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Press Release

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UNITED NATIONS: Press Release – The following statement was issued today by the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, and the Special Rapporteur on torture of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights:

Iranian Prosecutor Shuts 2 Newspapers

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Washington Post: An Iranian prosecutor has ordered the closures of two newspapers that reported last week on a trial involving a case in which he is alleged to have been involved.

Main Iranian armed opposition group granted protected status

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AP: Fighters from the main Iranian armed opposition group, who are under U.S. military guard in Iraq, have been granted protected status as noncombatants, the State Department said Monday.

U.S. Sees No Basis to Prosecute Iranian Opposition ‘Terror’ Group being held in Iraq

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New York Times: A 16-month review by the United States has found no basis to charge members of an Iranian opposition group in Iraq with violations of American law, though the group is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States government, according to senior American officials.

Iranians are close making nuclear bomb

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The Times: IRAN is just “months away” from having the capability to enrich uranium for a nuclear bomb, Western diplomatic sources said yesterday.

Iran said seeking nuke bomb “booster”

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Reuters: Iranian agents are negotiating with a Russian company to buy a substance that can boost nuclear explosions in atomic weapons, according to an intelligence agency report being circulated by diplomats.

No Progress in Nuclear Talks With Iran

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Washington Post: A meeting yesterday between European and Iranian officials over Tehran’s suspect nuclear program ended with the sides agreeing to continue discussions, but Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said it is increasingly likely the matter will have to be brought to the U.N. Security Council.

Iran at the brink

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The Guardian: Last October’s Tehran agreement between Iran and the foreign ministers of the big three European powers – Britain, France and Germany – was hailed at the time as a breakthrough.

Iran “insists” on enriching uranium

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Reuters: Iran, intensifying a standoff over its nuclear programs, has told European officials it will not back down on its right to proceed with uranium enrichment, a senior U.S. official says.

U.S. Says Iran Must Cooperate on Nuclear Program

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Reuters: The Bush administration warned Iran on Monday that it would face rising international pressure if it refused to back down on its nuclear program, saying Tehran would be isolated if it continued on that path.