Iranian regime pressing its Iraqi allies to back Maliki as Prime Minister    Iranian regime has sent a harsh message to Shi’ite allies in Iraq, demanding they support the candidacy of Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, the Arab daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat has reported.

According to the report, based on an anonymous source in the Islamist Iraqi National Alliance (INA) led by Sayyed Ammar Al-Hakim, the Iranian regime message directed their Shi’ite partners in Iraq to accept Al-Maliki’s candidacy “even if he hit you over the head.”

Iran brands Western media 'dishonest cocky cheats'AFP - TEHRAN — Iran's deputy culture minister lashed out at Western media on Sunday, branding them "dishonest, cocky cheats," who will be banned from an annual press fair in the autumn, the ILNA news agency reported.

"This year none of the Western media are allowed to participate in the fair," said Mohammad Ali Ramin, who is also a press watchdog official.

FocusThe German weekly Focus revealed in its latest issue on July 26 that the German intelligence agency has identified an agent of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security, “Arhan R,” who was involved in espionage against the main opposition, People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), ending the operative’s activities.

Australia tightens sanctions on Iran AFP - Australia Thursday tightened its sanctions on Iran in a fresh bid to convince Tehran to allay international concerns over its nuclear drive.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said the new measures target more than 100 Iranian groups and companies, and restrict Australian business dealings with the country's oil and gas sector.

Iran: “Protests almost toppled regime,” mullah Jannati saysLast year’s popular protests in Iran almost led to the downfall of the Iranian theocracy, a senior clerical regime official said on Wednesday.

According to the state-run Jahan News, the head of the regime’s Guardian Council, Ahmad Jannati said in a speech on Wednesday that the post-June 2009 uprising aimed to overthrow the Iranian regime, which is based on the principle of velayat-e faqih or absolute clerical rule.

Flag EUThe EU has gotten it mostly right with new sanctions against Iran-if it can stick with them.

Wall Street Journal - If the European Union's execution is as good as the rhetoric, then its latest round of economic sanctions will finally put more than token pressure on Iran over its nuclear-weapons program.

Gen. Mattis: Iran is 'destabilizing force'     UPI - Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, up for appointment as head of U.S. Central Command, said Tuesday Iran is the greatest destabilizing force in that region.

Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee Iran's nuclear ambitions make it a long-term threat in the region.

Al-Iraqiya leaders warn against Iranian regime meddling and press on right to form new governmentTwo of the leaders of al-Iraqyia List, the winner of the Iraqi parliamentary elections in March, have once again reiterated the list’s position that as the winning coalition it has the legitimate and legal right to form a new government in Iraq.

One of them also warned in a statement published in Azzaman daily about the Iranian regime’s plots against attempts to form a government in Baghdad.

EU to Impose Sanctions on Iran in Bid to Halt Nuclear Drive   Bloomberg - European Union governments are set to impose their toughest sanctions yet on Iran, backing U.S. efforts to force the clerical regime to halt uranium enrichment as proof it’s not seeking a nuclear weapons capability.

The package includes a ban on investing or selling equipment to Iran’s oil and natural gas industries, restrictions on export-credit guarantees and insurance, and closer monitoring of banks doing business with Iran.

Lawrence CannonCTV National News - CTV News has learned the sanctions attempt to curtail Iran's nuclear weapons program by tightening the financial screws on the Iranian regime.

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon has called a news conference for 11 a.m. Monday to make the announcement.