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Bus and truck collide in southeast Iran, 15 dead

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Reuters: A bus and a truck collided in southeast Iran killing 15 people and injuring 20 others, the official IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

California Firm Fined for Illegal Export of Parts

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Los Angeles Times: A California aircraft parts supplier, Interaero Inc., pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to illegally shipping $40,000 of missile and jet fighter equipment to a supplier in China who planned to forward the shipment to Iran.

Iran a Nuclear Threat, U.S. Says

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Washington Post: Iran told British, French and German officials last month that it could produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear bomb within a year, Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton said yesterday in arguing the case for international pressure on the Islamic Republic.

Iran will go ahead with nucelar programme regardless: Khamenei

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AFP: Iran is determined to proceed with its nuclear programme despite international concern, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has insisted, the state news agency IRNA reported Monday.

Analysis: Is Iran showing its hand in Iraq?

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UPI: A senior Iraqi government official played videotapes for reporters showing seized boxes of weapons intended for Moqtada Sadr’s Mahdi Army. Wael Abdel Latif, minister for the provinces in Iraq’s interim administration, said the weapons came from Iran.

IAF chief: Iran seeking nuclear warheads

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AP & JERUSALEM POST: Iran plans to arm its missiles with nuclear warheads, according to Israel Airforce chief Maj.-Gen. Eliezer Shkedi. Shkedi told Army Radio that not just Israel is threatened but the entire world.

Iran can see opportunity across border

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USA TODAY: Iran’s increasing support for insurgent Shiites in Iraq is giving the fighting in Najaf the appearance of a proxy war between Iran and the United States, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

IRAN’S RULERS FEAR THE PEOPLE

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VOA: Like despotic rulers everywhere, the extremist Muslim clerics who run Iran consider the people their greatest enemy. That is why, says U.S. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Iran’s rulers are worried about the movement toward democracy in Iraq:

Widespread crackdown on women

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Iran Focus: A new wave of crackdown against young people, particularly girls, has been launched by the Iranian security forces in conjunction with other security services under the pretext of campaign against “symbols of public corruption” and “improper veiling.”

Widespread arrest of young people in Mashad

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Iran Focus: Special units of the State Security Forces launched a new campaign in Mashad, provincial capital of the northeastern province of Khorrasan, to crack down on young people.