Huge gas ﬁeld discovered in northeast Iran
According to BP’s annual statistics, Iran’s gas production (excluding ﬂared and recycled gas) in 2011 was 153.3 billion cubic meters (some 420 million cubic meters per day), while the consumption volume was 151.8bcm in 2011, indicating a 1.5bcm negative balance.
Deadly Algeria hostage crisis not over, toll murky
An Algerian military raid to free hostages from at least 10 countries and wipe out their Islamist militant captors unleashed bloody chaos at a remote Sahara natural gascomplex, and the British government said Friday the operation was not yet over.
Lawyer to seek release of Saudi air force sergeant
A defense attorney said Thursday he’ll ask a judge to allow the release of a Saudi Arabia air force sergeant jailed since New Year’s Eve on allegations that he pulled a 13-year-old boy into a Las Vegas Strip hotel room and raped him.
Pakistan says it will free all Afghan Taliban detainees
Pakistan plans to release all Afghan Taliban prisoners still in its detention, including the group’s former second-in-command, an official said on Friday, in the clearest signal yet that it backs reconciliation efforts.
Tymoshenko said to be “critical” as trial adjourned
Ukraine’s chief prosecutor accused jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko of ordering the killing of a business rival 16 years ago, dealing a new blow to the ex-prime minister who the West says is the victim of a political vendetta.
Indonesian authorities battle ﬂoods in capital
Authorities were working Friday to repair a dike that collapsed amid floods that swamped the Indonesian capital as the waters gradually receded from the main streets of the teeming city.
Italian court rejects Berlusconi bid to halt tax fraud trial
A Milan court on Friday rejected a request from Silvio Berlusconi’s lawyers to suspend a tax fraud trial involving the purchase of broadcasting rights by his Mediaset media group until after the February 24-25 election.
Resistance only way to realize Palestinian cause: Larijani
Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has said that resistance against the Zionist regime is the only way to realize the cause of the Palestinian nation.
China hails Iran’s efforts to resolve Syrian crisis
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said on Thursday that Iran has been playing a positive role in the efforts to resolve the crisis that has gripped Syria since March 2011.
IOR-ARC and IOC agree to reciprocal observer status
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Indian Ocean Rim-Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) announced that the association and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) had agreed to reciprocal observer status.
8 Biotechnological Achievements Unveiled
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the country will soon break new grounds in various fields of science and technology and will conquer new peaks.
Algeria Hostage Takers Make New Threat
At least 22 foreign hostages were unaccounted for on Friday and their Al-Qaeda-linked captors threatened to attack other energy installations after Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths.
Armstrong Sorry For Doping
Lance Armstrong has ended years of denials by admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs during all seven of his Tour de France wins.
Russia Seeks to Calm Currency Tension
Russia sought to calm a “currency war” that has flared between the developed and emerging worlds and threatens to dominate Moscow’s annual presidency of the Group of 20 forum.
New Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Built
Iranian researchers have produced an indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which has a number of civilian applications.
Fourth Int’l Gaza Conference Held
The Islamic Republic of Iran is hosting the fourth international conference on ‘Gaza, Symbol of Resistance’ in the capital, Tehran.
MP: No Grounds for Syria Meddling
A senior lawmaker dismissed recent allegations by the so-called Free Syria Army claiming Iran is interfering in Syria, saying there is no reason for Tehran to meddle in the internal affairs of the Arab country.