AFP: Six Iranians held at an outback immigration detention centre north of here have begun a hunger strike, some with their lips sewn together, in an attempt to have their plea for asylum reviewed, officials said Wednesday. The six are members of a group of 70 Iranian men who have been held, some for years, at the Baxter detention centre, near Port ...
AFP: Iran's Intelligence Minister Ali Younessi has denied claims by the judiciary that members of Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network have been tried and sentenced. "Probably the judiciary in Tehran was speaking about the sentencing of Al-Qaeda sympathisers and not their principal members," Younessi was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.
Washington Post: The leaders of Iraq and Jordan warned yesterday that Iran is trying to influence the Iraqi elections scheduled for Jan. 30 to create an Islamic government that would dramatically shift the geopolitical balance between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in the Middle East. Iraqi President Ghazi Yawar charged that Iran is coaching candidates and political parties sympathetic to Tehran and pouring "huge amounts of money" into the campaign to produce a Shiite-dominated government similar to Iran's.
Knight Ridder Newspapers: As 150,000 U.S. troops battle to stabilize Iraq, some officials in the Bush administration are already planning to turn up the heat on another member of the president's axis of evil. Officials in the White House and the Defense Department are developing plans to increase public criticism of Iran's human rights record, offer stronger backing to exiles and other opponents of Tehran's repressive ...
AFP: The United States said Tuesday it was backing Iraq's and Afghanistan's bids to join the World Trade Organization but said there was no consensus on Iran's effort to join. Baghdad and Kabul were expected to present their candidacies December 13 to join the multilateral organization, which must make a unanimous recommendation.
UPI: Iraqi Interim President Ghazi Yawar warned Iran Tuesday against meddling in Iraqi politics ahead of the Jan. 30 elections in Iraq. In an interview with the Washington Post, Yawar, a U.S.-educated civil engineer and Sunni Muslim tribal leader, said he was disappointed by political interference from Iran aimed at influencing the outcome of the Iraqi elections.
AFP: Egypt said on Tuesday it has charged an Iranian diplomat and an Egyptian national over a plot to assassinate an unidentified public figure.
Egyptian Mahmud Aid Dabbus is accused of being paid 50,000 dollars by Iran's Revolutionary Guards to kill the unnamed target and of spying for the Islamic republic, charges that carry a possible 25-year prison term.
Reuters: Instead of celebrating his 18th birthday at home with friends and family this month, Ali Torabi will be wondering if it will be his last. Torabi is one of at least 12 juvenile offenders sentenced to death by Iran's hardline courts and held in detention centres until they are deemed old enough to be executed without attracting international criticism, human rights activists say.
AFP: Seven drug traffickers were hanged publicly on Tuesday in a park in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan, the Kayhan evening newspaper reported. It said the men had been found guilty of involvement in international narcotics trafficking and attacks on security forces. They were hanged in Zahedan's Laleh Park.
AFP: Iran confirmed Tuesday that it has tried and sentenced fugitive members of Al-Qaeda detained on its soil, but maintained a tight secrecy over which members of Osama bin Laden's network were in the Islamic republic.
AFP: Negotiations between officials from Iran and Britain, France and Germany aimed at building on the Islamic republic's agreement to freeze sensitive nuclear work are to start next week, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday. Iran's top national security official and nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani said the first round of the dialogue was likely to involve himself, the foreign ministers of the EU's "big three" ...
Human Rights Watch: Secret squads operating under the authority of the Iranian judiciary have used torture to force detained Internet journalists and civil society activists to write self-incriminatory confession letters, Human Rights Watch said today.
AFP: Human Rights Watch said Monday that secret squads operating under the Iranian judiciary have used torture to force detained Internet journalists and activists to write self-incriminatory "confession letters."
BBC: Iranian students have interrupted a speech by President Mohammad Khatami to mark Student Day at Tehran university.
Students chanted "Shame on you" and "Where are your promised freedoms?" to express their frustration with the failure of Iran's reform movement.
Reuters: Iran denied on Monday it had handed over to Egypt prominent militant Mustafa Hamza, leader of the Gama'a al-Islamiya group that tried to overthrow the Egyptian government in the 1990s. Hani el-Sibai, head of Egypt's Maqrizi Centre for Historical Studies, told Reuters on Sunday Tehran handed over Hamza to Cairo in October in exchange for information about members of an Iranian exiled group living in Egypt.