Velayati takes over at Expediency Council Strategic Research Center
Veteran politician Ali Akbar Velayati has been officially appointed as the director of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research, reports said on Saturday.
France’s spanner scuppers nuclear deal
As chief diplomats from Iran and the major powers were about to agree on a lastminute draft deal on Iran’s nuclear program, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius caused the talks to hit a snag as he insisted that Iran must suspend the Arak heavy water reactor while negotiations continue with the goal of reaching a firststage agreement and then a comprehensive final deal.
18 die in U.S.-led airstrike in south Afghanistan
At least 18 people have been killed in an airstrike carried out by U.S.- led forces in southern Afghanistan, Press TV reports.
Rancher refuses to shoot leopard
A rancher who earns his living through raising livestock in Lorestan Province of western Iran has refused to shoot a leopard.
Saudi Arabia to execute top Shia cleric in coming days: report
The Saudi authorities are planning to execute prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in the coming days, a group calling itself the Al-Qatif News Network said on its Arabic webpage on Facebook.
Germans lose trust in U.S., see Snowden as hero: poll
Germans’ confidence in the U.S. as a trustworthy partner has plummeted following the NSA scandal, while Edward Snowden, who exposed America’s spying on its allies, is considered a hero by 60 percent of the population, a poll shows, according to Russia Today.
Iran, P5+1 reach agreement on some issues
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that Tehran and P5+1 group of world powers reached a level to draft an agreement resolving the impasse over Tehran’s nuclear program.
President, Japanese FM confer
President Hassan Rouhani met visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday.
Leader, Majlis, nation back negotiating team
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the nation and the Majlis strongly support the country’s negotiating team which is currently in Geneva, Switzerland, to defend national interests, a senior parliamentarian said Saturday.
Blatter: Qatar WCup should be Nov.-Dec.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter says the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be pushed back to autumn rather than moved up to winter.
Iran to launch 4th satellite
Iran will send its fourth satellite into space in the near future, said the vice president for executive affairs.
2nd downgrade pressures France
Standard & Poor’s cut France’s sovereign credit rating by one notch to AA from AA+, giving a thumbs-down to President Francois Hollande’s efforts to put the eurozone’s second largest economy back on track.
Amano due for talks on nuclear inspections
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano will visit Tehran on Monday for talks on inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites.
Obama briefs Netanyahu on P5+1 negotiations
US President Barack Obama briefed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and six major world powers.
Iranian envoy condemns Israeli atrocities
Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei condemned the racist policies of the Zionist regime of Israel in occupied territories.