Iran Focus: Baghdad, Oct. 8 Crack troops of the Qods Force (Jerusalem Force), the extraterritorial force of Irans Revolutionary Guards Corps, operating out of their base in the border town of Mehran, have seized Iraqi territories in Zeyn al-Qos, Seif Saad and al-Amarah regions, according to reports from the area.
Reuters: The family of an Iranian-American dissident assassinated on Tehran's orders is entitled to millions of dollars in assets owed to Iran by a California defense contractor, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday. The ruling is the latest wrinkle on a tangled legal and financial landscape that began when the U.S. government froze billions of dollars of Iranian assets in response to Iran's taking of U.S. ...
Washington Times: Here's how the deal works, or rather how it doesn't: Iran continues playing games with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which continues passing resolutions demanding Iran end its nuclear program resolutions Iran continues ignoring. In the latest round of play, the mullahs have announced they won't honor an earlier promise to suspend their nuclear programs. Is anybody really surprised?
Reuters: Iran should freeze all its uranium enrichment-related activities by a November 25 board of governors meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, said on Friday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 7 - More than 650 female students of Allameh Tabatabai University in Tehran staged a demonstration late Monday afternoon in protest against the dire state of their boarding houses.
Students complained of a lack of basic commodities such as drinkable water and telephone facilities as well as ...
Compass: Concern is growing among Irans evangelical community for the safety of a pastor arrested four weeks ago by the Iranian security police. Iranian authorities have refused to give any reason for the arrest and prolonged detention of Hamid Pourmand, 47, a lay pastor in the Assemblies of God Church. No one has been allowed contact with Pourmand since September 9, when he was arrested along with 85 other evangelical church leaders.
Reuters: The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, said Thursday he hoped Iran would fully suspend its uranium enrichment-related activities and that his agency was working with it to do so. Iran said Wednesday it had processed several tons of raw "yellowcake" uranium to prepare it for enrichment -- a process that can be used to make atomic weapons -- in defiance of the U.N. watchdog.
United Press International: An Iranian military official said Thursday his country would launch its first homemade satellite into space during the next Persian year, which starts in March.
Deputy Defense Minister for Space Affairs Nasser Maliki was quoted by the Iranian News Agency as saying the satellite would orbit the earth at low altitudes varying between 100 and 400 kilometers (about 60 to 250 miles).
International Herald Tribune: Saddam Hussein hid behind ambiguities and evasions about whether Iraq possessed unconventional weapons - when in fact it had none - partly as a deterrent to Iran, according to a report by the chief American arms inspector in Iraq.
CNN: A missile Iran claimed to have tested earlier this week with the range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) is an improved version of its previously tested Shahab-3 missile, the deputy head of Iran's Aerospace Organization said, according to Iranian media.
"Shahab-3 now has a range of 2,000 kilometers and all its components are produced in Iran," said Nasser Maleki.
Asia Times: As a Persian proverb says, "Never two without three." After receiving two hard and insulting slaps in one week by the conservative-controlled majlis, or parliament, beleaguered Iranian President Mohammad Khatami suffered a personal blow when one of his closest allies and oldest friends decided to leave the cabinet.
AP: A senior Russian official says his country is going to continue its nuclear energy cooperation with Iran in spite of concern that Tehran could be trying to develop atomic weapons.
Interfax news agency reports that the deputy foreign minister says Russia will comply with commitments it made in Iran.
Associated Press: U.N. nuclear agency chief Mohammed ElBaradei on Thursday renewed his calls to Iran to fully suspend all uranium enrichment-related activities, after Tehran admitted it has converted a few tons of uranium into gas.
Associated Press: IRAN appointed a US-trained fighter pilot as its new air force chief, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported today.
General Karim Ghavami replaced General Reza Pardis. IRNA gave no reason for the switch, made by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
AFP: Iran will hang on to its sensitive nuclear technology "at any cost" despite pressure from the United States and the Europeans, powerful former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Thursday.
"The United States and Europe absolutely do not want us to possess nuclear technology but we are determined ... "
Middle East Online: Iranian traders were given a stern warning Wednesday to stop using only foreign languages in advertising, company logos or shop signs, an official in the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance said.
"There is a law dating back to 1996 that aims to preserve the Farsi language, " ...
BBC: French carmaker Renault has unveiled plans to build its new budget car, the Dacia Logan, in Iran. The car is designed to help Renault boost its sales in emerging markets.
The Logan will be built in Iran by Renault Pars, a joint venture with Iran's Industrial Development and Renovation Organisation (IDRO).