AFP: The global economy could face short-term turbulence if the United States and its allies take action against Iran over its controversial nuclear programme but it should be resilient enough to withstand the shocks, US publisher Steve Forbes said Monday.
AFP: Auto makers from China and Iran have agreed to set up a joint venture production plant in the east Chinese province Shandong to manufacture the Iranian-designed Samand sedan, state press reported Monday.
AFP: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Monday that world powers would have no choice but to take Iran to the UN Security Council if Tehran does not agree to rein in its nuclear program.
Reuters: Oil fell more than a dollar to less than $68 a barrel on Monday, pulled lower by expectations that any sanctions against oil producer Iran were some way off and would not necessarily disrupt export flows.
AP: The European Union's top foreign policy chief and Iran's senior nuclear negotiator tentatively agreed late Monday to meet in two days in Vienna in a last-ditch attempt to try and bridge differences over Tehran's nuclear program, U.N. and European officials said.
AFP: High-ranking officials from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will meet in Berlin this week to discuss the Iranian nuclear crisis, a German government spokesman said Monday.
Sunday Times: Things are not going well. Iran is a living nightmare for most of the world. Ruled by mullahs and exporting terror, it scares both the secular leaders of Muslim states and those who govern sizeable Muslim minorities. Its president wishes to destroy Israel and sponsors Hezbollah. Iranian fighters attack American and British forces in Iraq.
The Times: Persian proverbs have a particularly poetic quality to them. Among my personal favourites are: The wise man sits on the hole in his carpet; You cant pick up two melons with one hand; and When fortune turns against you, even jelly breaks your teeth. Profound.
The Daily Telegraph: Iran brushed aside Kofi Annan's efforts to mediate in the crisis over its nuclear ambitions yesterday even as Western powers struggled to maintain momentum for sanctions against the Islamic state.
New York Times: The United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, said Sunday after meeting here with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran that the president was willing to enter into negotiations on his countrys nuclear program but would not agree to suspending uranium enrichment beforehand, as demanded by the Security Council.
The Times - Leading articles: Kofi Annans meetings with the Iranian leadership this weekend appear to have yielded little progress. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Irans President, made it plain that, while he was interested in more talks about his countrys evident nuclear ambitions, he would not contemplate any suspension of uranium enrichment in advance of those negotiations. That requirement, however, is the essence of UN Resolution 1696 passed on July 31 and whose deadline expired without compliance last Thursday.