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.
Reuters: Iran, which the United States accuses of secretly pursuing nuclear weapons, has a stake in the world's biggest open-pit uranium mine in the African state of Namibia, the mine's owner told Reuters.
Rossing Uranium Limited, which is majority owned by Anglo-Australian firm Rio Tinto, sells its uranium to nuclear power plants in the United States, Japan, South Korea and Sweden.
AP: Sen. Joseph Biden and Iran's foreign minister clashed Friday over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, with Biden hinting at the possibility of armed conflict unless fears of an Iranian weapons program were put to rest. The rare and frank public exchange between a senior American politician and a ranking member of the Iranian government came at a dinner during the World Economic Forum held in this Alpine resort town.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Jan. 29 Sources within the Iranian Resistance told Iran Focus that they had obtained a secret report sent from an insurgent group operating in Iraq to a senior commander of Iran's Qods (Jerusalem) Force.
The latest revelation comes after another classified document was obtained by the Resistance from within Iran's intelligence and security apparatus earlier this month confirming insurgents' links to Iran.
AFP: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned European powers Saturday that they must take their nuclear negotiations with Iran seriously, otherwise Tehran will reconsider its cooperation. "The Europeans negotiating with Iran should know that they are dealing with a great, cultured nation... if Iranian officials feel that there is no seriousness in the European negotiations, the process will change," ...
New York Times: The chief executive of Halliburton said on Friday that the company would withdraw all employees from Iran and end its business activities there after its Iranian energy exploration contracts came under criticism this month. Halliburton, the nation's largest energy- and military-services company, plans to cease dealings in Iran when it completes its present commitments, David J. Lesar, Halliburton's chief executive, told investors on a conference call.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Jan. 29 An official from Iran's embassy in Baghdad was arrested by Iraq's security apparatus. Heydar Javaheri was gathering intelligence under the cover of an economic attaché in the Iranian embassy. He admitted to having illegally entered the country from Iran using fake travel documents after the fall of the previous regime.