» 11/08/2007, 00.00
Alarm bells going off around Tehran
Iran’s political, economic or legal woes are mounting. They range from statements by Bush and Sarkozy as well as Gulf states defence ministers to World Bank’s suspension of four projects and Interpol’s decision to uphold a decision taken to issue arrest warrants against top Iranian officials.
Ahmadinejad’s popularity dropping
Survey indicates that more than 70 per cent of respondents believe current president would lose votes if an election where held today compared to his results 15 months ago.
01/04/2010 CHINA – IRAN
Beijing wants peaceful solution to Iran nuclear standoff
Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang says China is in favour of talks with the 5+1 group but favours diplomacy over sanctions. Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator arrives in Beijing today.
11/04/2008 CINA – UNITED NATIONS – TIBET
Ban Ki-moon staying away from Olympic Opening Ceremony
The European Union and the United States are urging dialogue with the Dalai Lama. Kenya’s Nobel Prize laureate Wangari Maathai refuses to carry the Olympic torch. Non violent protests are expected in Buenos Aires. China tells Rogge it will not discuss human rights.
26/03/2008 CHINA – TIBET
Olympics: the talk is about boycott
French President Sarkozy might boycott the Games’ opening ceremony. International pressure is growing for China to stop the violence and open Tibet to journalists. Beijing insists that all is under control, but police says the situation is still “critical”.
Tehran promises the IAEA complete information on its nuclear programme
The information concerns the latest generation of centrifuges. The announcement comes after the visit of El Baradei, who was received with full honours by Iranian leaders. Meanwhile, both Bush and Sarkozy talk about nuclear energy in the Gulf on their visits to the region.
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