Salehi optimistic about nuclear talks
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed optimism over Iran’s nuclear talks with the world powers due to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on April 5 and 6.
U.S., Taliban are colluding, Afghan president says
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the United States of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave, AP reported.
Iran to build reﬁneries in African states
Iran has come to terms with Algeria, Angola, and South Africa to build small refineries for them, the Fars news agency quoted an informed source as saying.
China unveils restructuring to boost efficiency, fight corruption
China unveiled a government restructuring plan on Sunday, cutting cabinet-level entities by two and dissolving its powerful Railways Ministry, as the country’s new leaders look to boost efficiency and combat corruption.
Peace holds in heartlands of Kenya’s election losers
Strongholds of defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga were peaceful on Sunday, apparently reflecting a desire by Kenyans to avoid a repeat of the bloodshed that followed the last election five years ago.
Thousands in Japan anti-nuclear protest two years after Fukushima
Thousands of protesters marched in the Japanese capital on Sunday calling on the government to shun nuclear power, a day before the second anniversary of an earthquake and tsunami that triggered the world’s worst atomic disaster in 25 years.
5+1 group to ease sanctions if Iran implements nuclear proposals in six months: diplomat
World powers have offered to take the measures necessary to ease the sanctions imposed on Iran if it agrees to implement the proposals put forward in the most recent nuclear talks within six months, according to an Iranian diplomat informed of the negotiations.
Iran warns West against compelling it to review cooperative approach
Iran has warned the parties negotiating with it over its nuclear program against taking any measure that would compel Tehran to review its cooperative approach.
Iranian parliament condemns massacres of Shias in Pakistan
Two hundred and thirty four Iranian MPs issued a statement on Sunday condemning the recent bloody massacres of Shias in Pakistan.
Iranian parliament to vote on AMIA deal
The cabinet has presented a bill to the Majlis to approve a deal with Argentina intended to investigate the bombing of the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) building in Buenos Aires in 1994 in which 85 people were killed.
Mortazavi rejects involvement in Kahrizak case
The second closed-door court session in the trial of the three judges accused of involvement in the case of the Kahrizak incident was held in Tehran on Sunday.
‘A cool relationship between Iran, Saudi will not benefit Muslims’
The Iranian ambassador to Saudi Arabia has said that a cool relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia will be detrimental to all regional countries and the Muslim world as a whole.
No Change in Caracas Ties After Chavez Death
Iran’s Vice President for international affairs Ali Saeedlou said the death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez will not undermine relations between Tehran and Caracas.
Iran, Pakistan To Inaugurate IP Gasline Project
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari will officially inaugurate the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project, despite pressures from the United States to stop the plan.
Venezuela Sets Presidential Election for April 14
Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14, the country’s electoral commission announced following the death of President Hugo Chavez last Tuesday.
UK Failed to Tackle Modern Slavery
Ministers, the police and social workers have been accused of a “shocking” failure to prevent the spread of modern slavery in the UK, leading to sexual exploitation, forced labor and the domestic servitude of adults and children from across the world.
New Defensive Systems For Army’s Ground Force
The Defense Ministry has equipped the country’s Army Ground Force with new and modern defensive systems, a senior Army commander said on Sunday.
MPs to Summon Pakistani Ambassador
A senior lawmaker said the Majlis plans to summon Pakistani Ambassador Khalid Aziz Babar to express its outrage over the massacres of Shiite Muslims in the South Asian country.
Expansion of Belgrade Ties Discussed
Tehran and Belgrade underlined the need for enhancing bilateral relations in all fields.
Salehi: Removal of Sanctions as of Next Month
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Sunday gave an upbeat report on gradual removal of US-led unilateral sanctions on Iran in the next Iranian year (beginning March 21).
Iran’s Progress Due To Defense of Rights
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said the Islamic Republic has made great strides in science and technology by defending its rights and safeguarding its national interests.
US Intervention in Syria, Against Law
A member of Majlis said any military intervention by the United States and its allies in Syria would be a violation of the United Nations Charter and the international law.
AMIA Deal Sent for Majlis Ratification
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said a recent agreement between Iran and Argentina to set up a truth commission to investigate the 1994 AMIA Jewish center bombing has been submitted to the Majlis for approval.