» 08/06/2012, 00.00
IRAN - SYRIA
Iran calls on Turkey and Qatar to help release 48 pilgrims captured by Syrian rebels
For Tehran, the group of 48 are pilgrims, and include women and children. For rebels, they are revolutionary guards sent by Iran on a reconnaissance mission. A rebel-made video shows only men. The incident could increase tensions between Sunnis and Shias. Syria's prime minister flees to Jordan.
Iran's new head of the judiciary says he will prosecute those who torture prisoners
Appointed by the supreme leader, Sadeq Lariani, brother of parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani, is considered a close Khamenei ally and a possible conservative alternative to the president. A top revolutionary guard official wants Mousavi, Khatami and Karroubi to be put on trial. A cleric calls for Karroubi to be punished with 80 lashes.
19/05/2010 IRAN – CHINA – RUSSIA
Beijing and Moscow back Washington over new sanctions against Iran, green wave sceptical
China and Russia appreciate the agreement between Brazil, Turkey and Iran on enriched uranium. If adopted, US proposal would be the fourth set of sanctions against Iran, targeting especially the Revolutionary Guards. Iran’s opposition movement calls for greater support from the international community. For its members, “The best and safest way to end Iran’s nuclear threat is regime change.”
18 killed as bomb hits Pasdaran bus
The attack took place this morning in a border region in the southeast. The death toll is unclear. The area is notorious for frequent clashes between security forces and gangs of drug traffickers.
Iranian schools to encourage "culture of martyrdom"
The decision was announced by the head of the Basij paramilitary group and was taken in concert with the Ministry of Education which announces ten thousand Quran schools. The Basij also want more involvement in scholastic formation.
After anti-Pasdaran attack Iran fears insurgencies among its minorities
Jundollah, a Baluchi-based Sunni group, claims responsibility for yesterday’s anti-Pasdaran car bomb. Shia clerics quickly appear on TV to explain that “our Sunni brothers are innocent.” The Stratfor group suggests the United States has an interest in supporting anti-government groups to destabilise the Iranian regime.
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