Iran to allocate about $8 billion to revamp refineries
Iran plans to allocate about $8 billion to revamp refineries across the country. The funds will be spent to enhance efficiency at the Tehran, Arak, Bandar Abbas, and Abadan refineries, ISNA quoted National Iranian Petrochemical Company official Mohammad Ziar as saying on Saturday.
France says Africans need to take lead in Mali
France’s foreign minister said Saturday that “our African friends need to take the lead” in a military intervention to oust extremists from power in northern Mali, though he acknowledged it could be weeks before neighbors are able to do so.
Algeria: 7 hostages, 11 militants dead after raid
Algeria’s special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert in a final assault Saturday, killing 11 militants, but not before they in turn killed seven hostages, the state news agency reported.
Obama inspires brother to run for office in Kenya elections
U.S. President Barack Obama’s message of hope and change has inspired his half-brother Malik to launch a political career of his own, with his eye on elections in Kenya in March.
Rahul Gandhi takes Congress party’s no. 2 post
Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, said he would work to transform the country after he was elevated Saturday to the governing Congress party’s No 2 post.
Economics professor Hassan Sobhani confirms presidential candidacy
Hassan Sobhani, a professor of economics at Tehran University and former parliamentarian, has confirmed reports that he plans to run for the presidential post as an independent candidate.
Pakistani officer probing PM graft case found dead
A Pakistani officer investigating a corruption case against the prime minister was found dead in the country’s capital Friday in what was likely an act of suicide, police said. The body of Kamran Faisal was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his room at a government dorm in Islamabad, according to senior police officer Bani Yamin.
Iran says IAEA visit to Parchin not possible before new agreement is signed
Iran said on Friday that IAEA inspectors will not be allowed to visit the Parchin military site before a new agreement is finalized.
Sanctions will not compel Iran to relinquish its rights: ambassador
The Iranian ambassador to France has said that the sanctions imposed on the country over its nuclear program will not compel the Iranian nation to relinquish their legitimate rights.
IAEA queries of Iran must end: analyst
A political commentator says Tehran is ready to answer International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) questions provided that when they are answered the process comes to an end.
‘Iran will not ignore Syrian people’s right to determine their destiny’
Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to the Supreme Leader, has said that Iran will not ignore the Syrian people’s right to determine their destiny.
Pakistan Shia killings aimed to sow discord among Muslims: Qom Seminary teachers
On Role of Un-Authorized IAEA Representatives
Last week, IAEA representatives visited Iran again with no result. Last time they visited Iran, they were supposed to go back to their headquarters and come back with the authority to arrange a deal with Iran.
US Warned Against War on Iran
A senior American professor has warned against a potential US attack on Iran, saying that a war with the Middle Eastern country could be more costly than the Vietnam War for Washington.
Uruguay Bans Football for 10 Days
Uruguay began a 10-day ban on football on Friday in response to violence at a match where Nacional goalkeeper Jorge Bava punched a police officer and was promptly arrested.4
Elections Will Not Change Atomic Policy
Elections in Iran will not alter Tehran’s policy on continuing its nuclear energy program as all Iranian political factions unanimously put their weight behind the agenda, a political analyst said.
IAEA Should Consider Int’l Criteria in Talks
A Russian analyst said in Moscow on Saturday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should consider international criteria in talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Iran Elected to UNICEF Executive Board
Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei was elected as one of the five presiding members of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
India Reluctant on Western Embargos
India has been reluctant to implement the West’s unilateral embargoes against Iran due to New Delhi’s extensive ties with Tehran, a new US congressional report said.
Ahmadinejad Congratulates S. Korean President-Elect
Iranian Ambassador to South Korea Ahmad Masoumifar submitted Iran’s congratulatory message to South Korea’s newly-elected President Park
MP Praises Syrian Support for Anti-Zionist Movements
A senior lawmaker said Iran hails Syria’s efforts to strengthen the resistance front against the Zionist regime of Israel. The remark was made by Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Fars News Agency reported on Saturday.