Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 4 - The executive director of the Khaneyeh Karegar (House of Workers) in an interview with the Iranian state-run wire service admitted that hundreds of thousands of workers are presently unemployed.
Ali Tarshavand accused senior officials of the Iranian governments inner circle of being at the centre of enormous corruption.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Oct. 4 - The Interim Iraqi Interior Minister stated that armed Iranian agents have been arrested among rebels fighting in the city of Samarra. The Al-Hurriya TV aired footage of Falah Naqib who accused Iran of backing insurgents in this presently volatile region of Iraq.
Xinhuanet: Iran said on Sunday that it might halt snap UN inspections on its nuclear sites if its parliament approved it, the official IRNA news agency reported. "If the Majlis (parliament) passes the bill like that and it is approved by the Guardian Council, the government will naturally follow it," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi was quoted as saying.
Washington Times: The International AtomicEnergy Agency (IAEA) is currently investigating Iran's nuclear program, especially the possibility that Pakistan helped it with substantial transfers of technology and materials in the past. There has been no conclusive evidence so far, except for a piece of evidence that Pakistan had supplied designs for an advanced centrifuge called P-2 to Iran in 1995.
AFP: A huge majority of MPs in Iran's conservative-controlled parliament wants the country to resume uranium enrichment and will soon begin discussing a bill that would force the reformist government to do so, a senior deputy said Sunday.
"The plan to oblige the government to resume enrichment has the support of 238 deputies" out of a total 290 ...
VOA News: Iran's conservative-dominated parliament has impeached the country's transport minister, accusing him of corruption and mismanagement.
Ahmad Khorram was stripped of his post in President Mohammed Khatami's reformist government Sunday by a vote of 188 to 58.
AFP: Twenty people were killed and 21 others injured when a bus packed with Iraqi nationals on a pilgrimage to Iran collided with a truck in the northeast of the Islamic republic, press reports said on Sunday. According to the Iran newspaper, all or most of the dead and injured were Iraqis.
Reuters: Iran on Sunday rejected a proposal by U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry who has suggested supplying the Islamic state with nuclear fuel for power reactors if Tehran agrees to give up its own fuel-making capability.
Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said it would be "irrational" for Iran to put its nuclear program in jeopardy by relying on supplies from abroad.
AP: Two Iranians have been sentenced to death for smuggling thousands of antiques to the United States, Europe and Asia, State-run Tehran radio reported Saturday.
Hossein Marashi, Iran's head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, said the men smuggled unique antiques found in Jiroft, the site of an ancient civilization dating back about 5,000 years in southern Iran's Kerman province, out of the country.
AFP: The top US official for arms control, John Bolton, sharply criticized Germany for trading with Iran, which Washington suspects of covertly developing nuclear weapons, in remarks published this weekend.
"I can only speak from the American perspective. We do not trade with countries that seek to breach international nuclear agreements ..."
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 2 - Violent clashes erupted between local residents and the security forces in the city of Isfahan, central Iran. Among the casualties is a 14 year-old schoolboy who reportedly was shot and seriously wounded.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 2 A man was hanged in front of a crowd in one of the main squares in the southwestern city of Ahwaz on Wednesday, the daily Jomhuri Islami reported. The paper identified the executed prisoner as Hamid K.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 1 - The head of State Security Forces (SSF) in the southwestern Iranian province of Ilam announced that the Iranian regimes agents have confiscated more than 900 satellite dishes in the past 6 months.
Amir Darabi said his agents had been waging a vigorous crackdown on homes that had installed satellite dishes.
Reuters: Inspectors from the U.N. nuclear watchdog will soon visit the Parchin military complex in Iran, where the United States suspects Tehran has been conducting secret atomic weapons work, Western diplomats said Friday.
IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said last month there were no indications that Parchin was a nuclear weapons site, but U.S. officials said ElBaradei was not qualified to make such a statement without having inspected the site.
Reuters: Iran is determined to press ahead with its atomic programme even if its nuclear dossier is sent to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions, a leading cleric said on Friday.
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati told worshippers at Friday prayers in Tehran that possible U.N. sanctions on Iran would make the Islamic republic stronger than ever.
Daily Mirror: The one thing that should give Ken Bigley hope is that he is worth more alive than dead. This thought gave me a straw to clutch at in prison in Iran.
The governor of Evin jail, a decent man, told me the court had sentenced me to death - plus 10 years.
Associated Press: An arsenal of rockets and three launchers were discovered in a shipment of imported scrap metal at an Indian steel factory, a news report said Friday, one day after a mysterious blast at the plant left 10 workers dead.
Initial reports said the explosion was caused by a burst boiler, but the Press Trust of India on Friday quoted police as saying it was triggered by rockets buried in the scrap.