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News: International

U.S., Britain discuss promoting democracy in Iran

U.S., Britain discuss promoting democracy in IranBy Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent

Reuters - American and British diplomats held talks this week on ways to promote democracy in Iran amid concern that Tehran is skillfully exploiting a row over it's nuclear ambitions to fan anti-Western hostility, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

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EU-Iran talks achieve nothing, France says

EU-Iran talks achieve nothing, France saysThe Associated Press - Last-ditch talks on Iran's nuclear program achieved "nothing," French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Monday.

"The negotiating process has reached an impasse and the involvement of the Security Council is now necessary," Douste-Blazy said after talks between French, British and German officials and Iran's deputy nuclear negotiator Javad Vaedi.

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Many in Congress Advocate Stance on Iran

U.S. CongressThe Associated Press - As the Bush administration pushes to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council, many members of Congress are advocating get-tough approaches and say military force should remain an option to thwart Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

Lawmakers largely back the effort to haul Iran before the Security Council over the Iranian government's refusal to give up its uranium enrichment program. But some say they doubt that a simple reprimand from the council — seen as a likely outcome — will be enough to persuade Iran to change course.

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Violent clashes erupt once again in southern city of Ahwaz

ImageNCRI - Residents of Ahwaz, southern Iran, clashed with the suppressive agents of the State Security Forces in a rally on Eid al-Adha, a religious festival, on Thursday.
 
Demonstrators took to the streets after special Eid al-Adha rituals and demanded the freedom of political prisoners arrested during a demonstration about two and half months ago.

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Reining in Iran

BILL FRIST (R-Tenn.) Senate majority leaderBy Bill Frist
BILL FRIST (R-Tenn.) is Senate majority leader.

Los Angeles Times - Iran's ruling mullahs have waged a 26-year campaign to suppress dissent, support terror and pursue a nuclear weapons program. In recent weeks, it has become clear that international efforts to stop Iran's atomic program have failed to bear fruit. Unless we act quickly, the United States will have a nuclear crisis on its hands.


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Iran regime threatening EU for its human rights concern

ImageNCRI – Iranian regime will halt its human rights dialogue with the European Union, according to mullahs’ foreign ministry spokesman, after it condemned continued abuses by the regime.

"During the current year, the EU has put forward human rights resolutions with political intentions, and naturally this trend will leave no place for Iran to continue human rights talks," state-run media quoted the spokesman on Thursday.


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EU berates Iran on rights before nuclear talks

ImageReuters, BRUSSELS - The European Union today accused Iran of persistent and grave human rights failings in a toughly worded statement issued on the eve of new talks on Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

Alleging abuses ranging from media censorship through to child executions, the EU said its three-year dialogue with Iran on human rights had stalled with little to show for it.


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