Associated Press: With fighting raging for a fifth day in Najaf, Iraq’s interim defense minister on Monday accused neighboring Iran of sending weapons to Shiite insurgents here.
Hindustan Times: Tehran, Nearly 200 Iranian women wearing head coverings considered insufficient under the country’s Islamic code have been arrested, newspapers reported today.
UNITED NATIONS: Press Release – The following statement was issued today by the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, and the Special Rapporteur on torture of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights:
Washington Post: An Iranian prosecutor has ordered the closures of two newspapers that reported last week on a trial involving a case in which he is alleged to have been involved.
AP: Fighters from the main Iranian armed opposition group, who are under U.S. military guard in Iraq, have been granted protected status as noncombatants, the State Department said Monday.
New York Times: A 16-month review by the United States has found no basis to charge members of an Iranian opposition group in Iraq with violations of American law, though the group is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States government, according to senior American officials.
The Times: IRAN is just months away from having the capability to enrich uranium for a nuclear bomb, Western diplomatic sources said yesterday.
Reuters: Iranian agents are negotiating with a Russian company to buy a substance that can boost nuclear explosions in atomic weapons, according to an intelligence agency report being circulated by diplomats.
Washington Post: A meeting yesterday between European and Iranian officials over Tehran’s suspect nuclear program ended with the sides agreeing to continue discussions, but Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said it is increasingly likely the matter will have to be brought to the U.N. Security Council.
The Guardian: Last October’s Tehran agreement between Iran and the foreign ministers of the big three European powers – Britain, France and Germany – was hailed at the time as a breakthrough.