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No direct cooperation with France in uranium deal, says Iran

No direct cooperation with France in uranium deal, says IranNo direct cooperation with France in uranium deal, says IranTehran  - The Iranian envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Thursday that there would be no direct cooperation with France in a proposed uranium exchange deal.

"We have declared that we want our cooperation in this within a contract with Russia. France and the United States can join the deal, but indirectly," said Ali-Asghar Soltanieh in an interview with the news agencies ISNA and Fars.

Israeli, Iranian officials attended nuclear talks in Cairo

Tel Aviv  - Officials from both Israel and Iran recently took part in a conference in Cairo on nuclear non-proliferation in the Middle East, the Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC) confirmed Thursday.

However, IAEC spokeswoman Yael Doron said there was "no dialogue or interaction" between the Israeli and Iranian representatives. She gave no further details.

According to the Israeli Ha'aretz daily, the September conference organized by the International Commission on Nuclear Non- Proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND) took place behind closed doors, with participants committed to secrecy.

Iranian lawmakers sue opposition leader Moussavi

Mir-Hossein-MoussaviTehran - Over one-third of the Iranian parliament's lawmakers have sued Iran's opposition leader Mir-Hossein Moussavi for harming the reputation of the Islamic establishment, official news agency IRNA reported.

Tehran MP Hamid Rassaei told IRNA that the complaint letter was forwarded to the chief prosecutor office for further action.

The MP added that the number of the signatories of the letter might gradually increase. IRNA said it was signed by 100 of parliament's 290 deputies.

12-year jail term for Iranian-US scholar

12-year jail term for Iranian-US scholar Tehran  - A court in Tehran has convicted Iranian-US scholar Kian Tajbakhsh to a 12-year jail term, the official news agency IRNA reported Tuesday.

IRNA quoted Tajbakh's lawyer as confirming that his client was convicted and sentenced to the 12-year jail term for his involvement in political unrest following the June
12 presidential election which led to re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (dpa)

Ahmadinejad urges Zardari to confront Jundallah Group

 Ahmadinejad urges Zardari to confront Jundallah GroupTehran (Iran), Oct. 19 : Iran''s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday urged Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to confront the Jundallah, a Sunni militant group which Tehran says was behind the bombing on Revolutionary Guard commanders in the southeastern part of his country on Sunday.

"Iran and Pakistan have a brotherly relationship, but the presence of terrorist elements in Pakistan is not justifiable," Ahmadinejad told Zardari during a telephone call received from Zardari, Iran''s official IRNA news agency said.

Pak denies Iranian claim, says Jundallah chief not in Balochistan

Pakistan-Iran-flagIslamabad, Oct. 19 : Pakistan has denied Iranian claims that the government is aware of the Jundallah chief's presence in Balochistan.

The Daily Times quoted foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit, as saying that the Iranian ambassador's claim that the Jundullah chief is hiding in Pakistan could harm relations between both countries.

Pakistan and Iran were cooperating in the war on terror, and both countries enjoyed "friendly relations".

Basit said that the war on terror in South Waziristan reflected Pakistan's commitment not to allow its territory to be used for activities against any other country.

Iran to increase uranium enrichment if Vienna talks fail

Iran to increase uranium enrichment if Vienna talks failTehran/Vienna - Iran will independently enrich uranium to levels beyond what is needed for basic power generation if talks in Vienna on a plan to process the country's nuclear fuel abroad fail, the spokesman of the Iranian Atomic Organization stressed on Monday.

Ali Shirzadian spoke in Tehran ahead of Monday's multilateral meeting at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on a deal to export most of Iran's enriched uranium to Russia and France, in order to enrich it to a higher level so it can be used in a medical-purpose reactor in Tehran.

Ahmadinejad asks Pak to quickly hand over ‘security agents’ involved in IRG attack

Ahmadinejad asks Pak to quickly hand over ‘security agents’ involved in IRG attackTehran, Oct. 19: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has asked the Pakistan Government to quickly apprehend and hand over “some security agents” to Iran who were reportedly involved in the Sunday''''s attack on the Revolutionary Guards.

"We were informed that some security agents in Pakistan are cooperating with the main elements of this terrorist incident... We regard it as our right to demand these criminals from them," The News quoted Ahmadinejad, as saying.

Pakistan to assist Iran in suicide bombing probe

Pakistan to assist Iran in suicide bombing probeIslamabad  - Pakistan on Monday assured the Iranian government of its full cooperation in investigating a suicide bombing on Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik told his Iranian counterpart Mustafa Muhammed Najjar, who phoned him, that every effort would be made to capture those behind Sunday's attack.

A Sunni militant group, Jundollah (Soldiers of God), has been blamed for the bombing that left 49 people dead in Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan province, which adjoins Pakistan's south-western Balochistan region.

Iran summons Pakistan envoy after attack

Iran summons Pakistan envoy after attackTehran, Oct 19 - The Iranian foreign ministry has summoned a senior Pakistani diplomat here after Sunday's deadly attack in southeast Iran that killed dozens of soldiers, media reports said.

The attack took place in the volatile southeast region close to the Pakistani border.

The foreign ministry said there is evidence that the perpetrators of the attack came to Iran from Pakistan, the Online news agency reported quoting the Iranian media.

The Pakistani official assured Tehran that his country would take all measures to secure its border with Iran, it said.

Death toll rises to 42 in Iranian attack

Death toll rises to 42 in Iranian attackTehran  - The death toll rose to 42 after an apparent suicide bomber against Iran's Revolutionary Guards in south-eastern Iran, Press TV reported early Monday.

The dead included seven senior provincial commanders.

The attack on Sunday took place in Sistan-Baluchistan province, near Pakistan as the guards were reportedly on their way to a meeting of tribal leaders in Pishin.

State television reported a group named Jundollah (Soldiers of God) had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Newsweek "relieved" over Bahari's release

Washington  - The US magazine Newsweek Saturday expressed relief over the release of reporter Maziar Bahari, who was let out of prison on bail after four months in detention.

"We are relieved that Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari is home with his family today. We would like to thank all of those who supported Maziar through this long and uncertain period," the magazine said in a statement.

The magazine said it "presumed" that humanitarian decisions played a role in the decision to release him. Bahari, 42, and his wife are expecting their first child October 26, and the mother "has experienced serious health complications," the magazine said.

Protests against Ahmadinejad planned on anti-US day, says cleric

Mahmoud AhmadinejadTehran  - Renewed protests are planned against the administration of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the annual anti-US day on November 4, a senior conservative cleric said Friday.

"It is predicted that those responsible for the recent unrest will once again show up on November 4," Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said at the Friday prayer ceremony in Tehran.

State-organized anti-US rallies are held throughout Iran every year on November 4 to mark the 30th anniversary of the occupation of the United States embassy in Tehran and the "Day of National Confrontation against World Imperialism."

Renewed protests against Ahmadinejad planned, says senior cleric

Renewed protests against Ahmadinejad planned, says senior clericTehran - Renewed protests are planned against the administration of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the annual anti-US day on November 4, a senior conservative cleric said Friday.

"It is predicted that those behind the recent unrest will once again show up on November 4," Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said at the Friday prayers ceremony in Tehran.

Iran secret police operating in Germany, Hamburg officials say

Iran secret police operating in Germany, Hamburg officials sayHamburg - Iranian secret police are operating on German soil, monitoring and even filming exiled Iranian dissidents, according to a counter-subversion agency in Hamburg Thursday.

ARD public television said it would broadcast a documentary Thursday evening on the issue.

"We know that the Iranian services send their own people to mingle in when there are demonstrations (against Teheran)," said Manfred Murck, deputy chief of the Hamburg state Agency for the Protection of the Constitution, in the documentary.

Israel planning to attack Iran after December, says French magazine

Israel planning to attack Iran after December, says French magazineJerusalem, Oct. 15 : Israel is planning to carry out military attacks on Iran after December, a French magazine reported last night.

According to a report in Le canard enchainé quoted by Israel Radio, Jerusalem has already ordered from a French food manufacturer high-quality combat rations for soldiers serving in elite units and also asked reservists of these units staying abroad to return to Israel.

Daughter of Ahmadinejad advisor requests asylum in Germany

Daughter of Ahmadinejad advisor requests asylum in GermanyNuremberg  - The daughter of a close associate of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has requested asylum in Germany, after attending a human rights film festival in Nuremberg, a festival spokesman said on Tuesday.

Filmmaker Nargef Kalhor, 25, had refused to return to her native Iran after the festival and applied for asylum instead. She is currently in a refugee centre near Nuremberg, the spokesman added.

Iran takes legal action against opposition cleric over rape claims

Mehdi KarroubiTehran  - Legal action has been taken against Iranian opposition cleric Mehdi Karroubi over his claims that dissidents were raped in the country's prisons, the official news agency IRNA reported Tuesday.

IRNA said that a special committee in the judiciary has prepared a file against Karroubi over his claims that some of the young post-vote detainees had been raped in Iranian prisons.

The 72-year-old Karroubi is leader of the opposition party Etemad Melli (National Trust) and one the harshest opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Six convicts hanged in Iran

Six convicts hanged in IranTehran  - Six convicts, including two women, were hanged last week in south-western Iran, the Kayhan newspaper reported Tuesday.

The six - five of them drug-traffickers, including the two women, the other one a murderer - were hanged between October 6 and 8 in Ahvaz, the report said.

Murder, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking of quantities in excess of 5 kilograms are among the crimes punishable by death in Iran. (dpa)

Britain slaps trade sanctions on Iranian firms

Britain slaps trade sanctions on Iranian firmsLondon  - British companies have been banned from doing business with two Iranian firms linked to Tehran's nuclear programme, Exchequer Secretary Sarah McCarthy-Fry announced late Monday.

The two Iranian firms being targeted are Bank Mellat and the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines. Both allegedly have supported the Iranian government's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

McCarthy-Fry accused the shipping line of using its vessels to carry goods for Iran's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes, and the bank of providing financial services.

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