48 Iranians kidnapped in Syria released
The 48 Iranian religious tourists who were abducted by terrorists in Syria in August have been released. The Iranian nationals arrived at the Iranian Embassy in Damascus on Wednesday.
UN, EU, UK, France, human rights groups censure Bahrain court ruling
The UN, the EU, Britain, France, and human rights groups have criticized a Bahraini court decision upholding prison terms for 13 pro-democracy activists, including eight life sentences.
‘Iran will continue 20% enrichment at Fordo, Natanz’
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Fereydoun Abbasi has said that Iran will continue the production of enriched uranium to a purity level of 20 percent at Fordo and Natanz uranium enrichment facilities.
Iraq plans to send 200-member trade delegation to Iran
A 200-member Iraqi trade delegation will be travelling to Iran in the near future, according to Iran-Iraq Joint Chamber of Commerce Secretary General Jahanbakhsh Sanjabi.
New videos show Syrian militants committing war crimes
New videos have surfaced online showing foreign-sponsored militants committing more terrorist acts in Syria.
‘Assad’s proposals to end Syrian unrest should be considered’
President Bashar al-Assad’s proposals for ending unrest in Syria should be taken into account by the international community, Russian officials said on Wednesday.
Indictment issued for Mehdi Hashemi
Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi announced on Wednesday that a 125-page indictment has been issued for Mehdi Hashemi, the son of Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Iran condemns French magazine’s blasphemy
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman on Tuesday condemned the publication of cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (S) by a French weekly.
Salehi says he held ‘constructive’ talks with Argentine FM over AMIA bombing
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has described as “constructive” the talks he held with Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman in Zurich, Switzerland, on January 3 over the bombing of the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) building, which took place on July 18, 1994.
Iran determined to expand ties with Africa: Salehi
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi met with the foreign minister of Burkina Faso, Djibril Bassole, in Ouagadougou on Tuesday.
Attack on Iran would be a huge mistake for U.S., Israel: Turkish ambassador
The Turkish ambassador to the United States has said that an attack on Iran over its nuclear program would be a huge mistake for the U.S., Israel, and Europe and will bring huge devastation to the region.
Syrian prime minister to visit Iran
President: No One Has Right to Sway Election Process
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said election is a right of the nation and no one is entitled to influence the process. The president made the remarks in Tehran on Wednesday following a cabinet session, IRNA reported.
US Contemplates Afghanistan Military Withdrawal
Groups within the Obama administration are pushing to keep no more than a few thousand troops in Afghanistan after 2014, US officials said, raising the prospect that the United States will be unable to keep its promise to fully train and equip Afghan security forces.
Peugeot Worldwide Sales Plunge Over Iran
French auto giant PSA Peugeot Citroen said that global sales plunged by 16.5 percent in 2012 owing to contracting demand in debt-crippled southern Europe and the suspension of its activities in Iran.
UN Slams Bahraini Court Decision
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ‘deeply regrets’ the decision of a Bahraini appeals court to uphold the sentences, including life imprisonment, against 20 Bahraini political activists, according to his spokesperson.
No Third Party Can Impact Ashgabat Ties
An Iranian lawmaker said that Iran attaches great importance to enhancement of ties with Turkmenistan, and reiterated that the two countries’ relations may not be influenced by any third party.
Intel Ministry to Unveil Plots Against N-Scientists
Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said the Islamic Republic will soon publicize details of foiled attempts to assassinate the country’s nuclear scientists.
Drop in Oil, Gas Sales Denied
Oil Ministry spokesman Alireza Nikzad-Rahbar has denied the report of a 40 percent reduction in Iran’s oil sales and 45 percent decline in oil and gas earnings.
Cmdr: Drug-Traffickers See NATO as ‘Safe Haven’
A senior Iranian anti-narcotics police commander lambasted the NATO forces in Afghanistan for the rise in drug production and trafficking, saying they have created a safe haven for drug-traffickers.
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Iran Snubs EU Oil Demands
TEHRAN – Oil Ministry Spokesman announced yesterday that Iran refuses requests by European countries to purchase its oil. Addressing a press conference here yesterday, Alireza Nikzad Rahbar, made the remarks and added Iran appreciates those clients which bought oil in times of crisis and will give priority to these countries for oil exports.
Abbasi Calls for IAEA Without Pre-Assumption
TEHRAN – Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi Davani said yesterday that the future talks will enjoy positive outcome if representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency recognize Iran’s rights.
Venezuela Lawmakers Postpone Chavez Swearing-In
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuela’s opposition announced that it plans to ask the Supreme Court to rule on whether delaying the swearing-in of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez violates the constitution.
Iran-P5+1 Talks Likely to Cover Regional Issues
TEHRAN (FNA) – The talks between Iran and the group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) are not limited to Iran’s nuclear issue and may cover other topics, including regional issues, as well, an Iranian spokesman said.
India Rice Shipments to Iran Delayed
NEW DELHI (PTI) – India’s rice exports to Iran are being held up due to payment-related and other delays, a senior Indian trade executive said.
India Lashes Pakistan After Deadly Kashmir Encounter
JAMMU, India (Reuters) – India denounced Pakistan yesterday over a firefight in the disputed territory of Kashmir in which two Indian soldiers were killed, but the nuclear-armed rivals both appeared determined to prevent the clash escalating into a full diplomatic crisis.
Japan Economy to Recover Slowly in 2013, Underpinned by “Abenomics”
TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese economy is expected to recover a little in 2013 if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policies of massive fiscal spending, aggressive monetary easing, and a weaker yen produce the momentum needed to lift Japan from stubborn deflation.
Those Demanding Free Election Elected in the Same Elections
TEHRAN – A lawmaker says that those who demand for free and fair elections have already been elected in the same elections.
Tehran-Tbilisi Trade Turnover Rises to $100m
TEHRAN – Abolition of the visa regime between Georgia and Iran has increased the number of tourists up to 90,000. Trade turnover between the countries has increased up to $100 million, Georgian ambassador to Iran, George Janjgava said during a special event marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Iran.
Management, Reporters Defuse China Censorship Spat
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) – Communist Party-backed management and rebellious staff at an influential weekly newspaper stepped back yesterday from a contentious standoff over censorship that spilled over to the wider public and turned into an unexpected test of the new Chinese leadership’s tolerance for political reform.
Leonardo: PSG Can Afford Ronaldo
PARIS (Dispatches) – PSG Sporting Director Leonardo has said the big-spending club are capable of any transfer deal imaginable, but played down a move for Cristiano Ronaldo.