AP: The Council of Europe called Tuesday on Iran to abide by the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and fully cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency. In a resolution adopted three days before Iran is to restart its talks with Germany, Britain and France on its nuclear programs, the Council urged Iranian authorities to allow free access to the country's nuclear sites and research facilities, but also said Tehran should be ...
AFP: An Iranian student detained for taking part in anti-regime demonstrations has been sentenced to 18 months behind bars and 76 lashes, his lawyer told the ISNA news agency Tuesday. The lawyer said an Islamic revolutionary court had found Farab Samimi guilty of "propagating against the regime" and "disturbing public order" for taking part in an illegal gathering on July 9, 2003.
UPI: The Supreme Court is taking a close look at a case against Iran involving an assassination in Paris, inviting the Justice Department Monday to "express the views of the United States" before the justices decide what to do with the dispute. How the Supreme Court handles the case -- whether it accepts or rejects the case for argument, and if it hands down a decision -- could give the U.S. courts some guidance on ...
AP: An Iranian opposition group condemned European governments on Thursday for appeasing the clerical regime in Iran and being too tough with Iranians seeking political asylum. In pursuit of appeasing Tehran, the European countries have exerted an assortment of pressures and privations on these refugees,'' said Maryam Rajavi, co-leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
Iran Focus: Brussels, Apr. 25 Some 2,000 delegates from Iranian communities in the Benelux - Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg - today held their first-ever convention, in which they condemned the current policy of appeasement vis-à-vis Irans clerical regime and rejected the notion of a foreign war.
AFP: Hardline deputies in Iran's parliament have voted to suspend a law passed by their reformist predecessors that was aimed at giving journalists fairer trials, it was announced Monday. The law, pushed through by reformers in 2003, stipulated that journalists in court for press-related offences should face a jury made up of press union officials and representatives of other social groups.
AFP: The mayor of Iran's second largest city has been beaten up after he challenged workers on an illegal construction site, the conservative Kayhan newspaper reported Sunday. Seyed Hashem Bani Hashem, mayor of the northeastern pilgrimage city of Mashhad, was driving around the city's outskirts when he spotted bulldozers at work.
AFP: A Swiss magistrate said this weekend that he was pressing ahead with an investigation into the assassination of exiled Iranian opposition leader Kazem Rajavi in Switzerland exactly 15 years ago on Sunday.
"It is a case that is still being dealt with as a priority matter. The investigation will be pursued to the end," Jacques Antenen, an investigating magistrate in the western Swiss canton of Vaud, told Swiss television TSR.
Reuters: Iran is determined to resume uranium enrichment whether talks with the European Union over its nuclear programme succeed or fail, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday. Last November, Tehran suspended uranium enrichment -- which could produce nuclear fuel for power plants or bombs -- while it negotiated a settlement to its nuclear dispute with the EU.
New York Times: With elections less than two months away, Iran's presidential hopefuls are scrambling to lure voters, promising everything from lowering the soaring prices of fruit and vegetables to normalizing relations with the country's longtime foe, the United States. But much of the public is deeply apathetic. There is no real chance for a candidate who can spearhead the democratic changes once promised by the departing president, Mohammad Khatami, who proved unable to ward off the encroachment of the Guardian Council and its repressive agenda.
Iran Focus: Ahwaz, Apr. 23 Irans Revolutionary Guards executed a number of teenage demonstrators in the streets of Ahwaz, southern Iran, according to eye-witnesses. Residents reported that Revolutionary Guards arrested demonstrators in the city streets and gunned them down to terrorise the local people and end a weeklong anti-government uprising that has spread throughout the oil-rich Khuzestan Province.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 23 There are presently four million drug addicts in Iran, according to a state-run news agency. The news agency also said that there are more than 2.5 million drug users, without offering much detail. According to the latest official survey in the country, the number of drug addicts in Iran stands at four million, with more than 2.5 million current users, it said.
Reuters: Two of Iran's state-owned auto manufacturers are considering buying MG Rover, the last major British-owned car manufacturer which collapsed this month, the semi-official ISNA student news agency said on Friday.
Iran Focus: London, Apr. 22 The London-based Guardian newspaper drew an angry response from the Iranian embassy in London after it published a half-page advertisement containing statements by prominent British parliamentarians and jurists, who argued the case for the removal of the Iranian opposition group, the Peoples Mojahedin (PMOI), from terrorism lists.
Fox News: It was in the summer of 2001 when a top secret message was delivered to Farid Solemani. We received news from a very valuable source within the Iranian regime, said Solemani, who worked for more than a decade to expose Iran's nuclear program.That message, if true, was explosive in more ways than one.