AP: Europe is treading softly on the issue of Iran's uranium enrichment program at a meeting of the U.N. nuclear agency, fearing too much pressure could jeopardize talks with Tehran, documents made available to The Associated Press showed Wednesday.
Reuters: China urged Iran on Wednesday to respond positively to a package of incentives and penalties aimed at persuading it to give up uranium enrichment and defuse a showdown with Washington and its allies.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 14 Relatives of several hundred people arrested during a peaceful anti-government demonstration by women on Monday gathered on Tuesday outside a court in Tehran and the citys notorious Evin Prison demanding the release of their loved ones.
AP: Iraq's prime minister launched the biggest security crackdown in Baghdad since the U.S.-led invasion, with tens of thousands of security forces deploying throughout the capital on Wednesday and increased checkpoints causing some traffic jams.
Christian Science Monitor - The Monitor's View: It's been nearly half a decade since 9/11 and the big question remains: Are violent Islamists on the run as a result of the US response? At the least, Al Qaeda has not repeated an attack in the US. On other fronts, US success is tentative, especially in dealing with Iran.
Washington Times: The Western response to the threat of Iran gaining nuclear weapons is tracking dangerously toward appeasement and failure. It is not yet inevitable? President Bush has insisted in two State of the Union addresses, and currently, that he will not permit it to happen. But most government officials in Europe and here, and of course the dominant media are already deeply into resignation, rationalization and denial.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 14 Irans Foreign Ministry will soon publish a report outlining human rights violations in the European Union and the United States, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki announced on Tuesday.
Washington Post: Despite months of pressure from Washington, Japan has become increasingly reluctant to join a Bush administration plan for sanctions against Iran if negotiations fail to resolve concerns over the country's nuclear program, Japanese and U.S. officials said Monday.
Reuters: President George W. Bush made a surprise visit to Baghdad to try to bolster the new government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday, days after U.S. forces killed al Qaeda's chief in Iraq.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Jun. 13 Some 50 Iranians along with an Iranian security forces commander have been arrested by Iraqs security forces in the central province of Diyala, an Iraqi television channel reported.