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Iran won't accept incentives to end nuclear dispute

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tehran - Iran would not accept any incentives by the West for ending the nuclear dispute, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday.

"Incentives. . what incentives? We are against this term in the first place," Ahmadinejad said in a press conference in Tehran.

Ahmadinejad was referring to an upgraded incentive offer by the United Nations Security Council's permanent members and Germany, aimed at persuading Iran to suspend uranium enrichment activities.

Iran summons British ambassador over court decision

Iran to counter Dutch anti-Islam video with two documentariesTehran  - Iran on Monday summoned the British ambassador to Tehran in protest at a court decision to remove the Iranian rebel group People's Mujahedin, widely known as MKO, from the terrorist list.

During the meeting with Geoffrey Adams, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Safari termed the court decision "politically motivated and unacceptable" for Tehran.

Safari accused Britain of following a double standard on the issue of terrorism and said the court decision was not in accordance with British claims of fighting terrorism.

Tehran might consider resumption of talks with US on Iraq

Tehran - Tehran might consider resumption of talks with the United States on Iraq, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said Sunday.

Hosseini said in a press briefing in Tehran that if conditions were right, Iran would resume talks with the US on security in Iraq.

The spokesman had said last week that Iran would not talk with the US as long as US forces targeted Iraqi civilians in their fight against militias linked to Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who is said to be a protege of Tehran.

Hosseini's earlier remarks were interpreted by the press as Iran cutting bilateral talks which the spokesman however clarified on Sunday.

Iran to resume nuclear talks with IAEA next week, says spokesman

Tehran  - Iranian foreign minister Mohammad-Ali HosseiniNuclear talks with the United Nations nuclear watchdog would be resumed next week, the spokesman of the Iranian foreign ministry said Sunday.

Mohammad-Ali Hosseini told reporters in Tehran that the formation of the IAEA delegation was not yet clear.

An IAEA delegation headed by chief inspector Olli Heinonen visited Tehran twice last month and discussed allegations that Iran pursued secret weapons studies and next week's visit is expected to be focused on the same issue.

Iran says trying to end tensions in Lebanon, blames US, Israel

Tehran  - Iran said it was working to end the violence in Lebanon over the last few days and blamed the United States and Israel for the latest tensions, the Tehran press reported Saturday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said that Iran was continuing all possible efforts to help the various political groups in Lebanon find an understanding and end the tensions.

Groups linked to Iran and Syria have been accused by the US and Israel of fuelling violent clashes in Lebanon, where the pro-Iranian Shiite movement Hezbollah on Friday took control of much of western Beirut.

Hosseini said "adventurous intervention" by the US and Israel was the main cause for the escalation in Lebanon.

MRPL to supply 2.5 lakh tons of diesel to Iran

MRPL

India's state-run petrochemicals company, Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL), is all set to supply 2,50,000 tons of diesel to Iran over the next eight months, replacing Reliance Industries, a top company official stated. MRPL is a subsidiary of ONGC and has been one of the favorite madcap stocks for traders for the past few months.

This winter Iran was forced to buy diesel from as far a field as Singapore after Reliance Industries, stopped supplies when its bankers refused to confirm letter of credit raised by Iran's central bank. This happened as a result of increasing Western pressure over Tehran's nuclear programme.

Ahmadinejad: Celebrations cannot save "rotten corpse" of Israel

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tehran  -  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that worldwide celebrations for the 60th anniversary of Israel's foundation could not save this "rotten and stinking corpse," state television reported.

"Those who think that by holding anniversary feasts (they) could save or revive this rotten and stinking corpse are badly mistaken and they should know that their names would be registered in the Zionists' criminal record," Ahmadinejad said.

Iran arrests suspects linked to deadly mosque blast

IranTehran  - Iran has arrested suspects allegedly linked to last month's deadly bomb blast at a mosque in the southern Iranian province of Fars, state television reported Thursday.

Secret Service chief Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejeie told state television that the main suspect and five of his accomplices were arrested in northern Tehran.

Mohseni-Ejeie's remarks contradict earlier accounts by the interior ministry which had classified the blast as an accident and not sabotage.

A bomb exploded on April 12 during a speech by a local cleric in a mosque in provincial capital Shiraz, killing at least 12 people and injuring more than 200. (dpa)

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's faces new dilemma as rice prices rise in Iran

Tehran - Iranian President Mahmoud AhmadinejadIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can certainly not complain about not having enough excitement these days.

The country is facing renewed financial sanctions through the United Nations Security Council due to Tehran's defiance over its nuclear projects, neighbouring Iraq is accusing Iran of supporting and arming Shiite insurgents, and the West is more and more isolating the Islamic state.

Iran condemns British court for removing group from terror list

Iran to counter Dutch anti-Islam video with two documentariesTehran - Iran Wednesday harshly condemned a British court's decision to remove the People's Mujahedin, widely known as MKO, from the terrorist list.

The Appeal Court had earlier Wednesday ordered the British government to remove the MKO from the terrorist list.

"This is a political sentence without any legal basis and reflecting Britain's double-standard approach towards terrorism," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said in a press statement.

Nobel peace laureate Ebadi wins German prize

IranMunich  - Iranian Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi has been awarded this year's Tolerance Prize by the Protestant Academy in Tutzing for her human rights activities.

The academy praised the Tehran lawyer for defending government opponents and dissidents despite being arrested, receiving death threats and being banned from carrying out her profession.

The academy said Wednesday that Shirin will receive the award, worth 10,000 euros (15,000 dollars), at a ceremony on October 1 during which former German president Roman Herzog will deliver the keynote speech.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is phenomenon similar to Hitler, Israeli President says

Iranian President Mahmoud AhmadinejadTel Aviv - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad represents a phenomenon similar to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, and is not being taken seriously enough by the world, Israeli President Shimon Peres said in remarks published Wednesday.

"I identify a phenomenon similar to Hitler, and the world is once again indifferent. I can't say for sure he would behave like Hitler, but the world is taking him lightly," Peres told the Ha'aretz daily in an interview to mark Israel's 60th anniversary, which begins Wednesday night.

Prehistoric Iranian site is lost ancient city of Marhashi

Tehran, May 7 : Archaeologists have come up with a new theory, which suggests that the prehistoric site of Jiroft in Iran is the lost ancient city of Marhashi.

According to a report in Tehran Times, Piotr Steinkeller, professor of Assyriology in Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of Harvard University, developed this theory.

Marhashi, (also known as Warahshe) was a 3rd millennium BC polity situated east of Elam, on the Iranian plateau. It is known from Mesopotamian sources, and its precise location has not been identified.

An inscription of Lugal-Anne-Mundu, the most important king of the Adab city-state in Sumer, locates it, along with Elam, to the south of Gutium, an ancient polity in upper Mesopotamia.

Iraqi businessmen's conference "Rebuild Iraq" fair opens in Jordan

IraqAmman - The Iraqi Business Council opened its third conference in Amman Tuesday with the participation of hundreds of Iraqi entrepreneurs and representatives of foreign companies who seek investment opportunities in Iraq.

The three-day meeting, which is sponsored by the US-Iraqi Chamber of Commerce, is expected to focus on future investment outlets in Iraq and the chances of forging cooperation and partnerships between Iraqi businesses and their foreign counterparts particularly those taking part in the fifth Rebuild Iraq fair which opened in Amman Monday, organizers said.

"I am not Iranian," says child prodigy

"I am not Iranian," says child prodigyTehran  - The Iranian-American child prodigy Alia Sabur said that she was not Iranian and did not have Iranian roots, ISNA news agency reported Monday.

"I am not an Iranian and have no Iranian roots. The nationality of my parents are my private business and have no need to be exposed," ISNA news agency quoted Sabur as saying.

"I was born in New York and consider myself as a scientist belonging to the whole world," ISNA quoted her further as saying.

Iran won't change nuclear course despite Western offer

Iran won't change nuclear course despite Western offerTehran  - Iran said Monday it would not change its nuclear course despite an updated incentive offer by world powers to persuade Tehran to suspend its uranium enrichment programme.

"We have several times made clear that there will be no change in our (nuclear) course," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said in a press briefing in Tehran.

Iraq uncovers smuggled rocket, sends mixed messages on Iran role

Baghdad - Iraq's Minister of Defence Abdel-Qadir al-Ubaydi said a rocket exportable only by states has been found in the southern city of Basra, a newspaper said Monday, while an Iraqi government spokesman sent mixed messages on Iran's role in his country.

In comments published by the Iraqi daily al-Sabah, al-Ubaydi said the Iraqi army found during a search operation north of Basra a 200 millimetre ground-to-ground rocket with a manufacture date of 2007.

"Under international law, only parliaments can approve the sales of this kind of rockets, which are only used in wars and in exceptional circumstances," the minister said.

Iran says it supports Iraqi government in confronting armed groups

Tehran - Iran said Monday it supports the government of Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in confronting armed groups.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said in a press briefing in Tehran that Iran has always been in favour of peace and stability in Iraq, adding that illegal armed groups in Iraq should be confronted.

Following an Iraqi delegation's visit last week to Tehran and talks with Iranian officials on concerns that Iran was arming and funding militias in Iraq, an Iraqi spokesman said Sunday that there was no evidence for the charges.

Iraqi Shiite envoys brief al-Maliki on Tehran talks

Baghdad  - Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has met senior Shiite leaders who held talks in Tehran on concerns that Iran is arming and funding militias in Iraq, an Iraqi politician said Sunday.

The elite delegation had been dispatched to Tehran by al-Maliki to convey Iraq's concerns and discuss US accusations that Iran had a role in recent fighting between Shiite militias and Iraqi and US troops in the southern city of Basra and Baghdad's sadr City area.

Iran has "yet to receive any new offer" of nuclear benefit

IranTehran  - Iran Saturday said it had yet to receive any new offer by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany that would "benefit" it for cooperating with the international community over the nuclear issue.

"We have not received anything in this regard yet," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters in Tehran.

An offer was worked out in a meeting of foreign ministers from six states on Friday in London, updating a similar move made by the group in June 2006, and which outlined the possibilities of technical assistance if Iran gives up its enrichment programme.

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