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Iran and the Bomb

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The Globe and Mail: A senior official said yesterday that Iran has cleared up all the questions surrounding its nuclear program. Unfortunately, the official was from Iran.
The rest of the world has serious and growing doubts about Tehran’s contention that its nuclear activities are purely peaceful. The International Atomic Energy Agency is still investigating how traces of enriched uranium that could be used for bomb-making found their way to Iranian nuclear sites …

Islamic Government Tightens Control on Women’s Dress

Radio Farda: The Islamic government has heightened its campaign against violations of the Islamic dress code, as more women appear in Tehran and other major cities dressed in tighter overcoats, displaying the curves of their bodies in violation of the Islamic dress code, according to a dispatch from Tehran by the Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

The Najaf showdown

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Washintgon Times: Media coverage of Iraqi politics paints a warped picture of the reality inside the country. A serious misunderstanding of Iraq is developing in the West. Muqtada al-Sadr is not a populist; the Najaf standoff has little to do with Iraqi popular will and everything to do with Iranian political muscle flexing.

Iran bars Iraqi reporter from working -TV station

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Reuters: Iranian authorities have told an Iraqi reporter working for a Gulf-based television station he can no longer work as a journalist in Iran, his employer said today.
Abu Dhabi TV correspondent Najah Mohammed Ali is the second foreign journalist to fall afoul of Iranian authorities this year.

Iranian Nobel laureate’s home broken into twice

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AFP: The door to Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi’s home was forced open twice in the past 10 days, she said Wednesday, adding that she believed the break-ins were intended as a threat.
“I’m taking it as a threat, some people want to make me understand that, even at home, I am not secure,” she told AFP.

Iranian official confirms hanging of girl in northern Iran

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Iran Focus: Tehran, Aug 25 – After initially denying that a 16-year-old girl had been hanged in public in the northern town of Neka on Monday, August 16, the Iranian government has admitted for the first time that the hanging took place.

Iraq foils attempt to smuggle weapon production lines to Iran

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Xinhuanet: Iraqi border and customs police foiled an attempt to smuggle weapon production lines to Iran in eastern Iraq of Diyala, the Al Sabah Al Jadid newspaper reported Tuesday.
The productions lines, remains of the former Iraqi institution of military industry, were disassembled and hidden under heaps of junk in six 16-ton-cargo cars.

Iran missile program takes a long stride

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Iran Focus: Tehran, Aug 25 – A senior Iranian Defense Ministry official confirmed that contrary to the official announcement, the missile tested last week was a Shahab-4 and not simply an improved version of Shahab-3 missile, Iran Focus has learnt.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Defense Ministry experts described last week’s test as “an unprecedented success in Iran’s missile program.”

Board Rules 4 Iranians Not a Threat

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Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles Times – Four brothers jailed for almost three years for allegedly supporting terrorists are not a danger to national security and cannot be deported to Iran, an immigration appeals board has ruled.
But it was a bittersweet victory for the Mirmehdis — Mohammed, Mostafa, Mohsen and Mojtaba — who were arrested Oct. 2, 2001, and are also challenging Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft’s decision to hold them without bail.

Man hanged in public

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Iran Focus: An Iranian man was hanged today near the Iranian capital, Tehran, the fifth person to be executed in public in as many days. An Iranian judiciary official announced that two more  individuals would be hanged “imminently”.