AFP: Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht, whose country will sit at the UN Security Council in 2007 and 2008, said Monday that the international community should take sanctions soon against Iran or "look ridiculous".
AFP: Iran confirmed Tuesday it has dismissed an appeal for early release by a Frenchman and German jailed for 18 months for illegally entering Iranian waters, saying their original sentence was already lenient.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Oct. 17 Some 500 students in Tehrans Amir-Kabir University held a protest on Monday against the takeover of universities by Islamist groups affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards. These include the paramilitary Bassij Daneshjui and Jihad Daneshgahi. They also demanded the release of a fellow student activist.
New York Times: As debate swirls about whether new international sanctions against North Korea will be effective, the Bush administration appears to have made some headway in using new American legal tools to cut off both North Korea and Iran from the international financial system.
Reuters: The only thing that surprised Abdolreza Tajik when the Iranian authorities shut the pro-reform newspaper where he worked was that it had survived so long since last year's election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.