Iran accelerates non-oil trade, finds markets in Asia, Africa
Iran is accelerating its efforts to buoy its non-oil trade and to find new markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as it struggles for economic survival amid an intensifying U.S. financial war on Tehran and its allies, the country’s chief economic manager said in an interview.
Myanmar waging ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingyas: HRW
Myanmar has waged “a campaign of ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims, a top rights watchdog said Monday, citing evidence of mass graves and forced displacement affecting tens of thousands.
Afghans will be biggest losers if Taliban return to power: expert
A South Alabama University professor says “The Afghan people will be the biggest losers if the Taliban come back to power.”
Registration for city council elections ends
Registration for the city council elections across the country ended on Sunday, with thousands of hopefuls registering interest in contesting elections that will be held on the same day as the presidential election on June 14. Registration began on April 15.
Afghanistan, Pakistan, U.S. to meet for talks in Brussels
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he would host a meeting of top Afghan and Pakistani officials this week in Brussels to discuss reconciliation with the Taliban and other issues.
Saudi sends more tanks, arms to Bahrain
Saudi Arabia has sent more tanks and weapons for its troops in Bahrain during the Formula One Grand Prix auto race in Manama.
Taliban capture 9 from helicopter in Afghanistan
A Turkish civilian helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area of eastern Afghanistan, and the insurgents took all nine people aboard the aircraft hostage, including eight Turks, officials said Monday.
‘Bahrain held Grand Prix to divert world’s attention from crackdown’
Iranian MP Vahid Ahmadi says that the Bahraini government decided to hold the Formula One Grand Prix race on Sunday, despite calls for the event to be cancelled, in order to divert attention from the massive demonstrations in the country.
Plot against Syria targets stabilityof the region, Assad tells Iranian MP
President Bashar al-Assad on Monday received an Iranian parliamentary delegation headed by Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Foreign Policy and National Security Committee at the Iranian parliament, SANA reported.
IAEA says top official’s resignation won’t change Iran policy
The UN nuclear watchdog said on Sunday that the resignation of one of its top officials who have been leading talks with Iran would not change its policy in dealing with Tehran over its nuclear program, Reuters reported.
No need for new sanctions measures on Iran: Hague
Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that the European Union should focus on implementing its current sanctions against Iran over Tehran’s nu- clear program rather than imposing new measures for the moment, Reuters reported on Monday.
Iran, Turkey, Egypt, S. Arabia will resume talks on Syria: official
Negotiations of a contact group on Syria comprising Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey will resume in the near future, an Iranian Foreign Ministry official announced on Sunday.
Iran, IAEA have agreed to meet on May 21: reports
Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have agreed to hold a new round of talks over Iran’s nuclear program on May 21 in Vienna, Iranian news agencies reported on Monday.
Ankara denies report Israel seeking Turkish airbase for attack on Iran
Ankara has dismissed a news report suggesting that an Israeli delegation set to arrive in Ankara on April 22 would hold talks to use a Turkish airbase to train for a possible attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.
Efforts should be made to cancel sanctions on Iran: Rohani
Presidential candidate Hassan Rohani has said that efforts should be made to lift the UN and unilateral sanctions against Iran.
Iranian and Egyptian FMs discuss Syria crisis
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Kabar Salehi held a telephone conversation with his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr on Monday.
China’s Iranian Oil Imports Up 61%
China’s imports from Iran rose 61.1 percent in March to 1.73 million metric tons, the country’s General Administration of Customs confirmed in a report on Monday.
MP: Assad Should Stay On, Contest Polls
Iran wants Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to stay on and contest the presidential election scheduled for next year, a visiting senior lawmaker said on Monday.
HRW: Muslims Face ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ In Myanmar
Human Rights Watch calls for an international inquiry into the violence in Myanmar as they release evidence that Myanmar security forces organized and stood guard over Buddhist attacks on Muslim settlements before burying scores of bodies in mass graves.
Russia Warns EU Not to Lift Syria Arms Ban
Russia warned the European Union on Monday not to lift an arms embargo that has prevented weapons supplies to Syrian rebels, despite British and French lobbying.
Gold Miners Lose $169b
Gold producers, ignored as global stocks rebounded in the past two years and investors turned to exchange-traded funds that track bullion, face closing mines or shutting themselves down after the metal’s worst slump in three decades last week made 15 percent of miners unprofitable.
Stronger Unity Among Muslims Urged
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for unity and solidarity among Muslim nations in a bid to confront the states that seek to sow discord among them.
Deputy FM: Iran Favors Shortcut Solution to Nuclear Issue
An Iranian deputy foreign minister said the Islamic Republic favors a ‘shortcut’ solution to its long-drawn-out nuclear issue.
All Political Groups Should Partake In Presidential Election
A commander of the Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps (IRGC) said the way should be paved for all groups with various political inclinations to take part in the upcoming presidential election by nominating their candidates.
Turkish Denial of Media Reports On Israel Cooperation
A spokesperson with the Turkish Foreign Ministry denied a media report that Israel was set to offer Turkey weapons and military technology in return for access to an airbase near the Turkish capital for training.
Military Experts Overhaul 2 Aircraft
Iranian military experts have successfully overhauled a F4 fighter jet and a Boeing 777 plane during 97,000 person/hour work, Iran’s army public relations announced Monday.
Moscow Keen on Expanding Ties
Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Ilyas Umakhanov said in Tehran that promoting ties, parliamentary relations in particular, with Iran is among the council’s priorities.
US Support for Israeli War Rhetoric
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel supported Israel’s warmongering rhetoric against Iran, saying the United States and Israel see ‘exactly the same’ threat from Tehran.