Iran guarantees foreign investment in petrochemical industry: minister
Iran guarantees both domestic and foreign investment in petrochemical industry, Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi announced on Monday.
Iran LPG cargo may be ﬁrst to come to Asia this year
South Korean trader E1 Corp has bought 44,000 mt of LPG from Iran’s Petrochemical Commercial Co., possibly the ﬁrst spot cargo from the Middle Eastern producer to come to Asia this year, after an EU ban on propane and butane trade from Iran brought its exports to a near halt since late last year, market sources said last Friday.
Syrian troops take full control of strategic town
Syrian troops have taken full control of a town near the highway linking the capital Damascus with Jordan, a new advance in the government’s campaign to drive foreign-backed rebels from the strategic south, an activist group said on Monday.
Art Bureau ofﬁcials meet Supreme Leader
A group of oﬃcials of Iran’s Art Bureau met Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Monday.
Pakistan’s Sharif seeks to ease mistrust with India
Nawaz Sharif, poised to become prime minister for a third time after a decisive victory in Pakistan’s election, said on Monday the mistrust that has long dogged relations with India must be tackled.
2 new diseases could both spark global outbreaks
Two respiratory viruses in different parts of the world have captured the attention of global health officials — a novel coronavirus in the Middle East and a new bird flu spreading in China.
Milan prosecutor demands 6 years for Berlusconi
Milan prosecutors on Monday demanded a prison sentence of six years and a lifetime ban from public office for former Premier Silvio Berlusconi in his sex-for-hire trial.
Iranian, Saudi foreign ministers hold talks in Jeddah
Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal met his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday and called for expansion of ties with Tehran.
Iran to test two new cruise missiles
Two new domestically manufactured cruise missiles will be tested during the Velayat-92 naval drill, the commander of the Iranian Navy told the Tasnim News Agency on Monday.
Range of resistance movement’s missiles will reach 400 km: source
An informed source close to IRGC Qods Force Commander Major General Qasem Suleimani has quoted him as saying that the range of the missiles of the resistance movement against the Zionist regime will reach 400 kilometers in the near future.
MPs seek legal action against Ahmadinejad for accompanying advisor to election registration
A number of Iranian MPs have written a letter to the Judiciary calling for legal action against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for accompanying his advisor, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, when he registered for the presidential
election, saying it was a violation of the electoral law.
203 city council elections candidates disqualified
Two hundred and three hopefuls have not been approved as candidates for the fourth city council elections, which will be held simultaneously with the 11th presidential election on June 14.
Three Afghans killed while illegally entering Iran: official
Three Afghan migrants were killed by Iranian border guards while illegally crossing the border on Friday, an Iranian official announced on Monday.
Senior MP, Norwegian envoy discuss Tehran-Oslo parliamentary ties
Ali Motahari, prominent Iranian lawmaker, and Norwegian Ambassador to Iran Jens Petter Kjemprud underlined the necessity for closer cooperation between Iranian and Norwegian parliaments.
U.S. says Persian Gulf navy drill not directed at Iran
Vice Admiral John Miller, commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet, said on Saturday that a massive naval minesweeping exercise involving 41 countries was not directed at Iran, Gulf Times reported.
Neighbors Cooperate To Expand Ties
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has reiterated the country’s fundamental policy of promoting cooperation with regional countries, particularly its neighbors.
Ahmadinejad: Nation To Create Political Epic in Elections
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said late on Sunday ‘by grace of God this June Iranian nation would create a political epic’, adding, ‘Iranian elections, particularly in this term would have international impacts far beyond geographical boundaries’.
Turkey Will Host Jalili, Ashton Meeting
The next meeting between the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili and the EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, will be held in Istanbul on May 15.
Greek Civil Servants Call for 24-Hour Strike
Greek civil servants’ unions called a 24-hour strike for Tuesday in reaction to the government’s decision to use emergency powers to prevent protesting teachers from disrupting university entrance exams this month.
Islamic Peace Committee to Meet In Lebanon
Secretary general of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought (WFPIST) said on Monday the peace committee of the Muslim world will convene its first meeting in the Lebanese capital Beirut.
S. Korea, US Launch Naval Exercise
The US and South Korea have launched a two-day naval exercise in the waters around the Korean Peninsula amid regional tensions.
Global Food Prices Rise
World food prices rose for a second straight month, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said, while global production of coarse grains could set a new record this year with strong growth also projected for global wheat and rice production, the UN News Centre said.
Indigenous Satellite Ready by Summer
Iran plans to launch a home-made satellite into space within the next four months, Reza Roosta Azad, chancellor of Sharif University of Technology said Monday
Cairo for Expanding Tourism Ties
Head of an Egyptian tourism delegation underlined the need for broadening of ties and mutual cooperation between Iran and Egypt in the tourism sector.
Iraqi Kurdish Official to Visit
Deputy Head of the Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Barham Salih is due to arrive in Iran on Monday at the invitation of the governor-general of Iran’s central province of Isfahan.
No Regional Decision Possible Without Iran
Commander of the Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi underlined the country’s significant role and power in the region, and said no regional decision can be made without taking Tehran’s important role into account.
Iranian, Lebanese Businessmen Hold Forum in Tripoli
Iranian and Lebanese businessmen held a forum in Tripoli, Lebanon, to become more familiar with the two countries’ commercial and trade potentials.
Afghanistan Commends Iran’s Support for Peace Talks
Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai lauded Iran for supporting the peace talks in Afghanistan.
Shiraz Rocked by Quake
An earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale jolted the town of Shiraz in Fars province, southern Iran, on Monday.