Press Association: A Japanese court today convicted two executives of a Tokyo machinery-maker of illegally exporting equipment to Iran that could be used to make missile fuel.
The Tokyo District Court gave Haruhiko Ueda, 70, president of Tokyo-based Seishin Enterprise, a two-and-a-half-year suspended prison sentence. Akira Kamiya, 42, Seishins former South Korea branch manager, was given a suspended 18-month prison term.
Washington Post: After weeks of behind-the-scenes diplomacy, the United States will meet here today with the world's wealthiest countries to determine a strategy for giving Iran one last chance to abandon its alleged nuclear arms program or face new international pressures. Both Democrats and Republicans increasingly believe that Iran will be the next big foreign policy flash point ...
AFP: An Iranian man has attempted to commit suicide at a hospital in the southern city of Shiraz in a bid to give up his organs to needy patients, a hospital official said Thursday.
Abdolreza B., 30, turned up at the hospital and then "shot himself with a Kalashnikov outside the operating theatre," said the official.
Reuters: Russia and Iran said Thursday they had finished construction of an atomic power plant in the Islamic Republic -- a project the United States fears Tehran could use to make nuclear arms. Diplomats in Moscow said the announcement, made after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Iran, reflected Russia's readiness to press ahead with the project in return for Tehran's increased cooperation with the U.N. ...
AFP: Iraq's national intelligence chief Mohammed al-Shahwani has accused Iran's Baghdad embassy of masterminding an assassination campaign that has seen 18 intelligence agents killed since mid-September.
Shahwani told AFP a series of raids on three Iranian "safe houses" in Baghdad on September 29 had uncovered a treasure trove of documents linking Iran to plots to kill members of the intelligence service ...
AFP: A top Iranian lawmaker said here Thursday that Iran would bar international nuclear inspections in its country if debate on its nuclear program is taken up in the UN Security Council.
If the issue goes to the Security Council "there will be no place for any kind of inspections, no continuation of our openness" with IAEA inspectors, Aladdin Broujerdi ...
Voice of America: An Iranian-American human rights group says the Iranian government has stepped up its campaign against pro-democracy dissidents, women and minorities with the staging of some 120 public hangings, and the arrest and imprisonment of more than 40 journalists.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Oct. 14 - In a press conference in Jordan the head of the Iraqi Judiciary Council accused Iran of channelling in a variety of illegal drugs into Iraq cities.
Iran is presently bringing in large amounts of different drugs using its surrogates under the cover of social and political research, Dr. Madhat Mahmoud told journalists in Amman.
AFP: Two quakes measuring 5.2 and 4.2 on the Richter scale hit Iran's southeastern province of Kerman early Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or serious material damage.
The official news agency IRNA said the first quake, measuring 4.2, hit the town of Zarand at 4:51 am (01:21 GMT).
Xinhuanet: A senior Iraqi intelligence official has accused Iran and some political parties of cooperating in an attempt to work against Iraqi new intelligence forces, local newspaper Azzaman reported Wednesday. Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Abdullah al Shahwani, head of the Iraqi intelligence, said in an interview with the newspaper published on Wednesday ...
AP: The U.S. administration will take up strategy for United Nations sanctions against Iran at a meeting tomorrow of senior officials from eight nations. All the G8 countries - the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Canada and Russia - will have senior officials at the ...
Reuters: Iranian authorities have arrested at least six Internet journalists and webloggers in recent days, colleagues and relatives said on Wednesday, in a further blow to limited press freedoms in the Islamic state. News-based Internet sites and online journals known as Weblogs have flourished in Iran where the disproportionately youthful population often turns to the Internet for information and entertainment.
Voice of America: The Group of Eight industrialized nations is set to discuss Iran's nuclear program Friday In Washington. A top U.S. official says Iran can avoid possible sanctions if it cooperates with the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
Officials from the Group of Eight, including Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Undersecretary of State John Bolton, say they will explore a common strategy on Iran just days after Tehran rejected European efforts to halt the Islamic Republic's uranium enrichment program.
Xinhuanet: Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, speaker of Iran's Majlis (parliament) said Wednesday that Iran is determined to make further progress in the field of nuclear technology, the official IRNA news agency reported.
"The Iranian youth are determined to create further progress in the field of nuclear technology in the coming years," Adel was quoted as saying at a ceremony of the new academic year of the University of Imam Hossein, which is affiliated to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.
BBC: A murder trial in Iran has been adjourned after relatives of the dead screamed and shouted at one of the accused and tried to attack him. The attack occurred as the defendant coolly confessed to his crime. No new date has been set for the trial, which is taking place behind closed doors, to resume.
AFP: Iran has accused the European Union countries of committing "blatant human rights violations" in a response to fresh EU criticism of the Islamic republic's own record, press reports said Wednesday.
"The issue of violating the rights of Muslims, as well as other discriminatory laws regarding minorities, worries the Islamic republic of Iran," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi was quoted as saying.
Reuters: Iran should be "brought to account" on its nuclear program, but Washington is open to ideas other than taking it to the U.N. Security Council for sanctions, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said Wednesday.