Iran, adopted by the United Nations and sponsored by Canada, in November of last year.
National Post: More proof that the goal of Iran's nuclear program is megatons not kilowatts, came last weekend. On Sunday, all 247 legislators present in the Iranian parliament voted to resume their country's uranium enrichment activities, in violation of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) restrictions. As if to confirm suspicions regarding their intentions, some deputies shouted "Death to America."
Reuters: Tehran is inching closer to a compromise with French, British and German diplomats seeking to persuade it to give up its uranium enrichment programme, a senior Iranian negotiator said on Friday.
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