Reporters Without Borders: Reporters Without Borders today called on women's media and women's rights groups around the world to rally to the defence of two Iraqi women journalists who have been arrested in the past eight days in connection with their work for pro-reform websites.
AFP: Iran and European Union officials are sticking to their positions on key questions in negotiations on the Islamic republic's nuclear programme which were underway on Saturday in Paris, a top Iranian official said. "The two sides are sticking to their positions on the fundamental questions," Hassan Rowhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme ...
AFP: Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi dismissed on Saturday fresh allegations of interference in neighbouring Iraq, asserting that the Islamic republic was playing a "positive role" and not fuelling unrest. "Iran is playing a positive role in Iraq, and if anyone thinks that Iran is interfering in Iraq's internal affairs they had better show their evidence," Kharazi said in a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart Li Zhaoxing.
AFP: Iraqi interim prime minister Iyad Allawi Friday urged the European Union to use its influence with Syria and Iran to stop them from "fuelling violence" in his country. "We need your help in persuading Iraq's neighbours that fuelling violence in Iraq will only damage their own security in the long term," he told European Union leaders in a speech made available to the press.
AFP: Iran wants China to replace Japan as its biggest importer of oil and gas, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh was reported as saying here Saturday. "Japan is our number one energy importer due to historical reasons ... but we would like to give preference to exports to China," Zanganeh was quoted as saying the China Business Weekly magazine.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 6 - Security forces have raided and arrested three webloggers in Tehran, according to reports from the Iranian capital.
The three, identified by their first names as Dariush, Omid and Payvand, were arrested in midnight raids on their homes on Thursday.
New York Times: In an effort to stop Iran from producing a nuclear bomb, the 25 leaders of the European Union on Friday offered Iran economic and political incentives if it suspended its production of enriched uranium. The proposal, issued in a statement at the end of a two-day summit meeting in Brussels, coincided with negotiations that opened here in which Iran was seeking concessions from France, Germany, Britain and the European Union to allow it to produce enriched uranium.
Daily Telegraph: With Iran believed to be coming ever closer to developing nuclear weapons, President Bush may have to decide in the next four years whether to order pre-emptive military action against another "rogue" state. As with Iraq, the debate would revolve around the quality of intelligence on weapons of mass destruction and what constitutes "active" co-operation by Iran with weapons inspections.
AFP: Canada on Friday introduced a draft resolution at the UN General Assembly on what it maintains is the worsening human rights situation in Iran, a foreign ministry statement said. The text follows an earlier resolution on human rights violations by Iran, adopted by the United Nations and sponsored by Canada, in November of last year.
National Post: More proof that the goal of Iran's nuclear program is megatons not kilowatts, came last weekend. On Sunday, all 247 legislators present in the Iranian parliament voted to resume their country's uranium enrichment activities, in violation of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) restrictions. As if to confirm suspicions regarding their intentions, some deputies shouted "Death to America."
Reuters: Tehran is inching closer to a compromise with French, British and German diplomats seeking to persuade it to give up its uranium enrichment programme, a senior Iranian negotiator said on Friday.
AFP: Russia confirmed Friday that it opposed Iran's nuclear ambitions coming up for debate at the UN Security Council, where it has veto power, saying such a debate could lead to further regional tensions.
"It is very important to refrain from steps that could lead to further tensions," Deputy Foreign Minister Yury Fedotov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.
AFP: China's foreign minister discussed the North Korea and Iran nuclear issues in a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Colin Powell Friday, state media reported, two days after Bush's reelection.
USA TODAY: Of all the foreign policy challenges facing President Bush in his second term, none apart from Iraq looms larger than Iran. Twenty-five years after Iranian students seized U.S. diplomats as hostages, Iran and the United States are at the brink of a potentially more serious confrontation over Iran's apparent determination to develop a nuclear bomb.
AFP: The European Union's Dutch presidency dismissed Thursday speculation about a US military strike on Iran to force the Islamic republic to abandon its nuclear drive.
Referring to suggestions that some in the United States wanted to attack Iran, labelled part of an "axis of evil" by the re-elected President George W. Bush, Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot said "not all people in Washington" endorsed this.
The New York Times: James Billington, the librarian of Congress, is in Iran this week on the first visit by a notable U.S. government official to that country in 18 years, administration officials said. The unannounced visit was confirmed by the Library of Congress on Wednesday after it was disclosed by the Federation of American Scientists, an independent policy group in Washington.
Reuters: Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, deeply involved in efforts to end the North Korean nuclear standoff, will visit Iran later this week and discuss the Islamic republic's own nuclear crisis.
The United States accuses Iran of seeking to build nuclear bombs. It wants the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to report it at a Nov. 25 meeting to the U.N. Security Council for defying the watchdog's demands to halt uranium enrichment.