Today's Woman discusses the Iranian festival of Yalda with University of Maryland's Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak.

News & Views: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice concedes continued differences among world powers on a proposed third U.N. sanctions resolution against Iran over its nuclear program. Negotiations were ongoing Thursday night. Former Iranian president Rafsanjani speaks out against President Ahmadinejad's economic policies, accusing him of fighting inflation with slogans and making excessive imports. From Inside Iran we talk with a spokesman about the more than 30 students who have been jailed after their arrest 2 weeks ago. 333 activists published an open letter to Iran’s officials, asking them to be careful about the country’s nuclear program and to make sure the government does not put Iran on a war footing due to their policies.

Roundtable hosts popular Iranian singer Daryoush in our Washington studios.

Late Edition reports on the internal politics of Lebanon and the uncertainty of upcoming presidential elections.

NewsTalk hosts it regular Friday "week-in-review" VOA's Siamack Deghanpour, contributor Shayan Samaii & Babak Yektafar. Topics include the Pentagon report on Iran's involvement in Iraq, the Palestinian Donors Conference in Paris, President Bush's upcoming trip to the Middle East and the latest P5+1 negotiations over a third round of sanctions against Iran.