Iran's hard-line interior minister is encouraging temporary marriages as a way to avoid extramarital sex, a stance many in this conservative country fear would instead encourage prostitution.
Stronger penalties are needed against Iran "not next year or the year after, but right now" because of the uncertainty over how soon Tehran may acquire a nuclear weapon, President Bush's defense secretary said Saturday.
Iran's top national security official told the United States on Saturday to stop "exaggerating" the cases of four US-Iranians charged by Tehran with harming national security.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates called on the international community Saturday to unite behind stronger sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, warning that a military solution "is in no one's interest."
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani on Saturday described his talks talks in Madrid with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Iran's nuclear program as a step forward.
Iran's top national security official on Saturday told the United States to stop "exaggerating" the cases of four US-Iranians charged by Tehran with harming national security.
A U.S. anti-terrorism official warned Swiss banks not to do business with Iran on Saturday, saying Iranian officials sought to conceal their identity in deals designed to fund Iran's uranium enrichment program.
Iran's interior minister is encouraging "temporary marriages" to allow couples to have sex, but some call the practice a cover for prostitution.
Iran has publicly hanged two men convicted of raping and murdering young girls in the northern Mazandaran province, a press report said on Saturday.
Iran's interior minister faced criticism from women activists after advocating the practice of temporary marriage as a way to meet the needs of young people in the Islamic state, which bans extramarital sex.