Iran Focus: Tehran, Sep. 24 At least 120 persons have been hanged in public in Iran since March, according to the state-owned press. A man was hanged in public today in the city of Ahwaz (southwestern Iran). Mohsen Sh. was accused of armed robbery.
His two alleged accomplices, Peyman B. and Shahin R., were sentenced to having their right hands and left feet amputated.
AFP: A top Iranian conservative cleric warned the United States on Friday against working to thwart Tehran's efforts to acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
"If you want to do something that would deprive the Iranian nation ..., thus hurting the nation, you would be faced with the Iranian nation's fists," Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said, addressing US President George W. Bush.
Reuters: European countries are losing patience with Iran over its nuclear program, diplomats said on Friday, as France's foreign minister insisted Tehran must assure the world it does not plan to acquire nuclear weapons.
Western diplomats close to negotiations between Britain, France and Germany and Iran said the European trio might soon be ready to support U.S. demands to refer Tehran's nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council in November.
Reuters: Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Iran on Friday to heed the demands of the U.N. nuclear watchdog after Tehran defied the United Nations by going ahead with its uranium enrichment programme.
Russia is helping the Islamic republic build a nuclear reactor at the port of Bushehr despite strong criticism from the United States which says Tehran is seeking atomic weapons.
The Economist:"WE HAVE made our choice: yes to peaceful nuclear technology and no to nuclear weapons," said Iran's president, Muhammad Khatami, this week. But few are convinced. Among the doubters are Britain, France and Germany, the European trio that last October thought they had the makings of a face-saving deal to head off Iran's nuclear ambitions. Since then, inspectors have turned up more evidence of past wrongdoing, and Iran has turned more belligerent.
Financial Times: Iran's parliament has asserted its claim to control contracts signed by the government with international companies, highlighting a constitutional right that had fallen into disuse.
The move reflects the desire of a conservative majority elected in February to rein in the reformist government of President Mohammad Khatami in its last year of office.
AFP: The Spanish oil group Repsol YPF and British-Dutch group Shell have signed a project framework agreement involving the Iranian oil company NIOC regarding liquefied natural gas in Iran, Repsol said on Thursday.
Spain's El Pais newspaper reported earlier that Repsol and Shell had signed an agreement worth $3.96 billion dollars with Iran to exploit natural gas reserves.
AFP: A prominent Democratic senator urged the Bush administration to directly engage Iran over its suspected nuclear weapons program and that preemptive military force should not be ruled out.
"I don't want to saber rattle, but I wouldn't take anything off the table," said Senator Joe Lieberman ...
Iran Focus: Tehran, Sep. 23 As millions of school children headed back to school at the beginning of the new academic year, government officials in Iran announced new measures aimed at further segregation of boys and girls.
School transport authorities across the country have been instructed to allocate separate buses for boys and girls.
Iran Focus: Baku, Sep. 23 Azerbaijans media reported Thursday that Iran violated Azeri airspace by sending surveillance aircraft for aerial reconnaissance. There was no immediate reaction from Tehran, but the top commander of Azerbaijan's Air Force, General Rahil Rzayev, denied any incursion of his countrys airspace.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Sep. 23 In a country where doctors have one of the highest social status, 30,000 physicians live below the poverty line, according to the head of Irans General Practitioners Association.
Contrary to what is perceived, there are at present 30,000 general practitioners around the country who are living under the poverty line, ...
Christian Science Monitor: Two years from now, during either a Kerry or Bush presidency, Iran will probably be much more of a security issue for the United States than Iraq.
Yet the campaigns of the two presidential candidates remain focused on Iraq, even though their approaches for stabilizing Iraq are far less different from their solutions for preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Washington Post: A ten-year-old had awakened his parents in horror, telling them he had been having an "illegal dream." He had been dreaming that he was at the seaside with some men and women who were kissing, and he did not know what to do. -- Azar Nafisi, "Reading Lolita in Tehran"
Washington Times: The U.S. subsidiary of a Japanese company will plead guilty to illegally shipping high-technology pumps with military applications to Iran through two French companies, The Washington Times has learned.
Ebara International Corp., based in Sparks, Nev., has agreed to a plea bargain related to seven criminal violations from the sale of cryogenic transfer pumps to Iran, according to Bush administration law-enforcement officials.
New York Times: Iran reiterated its right on Wednesday to produce uranium fuel for nuclear energy, seizing on a rift between nuclear-weapon nations that want to slow the spread of such technology and developing countries that see the technology as the entitlement of every signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
Kyodo News: Japan urged Iran on Wednesday to stop all uranium enrichment-related activities to dispel international concerns that Iran may be trying to develop nuclear weapons, a Japanese official said.