Syrian opposition rejects Russian invitation for peace talks
Syria’s foreign-backed opposition leader has rejected an invitation from Russia for peace talks. Russia said on Friday it had sent an invitation for a visit to Moaz Alkhatib, whose six-week-old National Coalition opposition group has been recognized by many Western states and their Arab allies as the legitimate voice of the Syrian people, Reuters reported.
Japan’s November Iran oil imports surge to highest level since March
Japan’s crude imports from Iran more than doubled in November from the previous month to the highest level since March, as the Asian country boosted purchases despite sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation.
Russian president signs anti-U.S. adoptions bill
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Friday a measure that bans the adoption the Russian children by U.S. families effective January 1. The action could affect hundreds of U.S. families seeking to adopt. Americans adopted close to 1,000 Russian children last year, according to U.S. State Department figures.
Bahrainis hold anti-regime demo in Manama
Pro-democracy protesters have taken to the streets of the Bahraini capital, calling for the ouster of the Al Khalifa regime. On Friday, the protesters called for the release of all jailed activists and demanded that King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa step down.
Berlusconi to pay 36 million euros a year divorce settlement
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has agreed to pay his estranged wife Veronica Lario 100,000 euros ($132,200) a day as part of a divorce settlement, the daily Corriere della Sera said on Friday.
Iranian ofﬁcial meets UN envoy on Syria
Iranian Ambassador to Syria Mohammad Reza Sheibani met with UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus on Wednesday. The two sides held talks on the latest developments in Syria and discussed Iran’s six-point proposal on Syria.
Iran sends humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees in Syria
The Iranian Red Crescent Society has sent its first cargo of humanitarian aid weighing about 36 tons for residents of the Yarmouk refugee camp, which is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, the Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday.
Iranian envoy welcomes IRIB journalist’s release from Azeri prison
Iranian Ambassador to Baku Mohsen Pakaein has welcomed the release of three Iranian inmates as well as Anar Bayramli, a local reporter of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), from Azeri prison.
9th of Day was one of the miracles of Islamic Revolution: cleric
The leader of this week’s Friday prayers in Tehran has said that demonstrations on December 30, 2009 in support of the Islamic system were one of the miracles of the Islamic Revolution.
Russia, India back Iran’s nuclear rights
Russia and India have agreed that the Islamic Republic of Iran has the right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
‘Foreign powers have undermined UN role in resolving Syria unrest’
A senior Iranian lawmaker says pressure and influence of the world powers on the United Nations has undermined the body’s role in resolving the Syria unrest.
Iran, Turkey to Weigh 6-Point Syria Plan
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Iran and Turkey plan to continue discussions on Tehran’s six-point peace plan for Syria.
Gun Lobby Vows To Fight Regulation of Global Arms Trade
The leading US pro-gun group, the National Rifle Association, has vowed to fight a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global arms trade and dismissed suggestions that a recent US school shooting bolstered the case for such a pact.
Spain’s Iberia Airline Crew Protest Planned Job Cuts
Around 2,000 air and ground staff from Spanish flag carrier Iberia protested in Madrid on Thursday over planned job cuts as prime minister warned of a “very tough” year ahead for the economy.
Lavrov: Iran Has Rights to Nuclear Program
Use of force against Iran can bring most negative consequences, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in Moscow on Thursday.
US ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Battle Heats Up
US President Barack Obama will host top congressional leaders including his bitter Republican rivals on Friday in a last-ditch bid to halt America’s slide over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
Russia Urges Assad To Talk to Opposition
Russia, the only big power with close ties to the Syrian regime, on Friday urged President Bashar Al-Assad to follow through on pledges to meet the opposition and keep all options open for a transition government.
BRICS Tracking Money Flow
The five leading developing nations grouped in the BRICS alliance–Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa–are planning to intensify efforts to collect accurate trade data, so they can get a better picture of trade flows.
S. Pars Phases 15, 16 to Be Pre-Commissioned
An Iranian contractor says gas refineries related to phases 15 and 16 of Iran’s giant offshore South Pars Gas Field will be pre-commissioned in February 2013.
US Cyber Attack Thwarted
Iran has neutralized a cyber attack generated in America’s Dallas city against the servers of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
Deputy FM Clarifies Parchin Comment
Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Iranians Affairs Hassan Qashqavi has clarified his comments on Iran’s Parchin site.
IRIB Baku Reporter Says He Was Framed
An Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) correspondent who was recently released from prison in Baku said he had been framed by the Azerbaijani police.
Tehran, Baku Vow Anti-Drug Campaign
Iran’s Ambassador to Baku Mohsen Pakaeen discussed ways to expand cooperation in the campaign against drug trafficking and organized crimes with Azerbaijan Republic’s Interior Minister Ramil Usubov.
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Zardari Visit to Iran Is on Card
Pakistan on Thursday said that President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to Iran is on the cards and currently both the countries are in the process of working out mutually convenient dates.
S. Africa Suspends Iran Crude Imports Again
South Africa suspended all imports of crude oil from Iran for a sixth consecutive month in November, data showed on Friday, as Pretoria continued to steer clear of the shipments because of sanctions.
Bhutto’s Son Launches Political Career
The 24-year-old son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto launched his political career Thursday with a fiery speech before thousands of cheering supporters observing the fifth anniversary of his mother’s assassination.
White House Meeting a Last Stab at a Fiscal Deal
Amid partisan bluster, top members of Congress and President Barack Obama were holding out slim hopes for a limited fiscal deal before the new year. But even as congressional leaders prepared to convene at the White House, there were no signs that legislation palatable to both sides was taking shape.