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.
AFP: Two Iranian men were hanged in prison on Monday in Yasooj, southwestern Iran, for murdering three people in a fight, Hambastegi daily reported Wednesday. Hatam Jarideh Kish, 38, and Ali Fath Hemati, 50, were convicted of killing two men and a woman in a village in Kohkilouyeh and Boyerahmad provinces in summer 1997, the report said.
Washington Times - Embassy Row: Iranian exiles plan to hold a constitutional convention in Washington tomorrow, inspired by the stirring words of President Bush from his State of the Union speech and from America's own such convention more than 200 years ago.
Iran Focus: Washington, DC, Apr. 12 Thousands of members of the Iranian Diaspora across the United States are expected to convene at Washington's Constitution Hall to voice support for a democratic, secular republic in Iran, organisers said. The political convention will be held with the support of leading American and international figures calling for a firm policy against the theocratic regime in Iran, according to organisers.
Reuters: The U.N. nuclear watchdog is making an inventory of processed uranium in Iran amid concerns that inconsistencies in the tally could mean Tehran secretly shifted some uranium out of a nuclear facility, diplomats said.
AP: Iran rejected Tuesday a Canadian demand for an international team of forensic scientists to examine the corpse of an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist who died in its custody. Zahra Kazemi, a 54-year-old Canadian photographer of Iranian origin, died in July 2003, several days after being arrested for taking photos of a demonstration outside a Tehran prison.