Iran to hold 38% share of petchem output in Mideast by 2015
Iran will account for 38 percent of petrochemical production in the Middle East by the year 2015, the National Iranian Petrochemical Company (NIPC) planning manager said on Sunday.
Iran to build 6 oil refineries in Africa
Iran will establish six oil refineries in Africa, the chairman of the union of Iranian exporters of oil derivatives announced on Sunday.
Sharif in talks to form Pakistan government
Pakistani election winner Nawaz Sharif was in talks on Sunday to form a new government, with fixing the shattered economy and tackling militancy likely to be his two biggest challenges.
Syria denies role in Turkish car bombing
Syria has denied allegations that it was behind two car bombing which killed 46 people in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli.
800,000 people to need food aid in Niger: UN
Some 800,000 people will require food aid in Niger in the coming months despite a good harvest last year due to problems supplying cereals to markets, which have pushed up prices, and an influx of Malian refugees, the United Nations said.
Bangladesh to raise wages for garment workers
Bangladesh’s government plans to raise the minimum wage for garment workers, a Cabinet minister said Sunday, after the deaths of more than 1,100 people in the collapse of a factory building focused international attention on the textile industry’s dismal pay and hazardous working conditions.
Guardian Council begins vetting presidential candidates
The Guardian Council has started vetting the candidates for the Iranian presidential election due in June, council’s spokesman Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei told the Mehr News Agency on Sunday.
Iran condemns use ofchemical weapons
The Iranian foreign minister has condemned the use of chemical weapons, saying that Iran is keen to take part in an international conference on Syria proposed by the U.S. and Russia.
Reformists to throw weight behind Rafsanjani
The consultative council of the pro-reform camp issued a statement after its meeting on Saturday saying that reformist figures and groups were ready to fully support Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s campaign for June 14 presidential election.
Araghchi appointed Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi appointed his deputy for Asian and Oceanian affairs, Abbas Araghchi, as Foreign Ministry spokesman on Saturday.
IRGC Navy to take delivery of new cruise missiles
New advanced cruise missiles, with a range of over 300 km, will be delivered to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Naval Force in the near future, an Iranian deputy defense minister said on Sunday.
Rafsanjani says he will work to resolve the country’s problems
In his first statement after registering for Iran’s 11th presidential election, former president Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Sunday that he would work to help resolve the problems facing the country.
Iran lifts ban on Reuters news agency
An Iranian semi-official news agency says a court has lifted a ban on the Reuters news agency, allowing it to restart its operations in Iran.
Doors of principlist coalition not closed yet: Haddad-Adel
MP Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel, who is a member of the three strong principlist coalition set to contest the June presidential election, has said that “the doors of the coalition are not closed.”
‘Resistance movement formed in Syria’
Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi says a Hezbollah-style resistance movement has emerged in Syria.
Iran condemns explosions in Turkey
Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Seyyed Abbas Araqchi has condemned the recent explosion in a Turkish town near the border with Syria.
Sharif Set for Victory In Pakistan Vote
Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif looked set Sunday to return to power for a third term, with an overwhelming election tally that just weeks ago seemed out of reach for a man who had been ousted by a coup and was exiled abroad before clawing his way back as an opposition leader.
Sanctions Cut Iran’s Dependence on Oil
Oil sanctions and financial restrictions imposed by the West on Iran’s economy have caused a sharp reduction in Tehran’s dependence on oil revenues, and encouraged the country to increase exports of non-oil products, Iranian Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade Mehdi Ghazanfari said on Sunday.
FM Welcomes Mediation In Syria Crisis
Iran’s foreign minister has condemned the use of chemical weapons and appeared to offer to mediate in the Syria crisis.
World Grapples With Rise In Cyber Crime
International law enforcement agencies say the recent $45 million dollar ATM heist is just one of many scams they’re fighting in an unprecedented wave of sophisticated cyberattacks.
UK Security Services Set Trap for Iranian Economists
Following an unsuccessful conference on Iran in Istanbul last year, another conference is to be held on the Islamic Republic’s economy in the Turkish city this summer.
Japan Playing By Currency Rules
Japan convinced its partners in the Group of Seven leading industrial economies that it was not manipulating its currency as part of a bold attempt to get its economy out of a near two-decade period of stagnation.
Navy to Be Equipped With Advanced Cruise Missiles
Defense Ministry plans to equip the naval fleet of the Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps (IRGC) with cruise missiles having a range of more than 300 kilometers.
Minister Deplores West’s Instrumental Use of Human Rights
Justice Minister Morteza Bakhtiari lambasted the West’s double-standard policies on human rights, and said that the West is making an instrumental use of the issue to deprive Third World countries of their rights.
Quakes Hit Southern Iran
Two earthquakes measuring 5.7 and 4.6 on the Richter scale shook Goharan in southern province of Hormuzgan early Sunday.
Majlis Debate on Budget Bill Underway
Majlis officially began debate on the proposed budget bill for the current Iranian year (started March 21, 2013) on Sunday.
Tehran, Seoul to Boost Ties
Iranian and South Korean officials underlined the need for bolstering relations between the two friendly countries in various fields, particularly cooperation in parliamentary affairs.
French FM’s Remarks Biased
Foreign Ministry lashed out at French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for his biased remarks on Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.
Police Seize Over 1 Ton of Narcotics in Zanjan
Iran’s drug combat squads have seized more than one ton of narcotics in the northwestern province of Zanjan in the current Iranian year (started March 21), a provincial police chief announced on Sunday.