Kermanshah, Iran, May 21 - Daye Saltaneh, mother of Farzad Kamangar, the young teacher who was hanged with four other Kurdish activists on 9 May in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison on the charge of acting against state security, in a message thanked all those who worked to try to save her son's life.
By WILLIAM YONG and MICHAEL SLACKMAN
TEHRAN — As Iran approaches the first anniversary of a contested presidential election that touched off a deep political crisis, opposition supporters remain under intense pressure, with student leaders receiving long prison terms and a prominent opposition politician and a filmmaker being attacked.
Tehran, May 21 - Tehran’s Friday prayer leader, Guardian Council Secretary Ahmad Jannati, urged a crackdown on violations of the dress code for women, calling for its enforcement throughout Iranian society.
Universities are especially lax, Jannati told the Friday congregation, warning that the country risked a return to the “old ways” before the 1979 Islamic revolution unless authorities take effective measures.
On May 19, the state-run Mehr news agency reported that the mullahs’ President’s special representatives at the working group for relocation of civic employees from Tehran ordered three ministries to reduce the number of university students in Tehran and relocate them to other cities.
According to this report, the directive orders the Science, Research and Technology Ministry, the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, and the Ministry of Education to reduce the number of students in government-run and private universities in the capital while facilitating the relocation and acceptance of students in other large cities and provinces.
Germany has detained several men suspected of buying technology for a Russian-built nuclear reactor in Iran, opening the door to a diplomatic feud between the European Union and Russia, Western diplomats said.
Diplomats familiar with the case said the arrests had infuriated Russia, which complained to members of the U.N. Security Council's Iran sanctions committee. That panel oversees compliance with the punitive measures imposed on Tehran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment program.
U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday he hopes the full House will vote on the final version of a bill strengthening sanctions on Iran and companies that do business with it.
Hoyer said House and Senate lawmakers were continuing negotiations about the final wording of the legislation, and that he wanted to see it on the House floor for a vote next week.
After next week, Congress is scheduled to begin a one week-recess.
London, May 21 - The international community should support independent voices in Iran and "strongly condemn" the execution of political activists there, a leading international human rights group said.
"The Iranian judiciary is a tool in the hands of Ayatollah Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad to repress harshly peaceful protesters and political opponents", the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) said in a statement posted on its website Thursday.
By CHIP CUMMINS
DUBAI—Three Americans, detained in Iran for the better part of a year after crossing into the country on foot from Iraq, met their mothers Thursday in a stage-managed appearance in Tehran, raising hopes the two men and one woman might soon be released.
EditorialAsharq al-Awsat, 20 May 2010
Brussels - The President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek condemned the execution of five prisoners which took place on 9 May in Iran.President Buzek said: "I was informed that five Kurdish prisoners - one of whom was a woman - were hanged in Iran on 9 May. They were convicted of various charges, including of being 'moharebs' or 'enemies of God' - a crime punishable by death under Iran's Islamic law.
A male prisoner was publicly flogged in Ramhormoz of Khuzistan province (South-West of Iran).
The website of the Department of Justice of the clerical regime announced a man by the name of Gholamreza D. received 74 lashes in public on April 26. He was accused of robbery.
By Ramin MostafaviTEHRAN (Reuters) - The mothers of three Americans jailed in Iran since last July accused of spying arrived in Tehran on Wednesday, with the Iranian government saying it was allowing them to visit their children as a "humanitarian act".
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