Iran’s military doctrine is defensive: Pentagon
A Pentagon report to Congress for the first time states that Iran’s military doctrine is “defensive,” a significant shift reflecting the more soft line policy views toward Iran held by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Washington Free Beacon reported on Thursday.
Ashton to meet Iran’s nuclear negotiator on May 15
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will meet Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Istanbul on May 15, her spokesman said on Thursday, to discuss future diplomatic efforts to resolve a decade-old dispute over Tehran’s atom work, Reuters reported.
Bahraini protesters demand prisoners be freed
The Bahraini police clashed with hundreds of protesters on Friday as they demonstrated to demand the release of political prisoners held by the government, witnesses said.
Wildfire raging along California coast threatens 3,000 homes
A wind driven wildfire raged along the California coast north of Los Angeles early on Friday, threatening some 3,000 homes and prompting evacuations of a university campus and several residential areas.
Saudi Arabia reports 7 cases of SARS-like virus
Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry said on Thursday that five people have died and two other patients were in critical condition with confirmed cases of a new respiratory virus related to SARS. The ministry said in a statement that it had informed the World Health Organization of the seven new cases of novel coronavirus.
U.S. military plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan
A U.S. military plane crashed on Friday in Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian nation’s emergencies ministry said. There was no immediate word on any casualties.
Muslims in Myanmar barricade village as attacks spread
Three Muslim men peered over a bamboo fence built recently to fortify their village in central Myanmar.
‘Absence of useful dialogue with Iran, major black mark on U.S. diplomacy’
The United States should put holding dialogue with Iran high on its foreign policy agenda as Iran is a major player in an important part of the world, according to Dan Simpson, a former U.S. ambassador.
Interaction with other countries based on mutual respect can prove helpful: Rafsanjani
Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said that effective interaction with other countries can help resolve the problems facing Iran.
Iran to unveil domestically designed minesweeper
The Iranian Navy is building a new domestically designed minesweeper and equipping one of its destroyers with advanced systems, the commander of the Navy announced on Thursday.
Obama seeking to buy more time to pursue diplomacy with Iran
The Pentagon has redesigned its biggest “bunker buster” bomb with more advanced features intended to enable it to destroy Iran’s most heavily fortified and defended nuclear site, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
Ex-reformist MP calls Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei ‘populist, opportunist’
Former reformist MP Akbar Alami, who may register for the June presidential election, on Friday described Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a close aide to president Ahmadinejad, as a “populist” and “opportunist” who is playing the role of opposition.
Iran denounces attacks on Myanmar Muslims
Iran denounced on Friday the fresh attacks by extremist Buddhist mobs on Muslims that trashed property owned by Muslims in central Myanmar.
Iran must boost economy to counter sanctions: Rezaei
Iranian presidential hopeful Mohsen Rezaei says Iran needs to speed up its economy so that it can surmount the sanctions imposed against the country.
Iran reiterates opposition to foreign interference in Syria
Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has reiterated the Islamic Republic’s opposition to foreign interference in Syria, urging a domestic solution to the ongoing turmoil in the Arab country.
Jalili, Ashton To Meet In Istanbul
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili agreed to meet European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the P5+1 group of world powers, later this month.
Iran Seriously Pursuing NAM Goals
Head of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Secretariat Esfandiyar Rahim Mashaei said that Iran as current NAM president will seriously follow up the implementation of the organization’s plans and objectives.
Iran Stresses Opposition to Foreign Interference in Syria
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has reiterated the Islamic Republic’s opposition to foreign interference in Syria, urging a domestic solution to the ongoing turmoil in the Arab country.
Iran Wheat Import
Iran imported around $4 billion worth of wheat and feed corn in the first 11 months of the last Iranian year (ended March 20, 2013), the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration(IRICS) reported.
Latam Interested in Iranian Culture
Latin American people are interested in Shahnameh culture, said minister of culture and Islamic guidance.
Indian FM in Tehran For Joint Commission
Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid arrived in Tehran on Friday to attend the 17th meeting of Iran-India Joint Economic Commission.
Election Executive Board Holds First Meeting
The Interior Ministry hosted the first meeting of the Central Executive Board of the country’s upcoming presidential election.
US Felicitations on Persian Gulf National Day
The US State Department sent its felicitations on the Persian Gulf National Day which is observed on April 30.
Documents Prove Sovereignty Over Trio Islands
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that his ministry has retrieved documents from its archive underlining Iran’s sovereignty over the three Persian Gulf islands of Abu Mousa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb.
Foreign Ministry Blasts Extremist Attack Against Myanmar Muslims
Foreign Ministry has denounced the recent attack by extremists on Muslims in the city of Okkan in Myanmar that led to the destruction of the community’s houses and holy sites.
Singaporean Support for Iran’s Nuclear Rights Based on NPT
A Singaporean official said his country supports Iran’s nuclear rights within the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).