Canadian Press: Iran on Sunday said Canada was following the "wrong approach" in the case of an Iranian-born Canadian photojournalist who died while in Iranian custody. Canada has demanded an international forensic examination to determine the cause of Zahra Kazemi's death.
USA TODAY: For the first time in a quarter-century of estrangement from Iran, the Bush administration is openly preparing to spend government funds in that country to promote democracy. Congress has appropriated $3 million, and the State Department is inviting proposals from "educational institutions, humanitarian groups, non-governmental organizations and individuals inside Iran to support the advancement of democracy and human rights," ...
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Apr. 10 - More than 30 armed agents dispatched from Iran were arrested in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala, according to sources close to the Iranian opposition Peoples Mojahedin. Sources said that the 30 agents were mercenaries of the elite Qods (Jerusalem) Force branch of Irans Revolutionary Guards Corps.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 10 More than 1,000 residents of an Iranian village in the suburbs of the city of Shiraz yesterday took part in anti-government demonstrations, setting fires to tyres and blockading roads in the area. Residents in Darivan put rocks in the main route 35 kilometres from Shiraz to the town of Kharameh, blocking all traffic for more than five hours.
Reuters: Iran will not abandon uranium enrichment, despite its negotiations with the European Union on its nuclear programme, a senior official said on Sunday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said Iran would never renounce its right to carry out the process, but was hopeful about the outcome of the talks with Europe.
AFP: Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has "strongly denied" Israeli media reports that he shook hands with Israeli President Moshe Katzav and spoke with him at Pope John Paul II's funeral at the Vatican, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported Saturday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 09 - The city of Mahabad (western Iranian province of Kurdistan) was placed under de facto martial law after three days of social unrest and numerous clashes between residents and agents of Irans State Security Forces, leaving one 13-year-old boy dead.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 09 Irans Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence against a longtime political prisoner in Iran, making his execution imminent.
Hojjat Zamani, 29 years old, has been imprisoned in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran since the year 2000 for being a member of the main Iranian opposition group, the Peoples Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI).
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Apr. 09 Two organised gangs responsible for a number of kidnappings and violent operations are run by a branch of Irans Revolutionary Guards Corps, according to information obtained by sources close to the Iranian opposition Peoples Mojahedin.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Apr. 08 Some four tons of illicit drugs imported from Iran were confiscated in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, according to an Iraqi daily. The Al-Mashreq daily wrote yesterday, On Wednesday authorities in the southern Iraqi city of Basra announced that security forces had rounded up four tons of cannabis which had been smuggled from Iran.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 08 At least 1,500 anti-government protests, strikes, and clashes took place in Iran during the year that ended on March 20. More than 450 strikes, demonstrations, and gatherings by white- and blue-collar workers, were reported in state-run and opposition media.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Apr. 08 A prominent Iraqi daily accused Irans leadership of dispatching mercenaries to one of Shiite Iraqs holiest cities.
The Al-Forat daily reported that Iranian agents were planning to infiltrate Karbala following the establishment of Iraqs new interim-government.
Daily Telegraph: Iraq named its first democratically elected head of government in 50 years yesterday.
Ibrahim Jaafari, a Shia politician backed by Islamic clerics and with close ties to Iran, was appointed prime minister at a ceremony in Baghdad.
Iran Focus: Washington, Apr. 07 A leading Iran-policy group in Washington discussed U.S. policy options towards the clerical state, in a conference on Capitol Hill yesterday, at the invitation of the Iran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus of the U.S. House of Representative.
AFP: Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi has rebuffed calls from Ottawa for an independent inquiry into the death in custody here of an Iranian-Canadian journalist, Tehran newspapers said Thursday. Kharazi insisted the case was a matter for Iran's hardline judiciary and not his government, and dismissed testimony advanced by Canada to support its charge that journalist Zahra Kazemi had been tortured, saying the doctor cited was an imposter.
AFP: A gunmen took teachers and young children hostage in a school in Tehran on Thursday has given himself up and his captives have been freed, an AFP journalist at the scene said. Iranian special forces had surrounded the Raz boys' primary school in the upmarket north of the Iranian capital after the man armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle seized the hostages at about 0830 am (0400 GMT).
Canadian Press: The federal government has pulled out of a coming conference called "Doing Business with Iran" amid Ottawa's stepped-up calls for justice in the brutal death of Zahra Kazemi. The Iranian-born Canadian citizen died in July 2003, several days after being arrested for taking photos of a demonstration outside a Tehran prison.