Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 16 - Anti-government protests erupted yesterday through the night in the city of Ahwaz, southwest Khuzestan province in Iran, leaving at least six people dead and hundreds injured or arrested. Ahwaz, close to the Iraqi border, is a major hub of Iranian ethnic minority groups, and its largely Arab population has faced brutal repression undere clerical rule.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 15 Irans former president Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani accused Mohammad Khatamis government of having a hand in the 1998 dissident serial murders. Speaking to a gathering of students north of Tehran, Rafsanjani said, A crime occurred for which the present government is responsible. They should have answered for it.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 15 - A teenager was sentenced to death for a crime he is alleged to have committed when he was 17 years old, according to a state-run daily.
The boy who was only identified by his first name Saeid is to be executed shortly, the Ettemad daily reported.
Iran Focus: Washington, D.C., Apr. 14 - Iranians from across the United States gathered in the Constitution Hall here today to take part in what they called Iranian-American National Convention for Democratic Change in Iran.
AFP: Iran on Thursday publicly hanged a serial bank robber who killed a policeman during a clash with security forces, the afternoon daily Kayhan reported.
Ghobad Siah-Mansour was found guilty of several armed bank robberies in the central city of Ispahan and was hanged in the neighbouring town of Najaf-Abad.
Voice of America: Iranian President Mohammad Khatami recently escorted a group of international journalists around parts of Iran's underground nuclear facility at Natanz. The existence of the secret uraniumenrichment plant at Natanz was first disclosed by an Iranian opposition group in exile in 2002. That disclosure alerted the International Atomic Energy Agency, or I-A-E-A, to Iran's clandestine nuclear program.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 14 Nearly a quarter of the more than 825 people discovered sleeping in the streets of Tehran who had been rounded up during the last four months had received good education according to the Director of Social Risks Department of Tehrans Governorship.
U.S. Newswire: State delegations of Iranian-Americans across the U.S. are converging on Washington, DC, to participate in the 2005 National Convention for a Democratic, Secular Republic in Iran. The historic event is scheduled for Thursday, April 14, at 1 p.m. at DAR Constitution Hall, Washington D.C.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 13 A young man in Iran is to have his right hand and left leg amputated today for theft, a state-run daily reported. The young man identified only as Mohammad B. is currently being held in Karoon prison in the south-western town of Ahwaz.
Voice of America: A U.S. congressional committee has approved legislation seeking to strengthen existing U.S. sanctions on Iran and put more pressure on Iran's government on the issue of weapons of mass destruction, while providing greater support for Iranian democracy groups. The Iran Freedom Support Act declares it should be U.S. policy to support human rights and pro-democracy forces in the United States and abroad opposing what it calls the non-democratic government of Iran.
New York Times: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel, winding up a three-day visit to the United States, said Wednesday that despite mounting concern in Israel over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, his government was not "planning any military attack on Iran" and would push for "an international effort" to deal with the problem.
Reuters: The United States will decide this summer whether to pursue a tougher stance on Iran's nuclear program at the United Nations Security Council, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Thursday.
Washington Post: Federal agents operating undercover in Maryland snared an Iranian citizen who sought to buy and export fighter planes and other restricted equipment for use by the Iranian military, authorities said yesterday. Abbas Tavakolian, 58, of Tehran admitted in federal court in Baltimore yesterday that he attempted to acquire components for a rapid-fire aircraft gunnery system and other equipment.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 13 - A father and his 17-year-old son will be executed by hanging on Saturday after being convicted of rape and theft, a state-run newspaper reported today. The execution of Mousa Ali-Mohammadi and his son Rasoul will take place at dawn on Saturday before which each will receive 74 lashes, the Iran daily wrote. Mousa Ali-Mohammadi is due to be hanged in public, while his son will be simultaneously hanged in Isfahan prison.
Reuters: French President Jacques Chirac has been pushing the EU to drop its refusal to consider letting Iran enrich uranium, despite U.S. and European fears Iran could use enrichment technology for weapons, EU diplomats say. Sharing U.S. suspicions that Iran may have atom bomb ambitions, the European Union's three biggest powers -- France, Britain and Germany -- have demanded Iran give up its nuclear fuel programme in exchange for economic and political benefits.
The Globe and Mail: Iran's judicial authorities have formally rejected Ottawa's renewed request for a forensic examination of Zahra Kazemi's remains, saying her dual citizenship makes any Canadian claims spurious.
New York Times: Spreading photographs of Iranian nuclear sites over a lunch table at the Bush ranch in Texas on Monday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel urged President Bush to step up pressure on Iran to give up all elements of its nuclear program, according to senior American and Israeli officials.