U.S., Russia want political solution in Syria
Russia and the United States have agreed to encourage the Syrian government and the Western-backed armed opposition to find a political solution to the country’s two-year crisis.
Stephen Hawking ‘backs Israel boycott’
UK physicist reported to have withdrawn from upcoming Israeli conference in Jerusalem as part of an academic boycott.
PKK fighters begin withdrawal from Turkey
Kurdish militants began their withdrawal from Turkey on Wednesday, a pro-Kurdish party leader told Reuters, advancing a peace process designed to end an insurgency which has killed 40,000 people and ravaged the region.
Hamas looks to root out Israel’s spy networks
The alleged spy buried his face in his hands inside a Gaza jail as he admitted passing intelligence to Israel during its battles with armed Palestinian groups.
Egyptian court upholds acquittals in 2011 battle
Egypt’s highest appeals court upheld on Wednesday the acquittal of 24 Hosni Mubarak loyalists tried on charges of having organized a medieval-style attack by camel- and horse-riding supporters of the ousted president on a crowd of demonstrators, a pivotal moment in the country’s 2011 uprising.
Pakistan’s Imran Khan has 3 fractured vertebrae
Prominent Pakistani politician Imran Khan is expected to make a full recovery despite fracturing three vertebrae and a rib in a dramatic fall at a political rally, his doctor said on Wednesday.
Bangladesh garment factory disaster death toll crosses 800
Dozens of bodies recovered Wednesday from a collapsed garment factory building were so decomposed they were being sent to a lab for DNA identification, police said, as the death toll from Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster topped 800.
Claimants of election fraud acknowledged no vote rigging in 2009: Judiciary chief
Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani said on Wednesday that at a meeting after the 2009 presidential election, which Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei also attended, those who claimed that there had been vote rigging in the poll finally acknowledged that no fraud had occurred.
Iran reaffirms support for Syria
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Tuesday and assured the crisis-hit country that the Islamic Republic will continue to support it.
Khatami says situation not ripe for his candidacy; expresses hope Rafsanjani will run for president
Former President Mohammad Khatami has said that the situation is not prepared for him to stand as a candidate in the June presidential election, expressing hope that his predecessor Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani would run for president.
Iran appears to be pressing ahead with uranium conversion: diplomats
Iran appears to be pressing ahead in using some of its uranium enriched to 20 percent to make reactor fuel, diplomats said on Monday, a step that could help buy time for diplomacy between Tehran and world powers, Reuters reported.
Turkey dismisses report on regional cooperation against Iran
The Turkish Foreign Ministry today (May 5) dismissed a British newspaper report suggesting a role for Turkey in a regional cooperation against the “fundamentalist crescent,” which consists of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Hezbollah.
NAM condemns Israeli aggression against Syria
In a statement read out at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, Iran and other members of the Non-Aligned Movement condemned the Israeli aggression against Syria and called for Israel to be held accountable.
Hassan Sobhani registers for presidential election
Hassan Sobhani, a professor of economics at the University of Tehran and former parliamentarian, registered for the presidential election on Wednesday.
Leader: Iran Progressing Despite Restrictions
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Iran has made major scientific advancements despite western sanctions and restrictions, adding that all states and organizations have acknowledged the country’s progress in different fields.
VP: ACD Platform for Further Regional Interaction
First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi on Wednesday urged member countries of Asia Cooperation Dialog (ACD) to pave the way for further regional interactions.
Assad: Army Able to Respond to Israeli Assaults
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad says his country’s Army is capable of confronting the Israeli regime’s aggressions.
Syrian Forces Capture Strategic Town in South
The Syrian army captured a strategic southern town from rebel fighters on Wednesday after two-month fighting, in an advance likely to result in President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces regaining control of an international transit route, opposition sources said.
UN: Global Youth Unemployment Rising
The UN’s labor office says youth unemployment is likely to rise globally to 12.8 percent by 2018, wiping out gains made in the recent economic recovery.
China Slams WB Rankings
China wants to eliminate the World Bank’s Doing Business global report, saying the institution should not be ranking its members.
Iran, UN Cooperate To Protect Wetlands
The second phase of project to protect Iranian wetlands began in cooperation with United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). It seeks to reduce threats and help stability of ecosystems of Iran wetlands.
Over 140 Register For Presidential Vote
Over 140 people signed up for the upcoming presidential election on the first day of the registration process, Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said.
President Downplays Impacts of Oil Ban
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad downplayed the effects of western sanctions on the country’s oil supplies, and said Iran enjoys many other sources of income to replace its oil revenues.
Prophet’s Diplomacy, Soft Power Conference Held
International conference on diplomacy and soft power in the life of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) kicked off in Tehran on Wednesday.
Morsi’s Emphasis on Iran’s Role In Settling Syria Crisis
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in a recent letter to high-ranking Iranian officials has stressed Tehran’s irreplaceable role in settling the Syrian crisis, a senior aide to the Iranian Leader said.
US Knew About Israeli Raids on Syria
Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said the United States and certain Arab states had been informed of Israel’s intention to conduct air strikes against Syria in advance.