Germany says it will help pave the way for Iran-U.S. direct talks
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Friday that Berlin would help pave the way for direct talks between Iran and the United States, expressing hope that Iran would accept the offer of bilateral talks, AFP reported.
Bahrainis hold anti-regime demos near Manama
Thousands of Bahraini demonstrators have staged anti-regime protest rallies near the capital, Manama, marking two years since the start of an uprising against the ruling Al Khalifa family.
One dead, dozens hurt as police clash with Egypt protesters
At least one protester was shot dead and dozens wounded on Friday when riot police clashed with demonstrators demanding the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi.
NATO chief dismisses Russian missile defense concern
NATO’s secretary-general said Saturday the alliance has no intention of backing down on its plans for a European-missile defense system despite ongoing criticism from Russia.
Supreme National Security Council should decide about Iran-U.S. nuclear talks: MP
Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi has said that the decision about holding direct talks with the United States over Tehran’s nuclear program rests with Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.
Bahrain ofers refuge to MKO members: report
A UN official in Baghdad has said that Bahrain has announced readiness to give refuge to members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), the Persian service of the Fars News Agency reported on Saturday, quoting the Iraqi Buratha news agency.
Taliban Kill 35 in Retaliation For US Attack
Militants attacked an isolated army checkpoint in Pakistan’s restive northwest on Saturday, with at least 35 people killed in the initial assault, subsequent crossfire and a rocket attack on a house, officials said.
Hollande Visits Mali
French President Francois Hollande landed on Saturday in the fabled Malian town of Timbuktu, making a triumphant stop six days after French forces parachuted in to liberate the desert city from the rule of Al-Qaeda-linked militants.
Japan Hails Iran’s Role in Regional Stability
Japanese Ambassador to Tehran Koji Haneda underlined Iran’s important role in maintaining peace and stability in the region, and announced Tokyo’s enthusiasm for further expansion of ties with Tehran.
Argentina: Malvinas Islands Referendum Illegal
Argentina rejected as illegal Friday a referendum that is to be held among Malvinas islanders on the status of the disputed South Atlantic archipelago.
Is Brazil The New China
Brazil’s role as a trade partner with Africa is increasing, but the political links between the continent and Brazil may prove more important.
FM in Munich for Security Talks
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi arrived in Germany on Saturday to attend the 49th Munich Security Conference.
Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ramin Mehmanparast is accompanying Salehi.
Chinese Backing for Tehran-IAEA Cooperation
China has reiterated that Iran has the right to peaceful nuclear energy, expressing support for cooperation between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Israel Greedily Following Syrian Developments
Iranian Ambassador to Beirut Ghazanfar Roknabadi rapped the Zionist regime of Israel for its recent aggression against Syria, saying Israel is following the Syrian developments greedily to find an opportunity to hit a blow to the resistance front.
US Forces Kill Afghans on Purpose
A lawmaker said US forces intentionally kill innocent people in Afghanistan under the pretext of fighting Al-Qaeda in the war-torn country.