Friday, April 29, 2005
Iranians will go to the polls in June -- for the ninth time since the establishment of the Islamic Republic 26 years ago -- amidst widespread speculation that, due to voter apathy and disenchantment, the right wing may win the presidency by default. This would be a repeat of their success in general elections last year and local elections one year earlier.
With just three days to go, nuclear-armed and non-nuclear states were still searching for agreement Friday on an agenda for a critical conference to reassess the "eroding'' Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
A possible deployment of American troops to Azerbaijan has been a topic of contention for years, not only between Baku and Moscow, but also between Russia and the United States.
Control of Iraq's police force was handed to a Shia Arab party with historic links to Iran yesterday despite warnings by American intelligence that Iranian agents have infiltrated the group's paramilitary wing.
Thailand's PTT Exploration & Production PCL (PTTEP.TH) said its unit will sign an agreement with National Iranian Oil Co. Saturday for a petroleum exploration and development project in Iran's Saveh block.
If its current impressive form continues, Iran's national soccer team should feature at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. For a number of the players it will be like playing at home after another season in the Bundesliga.
Tehran's Friday Prayer Substitute Leader Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said abduction of some 2,500 children per day in the United States of America indicates to what extent the American citizens suffer insecurity in their country.
The British government played down hopes of any major breakthrough at Friday's steering committee meeting, which is reviewing the ongoing EU talks to reach long-term arrangements on Iran's nuclear programme.
Israeli Vice Premier Ehud Olmert said on Thursday that Russia is selling Iran components that can be used to make non-conventional weapons.
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, making the first visit of a Kremlin leader to Israel, yesterday defended his arms sales to Syria and nuclear fuel agreements with Iran as no threat to Israel.
At a prime time televised press conference Thursday President George W. Bush said that despite Moscow’s aid to the Iranian nuclear program he was certain Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin understood Iran could not be trusted with nuclear weapons.
Heavy metal band Koht Mian has released its first album in Tehran, and the kids are eating it up.
An Israeli arms specialist suggested yesterday that the proposed sale by the U.S. to Israel of 100 bunker-busting bombs, announced in Washington this week, was intended primarily as a warning to Iran because Israel already produces such bombs.