Iran Focus: TEHRAN, Aug. 30 - Iranian Defense Minister Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani told a meeting of senior military officiers at the headquarters of the joint chiefs of staff, on Sunday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the undisputable power in the region.
Shamkhani said Iran has achieved an effective deterrent power" to confront its enemies in the region. He did not elaborate.
Iran Focus: Thousands of Iranians will be heading to Brussels from across Europe on Monday, September 13, to take part in a huge rally outside the offices of the European Union as EU foreign ministers meet inside, Iranian exiles said.
The rally is being organized by supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a coalition of democratic opposition groups seeking to topple the theocratic regime in Iran and establish a democratically-elected government in its place.
Iran Focus: In a meeting with university lecturers and students, Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged young people in Iraq to continue their struggle against U.S. forces in Najaf.
He said that Iran is a "source of hope for the world due to its confrontational position" towards the United States. Khamenei urged Iraqis to follow Irans example of achieving an Islamic Republic.
AFP: Iran again hit out at Canada for complaining about the murder in custody here of Canadian-Iranian photographer Zahra Kazemi, saying Ottawa was only crying "crocodile tears".
"We are confounded by him and his statements," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said of Canadian Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew.
In recent weeks Pettigrew has upped his tone against Iran.
Reuters - Armed men beat up an Iranian state television camera crew in Iraq and took their equipment, Iranian state radio reported on Sunday, as relations sour between the neighbours who fought a bitter 1980-88 war.
It was unclear whether the assailants belonged to a particular faction, but Iranian state radio reported their equipment had been "confiscated" rather than stolen.
UPI: Iraqi government officials said Sunday they have rejected an Iranian offer to rebuild destroyed sections of Shiite shrines in Najaf and Karbala.
Shiite Property Department Spokesman Salah Abdul Razzaq said the government refused the offer to protest Iran's role in recent clashes in Najaf.
AFP: BAQUBA, Iraq, Sept 5 - Iraqi and US officials say they are close to defeating the deadly foreign fighter networks, Iranian spies and Iraqi resistance that make up the backbone of the insurgency in the eastern province of Diyala.
Iran Focus: Karaj, Aug 31 A court here has sentenced a 16-year-old boy to death on charges of drug trafficking.
Feiz Mohammad, who is from neighboring Afghanistan, was tried and sentenced to death by a judge in Branch 122 of the Special Juvenile Court of Karaj, 40 kilometers west of the capital, Tehran.
Mohammad was accused of stealing seven kilograms of pure morphine from his employer, a ranch owner, and giving it to a group of Afghan immigrants distributing drugs. He faced no other charges.
Iran Focus: Neka (northern Iran), Aug 31 The orphaned 16-year-old girl hanged in front of residents in this town close to the Caspian Sea on August 15 suffered years of brutal violence, exploitation and torture in the hands of relatives, local officials and plain strangers, and in a country where girls are the most vulnerable members of society, she had no one to go to for help.
The tragic picture emerges from dozens of interviews conducted by an Iran Focus correspondent with Atefeh Rajabis classmates, friends, relatives and neighbors in this humid, overcrowded industrial town that sits on a busy highway linking Tehran with the north of the country.
Iran Focus: Iran has arrested dozens of spies including several who leaked the Islamic Republics nuclear secrets, Minister of Intelligence and Security Ali Younessi said on Tuesday.
"The Information Ministry has arrested several spies who were carrying Irans nuclear information [out of the country">," he told reporters during a news conference in the Iranian capital.
Iran Focus: China today for the first time admitted to having cooperated with the Tehran regime on its nuclear program.
Zhang Huazhu, the Chinese deputy minister in charge of the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, acknowledged that in the period between the late 1980s and early 1990s China cooperated with Iran in developing nuclear technology.
Iran Focus: Paris, Sep. 1 - Iran has announced that it will convert tons of raw uranium, yellow cake into Uranium hexafluoride, used to produce enriched uranium, according to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Uranium hexafluoride is spun in centrifuges to produce enriched uranium. Highly enriched uranium is used for making nuclear weapons.
Iran Focus: Tehran - A man was hanged in public in the city of Arak, (central Iran) on Sunday, August 29.
As the unnamed man was being taken to the gallows, the crowd on the scene called for his life to be spared. Officials, however, went ahead with the hanging.
Iran Focus: Paris - Iran on Wednesday revised upwards to 31,000 from an earlier estimate of 26,000 the number of people killed in a devastating tremor in the southern Iranian city of Bam last December.
"Based on the latest statistics, 30,948 were killed in the catastrophic disaster in Bam," Kerman Governor General Mohammad Ali Karimi was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying.
Iran Focus: Brussels, Sep. 3 - As he arrived in the Netherlands to attend a meeting of the EU three today, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the EU was concerned over Iran ignoring its nuclear obligations. We have all been perplexed and saddened that the Iranian government has not completed all the tasks it said it would, Straw noted.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Sep. 3 - A man by the name of Mohammad N. was hanged in public in the city of Arak, (central Iran) on Sunday, August 29.
Mohammads four young children were brought to the scene to watch the execution of their father.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Sep. 4 In his Friday prayer sermon in Tehran yesterday, Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said Iran would vigorously continue its pursuit for nuclear capabilities. He insisted that Tehran would never abandon its quest regardless of what the international community might think.