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DPA: Police in the German capital on Thursday banned a demonstration called by an Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran. Officials said the group - which seeks the ouster of the Teheran government - planned to use the rally to build support for the Iranian People's Mujahedin-e Khalq which has been declared a terrorist organisation by the European Union.

AP: A government investigation into lucrative illicit weapons sales by officials loyal to former President Leonid Kuchma has led to secret indictments or arrests of at least six arms dealers accused of selling nuclear-capable missiles to Iran and China, a high-ranking intelligence official said Friday. The deals,
which violate international non-proliferation treaties, put pressure on Ukraine's new president to halt the country's ...

U.S. Newswire - News Advisory: Iran Policy Committee (IPC) is holding a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005 at 10 a.m. in the West Room of the National Press Club of Washington, to release its report on U.S. policy options on Iran. IPC is comprised of former officials from the White House, State Department, Pentagon, intelligence agencies, the Congress, and experts from think tanks and universities.

Iran Focus: Paris, Feb. 05 - Iran's main opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, issued a statement today condemning the French government's decision to ban a peaceful protest by Iranian exiles in Paris against the dictatorship ruling Iran, despite prior approval. The NCRI
called France's decision to cancel the rally "kowtowing to the demands of the medieval regime seeking to expand its repression from Tehran to Paris", adding "French officials ...

Iran Focus: Berlin, Feb. 07 – Iranians are planning a massive rally in Berlin on the twenty-sixth anniversary of the 1979 Iranian revolution to call for an end to theocratic rule in their country. The announcement comes after the barring of a similar rally on Iran which was scheduled for the same day in Paris. Organisers are expecting a huge turnout in the event scheduled for February 10 at the Brandenburger-Tor in central Berlin, despite the original
Paris demonstration having been barred by French authorities,
days before the event.

Iran Focus: Tehran, Feb. 07 – One out of every ten people living in the streets in Iran are university-educated, according to the head of Social Affairs in the Tehran Governor's Office. Zahra Nejadbahram said, "9.4 percent of street-sleepers attending Tehran's four day-care centres are university graduates".

New York Times: Less than a day after President Bush declared he was "working with European allies" to persuade Iran to give up its nuclear program, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States would continue to rebuff European requests to participate directly in offering incentives for Iran to drop what is suspected of being a nuclear arms program.

The Guardian: Condoleezza Rice turned Washington's rhetoric on Iran up another notch yesterday, telling Iranians they would have to "live up to their international obligations" to avoid a conflict with Israel. But back in Washington, the secretary of defence, Donald Rumsfeld, struck a more dovish note, saying the estimates he had seen said Iran was "years away" from building a nuclear bomb, and that the White House had meanwhile opted for diplomacy.

Fox News: Though the Bush administration denies it has any designs on changing Iran's theocracy, members of Congress are planning ways to assist in a possible "regime change." Movements are afoot in both the House and Senate to pass legislation that would enable the U.S. government to support foreign and domestic pro-democracy groups opposed to the current Islamic republic of Iran.

AFP: Diplomacy and unity among the world's "great democracies" are key to ensuring Iran meets its international obligations, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in an interview broadcast on Sunday. The Islamic Republic had become a major obstacle to peace and stability in the Middle East and must be prevented from developing nuclear weapons, she told BBC television.

Reuters: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday there was no need for U.S. involvement in European attempts
to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear program. Her comments were likely to disappoint Europeans who would like the United States to throw greater weight behind its efforts to persuade Iran to give up nuclear activities in return for political and economic incentives.

AFP: US President George W. Bush on Wednesday accused Damascus and Tehran of ties to terrorism, and told Iranians: "As you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you." "We expect the Syrian government to end all support for terror and open the door to freedom," Bush said in his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of the US Congress and a television audience of millions.

The Independent: Condoleezza Rice sought to keep the pressure on Iran yesterday as she raced around Europe and the Middle East on her inaugural tour as US Secretary of State, urging Russia to withhold fuel from Tehran to stop what Washington says is the country's drive to build a nuclear bomb. Ms Rice, who congratulated Poland on its "extraordinary" contribution in Iraq during a three-hour visit to Warsaw, flew on to Turkey and a meeting with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

Reuters: Faced with political pressure over its business ties in Iran, General Electric Co. said on Wednesday it would not accept any new business there, citing "uncertain conditions" in the country. "Senior management and the board decided in mid-December to discontinue taking new orders because of uncertain conditions relating to Iran," said Gary Sheffer, executive director of communications and public affairs at GE.

Los Angeles Times: Four Iranian brothers jailed for more than three years as threats to U.S. national security have rejected a government offer of freedom, choosing to remain locked up rather than accept some of the restrictions governing their release.

AFP: US President George W. Bush will make clear in his annual State of the Union address that he wants a peaceful solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear program, a senior aide said Tuesday. The official, speaking at a briefing organized by the White House on condition that he not be named, scoffed at concerns that Washington might use force against Iran after invading Iraq 22 months ago.

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