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).
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Oct. 6 Nineteen armed agents of Irans Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) were detained by Iraqi security forces, Iraqi security officials said. The gunmen were arrested in the Iraqi province of Babil carrying large quantities of illegal drugs.
The 19 men were part of a group of 26 people who had illegally crossed the Iranian border into Iraq during the Shiite religious festivities marking the birthday of the twelfth Shiite imam ...
Los Angeles Times: Two of four Iranian brothers jailed three years ago because of their alleged ties to a terrorist group may be released on bail while they pursue appeals in their asylum cases, an appellate court has ordered.
The other two brothers, however, must remain locked up because they failed to appeal the government's refusal to grant them asylum, the court said.
Reuters: Iran said on Wednesday it would keep improving its missile capability after announcing that the latest version of its medium-range Shahab-3 could now hit targets up to 2,000 km (1,250 miles) away.
The Islamic Republic's growing missile range, which now stretches to parts of southeastern Europe, comes at a time ...
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 6 Three young men were flogged in public yesterday afternoon in Farah-Abad Square in the city of Isfahan.
No reason was given as to why the three men were flogged.
Security forces have recently launched a new clampdown on youth and women in Isfahan ...
AFP: Iran will not cede to international demands that it suspend all activities related to the enrichment of uranium and the country is prepared for both confrontation or negotiations, the Islamic republic's top national security official said. "We have said clearly that we will not apply the second part of the resolution concerning the total suspension of enrichment," ...
AP: Iran has converted a few tons of raw uranium into hexafluoride gas needed for enrichment, a necessary step toward producing nuclear fuel or nuclear weapons, a top nuclear official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Uranium hexafluoride gas is the material that, in the next stage, is fed into centrifuges used to enrich uranium.
Reuters: U.N. atomic inspectors returned to Iran Tuesday and will be free to visit a disputed military site in their investigation of U.S. allegations that Iran is seeking nuclear warheads, state television reported.
U.S. officials have accused Tehran of concealing parts of a clandestine atomic bomb program at Parchin military base southeast of Tehran ...
Reuters: The United States sees no reason to offer Iran incentives to ensure its nuclear programme remains peaceful, a U.S. government official said on Tuesday.
European states want the United States to make such proposals to Tehran after the November 2 U.S. presidential election ...
Washington Post: Iran has increased the range of its missiles to 1,250 miles, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying on Tuesday, putting parts of Europe within reach for the first time.
Military analysts had estimated Iran's missile range at 810 miles, which would allow it to strike anywhere in Israel. But Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the country's influential former president and the head of a government oversight body, as saying: ...
AFP: A committee of Iran's hardline-dominated parliament gave preliminary approval to a bill that would force the reformist government to resume uranium enrichment in defiance of the UN nuclear watchdog.
State news agency IRNA said the bill was was approved by the foreign affairs and national security committee.
AP: Iran said Tuesday its missiles now have a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), a substantial extension of their previously declared range.
"Today we have the power to fire missiles to a range of 2,000 kilometers," former President Hashemi Rafsanjani said, according to a report by the official Islamic Republic News Agency.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 5 A young man was publicly hanged yesterday afternoon in the Robat square of Isfahan (central Iran) as his wife and child were forced to watch.
Mehrzad Vajebal-Hoghough, a 33 year old resident in Isfahan was accused of armed robbery and possession of 7 Kilograms of marijuana.