Syria’s OK of Russian proposal silences drums of war
In a signiﬁcant turn of events that could apparently change everything in the Syria crisis, on Tuesday the country’s leaders accepted a Russian proposal to hand over their chemical weapons.
Rohani appoints senior security, environmental protection ofﬁcials
In separate decrees issued on Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rohani appointed Masoumeh Ebtekar as vice president and director of the Environment Protection Organization and Ali Shamkhani as secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC).
44 killed in tragic road accident in Iran
Forty-four people were killed and 39 injured in Iran when two passenger buses collided on Monday night on the Tehran-Qom highway and caught fire.
New deputy culture minister for press affairs appointed
Hossein Entezami, the former editor-inchief of Persian dailies of Hamshahri and Jam-e Jam, has been appointed the deputy culture minister for press aﬀairs.
Egypt intensiﬁes crackdown on Islamists
Egyptian authorities will bar 55,000 unlicensed clerics from preaching in mosques in the latest move against sympathizers of deposed Islamist President
Mohamed Morsi, the minister of religious endowments said on Tuesday.
Funeral held for man killed in crackdown by Saudi regime forces
Thousands of people have attended the funeral ceremony of a young man killed in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Awamiya during a crackdown on dissidents by regime forces.
Pakistan to free former Taliban second-in-command
Pakistan plans to free former Afghan Taliban second-incommand, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, this month to help advance peace eﬀorts in neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistan’s foreign policy chief said on Tuesday.
Images of Syrian chemical victims fabricated, Moscow says
Footage and photos of the alleged chemical attack in Syria, which the U.S. cites as the reason for a planned military intervention, had been fabricated in advance, speakers told a UN human rights conference in Geneva.
World powers should speak in the language of respect: Rohani
Iranian President Hassan Rohani has said that if world powers do not speak to Iran in the language of respect, they will achieve no results.
Leaked Iranian letter warned U.S. that Syrian rebels have chemical weapons: Christian Science Monitor
According to leaked diplomatic correspondence, Iran has been warning Washington since July 2012 that the rebels fighting against the Syrian government have
acquired chemical weapons, and called on the U.S. to send “an immediate and serious warning” to rebel groups not to use them, the Christian Science Monitor
reported on Monday.
Iranian ofﬁcial, Syrian FM discuss Russian initiative
Tehran and Damascus have lent their support to a Russian proposal according to which Syria would put its chemical stockpile under international control.
‘U.S. seeking to promote human rights through bombs’
Mohammad Javad Larijani, the secretary general of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, said on Tuesday that the United States seeks to promote human rights through “RPGs”, “bombs”, and supporting “terrorist groups” in other countries.
Iran welcomes Russia proposal on Syria
Iran has welcomed Russia’s proposal to Syria to put its chemical stockpile under international control in order to avoid ‘militarism in the region’.
Damascus agrees to Kremlin plan
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Muallem on Tuesday said Syria has “already agreed” to an initiative by Russia for Damascus to hand over its chemical weapons stocks to international control.
At least 44 killed in bus collision
At least 44 people were killed in a collision of two buses near the Iranian city of Qom.
US strike on Syria could provoke attack on Israel
A US strike on Syria could provoke an attack on Israel by ‘some groups’, Iran’s deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying Tuesday.
Afghan bomb kills seven civilians
A roadside bomb ripped through a passenger bus, killing seven civilians and wounding more than a dozen others in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said.
Title caps Nadal’s ‘most emotional year’
Rafael Nadal described beating world number one Novak Djokovic to win his second US Open title as “amazing”, having come back from a serious knee injury earlier in the year.
German rich-poor gap widens
The Zeche Minister Stein coal mine in Dortmund-Eving, Germany, used to extract up to two million tons of anthracite coal at its peak.
Berlusconi allies threaten to bring down coalition
Allies of Silvio Berlusconi stepped up warnings on Tuesday that they would bring down Italy’s unstable ruling coalition if center-left lawmakers refuse to delay a hearing over expelling the billionaire former prime minister from parliament.
Commander lauds high border security
Commander of the Iranian Border Guard Units General Hossein Zolfaqari said that the security along Iran’s borders is desirable and drug trafficking via land borders has almost stopped.
Iranian delegation in Baku for Caspian talks
An Iranian delegation in charge of Caspian Sea affairs arrived in Baku, Azerbaijan Republic, Tuesday morning to attend a meeting to set a legal regime for the world largest lake.
UN Human Rights rapporteur rapped
Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani blasted the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran for supporting terrorist groups acting against Tehran, saying such positions merely impair the UN’s credibility.
Envoy: Flames of Syria war will engulf all
Iran’s ambassador to Lebanon has reiterated that Iran will do its best to avert a new war in the region, but has warned that in case there is a war, its flames will ‘engulf all’.
Police seize over 1.8 tons of opium
Iran’s Drug Combat Squads have seized more than 1,800 kilograms of opium in 12 separate operations in the southern Fars province in the last three days, a provincial police commander said on Tuesday.