Iranian state media called France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a "prostitute" in an unusual attack on the wife of a world leader that shows deep anger over her support for an Iranian woman who faced death by stoning on an adultery conviction.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed today that Iran has produced its first batch of uranium enriched to a higher level, saying his country will not be bullied by the West into curtailing its nuclear programme a day after the US imposed new sanctions.
Iran's president on Sunday ordered his atomic agency to significantly enrich the country's stockpile of uranium, angering Western nations who want to the Islamic republic to halt its nuclear programme.
Iran announced today it launched a menagerie of animals - including a mouse, two turtles and worms - into space on a research rocket, a feat President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said showed Iran could defeat the West in the battle of technology.
New Zealand police have begun interviewing people connected to an Auckland company allegedly involved in selling 35 tonnes of North Korean explosives and anti-aircraft missiles to Iran.
Iran has freed five British sailors detained last week when their racing yacht drifted accidentally into Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf.