AP: A military commander says Iraq's border forces have arrested 94 infiltrators who illegally crossed into the country from Iran.
The Iraqi Brigadier General in charge of the southern borders says the infiltrators, all Afghans and Iranians, were arrested yesterday crossing into southern Basra and Amarah.
Reporters Without Borders: Reporters Without Borders today deplored the arrest of Iranian journalist Fershteh Ghazi, of the daily Etemad ("Confidence"), for working with reformist Internet news websites and expressed alarm at reports that the intelligence services were preparing to accuse her and five other imprisoned journalists of "adultery" in a bid to hide the political nature of their detention.
Reuters: To cries of "Death to America" and "God is Greatest" Iran's hardline-dominated parliament passed a bill on Sunday obliging the government to continue efforts to develop a civilian nuclear energy program.
The proposal, backed by 247 of parliament's 290 lawmakers ...
AFP: An Iranian woman lawmaker is backing the removal of the concept of gender equality from a state development plan in order to prevent the "bullying" of men, the state news agency IRNA reported on Saturday.
"Bringing up the issue of gender justice is a case of bullying men," the female deputy, Eshrat Shayeghi told the agency.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 30 - Zhila Izadyar, the 13-year-old schoolgirl from the Iranian town of Marivan (north-western Iran) who is sentenced to be stoned to death is reported to be in poor health after she was lashed 55 times in prison.
Azad Zamani of the Society for the Protection of Childrens Rights has said that Zhilas health has been rapidly deteriorating. Zamani has managed to visit Zhila although under close supervision of the Iranian regimes agents.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 30 - The head of the Iranian Nurses Union accused the Iranian regime of failing to see to the demands and needs of Irans nurses and threatened nationwide strikes and protests. Mohammad Sharafi Moghadam said that the administration directorate for the countrys nurses is run by a corrupt mafia, and cannot manage and coordinate in an acceptable manner.
Reuters: The U.N. nuclear watchdog has offered to guarantee Iran a supply of fuel for its nuclear power plants so that Tehran would not need to enrich its own uranium, Western diplomats said on Friday.
Reuters: Iran believes there is only a 10 percent chance the U.N. Security Council will impose economic sanctions on it if Washington succeeds in sending its nuclear case there, a senior security official said on Friday.
AFP: The United States said Friday that "time is running out" for Iran to avoid being hauled before the UN Security Council for possible sanctions by complying with international demands to halt uranium enrichment activities and come clean on its suspect nuclear program.
AFP: The European Union is considering making concessions to Iran ahead of a nuclear meeting next week in order to get it to abandon uranium enrichment but the hardline United States is unhappy with such a compromise, a Western diplomat told AFP Friday.
AFP: Iran and China have signed a preliminary accord under which China would buy 10 million tonnes a year of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for 25 years in a deal worth 100 billion dollars, the student news agency ISNA said Friday. ISNA quoted Deputy Oil Minister Hadi Nejad-Hosseinian as saying the deal could eventually reach 15 to 20 million tonnes a year, taking the total value to as much as 200 billion dollars.
Reuters: Pope John Paul on Friday told Iran it had a duty to comply with international controls on nuclear proliferation.
The 84-year-old Pope made his views known as Tehran faces an ultimatum to freeze its uranium enrichment programme -- which Washington says is a front for making nuclear weapons -- or face United Nations sanctions.
60 hospitals under construction being abandoned
200 students in Khorassan suffering from AIDS
Students detained in Mashad
300 Satellite dishes rounded up in Isfahan
Man sentenced to execution
Mashads 1,000 blind in desperate state
The Associated Press: Kurdish Iranians in poor border towns are taking advantage of the porous boundary with Iraq to sneak into the country for coveted items - like alcohol - to sell back home. For the past three years, Farshid Karimi has earned his living smuggling goods - and dodging border guards.
AFP: Influential former president Hashemi Rafsanjani said Friday that Iran would continue talks with Europe over its nuclear activities but reject any threats aimed at depriving the country of peaceful nuclear technology. "We agree to continue negotiations within the framework of international rules but if the Europeans want to use threats, there is no more place for negotiations," Rafsanjani said on state radio.
Xinhuanet: The European Union (EU) and Iran will resume nuclear talks in Paris on Nov. 5, diplomats said Thursday.
A second round of discussions between Iran and the EU trio -- Britain, Germany and France -- in Vienna on Wednesday failed to reach agreement but both sides described the meeting constructive.