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Iran students held after anti-govt protest

Iran students held after anti-govt protest

TEHRAN: Five students in Iran have been detained after one of several anti-government protests held earlier this week, opposition websites said on Thursday. The Kaleme site reported that around 1,000 students rallied at Tehran’s Polytechnic University on Tuesday, an annual “students day” which was marked by several other small demonstrations at various campuses around Iran.
Authorities have cracked down on the opposition, which the government says are “seditionists” backed by

US defence chief in Gulf to discuss Iran, Yemen

ABU DHABI: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates is meeting on Thursday with Emirati leaders on Iran’s nuclear programme and Al Qaeda threat in Yemen, as WikiLeaks exposed Gulf Arab fears of the Islamic republic. Gates was to meet the deputy commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al-Nahayan.
Their talks will touch on military cooperation and “challenges that we are working together to try to solve,” press secretary Geoff

US warned Turkey on Iran trade, Gaza-linked group

ANKARA: The United States has cautioned Turkey over business links with Iran and charged that an Islamist charity aided Hamas, according to a cable revealed by WikiLeaks Tuesday.
The dispatch covered a series of meetings that David Cohen, the US Treasury assistant secretary for financial crimes, held in Ankara in October 2009. Cohen “cautioned government and banking officials about doing business with Iranian banks” and passed information “on Iranian mis-use of the Turkish

Gulf urges Iran to be ‘positive’ on nuclear talks

ABU DHABI: Gulf Arab leaders meeting in Abu Dhabi appealed on Tuesday to Iran to “respond positively” to talks with world powers about the Islamic republic’s contentious nuclear programme.
Gulf Cooperation Council states “welcome international efforts, including those made by the P5+1, to peacefully resolve Iran’s nuclear crisis and hope it will respond positively to these efforts,” said a joint GCC statement.
They also stressed the “right of all countries in the region to

Defiant Iran reports nuclear advance before talks

TEHRAN: Iran announced what it called a major step forward in its nuclear programme on Sunday, showing determination to pursue it a day before talks with world powers which fear Tehran may be seeking atom bombs.
Nuclear energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran would use domestically produced uranium concentrates, known as yellowcake, for the first time at a key nuclear facility, cutting its reliance on imports of the key ingredient for nuclear fuel.
“This means that Iran

Iran says nuclear scientist’s murder warning from West

TEHRAN: Iranian atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday that the assassination of a top nuclear scientist was a warning from the West ahead of new talks on Tehran’s programme.
“These wicked people wanted to show their hideous side which demonstrates their carrot and stick policy in the run-up to the new nuclear talks,” state television’s website quoted Salehi as saying.
He was speaking at the funeral of Majid Shahriari, the scientist who was killed by

Iran blasts kill one nuclear scientist, injure other

TEHRAN: Two car bomb blasts killed an Iranian nuclear scientist and wounded another in Tehran on Monday in what Iranian officials called an Israeli or US-sponsored attack on its atomic programme.
The bombings, rare attacks in the Iranian capital, occurred ahead of a possible meeting between Iran and major powers next month to discuss its nuclear activity, which Western officials suspect is aimed at developing atom bombs. Iran denies this.
In the past few months, the

Iran offers Hariri help for Lebanese military

TEHRAN: Iranian Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi on Sunday told Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri that Tehran was prepared to help the Lebanese army, state television’s website reported.
“We have stated on several occasions, and we say it again today, that we stand alongside the Lebanese army and are prepared to cooperate” with it, Vahidi said during a meeting with the visiting premier, the report said.
In a symbolic move, Vahidi offered Hariri an Iranian-made sub-machine gun

Iran should keep out of affairs of Arab states: Egypt FM

DOHA: Iran should keep out of the internal affairs of Arab countries in the Gulf and not meddle in Iraq and Lebanon, Egypt’s foreign minister said on Friday in a Qatari newspaper.
“Iranian interventions in the internal affairs of the Gulf must not be allowed,” Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit told Al-Sharq newspaper. “We say to our brothers in Iran … Iraq must be left alone and Lebanon must be left alone. And Iran should not intrude in Bahrain in any way,” said Abul Gheit.

UN rights chief warns of new ‘crackdown’ in Iran

GENEVA: The UN human rights chief on Tuesday expressed concern about a new “crackdown” on lawyers and human rights defenders in Iran, including an attorney for a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, also highlighted the case of lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who staged a hunger strike for several weeks after her arrest on September 4, as well as several other people associated with exiled Nobel peace laureate Shirin

Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan begin talks on drug trafficking tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan will consider deepening their cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking in Islamabad on November 24 and 25.
The ministers and senior officials of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan will discuss deepening their cooperation in their fight against drug trafficking in a series of meetings under the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The Minister of Counter Narcotics of Afghanistan Zarar Ahmad Moqbel Osmani, the

EU’s Ashton offers to meet Iran on 5th

BRUSSELS: European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has proposed to meet Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator early next month to discuss Tehran’s nuclear programme, an EU diplomat said on Friday.
Following consultations with the six world powers involved in negotiating with Iran — the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany — the diplomat said Ashton would write to Iran’s chief negotiator, Saeed Jalili, proposing a meeting on December 5, probably in

Iran to cooperate with Nigeria on illegal arms probe

ABUJA: Iran has promised cooperation in a probe of an illegal arms shipment discovered in Lagos and sent from an Iran, Nigeria’s foreign minister said Friday after meeting his Iranian counterpart.
Iran’s cooperation will include granting Nigerian authorities access to an Iranian believed to have taken refuge in the Iranian embassy in Abuja, Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia told journalists.
“One of the individuals connected to the shipment was an Iranian national who we

Iran says nuclear fuel swap talk an ‘independent’ issue

TEHRAN: Iran reiterated on Tuesday that the nuclear fuel swap issue was separate from its overall atomic programme for which the six world powers and Tehran are expected to hold talks later this month.
“We have said from the beginning that these two issues are independent from one another,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told AFP. “The issue of fuel swap is an independent issue and the issue of dialogue with 5+1 is another independent issue.
If the

US prepares new offer for Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON: The United States and its European allies are putting together a new offer for talks with Iran over its nuclear programme, but would include tougher conditions than those rejected by Iran last year, The New York Times reported.
The newspaper cited a senior US official as saying the Obama administration and its partners were “very close to having an agreement” on a position to present to Tehran. Iran has welcomed the offer of talks, which the Western powers want to

Hawkish Israeli minister drafts nuclear Iran plan

Hardline Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has commissioned a report on how to prepare for a nuclear-armed Iran as doubt mounts about the efficacy of preventive action, an Israeli source said on Monday.
Publicly, Israel has pledged to deny the Iranians the means to make a bomb but its previous, centrist govt also discreetly drew up “day after” contingency plans should Tehran’s uranium enrichment pass the military threshold.
At the time, rightist

Peace with Palestinians would help US on Iran: Peres

Israel needs good ties with the US to survive and must be more understanding of US demands over securing peace with the Palestinians, Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Friday.
Peres said an end to the Palestinian conflict would improve the US’ own security position in the Middle East and help isolate Iran. His comments came as a diplomatic deadlock deepened over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to bow to demands from Washington to extend a freeze