Mali escalation: More Western countries entering the fray
France was the first Western country to take military action to halt the advance of Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Mali, but now other major European countries, including Britain and Germany, have unexpectedly announced that they plan to help France in the conflict.
Ahmadinejad to brief MPs on current affairs tomorrow
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will attend an open session of the Majlis on Wednesday to brief MPs on current affairs, including economic issues, MP Ali Reza Monadi announced on Monday.
Saudi king appoints Nayef governor of Eastern Province
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has appointed the head of the Crown Prince Court, Saud bin Nayef, the governor of the oil-producing Eastern Province.
Iran’s trade with ECO members confounds sanctions: finance minister
Trade between Iran and other member states of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) has been remarkable over the past two years, despite the international sanctions imposed on the country, Iranian Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Shamseddin Hosseini stated.
Thousands of protesters rally in Pakistani capital
Thousands of Pakistanis fed up with agovernment they say is corrupt and indifferent to the plight of common citizens descended on the capital Monday, responding to the call of a charismatic cleric who has quickly become a powerful but mysterious political force.
West’s break with Israel will begin with Europe not U.S.: analyst
A senior Israeli academician and political commentator says Europe’s patience over Israeli settlement building on occupied Palestinian land will run out sooner than the United States’ patience.
U.S. forces participated in botched French rescue op in Somalia: Obama
The United States said on Sunday that its forces participated in France’s botched attempt to free a kidnapped French intelligence officer in Somalia.
‘There is a wide gap between Western powers’ actions and words’
The deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Brigadier General Hossein Salami, has said that there is a wide gap between the Western powers’ actions and words.
Sanctions taking their toll on Iranian patients
The international sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program are taking their toll on Iranian patients whose access to life-saving drugs has become severely restricted, the Guardian wrote in an article published on Sunday.
Leader: Youth Are National Assets
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday commended Iranian youth studying abroad and said that the Islamic Republic of Iran sees Iranian students abroad as national assets.
Handling Projects Worth $250b in Oil Industry
The Iranian oil industry is handling projects worth $250 billion, and this period should be named “the spring of development” in the industry, Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi said.
Kazakhstan’s OIC Chair Ends on Positive Note
The 39th session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) of Foreign Ministers, which was held in Djibouti on November 15-17, 2012, ended a long lasting chairmanship of Kazakhstan in this organization. For almost one year and a half this Central Asian country was chairing the OIC, namely, from June 2011 to November 2012. However, the time span of the chairmanship is not as much important as the issues Kazakhstan had to deal with as OIC chair.
Emissions Pose Challenge To Policymakers
The latest forecasts from a foremost climate research institute that global warming has slowed, present a new challenge to policymakers on how to inject urgency into the campaign to cut emissions of greenhouse gases.
Rapid Decline in US-Russia Relations
A poisonous unraveling of US relations with Russia in recent months represents more than the failure of President Obama’s first-term attempt to “reset” badly frayed bilateral relations. It threatens pillars of Obama’s second-term foreign policy agenda as well.
Syrian Women Target of Sexual Violence
Rape is a “significant and disturbing” feature of the Syrian civil war, with women and girls citing sexual violence as their main reason for fleeing the country, according to a report published on Monday.
US Must Show Change in Practice
A senior Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) commander said the Islamic Republic has not trusted and will not trust claims by US officials unless they make practical changes in their attitude vis-à-vis Iran.
Iran-US Talks on Afghanistan Denied
An adviser to Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said no talks have taken place between Tehran and Washington over the planned US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014.
West, KSA Targeting Iraq Unity
A member of Majlis said the West and Saudi Arabia are attempting to undermine Iraq’s national unity.
Ebrahim Aqa-Mohammadi, who sits on the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, made the remark in an interview with ICANA on Sunday.
IRCS Programs Inspire Other Aid Groups
Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) humanitarian assistance inspires similar organizations in the world, Director of the Asia-Pacific zone for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Jagan Chapagain said on Sunday.
Muslim Unity Dismays Enemies
Unity among various religious factions, including Shiite and Sunni, will make enemies of Islam disappointed, said Grand Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamadani.