QudsIntelligence officials in Berlin have said that the main suspect of the assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafiq Hariri have been sent to Iran from Lebanon, the Kuwaiti daily al-Seyassah wrote on Saturday.

Citing German intelligence officials, al-Seyassah wrote, “Two weeks ago, after international investigations zoomed in on Hezbollah commanders, Mostafa Badraddin, the main suspect in the assassination of Rafiq Hariri, who is a member of Hezbollah and used to be the right hand man of Emad Moqnieh, was transferred on an Iranian plane, along with a number of other Hezbollah leaders, to Damascus and later to Tehran from Lebanon’s Biqa Valley.”

Nato kanAFP - Japan imposed sanctions against Iran over its contentious nuclear programme today in line with a UN resolution and said it plans to announce additional punitive measures later this month. The cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced the steps as the US State Department's special adviser for non-proliferation and arms control Robert Einhorn was headed for Tokyo as part of an East Asian tour.

regime Germany Focus on lineL’hebdomadaire allemand Focus a révélé dans son numéro du 26 juillet que les services de renseignement allemand ont identifié un agent du Ministère du Renseignement et de Sécurité des mollahs, « Arhan R. », impliqué dans l'espionnage du principal parti d'opposition, les Moudjahidine du peuple d'Iran (OMPI), mettant fin à ses activités.

LimbertJohn Limbert, one of the 52 Americans taken hostage by the Iranian regime in Tehran in 1979, suggested in a radio interview that the Obama experience has shown that the Iranian regime is not susceptible to negotiations.

According to NPR on Saturday, Limbert, who will soon leave his job as the head of the State Department's Iran desk, said, "I think the Iranians, either out of a sense of insecurity or internal paralysis, seem unable to respond positively to what everyone sees as a very sincere effort at outreach.”

Gen. BakerThe deputy commander of American forces in Iraq’s central region issued a warning on Saturday regarding the Iranian regime’s meddling and aid to Iraqi militias, according to al-Sharqiya TV.

The TV station reported: American military forces have once again charged the Iranian regime with supporting and backing armed Iraqi groups and carrying out deadly attacks inside the country.

Relatives of political prisoners in Iran have launched a sit-in and protest in front of Tehran’s prosecutor’s office. They have gathered on 15 Khordad Square, holding pictures of their imprisoned loved ones.

The families are protesting the inhumane treatment of the prisoners, some of whom have been transferred to solitary confinement, while others are on hunger strike. Their families are unaware of their conditions because phone contacts and visits have been banned.

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.