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A powerful earthquake has struck southeast Iran, killing 400 people, injuring hundreds and turning remote mountain villages into rubble.
A ceremony is to be held in the destroyed Iranian city of Bam to mark the earthquake that struck there one year ago and celebrate the city's inclusion on Unesco's list of World Heritage sites.

Prince Charles has met Iran's President Muhammad Khatami on the first visit to the Islamic republic by a member of the British royal family.

Iranian military engineers said on Friday they had uncovered violations of building regulations in the earthquake-devastated city of Bam and that those responsible would be prosecuted.

US president George Bush says Iran must comply with a set of demands before relations between the two countries can improve.

US President George Bush has ordered an easing of some sanctions on Iran to speed up the flow of aid for victims of the massive Bam earthquake. 

Ravaged by an earthquake claiming thousands of lives and totally destroying the ancient city of Bam, Iran is located in a tremor-prone region, with major calamities dating back to ancient Persia.

The toll from the powerful earthquake that has devastated south-eastern Iran continued to rise as the international community mobilised a major relief operation on Saturday.

The toll from the devastating earthquake in the historic Iranian city of Bam has reached 25,000, officials have said.

The survivors of a massive earthquake that killed more than 20,000 people in the Iranian city of Bam were beside themselves with grief on Friday.
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