Reuters: The European Union rejected on Tuesday a call by Iran to speed up talks on its disputed nuclear program, insisting the pace of negotiations was right and that the dialogue was on track. Iran, which denies U.S. accusations that it is seeking nuclear weapons, has agreed to freeze potentially arms-related uranium enrichment activities while ...
Iran Focus: Tehran, Feb. 01 Iranian State Security Forces raided a home in Karaj (central Iran), host to a coed party, arresting nine young men and women yesterday.
Music tapes, two video-cameras and alcoholic beverages were among the items confiscated during the raid.
New York Sun: The new chairman of the Helsinki Commission says he plans to use the Cold War institution to highlight Iranian human rights issues with Europe.
The plan by Senator Brownback, a Republican from Kansas, is in keeping with the president's commitment to spread freedom throughout the world, a theme that is likely to be reiterated in his State of the Union speech tomorrow.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Feb. 01 Two teenagers aged 15 and 18 separately committed suicide in desperation, by jumping off the top of their houses.
On Saturday, the 15-year-old boy only identified by his first name, Arshya committed suicide by throwing himself from the roof of his house. His parents said that Arshya was under extreme social pressures.
Associated Press: An American envoy repeated US allegations Monday about an Iranian nuclear weapons program and said Israel might attack Iran's nuclear sites because the Jewish state has "a history" of such actions. John Bolton, the State Department's top international security official, was referring to Israel's 1981 bombing raid on Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor.
AP: The head of the advisory National Intelligence Council says he is not optimistic the United States and its allies can change Iran's intention of building a nuclear capacity. "I am somewhat more optimistic - somewhat, I emphasize - that we can, through diplomacy and a combination of pressure and inducements, keep them on track," council Chairman Robert Hutchings said in an interview Monday, his last day on the job.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel: On Dec. 20, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution condemning human rights abuses in Iran, citing the crackdown on media, use of torture and discrimination against women. The resolution further demonstrates the international community's awareness of the Iranian regime's atrocities. This fundamentalist government's violations of human rights have been well-documented over 50 times by the United Nations and other groups.
Al-Jazeera: Irans senior nuclear negotiator, Hassan Rowhani, said that Tehran will continue uranium enrichment and that its freeze on the process will not last long. The Hamshari newspaper quoted Rowhani as saying that "The length of the suspension will not be very long and will be valid for the duration of the negotiations and only on the condition that the negotiations make progress."
Reuters: Three British naval boats confiscated by Iran's military last June must go to Iran's war museum, rather than be returned as London has demanded, a senior military official has said. Iran's Revolutionary Guards seized the three boats last June and arrested eight British crewmen, accusing them of straying into Iranian waters in the Shatt al-Arab waterway which divides southwestern Iran from Iraq.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Jan. 31 A worker from Iran's "Foumanat Textiles" factory attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself inside the factory but was prevented when a fellow worker cut the rope around his neck.
Ahmad Agahi, the spokesperson for workers in the factory based in the town of Fouman (northern Gilan province), told a state-run news agency yesterday that poverty and social pressures were what brought the man to commit suicide.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Jan. 30 - In a letter to Tehrans prosecutor, his counterpart in the earthquake-stricken city of Bam (southern Iran) filed a complaint against Sharq daily for publishing an article about the spread of corruption in the ancient city following the December 26, 2003 earthquake ...
USA TODAY: Here in the theological hub of Shiite Islam for the past quarter-century, thousands of Iraqis who fled the regime of Saddam Hussein voted Sunday for candidates who they hope will make Iraq a more Islamic state. "I'm very happy if Islam gets the biggest victory," said Zohour Aziz Ansar, 56, who came to Qom from the Iraqi Shiite city of Karbala 23 years ago.
AFP: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed concern Sunday over the actions of Iran and Syria in neighboring Iraq, saying the two countries have not been helpful. "We certainly are concerned by the role that Iran has tried to play in Iraq," Rice said in an interview with the ABC television program "This Week."
Reuters: The United States has rebuffed pleas to join a European diplomatic drive to persuade Iran to give up any ambitions to add nuclear bombs to its arsenal, U.S. officials and foreign diplomats say. For months, Britain, France and Germany have hoped to improve their bargaining power with the Islamic republic by involving Washington in a proposed accord over an end to its uranium enrichment activities.
Reuters: The United States and Gulf Arab states are discussing ways of pressuring Iran over a perceived threat from Tehran's nuclear and missile program, the top U.S. diplomat in charge of disarmament said Sunday.
U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton told reporters in Bahrain he was trying to coordinate policies on Iran with its Gulf Arab neighbors, and that Washington sought a "peaceful and diplomatic solution."
Sunday Times: Democracy came to Iran last week, but unfortunately for the budding reformists who dream of ending theocratic rule in Tehran, the ballot boxes were Iraqi. The lines of men and women outside polling stations were expatriates casting early votes for a new government in Baghdad. More than 60,000 exiled Iraqis have registered to vote in Iran, which is watching todays elections with a mixture of caution and avarice.
BBC: A Cairo court has charged an Egyptian national with spying for Iran. Prosecutors said Mahmoud Eid Muhammad Dabbous was paid by the Revolutionary Guard to provide information about a number of locations in Egypt. Mr Dabbous pleaded not guilty and said Egyptian intelligence had tortured him while he was in detention.